I'm already reading newspaper articles supporting getting the vaccine earlier. I'm not sure why that is. Getting a flu shot is a personal decision and needs to be considered carefully. I personally don't get one but I'm neither elderly nor a child and I am not a sickly person, although my best friends can get away with teasing me about being old and cranky.
Can you really avoid or shorten colds and flu? Yes! The first thing you do is to supplement with a product named IgA-500 (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). This is a harmless supplement that is one of the most potent immune boosters I've ever come across. The national brand is EpiCor (R) and comes to us from animal feed and ranchers.
A little goes a long way as this is one of the most frugal yet powerful supplements you can come across. One or two 500 mg capsules each day is all that is needed. At two per day a two-month supply costs in the neighborhood of $20, which is a real bargain.
If you decide to get a flu vaccine, start on IgA-500 10 days before and you'll have a better immune response to the shot which should protect you better.
My favorite colds-and-flu threesome, that is all natural, is an herbal blend for tea of super potent vitamin D3 in olive oil and Ester-C. The threesome starts with a blend of herbals scientifically or traditionally supported for avoiding, shortening the duration and reducing the intensity of both colds and flu.
The blend includes elder flower, peppermint, nettle and hibiscus flower. This herbal formula helps kill the virus/bacteria, lowers fever if any, loosens mucous, nourishes the body and tastes good.
A little will make a lot. For instance, a bag of two ounces, if brewed in a drip coffee maker, will make up to 40 cups. You can drink this even before you get a cold or flu and as much as you wish should you get one. It can be served iced or hot with lemon and honey. Directions for brewing leaves, flowers and herbs (green, elder, lavender etc.): Make as an infusion -- pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. of the tea. Steep 10 to 12 minutes. Strain, or use a very clean or dedicated Mr. Coffee-type maker, place 1 oz. of herb in the basket to one full carafe of water. Try a second batch with the same herb.
Vitamin D3 in olive oil is a super potent product yielding a whopping 4,000 iu/drop. It is well known for boosting immune response plus helping keep mood up, benefits bone density, has anti-cancer properties, reduces insulin resistance and is a strong antioxidant. At 4,000 iu/drop, 2 drops/day throughout cold-and-flu season is what I suggest.
If you have elevated creatinine blood levels (kidney trouble) do not use more than 1,000 iu/day. Depending upon how much you use, this bottle could last four months.
It used to be thought high doses of vitamin D were harmful. Now people with cancer routinely use up to 100,000 iu per day without any trouble at all.
Ester-C is an improved delivery system for vitamin C which provides 24-hour absorption of this well accepted nutrient. Two 500 mg tablets/day, one in the morning and one in the evening, is what I would do. Buy now to use or to keep on hand as you'll either want to use it daily to help prevent or start using it at the very first signs of illness to shorten the length of your illness.