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Vaccine Shortage Stressing You? Hereís How to Avoid the Flu

The lines are long, time consuming and filled with anxious faces. People are stressed that the flu vaccine is scarce and available only for those in special need. Itís every person for himself or is it? The flu can bring out the best or worst in each of us: how we handle fear, illness, victimization, aggression or acceptance. Adversity helps us get acquainted with who we are. Do we have compassion and are we willing to give up our flu shot for another who needs it more? The vaccine scarcity gives us an opportunity to face and understand our fears more deeply and how to take care of ourselves. The answer to the flu epidemic is physical and spiritual balance. Because if we are living in balance in all that we do, we can boost our immune system, live in better health and have a sense of who we really are.

The good news is that most healthy people will recover from the flu in seven to ten days and the worst symptoms go away within four days. There are also prescription antiviral medicines: Amantadine, rimantadine, Relenza, and Tamiflu which lessen the severity of the flu and shorten its duration. In order for them to be effective you must take them within the first two days of the flu. Also our government will obtain additional vaccines from Canada and Germany and most likely will have them available by December.

For those of us who are un-vaccinated here are some suggestions to avoid getting the flu:

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