Is it worth getting the flu shot? Are there any alternative cures for the flu that work? I know, it’s still only September (as I’m writing this) but like it or not, Fall is almost upon us. And that means you should be starting to think about protecting yourself and your family during the flu season.If you do happen to catch a cold or the flu, any one of hundreds of different viruses could be responsible. These viruses alter themselves each year according to their environment. It’s because of this that a traditional medical cure just isn’t possible. That’s why many of the same remedies used by our ancestors are still used today to provide relief and shorten the time the flu virus affects us.
On average, the flu virus will affect between 10 and 35% of us each year, depending on how infectious it is during the season, and also depending on how well we protect ourselves.
So really, there are no real cures for the flu and the flu shot is only a partial defense. And actually, none are needed. Our bodies tend to recover quite well on their own. But taking precautions before the season starts and using the recommended remedies if you do happen to catch it, will reduce the time you will have to suffer from it.
Whenever you get people together in close quarters, then these conditions are ideal for the spread of viruses, including the flu. This probably explains why so many kids between the ages of 5 and 18 catch the flu each year. But in older adults serious complications can develop and also in people whose immune system is weakened due to other conditions such as diabetes, asthma, cancer or AIDS.
For quite a number of years now, antibiotics have been over-prescribed to deal with flu and other viral illnesses. So much so that they have less effect in controlling the symptoms. Some disease causing bacteria have become immune to these drugs and the flu virus has mutated because of them.
When it comes to cures for the flu it seems we are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Several billion dollars are spent each year on over-the-counter cough and cold remedies. And every year the pharmaceutical companies come out with a new flu shot to fight against the latest flu virus strain. The problem is that the virus mutates each year and the flu shot is made based on last year’s virus.
Many people nowadays are turning to alternative cures for the flu to alleviate the symptoms. These alternative forms of treatment are thought to be less invasive and less toxic on your body. One of the best things you can do about the flu is to be proactive. It’s much easier to take precautions against catching the flu than it is to deal with it after you have caught it.