I told you recently that the government is considering making the swine flu vaccine mandatory—never mind the fact that the vaccine itself has been rushed through the testing and approval process.

If that happens, good luck refusing the shot. Under the Emergency Medical Powers Act, the government would have the right to quarantine you indefinitely and consider you a felon.

If worst comes to worst, and this experimental flu shot is forced on a population of guinea pigs, you don't have to just roll up your sleeves and hope for the best. There are a few steps you can take to minimize the damage.

A recent interview with Dr. Russell L. Blaylock over at the Nutrimedical Report contains some tips that could come in handy if you're ever forced to get this – or any other – vaccination.

Since the vaccine can send your immune system into overdrive and cause your inflammatory response to go haywire, your goal should be to head off your body's immune reaction.

Before you get the injection, be sure to load up on flavonoids. They're particularly powerful at suppressing a long-term immune reaction. You can get these from green tea and ginkgo, but if you really want a boost, take a supplement that contains curcumin, quercetin, ferulic acid and ellagic acid.

If you're not already taking fish oil, now's the time to start. Taking it an hour or so before your injection can limit the amount of brain inflammation.

Vitamins C, E, and D are also powerful anti-inflammatories.

Immediately after your forced injection, put an icepack wherever they stuck you. This blocks your immune reaction. Take one with you to the needle-happy doctor's office so you have it ready.

But what if you're not forced to get the vaccine?

I don't think the swine flu will ever become as widespread as the media and Big Pharma would have you believe, but it doesn't hurt to take steps to safeguard your immune system just in case.

Build immunity to fight disease

Let's say you're wily enough to dodge that needle – now what?

First, don't panic. You've made the right choice. You don't need a rushed and poorly tested vaccine to stay healthy. You just need a body with a good immune system — and that's something you can take care of yourself without the help of Uncle Sam.

Viruses love your digestive system. It's got everything they need to take hold, multiply and begin to make you sick. But if you take some probiotics, which contain beneficial live bacteria, suddenly your stomach and gut aren't so friendly to the viruses anymore.

Then, strengthen your immune system with some of the best vitamins, nutrients and supplements. You want to load up on a quality vitamin C supplement, as well as vitamin A, vitamin D, the amino acid NAC and echinacea.

Adaptogens such as eleutherococcus, schisandra and codonopsis all have been shown to have a great effect on your immune system as well.

Just don't wait for illness to strike to see the light – start working these into your routine before you get sick. Get enough sleep and spend some time outdoors and you'll also help keep your body functioning the way it should.

If it sounds easy, that's because it is.

Don't fall for the Chicken Little act all the "experts" pull on TV. These are the same clowns who tried to get us to panic over bird flu, SARS, mad cow and monkey pox – and I'm sure they'll be pointing fingers at some other poor animal next.

And when they do, you'll be prepared.