Protecting your family from the flu this season

It's fall again; sweater weather with shorts and a rain coat. Great to trying out some great new looks but, what about our health. Well I've already run into many people complaining about buying flu medicine at the stores. With Twittermoms and CDC I have a chance to share a few tips on protecting your family from the flu this season.

Its not only important what to feed your family but, when to feed them a little and often is good. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so don't skip it. Try new recipes buy new books with the idea behind them to boost immune system, and/or boost intelligence.

• Eat foods such as
o Essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6
o B-complex vitamins Whole grains, eggs, green vegetable, brown rice, meat, fish, legumes, nuts and seeds
o Chromium Red meat, eggs, cheese, seafood, whole grains
o Zinc Dark turkey meat, shellfish, beans, and whole grains
o Magnesium Soybeans, whole grains, nuts, dried fruit, green leafy vegetables
o Vitamin C Kiwi and citrus fruit, berries, green vegetable, tomatoes, and bell peppers
o Vitamin E Nuts and seeds and their oils
o Vitamin A Animal foods including dairy, meat, fish and eggs and in fruit and vegetables
o Calcium Dairy products, almonds, apricots, seeds, sardines, and green leafy vegetables
o Choline Egg yolk, sardines, liver, nuts, liver, nuts, legumes, and grains
o Boron Nuts, apples, broccoli, peas, grapes, and legumes
o Iron red meat, molasses, cocoa, parsley, eggs, legumes, green vegetables, liver, shellfish, and fortified breakfast cereals
o Selenium Whole grains, cereals, tuna, shellfish, liver, dairy products, and eggs

I Was at Walmart the other day and they had free flu shots. There's plenty of places to get free or discounted shots call your local department of health (type in state) and find out where.
The flu vaccine is updated each season to protect against the three flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness.

• You need to get the 2010-11 seasonal flu vaccine even if you got the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine last season.

• If you or your kids do not like shots, the flu vaccine is also available in mist form. For more information on this, ask your doctor or visit

• Everyone 6 months of age and older is recommended to be vaccinated against the flu.

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