At my daughter’s appointment to get her stitches removed after a recent bedtime accident, our new-to-us pediatrician asked if we’d like to schedule a flu shot. My eyes widened while I explained that we don’t vaccinate.
Her face softened as she said, “Oh! That’s right!” And she kindly went on to remind me how to naturally keep the flu out of our home this flu season without vaccinating.
Despite the American Academy of Pediatrician’s recommendations, our pediatrician listed three important tips to remember this flu season:
1. Be sure everyone washes hands frequently.
Now, I’m big on natural immunity, so we don’t have hand sanitizer in every room or even in my purse, but I do remind the kids to wash their hands before and after eating, and every day after school (in addition to normal daily hand-washing).
2. Keep the house well-ventilated
We open the windows and let fresh air in, and I also make my kids go outside to play as much as possible — daily.
3. Take Vitamin D
Vitamin D3 is our best friend this time of year and I pretty much swear by its amazing benefits beyond flu prevention. Our new pediatrician advises giving liquid doses of Vitamin D every day to the kids. You should be able to find it at your health food store, or through a local dietitian or nutritionist is recommended.
Will your family be saying no to the flu shot? Have you found the flu shot to be helpful in preventing the flu in your house?