Thursday, December 6, 2012

Who Needs Flu Shots?

Just at a time when more employers are requiring their employees to get flu shots, University of Wisconsin researchers published a study in the Annals of Family Medicine that showed you can do better by meditating or getting regular exercise. Following 149 individuals for 21 months, they found that the control group had cold or flu symptoms 453 days and missed work 67 days. Those who meditated regularly had symptoms 257 days and missed only 16 days of work. The exercise group reported 241 days of sickness and missed 32 work days. Flu shots are only partially effective and overall do no better than practicing a healthy lifestyle. See July issue of Annals of Family Medicine. See my Healthy Note posting

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