The flu vaccine is minimally effective even in the years that they guess at the correct strain -sometimes as low as 10 or 12%. The way to keep your kids and yourself from getting the flu is to eat nutritious foods, get plenty of sleep, keep the humidity in your home at a normal level with humidifiers, take lots and lots of Vitamin D and wash your hands.

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