It’s almost that time of year again: cold and flu season. Both are considered respiratory illnesses caused by different viruses. While it is possible to get a cold or flu at any time throughout the year, these viruses are most common in the fall and winter months.
The flu can result in a sudden fever, muscle aches, chills, cough, nasal congestion, and a sore throat. For many, the flu will resolve on its own but for some, including older adults, people living in nursing or long-term care homes or those with weakened immune systems, it can lead to serious complications.
Canadian targets aim for 80% of older adults to get the flu shot to help prevent the spread of infection, however, every year at least 30% of older adults in Canada – including those in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are not vaccinated. Research suggests the flu shot remains the best way to protect yourself against the flu. If you want to boost the protective effects of the vaccine, you may want to consider supplementing with prebiotics or probiotics before you get your shot.
Read more about how to protect you and your loved ones this cold and flu season through our resources below.