Flu Vaccine: Do or Don't?

Flu season is in full effect this year and the virus has been traveling around fast + furiously. Should you get the flu shot? 

My two cents: DON’T! I know so many people who get the flu shot and then GET THE FLU. I see it every year, over and over again among my friends and clients. 

Even more, flu vaccines include potentially harmful ingredients. The most common is thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative that has been linked to brain and immune dysfunction. Many countries have even banned the use of thimerosal in children's vaccines. 

So skip the flu shot and focus on proactive, natural things you can do to stave off the cold and flu this season. Here are a few obvious, easy things you can do:

  • Wash your hands vigorously + frequently.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink water + tea. Have soup. Avoid coffee, sugary drinks + alcohol.
  • Make smart (plant-based) food choices.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Keep stress levels low (meditate!).

Of course if you do come down with the flu, take care of yourself and pay attention to your body. You know it best. If you notice anything unusual, call your doctor.  

Stay healthy!

xo, Irene