Keeping up to date with vaccines, including the flu vaccine, can help build a stronger immune response and provide better protection against viruses.1
Things you can do to support your immune system include:
- Get enough sleep. While sleeping, your body produces and releases cytokines – a protein that targets infections.2
- Exercise regularly. Physical activity prompts antibodies and white blood cells to travel throughout the body more quickly, ready to identify illnesses.3,4
- Minimise stress. Over time, increased cortisol levels can have a negative effect on several parts of the body, including the immune system.5
- Keep up to date with all vaccines. Vaccines are one of the simplest, most effective things you can do to help prevent and/or reduce the severity of a viral infection.
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- Harvard Medical School. Can the flu shot hurt my immune response? https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/can-the-flu-shot-hurt-my-immune-response. Accessed 31 October 2022.
- Sleep Foundation. How sleep affects your immunity. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/how-sleep-affects-your-immunity. Accessed 22 April 2022.
- University of California. How obesity can rewire the immune system and the response to immunotherapy – and how to change that. https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2022/03/422511/how-obesity-can-rewire-immune-system-and-response-immunotherapy-and-how-change. Accessed 30 March 2022.
- Medline Plus. Exercise and immunity. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007165.htm. Accessed 29 January 2022.
- Mayo Clinic. Chronic stress puts your health at risk. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20046037. Accessed 8 July 2021.
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