Fitness/healthy life style

Age Healthily—How To Protect Your Immune System In A COVID World

This post is sponsored by The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, but all the opinions are my own.

Last month I turned 47 years old. I seriously feel like I am still in my early 30s, but my physical body sometimes doesn’t agree with me. Lol! Getting older has definitely affected my immune system.

Our immune system helps protect our body from harmful substances such as bacteria, viruses, toxins, cancer cells and even body tissues from another person. The immune system makes cells and antibodies that destroy these harmful substances. We all know how important it is to have a healthy immune system to help navigate this COVID world with, right? In this COVID world and for midlife people like us, we all depend on a strong immune system and getting the flu vaccine during this pandemic is more important than ever. Flu vaccination is especially important for people who are at high-risk of developing serious complications from contracting the flu; many of whom are also at a high risk of contracting COVID-19, which can lead to serious health issues.

Flu vaccination helps prevent the flu in people with chronic health conditions.

Vaccination has been associated with lower rates of some cardiac events among people with heart disease, especially among those who had had a cardiac event in the past year. (Source)

Flu vaccination also has been shown in separate studies to be associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes and chronic lung disease. (Diabetes source, Lung Disease source)

Below are more benefits to getting a flu shot:

1. Flu vaccinations have been shown to reduce the risk of having to go to the doctor due to the flu by 40 to 60 percent.

2. Flu vaccinations reduce a child’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission by 74 percent during the 2010-2012 flu seasons. (Source)

3. In recent years, flu vaccines have reduced the risk of flu hospitalizations among adults by about 40 percent. (Source)

4. Flu vaccination among adults reduced the risk of being admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) with the flu by 82 percent, from the 2012 to 2015 flu seasons. (Source)

For more info about vaccines, check out I Vaccinate. It provides information and tools based on real medical science and research to help you make the decision that is best for you and your family.

At a time when our healthcare system is still being stressed by COVID, it’s important that we do our part to protect ourselves and the health workforce by washing our hands more often, wearing a mask and avoiding outbreaks of preventable and potentially deadly diseases like the flu. Have you tried getting a flu shot yet?

Now that we all know how dangerous a weakened immune system can be, below are more ways to decrease the risks of compromising your immune system:

  • Get vaccines to prevent the flu, as well as any other vaccines your health care provider recommends.
  • Get plenty of exercise. Exercise helps boost your immune system.
  • Eat healthy foods. Good nutrition keeps your immune system strong.
  • DO NOT smoke. Smoking weakens your immune system.
  • Limit your intake of alcohol. Ask your provider how much alcohol is safe for you.
  • Look into safety measures to prevent falls and injuries. A weak immune system can slow healing.

Let’s not only age beautifully, but also age healthily! For more information and resources on where you can schedule your flu shot, visit http://gofyi.ly/BF551F69.

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