Fighting off the Flu by Strengthening Your Immune System
Influenza spreads mainly from person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. It’s possible for healthy people to develop severe illness from the flu so anyone concerned about their illness should consult a health care provider. Treatment with antiviral medications is recommended as early as possible for any patient with confirmed or suspected influenza who is hospitalized; has severe, complicated, or progressive illness; or is at higher risk for influenza complications. Persons at higher risk for influenza complications in whom antiviral treatment is recommended include children younger than 2 years of age, adults 65 and older, persons with certain medical conditions, pregnant or postpartum women, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, and residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities.
Proper nutritional support can strengthen your immune system, and help to reduce the risk of infection, as well as reduce the duration of symptoms if you do get the flu or a cold. The following may help:
o Vitamin C
o Beta 1,3 glucan
o Coenzyme Q10
o Vitamin D3
o Elderberry extract
In addition to fortifying your immune system, take everyday actions to stay healthy, such as washing your hands often, and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth which promotes germ spread. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze. Ask our pharmacist or professional staff to recommend the most appropriate type of immune support for each member of your family.