5 Natural Alternatives to the Flu Shot

It seems people are divided between getting the flu shot and not getting the flu shot. Certain age groups, and those with lower immune systems seem to be the ones most fitting when it comes to getting the shot. What are the symptoms of the flue? Does the flu shot actually work? What are the flu shot side effects? With flu season around the corner, it’s on a lot of peoples minds.

According to the CDC, “Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.”

The CDC also suggests anyone over 6 months should get a flu shot. Obviously not everyone either agrees or gets the flu shot every year, or at all. With that said, alternative methods can be sought out. Here are 5 natural alternatives to the flu shot.

1. Vitamin D3

According to The Harvard Gazette, “Vitamin D supplementation can help protect against acute respiratory infections.” and “Several observational studies, which track participants over time without assigning a specific treatment, have associated low vitamin D levels with greater susceptibility to acute respiratory infections.”

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1. Vitamin D3

2. Elderberry

Studies suggest that elderberry extract can help fight viruses, stimulate the immune sytem, and has anti-inflammatory effects.

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2. Elderberry

3. Zinc

A zinc deficiency is associated with increased colds and flu. According to Time, “results showed that 70% of the people taking zinc lozenges recovered from their colds after five days, compared to just 27% of people who took the placebo.”

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3. Zinc

4. Garlic

Studies have shown that garlic reduces the risk of becoming sick in the first place, as well as how long your illness might last. Additionally it can also reduce the severity of symptoms.

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4. Garlic

5. Vitamin C

Vitamin C has been a staple in cold and flu remedies for years. At the right dosage it can be effective in help with the immune system and reducing the length of illness.

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5. Vitamin C