Flu season has been rough this year, but it is far from over, so says many of the mainstream news outlets. FoxNews recently said on their morning show that though they know that the flu shot is not 100% prevention, it still remains “the best defense.”
Is that really true? Is the flu shot really the best defense against getting the flu?
Answer? No! Absolutely not!
Facts and experience have shown us over the years some things we need to consider, especially as it relates to helping our kids dodge this nasty bug.
FACT: The Center for Disease Control (CDC) stated in a recent report that the flu vaccine this year is about 62% effective (which means it’s about as effective as it has been in other years).
FACT: A strong immune system, on the other hand, will defend against not only the flu virus, but also frequent colds, ear infections, stomach bugs, and even cancer and other diseases.
EXPERIENCE: In our eight years of being parents, none of our kids have EVER received the flu shot and none of our three kids have EVER had to deal with the flu bug….nor the stomach virus, nor frequent colds.
FACT: We are not the only family who has had this same experience.
“Okay, so what is the best defense?”
It can’t be the flu shot.
The biggest predictor of which kids will most likely battle the flu (and other random bugs) and those who will not is the strength of their immune system. How quickly they can recover is also determined by the strength of their immune system.
It’s that simple!
A strong immune system is the only guaranteed best defense.
“Then what weakens my child’s immune system?”
- Poor Diet (Only 3% of us eat according to the USDA recommendations.)
- Lack of Sleep (kids need an average of 8-10 hrs/day)
- Too Little or Too Much Exercise (55% of Americans struggle with not getting enough.)
- Overweight (67% of Americans fall into this category, and sadly, many of our kids struggle as well.)
- Bad Bacteria/Yeast In the Intestine (70% of our immune system originates in the gut!)
- Stress and Grief (Due to an overproduction of cortisol)
The secret to strong immune support is doing the polar opposite of each of the items listed above. Getting each of those in line will help defend our kids against all kinds of yuckiness.
“How do I get started?”
Need help getting them back on the right track?
(Facts, data and statistics received from “Keeping Colds & Flu at Bay”: Audio presentation by Dr. Stephen Chaney of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.)