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Immunity and You!

Immunity and You!

Having a strong Immune System gives you a stronger chance of fighting off colds and flu. 

 Your Immune System does the job of keeping disease causing micro-organisms (viruses that cause colds and flu) from making you sick. When your Immune System is strong it can do a fantastic job of defeating these viruses and keeping you healthy. 


How do you keep your Immune System in tip top shape?

Hand Washing

Regularly washing your hands has been proven as a way to stop the spread of viruses and keep you healthy. It is recommended to wash them for 20 seconds and then dry them for a further 20 seconds. IF soap and water is unavailable hand sanitizer can be used.

Fruit and Vegetables

 5 plus a day is the recommended intake of fruit and vegetables each day. Eating a rainbow of coloured fruit and vegetables will help to ensure you are eating a healthy diet and keep germs away. Using a mix of fresh and frozen and choosing in season fruit and vegetables will help to keep your budget in control. If you have a child that is a fussy eater topping up their diet with a supplement may be of use


 Smoking is bad for you and your health as well as your family and friends that are around you, by damaging the lungs and heart and causes many other issues.


Drinking too much alcohol will weaken you immunity and cause bad health. Reducing your alcohol intake or no longer drinking alcohol will vastly improve your health and save you money at the same time. 

Unwell People

Speaks for itself but if you are around unwell people you are likely to also get sick.  Wearing a mask may be of some benefit if you can not avoid contact with someone who is sick.


Boost your Immune System by getting regular exercise, it will make you feel so good!  2.5 hours of moderate exercise each week is ideal, planning your week in advance is a good way to make sure you can fit this into your daily life. 


Set a routine (go to bed at the same time each night and wake at the same time each morning). The recommendation is to get between 7 - 9 hours of sleep each night, getting enough quality sleep is deemed essential to ensuring your well being, physical and mental health.Its a good sign your body is in a good sleep routine if you fall asleep 15 - 20 minutes after going to bed. 


Keep your stress levels in check, too much stress can cause your Immune System to weaken.

Dietary Supplements 

Dietary supplements can be taken in addition to living a healthy lifestyle to help boost your immune system. Probiotics are good bacteria that help to boost the immune system and look after digestive health or You can also take immune boosting supplements like to help protect your immune system from viruses. 


Keep your vaccinations up to date, these prepare your body to take action when you come into contact with certain viruses. The flu vaccine is free for many each year. Contact Unichem Brighton Village Pharmacy or Unichem Rolleston Central Pharmacy for further information on how to get vaccinated this year for the Flu. 

Public Health Advice

The Ministry of Health or Government give public health advice.

If you have flu-like symptoms or suspect you may have COVID-19, please phone your GP or the dedicated coronavirus Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice. Please do not turn up to your GP, after hours or emergency department without phoning ahead first.

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