From early February, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) showed widespread activity of influenza in 16 states, up from five the previous week. In addition, four children have died of flu-related complications this season, with deaths in Texas, Colorado, New York, and Tennessee.
Overall, this year’s flu vaccine is a “good match” in terms of protection against the type of flu viruses circulating in the community. The vaccine is designed to combat two A-type viruses and one B-type virus. The vaccine is turning out to be good protection against A-types, but not the B-type.
Experts typically recommend you get a flu shot as soon as it’s available, typically in November. This is because the flu virus can sometimes get spread in the community before Thanksgiving. The flu this year is starting late in mid-February and may last through March or April. There are three strains of flu virus. A second wave of a different flu strain almost always sweeps through communities, and peak activity can last for six to eight weeks.
So…believe it or not, it’s still not too late to get a flu shot according to some experts.
It takes two weeks after you’re vaccinated to get full protection, but you probably get at least some protection soon after getting a flu shot.
Other preventative treatments include:
1. Homeopathic Oscillococcinum for prevention and treatment of flu.
2. Dolivaxil is a homeopathic flu vaccine based on the World Health Organization’s predictions of which viral strains are likely to contribute most to influenza.
3. Olive leaf extract- 500mg 2-3 times per day.
4. Asian Medicinal Mushrooms that help boost the immune system.
5. Vitamin C
6. Eat well, and avoid caffeine and sugars
8. Lots and lots of water
9. Wash your hands
10. Flu vaccine