Kick Sickness Goodbye

November 19, 2019
| Created by Megan GuynnMegan Guynn

The cold months ahead have a lot to offer: snowshoeing, skiing, sledding, and holiday festivities with our friends and family. The last thing we need is sickness interrupting all of the fun. Ideally, our immune systems fight sickness for us. However, sometimes our immune systems need some extra assistance. Here’s how you can help!

  • Get Vaccinated. The best way to avoid catching the flu is to get your annual flu shot. Stop by your store’s pharmacy today to get yours. Flu shots are $30 without insurance, and $50 for high-dose shots given to seniors over the age of 65. Ask our pharmacists any questions you have—they are the experts!
  • Practice Good Hygiene. Washing your hands is the best thing you can do to avoid infectious diseases. Frequently disinfect common surfaces such as your phone, laptop, dinner table, bathroom door knobs and handles, etc. And remember, always cough or sneeze into your arm to prevent getting others sick.
  • Sleep. While sleeping, your immune system produces and releases cytokines, which are proteins needed to fight infection. So the less sleep you get, the less disease-fighting cytokines you have, and the more likely you are to get sick. Adults should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
  • Vitamin D. Deficiency of Vitamin D has been linked to increased risk of infection. Vitamin D sources include the sun, some fish, and fortified foods like milk. Since we are starting to see less of the sun, seasonal supplementation may be a good option. Otherwise, eat more foods high in Vitamin D. 600 IU’s per day!

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