Maintaining healthy habits helps address the flu

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Begins on Monday (23) to 54.4 million Brazilians the period of vaccination against influenza. With the inactivated virus, immunization will help groups selected by the Ministry of Health to prevent the disease and thus the complications that it can bring. In addition to taking the vaccine (for listed groups) and guard against the transmission, maintaining healthy habits can help address the symptoms and prevent severe forms of the disease.
Explains Dr. Carla Domingues, coordinator of the National Immunization Program (NIP) of the Ministry of Health, have healthy habits strengthens the body and enhances antibody production conditions, which will make the protection against the disease.
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“Many people will have flu and will not have complications. And basically going to be those who have no other underlying diseases and have a healthy life, play sports, have a healthy diet, eat plenty of fluids, eat enough vegetables. These people have a body more able to cope with a disease, including influenza, “explains the coordinator.
Healthy eating
Helissa de Oliveira Mendonça Moreira, technical analyst at Food and Nutrition General Coordination of the Ministry of Health, explains that an adequate and healthy food increases the immunity of the body, contributing to the maintenance of health. “Our body’s immune system has a series of biochemical reactions that depend on specific minerals, vitamins and amino acids, as well, a poor and incomplete diet can not provide the necessary nutrients and our body defense cells end up getting less efficient” alert.
“The recommendations of the Food Guide for the Brazilian Population based food in food raw or minimally processed contribute to increasing the body’s immunity, because plant foods are often good sources of fiber and various nutrients and foods of animal origin are good sources of protein and most vitamins and minerals we need, “he adds.
After infection
If the person is already ill with an infection and low immunity, the alert is still higher compared to alimentação.Nesses times, even with the indicated use of nutritional supplements such as vitamin C, you need to exercise caution in relation to food, even with low appetite.
“When a person is sick is important to maintain frequent hydration and increase the intake of fruits and juices of natural fruits rich in vitamin C, such as orange, lemon and acerola because this vitamin strengthens the immune system. And it’s important to remember that not recommended to add sugar to natural fruit juices, “explains Helissa.
Campaign
The arrival of winter draws attention to respiratory diseases such as influenza. Therefore, the Ministry of Health carries out the 20th National Vaccination Campaign against influenza, which begins on April 23 and will continue until June 1, and Saturday, May 12, national mobilization.
Part of the campaign target audience, people from 60 years, children from six months to under five years (four years, 11 months and 29 days), health workers, teachers of public and private networks, indigenous people, pregnant women , women (up to 45 days after delivery), persons deprived of liberty – including adolescents and young people 12-21 years of educational measures – and the staff of the prison system.
Holders of chronic diseases and other special medical conditions should also get vaccinated. For this group there is no specific target for vaccination. This public must present a prescription at the time of vaccination. The flu vaccine is safe and reduces the complications that can produce severe disease. Studies have shown that vaccination can reduce between 32% to 45% the number of hospitalizations for pneumonia, for instance.
Stay smart
Unlike other vaccination campaigns, immunization against influenza has a certain period. So you can not be postponed. Other care are also important in the prevention of influenza, because they avoid the transmission of the virus. Check out:
– Cover your nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing; – Avoid touching your mouth and nose; – Wash your hands with soap and water and use alcohol gel 70%; .- Improve air circulation by opening windows; – Avoid too much time in places with large concentrations of people; – Maintain healthy habits: eat well, sleep well and exercise.

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