As we move into Fall, many things come to mind. You may be looking forward to fall flavors, decorations, holidays, and gatherings. Unfortunately, with the best parts of the season change, come some less pleasant events like the start of cold and flu season. While the cold and flu may be mild for some, it can be serious for others and individual prevention is part of community care. Keep reading as we discuss what makes a cold and flu season and how to be proactive in protecting yourself from it.
What is cold and flu season?
Although cold and flu viruses exist and can be spread at any time of year, this activity always increases in the fall and winter seasons. This can be for a number of reasons. One of the biggest reasons is that cooler temperatures tend to bring people indoors where they are likely to interact more closely with one another, making the spread of germs easier. Another reason is that cooler temperatures may have an effect on our immune system, lowering our defenses when we are exposed to cold and flu viruses. Cold and flu season starts in the fall and tends to peak between December and February, making now the perfect time to start protecting your immune system.
How can I prepare?
Luckily, there are several steps you can take to support your immune system and reduce your chances of catching a cold or flu. We at Innovative Rx Compounding Pharmacy in Kearney, NE often advise our patients to increase their immune-boosting supplements.
A few of our favorites are:
- Immune Daily Support – boosts functional deficiencies of nutrients essential for immune function
- OrthoMune – a powerful combination of antioxidants, zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin D for immune support
- D-HIST – immune and respiratory support that also supports healthy nasal and sinus function
To order these supplements, please visit our website or contact us to pick them up at the pharmacy.
Other ways to support a strong immune system are:
- Prioritize adequate rest
- Seek nutritional balance
- Stay hydrated
- Gentle movement
Things to note
An underrated risk factor for lowered immune function is allergies. Here in Kearney, NE we are no strangers to the impacts of allergies, especially during fall harvesting times. With farmers plowing and harvesting from sunrise to sunset, there is an extreme uptick of dirt and dust particles that inevitably trigger allergy responses in many of us.
While this may be less worrisome than a cold or flu in terms of risk, it is important to remember that allergies are an immune response and that your body needs support, rest, and care during allergy flares to ensure your immune system stays strong and ready to fight off anything else you might encounter while you’re under the weather.
Ultimately, it’s always best to keep an eye on things, care for yourself as best as possible, and always consult with your primary care provider and your pharmacy experts in regard to treatment when you’re not feeling your best. Cheers to a healthy, happy harvest season!