As of March 7, 2019, the CDC says during week #9, influenza A(H3) viruses were reported more frequently than influenza A(H1N1) viruses.  During the most recent 3 weeks, influenza A (H3) viruses were reported more frequently than influenza A (H1N1) viruses in certain regions. 

The key to staying healthy is a healthy immune system. Common sense lifestyles  promote health and prevents infection. 80% of the Immune system lives in the Intestinal tract: 

  • Optimizes intestinal health includes proper nutrition. Avoid sugars and processed foods. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids, like warm teas and fresh, pure water will help flush out your system and keep it clean. Start your day with a glass of water with the juice of a lemon or a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to help alkalize your system. 

  • Optimize Vitamin D levels. This is one of the absolute best strategies of avoiding infections. Vitamin D deficiency is a major culprit behind catching the seasonal flu. Ask your practitioner to have your vitamin D levels monitored to confirm your levels are therapeutic at 50-70 ng.ml. 

  • Fish oils: EPA and DHA will hinder the replication of the virus, 2grams /day. 

  • Vitamin C: Liposomal Ascorbic acid, 500mg 2x/day. 

Get plenty of sleep, manage stress and boost your immune system with Acupuncture.  

Study after study has shown that acupuncture can boost the immune system and shorten the duration of a cold/flu. Acupuncture can help the sinuses to open up and drain. It can relieve sinus headaches as well as frontal, temple, or occipital headaches. Acupuncture can also help to move congestion in the chest, reduce sore throats, and reduce frequency of coughing. Chinese herbal remedies may also be prescribed which have anti-viral properties to accelerate healing and reduce symptoms.  

Hand and Respiratory Hygiene 

• Frequent hand-washing is one of the best precautions we can take against communicable disease. Don’t waste your money on antimicrobial soaps - they simply don’t work on viruses like the cold or the flu. In fact, the Environmental Work Group reports the ingredients in Purell may be potential causes for endocrine disruption, allergies, immunotoxicity and skin, eye or lung irritations. Simple use a nice soap from a health-food store instead. 

• A Netti Pot is an ancient therapy that works as a preventive measure by flushing out germs, dirt and allergens of your nasal passages. If you are actively sick use the Netti Pot or a pre-mixed Saline Rinse kit more frequently during the day. It will assist thinning mucus and help flush it out of the nasal passage. 

Medically Supervised Flu Protocols 

Ask your Integrative and Functional Medicine Provider or Naturopath to guide you through a Flu protocol. Consider establishing a relationship with these practitioners for a routine physical and Vitamin D level evaluation early in the season. 

Some powerful herbals include: 

Oregano Oil (polyphenol 73%)- Oregano is used for respiratory tract disorders such as coughs, asthma, croup, and bronchitis. It is also used for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders such as heartburn and bloating.  

NAC increases glutathione, your body’s master antioxidant, by about 30 percent. It helps you fight off oxidative stress and free radical damage, which blocks inflammation and slows down aging. 

Olive leaf extract has antiviral properties and has been found to fight herpes, cold sores, mononucleosis, rotavirus, and possibly influenza and HIV.  

Homeopathics. The Top 3 remedies for boosting the immune system are as follows:  

Allium cepa- This medicine contains a low amount of red onion. It is used for relieving nasal congestion and treats teary eyes. It is ideal for improving immunity against cold and influenza.   

Gelsemium- This remedy is derived from the vine called Gelsemium sempervirens. It treats cold and flu symptoms. Your immunity against body aches and fever get reduced.  

Oscillococcinuim- This homeopathic medicine is also known as Oscillo. This remedy contains a small amount of duck liver and duck heart. It should be taken on the first day when you experience flu symptoms. It strengthens your immune system against germs, which cause cold and related conditions.  

Seek Emergency Help if you have or experiencing severe symptoms these may include: vomiting, diarrhea, not eating, change in mental status such as confusion and difficulty breathing