It feels as though we’ve been talking about infection prevention for 2-years now, but as Winter approaches and New Zealand opens up, we can expect to see more cases of influenza (flu) in our community. Staying healthy is about lots of choices we make about our diet and lifestyle, as well as vaccination and keeping up good hygiene.
Try eating a colourful diet, rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and low GI carbohydrates. Add in foods rich in zinc (fish), vitamin C (oranges, red capsicums, kale, broccoli, strawberries), garlic and honey to boost your immunity. Drink plenty of water. Consider taking a probiotic to improve digestion and balance stress levels and refresh your body with sleep. Avoid smoking and excess alcohol but take the time to get active and enjoy some sunshine!
Supplementing with vitamin A, C, selenium and zinc may be helpful in reducing the intensity and duration of colds and herbs can being used to support the immune system. Ask our Pharmacists which product will be best for you.
The flu vaccine is an inactivated form of the virus to trigger your body to build immunity so if you are exposed again, you can fight it off quickly. As the virus mutates every year, the strains of virus in the vaccine are updated. The 2022 flu vaccine has two new strains.
Flu vaccination is available through your Pharmacist Vaccinator for adults over 13-years. If you are over 65-years, pregnant or have an eligible health condition your vaccine will be free. If you aren’t eligible for a funded vaccine, you can still get your vaccine through pharmacy for a fee. Vaccinations will open in April, with Autumn being the best time of year to be vaccinated.
Wash your hands properly for at least 20-seconds and avoid touching your face as we’ve got used to.