Foil the Flu
Fred and Christine Cheng, Pharmacists.
We take for granted that the cold and flu season will just come and go; that we will get the chills and sniffles for a week and then things will be back to normal. That is such a grave misconception! Many people actually become debilitatingly ill, with the older adult population and patients with chronic diseases amongst those at highest risk of complications from the seasonal flu. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to prepare yourself properly in order to stay healthy this flu season.
What can you do to arm yourself against the flu? Well, the best habit to get into is to have adequate sleep, regular exercise, minimize stress, drink enough fluids, eat a regular healthy diet, and wash your hands regularly. Avoiding crowds during the flu season and even wearing a mask in crowded places will also help. To prevent yourself from spreading germs, it’s always a good idea to sneeze into your elbow or forearm, and to avoid contact with others for 24 hours after your fever subsides (except to see your doctor). But, guess what the best way to prevent the flu and minimize its severity is? Getting an annual flu vaccination from your doctor or pharmacist! In most cases, it will be of no cost to you. The flu shot is well-tolerated, and will greatly minimize your risk of hospitalization and complications.
If you decide against the flu shot, or if you would like to boost the benefits of the vaccination, there are some viable options out there. Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist first, though. An appropriate probiotic helps promote a solid foundation for a healthy immune system. In preparation for the flu season, a homeopathic regimen of once weekly Thymuline 9CH and Influenzinum 9CH for 5-10 weeks help prepare your body against the flu and can help boost the effects of a flu shot. Oscillococcinum, which is a homeopathic remedy, and a super-charged echinacea blend called Esberitox works best at the very onset of symptoms. If you already have some cold- and flu-related respiratory symptoms, such as an irritated throat or sinus, a pair of delicious herbal syrups called Umcka and Sambucus can help get you through your misery.
So, there are many ways to stay healthy this flu season, but whatever method you choose, be sureto discuss it thoroughly with your favourite doctor or pharmacist. We urge you to get fully prepared for the flu season, and let Jack Frost be the only one nipping at your nose this winter.
Christine and Fred Cheng are a sister-brother pharmacist team at their unique family-owned and operated Pharmasave in Cloverdale, BC. They specialize in natural remedies and compounding for both human and veterinarian use. They would love to hear from you! Contact them HERE.