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Q: Does my family need the flu shot?

Posted October 23, 2013 in Advice Column, Waukee

A: The annual advertisements for the flu shot are all over. It’s interesting how the flu takes a “break” during the spring and summer. Our community needs to understand their choices and options. It’s OK to ask questions. Here are a few:

• What are the ingredients in the flu shot? The flu, Thimerisol (mercury derivative) fertilized chicken embryos, detergents, antibiotics and sucrose to name a few. (–

• How do these side effects differ from getting the flu? Side effects of the flu shot: Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, fever (low grade), body aches, runny nose, wheezing, headache, vomiting, sore throat and cough to name just a few. (CDC) If you or your child has ever had a reaction to a shot you need to tell your doctor so that it is documented. They estimate that only about 2 report of all adverse reactions are reported. You can go to for more information.

• What are healthy alternatives to the flu shot? Chiropractic adjustments; a healthy nervous system equals a healthy immune system. There is an abundant of information about the effectiveness of vitamin D and preventing the flu. You should take about 5,000 -10,000 IU/day for an adult, an average of 2,000 for children.

Answer provided by Dr. Wesley Nyberg, Waukee Wellness & Chiropractic, 710 Alice’s Road, 978-6661.

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