For the elderly
In general, older people have fewer colds – they often catch just one a year. But as we age, our immune systems become a little less effective at protecting us from disease, which means it can take longer to recover from a cold and we could be more affected by it than when we were younger. Old age can also bring with it other diseases that compromise the immunity.
And while people over 55 seem to be somewhat protected against swine flu, seasonal influenza can be deadly in the very elderly.
Don't skimp on fresh fruit and vegetables. Buy what’s in season for the nutrients you need at this time of year.
Exaercise and have plenty of rest.
Wash your hands regularly.
Get jabbed The flu vaccine is free to people over 65 – and this year it will also protect you from swine flu. Ask your GP.
Keep warm and don’t overdo it – keep your immune system active.
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