I have found the best means of protection is limited contact with other people. When I was in school and working in offices, I would have a cold or the flu very frequently. In the past years since I have not worked, and have had limited daily contact or none with people outside my own home, I have had very flu illnesses of that sort. I had a major cold in 1995 when in the hospital, and perhaps two colds in all the years since that, and they were not very serious.<quoted text>I'm really sorry to hear that Rush. I hope you get better. Your health is your single most important asset. Vitamin D has been shown to be more effective at prevention and it seems everyday they are learning new things about how many things it positively effects in the body. I take 4000IU everyday. My mother used to always get sick. I started her on it and she never got sick like that afterward. Many studies support it now.
I do find that rather strange as I can't remember prior to that ever being free of a cold for any extended period of time. Unfortunately, most people due to the dynamics of everyday life must contact the viruses almost daily.
I have been getting the flu shot the last few years, mainly because I happened to have been to my doctor in the fall, and she always suggests I get one, and gives it to me while I am there.
My son, a doctor, working everyday in a hospital around many sick people, claims he won't get the flu shot as he fears it more than the flu. He thinks it is promoted unnecessarily by the pharmaceutical companies.
I know all medications are promoted by the big companies, and by doctors who get perks for prescribing their drugs, and I know that doctors do get perks because I had a neighbor who had a career as a drug salesman/manager to doctors, and he told me about the way they encourage doctors to 'sell' their products. In his situation the company he worked for when I last was near him had gone from giving gifts to the doctors to organizing and leading Caribbean vacations for them. Amazing that even doctors, who are some of our highest paid professionals in Canada, can still be easily bought.