Supervisor of Clinical Services at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health Cindy Modie and the staff there are gearing up for an impending flu immunization season.
CLEVELAND - With the number of flu cases spreading across the country, one health and fitness expert offers 5 ways to boost your immunity naturally.
Budge Collinson is the founder of Infusion Sciences and creator of natural multivitamin producer, Youth Infusion. He says you should always consult with your doctor about your health decisions.
5 Natural Ways to Boost Immunity
- Vitamin D: This more than other vitamins is key to preventing disease and maintaining strong bone strength. The best source of Vitamin D is sunlight, but since it's rare in the winter, you can get your daily dose of it through certain foods like salmon and tuna. It's also available through vitamin supplements and in pill or powder form.
- Add more garlic to your diet: Eating certain foods can give you the extra boost you need to keep your immune system strong. One of those foods is garlic because of its is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Those help prevent infections from taking hold and spreading.
- Sleep: When your body is tired, it doesn't have the strength to fight off infection. This is why getting a good night's rest is key in keeping disease away.
- Get moving: Exercise is well known to being key in keeping you healthy. But doing it on a daily basis can help give your immune system an extra boost.
- Water, water, water: You can never say it -- or get -- enough. It's increasingly important that you stay hydrated and drink water. That's at least six to eight, eight ounce glasses a day. It keeps your energy up and also helps boost your immunity.
Residents in Lorain County can head to the fairgrounds Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a flu vaccine. The flu shot costs $15. For non-residents, it costs $20.
The American Academy of Pediatrics urged parents Monday to vaccinate children against the flu as soon as possible.
The number of Ohioans hospitalized with the flu since last September jumped dramatically over the previous year, but health officials say there isn't an easy explanation for the increase.
The flu season is winding down, and it has killed 105 children so far -- about the average toll.
You never want to sit next to that guy during flu season.
It turns out this year's flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting senior citizens, the most vulnerable age group.
The number of states reporting intense or widespread flu dropped again last week, U.S. health officials said Friday.
Government epidemiologists insist that many things go into making a flu season nasty or mild, early or late.
If you come down with the flu and you're a healthy adult, the quickest way to get over it is to stay home, get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids.