Despite a Scarcity of Vaccinations Healthy Adults Don't Have to Succumb to the Flu

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You could suddenly be at the greatest risk of contracting influenza if you are a normal, healthy adult. Due to limited availability of the inoculation for the flu, if you are under 65, in good health, are not pregnant, and don’t have children under six months, you have been instructed not to get a flu shot this year. On October 6, 2004, the Associated Press alerted “Healthy people should hold off on flu shots” according to a “top federal health official.”

Does this mean you must succumb to the sick season?

“Leave it to others to spend the winter in bed, with chills, a wrapped in a blanket with a thermometer protruding from the mouth,” explains Phyllis Rogers, author of Over 40 & Gettin’ Stronger —Gain Strength and Build Muscle as Fast as a 21-Year-Old (Fitness Press, $19.95 at “There are a several things you can do to avoid getting the flu this season, and every season. While some you’ve heard before, one is emerging as the ‘secret weapon’ against influenza.”

Phyllis Rogers, The Associated Press and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide three well-known ways and one lesser-known SECRET WEAPON that are proven effective at reducing your chances of getting the flu this season:

1.    Keep your distance from others you know are sick.

2.    Wash your hands often and thoroughly to avoid the spread of germs.

3.    Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose, the places where germs enter your body.

4.    SECRET WEAPON: Boost your immune system with regular exercise. According to The American Counsel on Exercise (ACE), a survey conducted during the '80s revealed that 61 percent of 700 recreational runners reported fewer colds since they began running, while only 4 percent felt they had experienced more. Likewise, Reuters Health announced that older men who exercise regularly may not only keep themselves in good shape, they may also give their immune systems a boost. Finally, HealthDayNews reports that older adults who do moderate resistance exercise over a long period of time can boost their immune system, says a study be researchers at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada

“Preventing illness could bet just one of many benefits of staying physically active,” according to Rogers. Strength training has been shown to boost energy, reduce the risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, and more. It is proven to help older adults remain independent and self-sufficient. And, it boosts self-esteem, self-worth, and confidence. Some doctors even suggest you may reduce your risks for illness and injury by up to 85 percent.

“Strength training truly is the closest thing we’ve found to a fountain of youth,” Rogers concludes. And taking steps to improve your physical health certainly cannot hurt when trying to avoid getting the flu this season.

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BIO: Phyllis Rogers, Certified Specialist in Fitness for Older Adults

Though difficult to tell by her active lifestyle and empty medicine cabinet, Phyllis Rogers is herself a senior citizen. She is also a certified personal trainer and Specialist in Fitness for Older Adults who has worked with thousands of older adults, ranging from 40 to 105 in age, to help them become stronger.

Fortunately, when Phyllis started working with older adults, she didn’t know that “old” people were “supposed” to exercise sitting down. So she created a program she knew from experience simply worked, using the same exercises bodybuilders use.

She now has a business that provides instructors who teach strength training classes at retirement facilities and community locations and currently has four instructors working for her. The best part of her job? “We see miracles every day,” says Rogers.

“Over 40 & Gettin’ Stronger is a breath of fresh air... a no-nonsense, no scientific jargon-laden, step-by-step approach to accomplishing what every older adult wants — a healthier, injury-free, fun-filled way of life.”

— Frederick C. Hatfield, President, International Sports Sciences Association

Over 40 & Gettin’ Stronger, Fitness Press, Phyllis Rogers, Fitness, ISBN: 0-9749252-0-9; $19.95


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