Tips on boosting your immune system
Let’s face it — some people have better immunity than others or do they and if they do how do they achieve it?
Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of catching every virus, you were one of those who avoided most of them? Interestingly, there are factors that may cause some people to have better immunity than others. Here are some tips for a more “immune healthy lifestyle”
- Get your sleep – 8 hours is optimal
- Keep your hands clean – use bactericide soap - a lot of cold and flu virus are transmitted by door handles or even lift buttons to name a few
- Eat healthy foods including lots of fruit, vegeatables, wholgrains and lean protein – also it maybe a good idea to top up with a multi vitamin
- Regular exercise, doesn’t need to be a lot but just regular every week
- Manage your stress and deal with situations if you can, if not your Carer will help you
- Be a sociable person and have a positive outlook. People who tend to be gregarious tend to be able to keep their colds at bay
Remember you must always consult your Doctor or Heart Failure Nurse if you are going to take on board new nutritional and exercise based regimes.
You must be sick and tired of us reminding you but it is very important that you make an appointment to see a Nurse to get your seasonal flu jab. Flu of any type can be very dangerous for people with Heart Failure therefore it is important to protect yourself. You can also now go to your Local Pharmacy and pay for a Flu Jab. I was in Asda this morning and customers were queuing for their Flu Jabs.
Also make sure that when you see your clinician they have had one to. Believe it or not but some NHS Trusts in the UK only have a 10% uptake, the average is 26% of the seasonal flu jab by members of the Trust which we think is pretty disgraceful considering the “At Risk” patients they work with. So ask the question!
Nearly time to protect against seasonal flu
Over the next few months it’s the time for Heart Failure patients to get that all important flu jab. An extra two million flu vaccines have been ordered and an emergency “shot-pile”
is being set up as health officials prepare for the flu season.
Last year, 14.7 million shots were ordered. For this winter 16.7 million have been ordered and 400,000 will be kept in reserve.
For the second year running there will be no advertising campaign in England to raise awareness, unlike in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Chief Medical Officer Pro Dame Sally Davies questioned the usefulness of adverts, saying people “listen to trusted sources, not government”. She is instead relying on health workers, charities and pharmacies to target those at risk. Bags of medicine from the pharmacist will carry messages encouraging people to have the jab as “patients in at risk groups are taking medicines,” she said. Last winter more than 600 people in the UK died as a direct result of catching flu.
The vaccine itself, based on advice from the World Health Organization, will again protect against swine flu (H1N1) as well as the H3N2 and Flu B strains.
These are the same three viruses as last winter, but the government’s director of immunisation, Prof David Salisbury, warned patients they would be gambling if they were not immunised again this year.He warned there was no evidence that last year’s shot would still offer protection and that “it’s playing high risk stakes thinking you’re protected”.
Prof Davies again criticised healthcare workers who did not get vaccinated, saying they were “selfish” for not protecting their patients. Last year 35% were vaccinated, up from 26% the year before.
Prof Salisbury said there had been renewed attempts to “persuade, influence and cajole employees”, but there also needed to be improvements within hospitals to make it easier for staff to get vaccinated. He said that at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Foundation NHS Trust, 95% of front-line staff had had the seasonal flu jab, but that figure was as low as 10% in other areas.
So the messsage here is to get vaccinated yourself but ask your Doctor or Nurse if they have been vaccinated and if not why?
Don’t forget your pneumonia and flu jabs
Yes it is that time of the year when the seasons are starting to change and flu and colds start to manifest them selves again. At Pumping Marvellous we give you periodic reminders of when to do things so the time has come to ask your Doctor or Heart Failure Nurse when they will be needing you for your injection for influenza and pneumonia.