The flu season is upon us, and it’s a serious one this year. Many people are getting sick, and the numbers just keep going up. In some states, government officials have called for states of emergency to deal with the epidemic. All of this means that you need to be careful, and you should have on hand the right remedies in case you start to succumb to the first signs of flu.
While the flu comes from horses and pigs, ducks are actually the most common source of the virus. In fact, flu research centers keep on hand many thousands of samples of duck livers, hearts and other organs, as references for different strains of influenza. Is it a particularly bad flu season? Blame it on the ducks. We have a long road ahead of us until flu season is over around May.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that approximately 55 percent of Americans do not get flu shots – and that getting one is the easiest way to prevent getting sick. Early estimates show that flu shots are about 60 percent effective this year, again according to CDC. So while you may get a flu shot, you can still get the flu.
Many people are wary of flu shots and choose not to get them due to concerns over safety. For the most part, flu shots are safe and at least somewhat effective. Their effectiveness depends to a great extent on how quickly flu viruses mutate.
However, apart from the vaccine, there are various natural remedies one can utilize to combat the dreaded virus. To boost your chances of staying well, there are a few supplements you should keep on hand that just may tip the scales in your favor if flu strikes.