Fall is upon us and winter is just around the corner, and that brings influenza season. Flu season begins in October and can last throughout May. Typical flu symptoms include fever (in some people), chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. The flu virus is extremely contagious and can spread from one person to another when someone talks, sneezes, or coughs, even 6 feet away. The flu virus can even survive on surfaces and can spread when someone touches that surface and then touches their mouths and noses. Someone with the flu can infect others about 1 day before symptoms start and about 1 week after becoming ill. The flu can last anywhere from a few days, to a few weeks.
During this time, many people will be lining up to get their flu vaccines, with the hope of preventing the flu completely. However, Rice University recently released a study showing that the 2018 flu vaccine will only have a 20% efficacy. This means that in a population, 20% fewer vaccination people will get the flu compared to unvaccinated people.
Whether you decide to get the flu vaccine or not, it is important to strengthen the immune system to prevent getting the flu. If you are infected by the flu, there are many things that can be done to help the body fight and get better faster. Here are some examples of how to prevent getting the flu and what can be done if you catch the flu:
The above recommendations are just some basics. There are many other vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are also very effective at preventing the flu and supporting the body when the body has the flu. Please speak with your naturopathic doctor to create an individualized treatment plan for your specific concerns.
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