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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

how to keep from getting the flu


each year for the last 40+ years i have gotten my flu shot
usually i wait until mid october to get mine
the only time i missed getting the flu shot during that time i got the flu
i was dog sick with the flu for a few weeks
so i made sure i got the flu shot every year since then

this year its important that i get one to protect mr hudson from getting the flu since he is immunosuppressed from getting the kidney transplant and also mr n our new grandson is too young to get his flu shot yet

now i qualify to get the senior flu shot
its a flu shot with a higher dose in it since older folks have a suppressed immune system
so make sure if you are a senior citizen that you get your senior flu shot
there is a problem this year
there is a shortage of the senior flu shots 
so your only choice may be to get the regular flu shot
if thats all thats available then get that one
it wont work as well as the senior shots but it will work

this year the clinic i go to is giving the shots when you see the doctor even the specialists
i had an appointment with the gastroenterologist as a follow up on my stomach issues which flared up badly in march when i had what i think was covid 19
yes again i was dog sick with that
finally i am gaining my weight back and am on a medicine that seems to help
i thought ill just get my flu shot while im there

they were out of the senior flu shot and werent sure when they could get more so they offered the regular flu shot so i took it
right in the arm
no fever no body aches just mild soreness the next day
soreness usually means your body is starting to work building antibodies against the flu

so if the senior flu shot is not available at least take the regular flu shot
its better than not taking one at all

while you are at it
do these other things that can help you not to get the flu this year

wear a mask
keep your distance from others
wash your hands

sounds familiar right

wouldnt it be bad to have the flu then get covid 19 on top of that

when folks get the flu it can lower their immune system to make them more susceptible to other infections like strep throat and pneumonia and of course covid 19

follow those covid 19 recommendations that many of us know how to do 
get your flu shot

the organicgreen doctor

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