Flu season is already shaping up to be one of the worst seasons in over a decade, claiming the lives of nearly 20 children across the U.S. and 7% of senior deaths over the last month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...even in a very good year the influenza vaccine is only about 60% effective. And, the projection of how effective it is going to be against the H3N2 this year is about 30%" as reported by www.foxbusiness.com.
What can you do to protect you and your family? Your best option is to prevent getting the flu. Your immune health starts in your gut, and thus you should be eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, with minimum processed sugars or processed foods. A good daily probiotic will also help your gut to build good bacteria. You may also want to take immune boosting herbs. My favorite formula is Yu Ping Feng San, as well as taking camu camu berry powder which is full of vitamin C. Dry brushing can help to move the lymph system and boost the immune system. Wearing scarves and wrapping up when you go outside is also advised. Then lastly you can make sure that you are receiving regular acupuncture to boost the immune system. Acupuncture can help raise your immune enhancing hormones and white blood cell count for three days following an acupuncture treatment. Thus, acupuncture has been proven to help raise the immune system or cut the duration of a cold/flu. If you do get sick, make sure to flush out your system with plenty of water, wrap up, and eat spicy food to help drain the mucus from your sinuses.