Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Vegans and Bird Flu Shots

A question that comes up often is "Do vegans get bird flu shots?" My answer to that is that vegans do not consume or wear animal products. Why a person chooses to be a vegan, or what population a person belongs to (seniors and people with a compromised immune system) should be considered. This is not an argument that someone else can decide for you.

If a person has an allergy to peanuts, they could go into anaphylactic shock and die from eating peanuts. If a person chooses to become a vegan because they do not want to harm animals, and the flu could compromise their life, they need to make an educated choice. There are nutritional supplements and foods that might strengthen their immune system enough to possibly avoid the flu, that is a choice, as well.

Lots of people choose to become vegan to prevent suffering. When thinking compassionately about the worlds creatures, don't forget to include yourself. Could you possibly suffer from being afflicted from the flu? I hear a resounding; "YES, I had it last year!!!"

I can't give an educated opinion about that question. If it is a personal concern, I would recommend discussing it with a Naturopathic Physician who can probably recommend a homeopathic vegan product that is recommended for flu protection in the high risk populations.

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