As the air temperature started to drop, we’ve all begun to be on guard against the flu. The likelihood of getting the flu varies from person to person. One of the reasons for this change is the immune system. Viruses such as influenza (flu) and rhinovirus (common cold) are more dangerous for individuals with autoimmune diseases than others because these viruses tend to exacerbate the illness. In this article, we will talk about what autoimmune diseases are, the relationship between influenza and autoimmune diseases, and what people with autoimmune diseases can do to prevent the flu.

What are autoimmune diseases?

Our immune system tries to protect our body against bacteria, viruses, and microbes. There are various mechanisms in our immune system that enable the differentiation of foreign cells and body cells. Problems occurring in these mechanisms cause the body cell to be perceived as a foreign cell. Autoimmune diseases are conditions in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s normal tissues. Autoimmune diseases can affect many tissues and organs. The cause of autoimmune diseases is not fully known. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases. The most common of these are:

  • Diabetes
  • Hashimoto
  • Psoriasis
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Gluten-sensitive enteropathy
  • Behçet’s syndrome
  • Lupus (SLE)

Scientists have not yet fully explained why autoimmune diseases develop.

Flu in People with Autoimmune Diseases

When our body’s defense system does not function as it should, we may be less likely to survive infections such as the flu. Autoimmune diseases are one of the diseases that disrupt the perfection of our immune system. Flu causes a more painful process in people with one of the autoimmune diseases compared to other people. Studies have determined that people with autoimmune diseases make special efforts to support normal inflammation levels during the winter months and that increased inflammation worsens the outcome of the disease during the winter months. [1]

Inflammation: Generally speaking, inflammation is the body’s reaction to an irritant. This irritant can be a microbe or a foreign object. [2]

Viral infections can aggravate autoimmune diseases. Reducing the stimulation of the immune system by multiple triggers increases the resistance to flu, cold for autoimmune patients.

What can autoimmune patients do to avoid the flu?

Studies have shown that the vaccination benefits of the influenza A (H1N1) vaccine for autoimmune diseases outweighs the risks. [3]

  • Vitamins

Make sure that your various vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and zinc are complete, consult your doctor for deficiency symptoms, and supplement the correct dose.

  • Nutrition and Exercise

Healthy eating habits and exercises you will do 2-3 days a week support your immune system and help prevent flu and cold.

  • Probiotic Supplement

You can support your immune system by taking regular and adequate probiotic supplements. A supported and strengthened immune system provides a more resistant state against diseases.

Protecting people with autoimmune diseases from the flu and strengthening their immune systems is very important for their health conditions. FluAI is with you anytime, anywhere with its completely personal recommendations and fast analysis. FluAI saves you from this risk when the risk of infection from hospitals is increasing. You can download FluAI from the Play Store and App Store right now.


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