A few weeks ago I saw a sign in my neighborhood for free adult flu shots.
No one wants to be sick; especially when it consists of cold sweats, aches and feeling like you can't breathe.
"Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. It is estimated that, on average, approximately 5% to 20% of U.S. residents get the flu, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications each year. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people." - CDC
With numbers like that, I can understand why so many people rush out for the shot.
I used to get the flu shot with the chipmunks yearly until I contracted the flu and realized it doesn't protect you from all strains.
Another consideration for me is that the flu shot isn't vegan yet.
I read a few articles about the government's plan to make the flu shot plant-based because it is effective and less expensive.
Being vegan or not, getting the flu shot is a personal decision.
If you decide the flu shot isn't for your family, here are a few natural options to get through the season:
Tracye recommends taking this at the first sign of a cold
2-3 big cloves of fresh garlic
1 small red onion
1-2 generous dashes of cayenne
Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Drink immediately. Repeat as necessary (and don’t forget the parsley!).
3 cups water
1 medium sliced lemon, with rind
2 medium sliced oranges, with rind
4 gloves garlic, smashed
1/4 onion, chopped
2 inch sliced fresh ginger root
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1) Bring water to a boil.
2) Add all ingredients except agave nectar, turn heat to medium and boil for 15-20 minutes.
3) Strain through a fine mesh strainer. I also take a spoon and smash pulp to extract as much juice as possible from all ingredients.
4) Add 1 cup of the hot tea to a mug and add agave nectar to taste.
*Wheatgrass, spirulina (blue-green algae) and ginger root are excellent ways to build your immune system-Try these ingredients in smoothies
*Consider purchasing a ceramic net pot to combat congestion-Here's a great article on using one
Of course, the biggest preventable measure is washing your hands and keeping them off of your face.
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Further Reading: A raw vegan's view on the flu shot