How to Increase Your Immune System this Holiday Season @TOPublicHealth

The holiday season is fast approaching and sometimes it brings more than joy. With important work deadlines, family plans and sometimes stress, it’s also a common time of the year for our bodies to become drained, leading to illness.

Here’s how you can ensure peak holiday health:

  1. Incorporate more Vitamin C into your diet organically. This means choosing foods like oranges, red peppers and broccoli instead of popping synthetic vitamins.
  2. Skip the sugar. We tend to lose sight of eating well over the holidays and indulge in things we usually wouldn’t, which can compromise our bodies.
  3. Consider the FLU Shot: Toronto Public Health flu clinic locations are wheelchair accessible and parking is available. To avoid a lineup, make an appointment online.

Some facts about the Influenza virus:

  • The infection spreads by droplets when talking, sneezing or coughing.
  • Kids and adults can spread the infection before they have any symptoms.
  • Seniors, children and those with a weak immune system can get very sick.
  • Influenza can worsen medical conditions such as heart and lung disease.
  • It can cause pneumonia and blood infections.

6 Step to Staying Healthy:

  1. Get your flu shot early
  2. Wash your hands often
  3. Avoid touching your eyes and face
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze
  5. Do not share drinking cups and utensils
  6. Do the fist bump instead of shaking hands


According to Toronto Public Health, getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent infection. It takes two weeks for protection to develop. Flu viruses can live on surfaces for hours, so clean your hands a lot with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs and avoid touching your face. For more Information and to see a schedule of free Flu Clinics in Toronto, call the Immunization Line at 416-392-1250 or visit the Influenza website (

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