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Prime Your Immune System for Flu Virus Battle

Thursday, 30 May 2013 08:22 AM

Termination: A flu vaccine prepares your immune system for battle by delivering small viral pieces of the soon-to-be-attacking enemy - the flu virus. This arms your immune system warriors with the weapons they need to defeat the enemy when it arrives. Result: The flu has been terminated.
 
But getting the body ready to fight off any virus can be tricky. Microbes mutate quickly, making them less vulnerable to your on-alert immune cells. That's why last year's flu vaccine that blocked the H5N1 virus doesn't work against this year's new bird flu, H7N9. One thing flu viruses always promise: "I'll be back!"
 
This latest strain, originating in China, seems to be transmitted from an infected bird to a person, not person to person. But researchers fear that it soon will mutate, so that it can. If that happens, well, no one knows for sure, but the possibility exists that this particularly hard-hitting virus could travel around the world.
 
Fortunately, recent vaccine innovations may help block any spread. The standard, grow-the-vaccine-in-a-chicken-egg process (ironic, no?) makes it tough to quickly produce enough vaccine to guard against an epidemic. But now synthetic H7N9 vaccines are being developed. After a review of safety and effectiveness, they should be available by mid-summer 2013.
 
In any season, and whether there's a threat of a flu epidemic or not, you want to bolster your immune system. In addition to getting enough sleep, eating well and exercising, we suggest you take a probiotic to make your gut bacteria healthier and 1,000 IU of vitamin D-3 a day.

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