Eat these flu-fighting foods to boost immunity

Doctors suggest you get a flu shot before the end of October. There are also several foods you can eat to fight the flu. (Photo: KOMO News)

TUKWILA, Wash. -- Coming off one of the deadliest flu seasons in Washington’s history, now is the time to make sure you're protected for this season.

Doctors suggest you get the flu shot before the end of October.

"Yeah, there's a lot of myths. The flu shot does last the whole year. It's not a, 'get it too early' deal. It's going to last the whole year, it's not just a few months. So you're definitely protected if you get it now, it will last the whole flu season," said Dr. Aaron Agan with AFC Urgent Care Southcenter.

Along with getting vaccinated and encouraging your co-workers, friends and family to do the same, Agan also reminds everyone that handwashing is key, together with covering sneezes and coughs, since he said the spray can travel 6 feet and be contagious three days before feeling sick.

What you eat can also boost your immunity against the flu.

The first of the top five flu-fighting foods is not an old wives' tale.

“Like Mom always said and Grandma, chicken noodle soup! Chicken noodle soups contain carnosine which helps mobilize the immune system,” said Agan.

So what else should you eat to fight off the flu?

Whole grains, because these help build healthy bacteria in your stomach and are loaded with zinc.

Five servings of fruits and vegetables, every day.

Garlic, which contains an enzyme that helps boost immunity.

And finally salmon, tuna and trout, because fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which can increase activity of white blood cells. Doctors suggest three servings of fish every week during flu season.

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