December’s looming near, which means we’re barrelling into flu season. The flu is something that nobody wants, but it’s something that many people don’t completely understand, either. While a visit to your Toronto Chiropractor can help bolster your immune system, it’s important that you make an informed decision regarding the flu shot.
What is the Flu?
Contrary to belief, the flu doesn’t actually involve vomiting, diarrhea, or any other digestive disruption. The flu is a virus that mostly causes fever, chills, sweating, severe aches and pains, extreme weakness and fatigue, headache, and often a dry cough, sore throat, or runny nose.
While the flu is usually a major inconvenience that knocks you out for a few days, it can be extremely dangerous to anyone with a compromised immune system. The flu can be particularly dangerous for children and the elderly, as well as anyone suffering from an autoimmune disorder or whose immune system is otherwise weakened.
What makes the flu so dangerously pervasive is that it manifests in everyone differently, sometimes even not showing any symptoms at all. In these cases, it is still as infectious as any other case, causing the patient to spread the disease as though they were sick, without even knowing they’re carrying it.
Should I Get the Shot?
Rumors about the effectiveness of flu shots usually start fluttering around this time of year. Approximately 70% of those who get the flu shot actually come down with the flu after receiving it, so whether or not one should get the flu shot becomes a matter of knowledge and understanding of the complexity of flu strains and the fact that the vaccine itself may not correctly target the current strain of virus. Additionally, understanding that a healthy, robust immune system is the body’s best defence against illness and any flu virus should encourage Torontonians to visit their chiropractor to bolster their body’s overall health.
Where Does Chiropractic Care Fit In?
Even though the flu shot may target certain flu strains, it won’t bolster your immune system. The best insurance to keep the flu at bay is to receive regular chiropractic adjustments throughout the year, thereby keeping your immune system strong and intact, and greatly resisting the likelihood that the flu or illness will take you down during any of the seasons.
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