As we start a new year, Canadians of all ages are excited to jump into new goals and resolutions for 2018. Full of energy and optimism, we don’t want anything to slow us down or stand in our way, especially not a cold or flu. This can be a bit tricky considering January is right in the middle of cold and flu season. Our best defence is a strong immune system.
Our immune systems usually take a hit over the holidays. The festive season is great, but tiring. We tend to socialize more (all those pinched cheeks, hugs and handshakes can spread germs), sleep less, and overindulge in heavy foods and alcohol. These indulgences, combined with a lack of vitamin D from sunlight, create a perfect storm for colds and flu to break through.
This year, we seem to be off to a roaring start. Just before the holidays, The Public Health Agency of Canada reported that the number of flu cases and hospitalizations were soaring much earlier than usual. In its weekly FluWatch report, the agency reported “there was a notable increase in the number of outbreaks and hospitalizations” due to flu in the weeks prior to the holidays. Also, the number of cases were considerably higher compared to the same period in the previous two seasons.
With not a moment to lose, we need to boost our immune system and keep it healthy for the weeks and months to come. Below are some facts, tips and myth busters that may help. You can also check out my Facebook Live.