Here is some information that will help you when we come upon the winter months.

FLU SHOT (INFLUENZA VACCINATION) is an annual vaccination using a vaccine specific for a given year to protect against the highly variable Influenza virus.

The CDC recommends the flu shot for everyone age 6 months or older.  A vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of influenza complications, including:

* Pregnant women
* Older adults
* Young children

Chronic medical conditions can also increase your risk of influenza complications. For example:

* Asthma
* Cerebral palsy
* COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
* Cystic fibrosis
* Epilepsy
* Kidney or liver disease
* Muscular dystrophy
* Obesity
* Sickle cell disease

VITAMINS: The human body needs vitamins all year long. One way to try to protect your health this winter is to make sure to take your vitamins. Many people boost their immune system with a regular, high quality multivitamin. Here are a few other important vitamins to help keep you healthy this winter.

VITAMIN C: Taking vitamin C supplements will lessen the symptoms and duration of the cold. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant and a fat-soluble. (Ex. Citrus Fruits, Spinach, Cranberry Juice, & Winter Squash)

VITAMIN E: Is a fat-soluble, most associated with its antioxidant properties and strengthens the body immune system. (Ex. Almonds, Dried apricots, Asparagus, & Tomatoes)

VITAMIN A: Is a fat soluble and most associated with good vision. It also helps to maintain healthy teeth and skin. (Ex. Carrots {boiled}, Sweet potatoes, Dark leafy greens, & cantaloupe)

VITAMIN D: Is a fat soluble and usually added to most foods. It helps to regulate the body’s immune system, which is essential to an individual’s overall health. (Ex. Yogurt, Eggs, Fish {particularly fatty and salt water fish}, & Cod liver oil)

WATER: Keeping hydrated is also important to do during the winter month.

It is important to make sure you maintain a balanced diet; it is the key component to achieving an optimal level of health, which will help you to make it through this winter without experiencing severe colds or flu.

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