Should you get the flu vaccination?

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Do you recommend going for the flu vaccination? I am in my 20s and have heard that lots of younger people are going for it (I always assumed it was meant for the elderly). Are there any pros and cons?

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Health expert Dr Graham Duncombe responds:

“Regarding the flu vaccine, it is only recommended for the immune compromised, the very young (babies) and the elderly. I do not recommend the flu vaccine to anyone outside of those parameters as there are ways to support your immune system against all the viruses you are exposed to rather than the few they have created the vaccine out of. Every flu season we are exposed to hundreds if not thousands of viruses, which is why some people who have been vaccinated still get flu. My preference is to take an immune booster through the high flu season, and if you happen to get the flu, treat it accordingly. For prevention, start by washing your hands often, as this minimises the amount of virus you are exposed to. Then take a supporting supplement like Echinacea Synergy by Metagenics, or Viralscript by Medford, both are excellent at supporting the immune system. Should you feel that dreaded tickle in your throat then take Andrographis plus by Metagenics and increase your vitamin C and Zinc, then rest.”

Ask Dr Duncombe your health question here.

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  1. Melinda H Hamiel

    Well I always wondered if I should get the FLU Vaccine but now I know it’s not really worth it but unfortunately I’m allergic to Vitamin C supplements I break out in a rash! But I got my trusty Corenza C for the flu.

    3 years ago •

  1. clickety_clack

    Thank you. I finally got the very simple answer. I’ll rather stick to a healthy diet.

    3 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I got the flu vaccine a few years ago and got so sick about a week later. My body was a wreck. Fever, sore throat, intense coughing and runny nose. I haven’t gotten the vaccine again since and am a bit skeptical since I haven’t been ill like that since.

    3 years ago •

  1. Adele

    I am a bit scared of getting the flu injection. Last year I really got very sick after having the injection.

    3 years ago •

  1. grantlekeur

    Great article. I take an immune booster and it actually helps alot

    3 years ago •

  1. Tracy Shivaraja

    I have tried different brands of body butter. The Body Shop vitamin E one is rich and gives a really nice texture to your skin. I like body butter with a really tasty smell too and this one delivers on that.

    3 years ago •

  1. Tracy Shivaraja

    I have received a flu vaccine twice ( I’m 35), and I didn’t notice a really significant change as to how often I contracted flu. However, the duration definitely wasn’t as long as the usual flu I got previously.

    3 years ago •

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