Influenza or the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It can range from mild to severe and can lead to death in individuals with compromised immune systems and the elderly. Immune Formula will help build your immune system to prevent colds and flus.
Typical Influenza Symptoms
- Fever(usually high)
- Extreme Fatigue
- Dry Cough
- Sore Throat
- Runny or Stuffy Nose
- Body Aches
- Stomach Upset such as Nausea, Vomiting and Diarrhea.
Is It A Cold or The Flue?
- Bacterial Pneumonia
- Worsening of chronic medical conditions such as Congestive Heart Failure, Asthma, Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disorder or Diabetes.
There is no cure for the common cold. Upper respiratory infections or colds are an inflammation of the upper respiratory tract caused by many different virus strains.
Colds are spread mainly from person to person through coughs, sneezes, andmucus on a person's hands. You can pick up the virus from books, towels, door handles, etc. that people with a cold virus have touched. Colds may last in diminishing severity for two to four weeks.
Cold and the flu are caused by different viruses. Cold and flu symptoms are similar but have different intensity levels. A cold usually begins with minor sniffling and sneezine, while the flu hits you all at once. A cold rarely moves into the lungs, but the flu can cause pneumonia. Fatigue and muscle aches are more severe with the flu.
Typical Cold Symptoms
Typical Flu Symptoms
- A Scratchy, Sore Throat
- A Stuffy or Runny Nose
- A Cough
The flu spreads in respiratory droplets caused by coughing and sneezing. It usually spreads person to person, though it can be spread by touching something with the virus on it.
- Chills and Fevers
- Severe Muscle Achyness and Pain
It is possible to infect others beginning 1 day before you get the symptoms and up to 7 days after getting sick. This means you can infect someone before you even realize you are sick.
Preventing The Flu
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a vaccine each fall. Unfortunately this year only high risk individuals may be able to get the vaccine due to contaminations in some of the vaccines. If you are a high risk person you should be able to get it, your best bet is to talk to your health care professional.
When to Get Vaccinated
October to November is the best time to get vaccinated. The flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
High Risk Individuals
The above people are at high risk for serious flu complications. People who are not included in one of the priority groups are asked forego or defer vaccination because of the limited vaccation supplies.
- All Children aged 6-23 months.
- Adults aged 65 years and older.
- Persons aged 2-64 years with underlying chronic medical conditions.
- Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season.
- Residents of nursing homes and long-care facilities.
- Children aged 6 months-18 years on chronic aspirin therapy.
- Health care workers involved in direct patient care.
Who Should Not Be Vaccinated
- People who have a severe allery to chicken eggs.
- People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vacation in the past.
- People who developed Guillain-Barre (GBS) within getting an influenza previously.
- Children less than 6 months of age.
- People who are sick with a fever.
Natural Alternatives to Improve Immune System Response
- Drink Plenty of Fluids, avoid milk and salty foods
- Get plenty of rest, inadequate rest can worsen symptoms, delay recovery and even cause relapses.
- Humidify air, moist air decreases swelling of the respiratory tract and helps to clear mucous.
- Avoid tobacco, smokers catch more viruses and have a tendency to develop complications.
- Eat a balanced diet.
Immune Formula contains two of the most famous adaptogen herbs, Astragalus and Echinacea they work together to boost the immune system, thereby enhancing the feelings of general well-being and recovery and prevention from illness.