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Flu shots are the most effective way to prevent influenza and its complications. If you haven’t received a flu shot yet, you should get one immediately! This is especially true for the elderly, the young, and pregnant women.
This year’s shot will offer protection against the H1N1 flu (swine flu) virus, in addition to two other influenza viruses that are expected to be in circulation this fall and winter, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t get a flu shot? Yes. Those who:
• Have had a bad reaction to the vaccine in the past
• Are allergic to chicken eggs
• Have a fever that day
Did you know that athletes can use a flu shot to our benefit?
A University of Birmingham study shows that a short muscle-building session before receiving a flu shot can enhance the immune system’s response to the vaccine. Sixty college students took part in this study. A group of the students performed about 25 minutes of upper arm exercises 6 hours before the shot, while the others were sedentary. For the next five months, all of the participants had blood samples taken to measure cellular immune response.
The researchers found that the acute stress of exercise can enhance a person’s antibody production.
Flu Shots. If you don't have access to free flu shots at work, go to your local pharmacy or find locations at www.lungusa.org