In the middle of one of the severe flu seasons in recent memory, a Canadian pharmacist says it’s on us to prevent it from getting worse.
It’s been a severe flu season across Canada, especially in Saskatchewan, where over 2400 people have been diagnosed with it. 37% of those people have been confirmed to have the Influenza B strain. That’s a massive increase compared to last year, when Influenza B accounted for just 1% of the total.
Pharmacist at the Apothecary Academy Jean-Yves Dionne says those stats combined with Canada’s climate, it’s imperative to get as much Vitamin D as possible.
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“Vitamin D is the number one thing to do because it does improve the capacity of your immune system,” said Dionne. “Not only to find the virus, but to kill it.”
Dionne also notes while diet is a big component in staving off illness, it’s not the only one.
“You open the door for those type of viruses, colds and flu, when you’re tired, when you’re stressed out, when your diet is not good.”
“But stress and fatigue are the two most major risk factors.”