At this time of year, medical and government authorities constantly remind us to get vaccinated against the flu, but fail to focus on effective lifestyle measures (other than handwashing) to prevent infection. If immune-compromised people are more likely to get infected, then it's only logical that people who take care to protect their immune system are less likely to get infected. Meanwhile, many people are rightly concerned about adverse side effects of vaccines and their ingredients, such as antibiotics and chemical preservatives. While those same authorities downplay the risks, they rarely mention the government's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), the mere presence of which questions the credibility of the alleged "experts". Additionally, most flu vaccines contain animal tissue, and are not vegan. Whether you choose to vaccinate or not, protecting your immune system is the best way to avoid infection. Learn six ways to protect yourself against colds and flu----no needles needed! We will enjoy a new Indian restaurant location at Akbar Palace in Randallstown (free parking).