Smiling is good for the soul.
Just last week on Defacto Dentists, we looked at the reasons why we should smile more. Not only is it a great natural mood booster, make us more attractive and make us appear more trustworthy and welcoming, but it turns out that it is really good for our immune systems too.
Getting sick is nothing to smile about.
It’s getting to that time of year where the seasons change and everyone starts feeling a little bit under the weather. People stock up their medicine cabinets for winter months and the flu jab adverts start to appear on TV.
The flu jab is a vaccination available in the UK to help prevent us becoming ill during the winter months. During these months we are most prone to getting sick. However, scientists have recently discovered that smiling and being upbeat and happy while being vaccinated helps boost the effectiveness of the vaccine!
Getting jabs is never fun but cracking a smile before, during and after receiving the jab could boost your chances of not becoming ill this winter, so it’s worth a shot!
What makes you smile?
If you are due to get the flu jab during this autumn or winter, think about what makes you smile. What lifts your mood and makes you feel happy? It could be spending time with your family and friends or being outside in the fresh air. Maybe it’s treating yourself to something from your favourite shop! If you spend time getting into a happier mood before your vaccination, it could help you feel better! It could also relieve any anxiety or worry that you feel about getting the jab.
When should you get the jab?
Ideally, you should get it in October or November but it is fine to get it further into the winter. Speak to your GP about being vaccinated and they will be able to provide you with further information or take a look on the NHS website to find out more.