What to Do About the Flu?

Patch readers and medical professionals share tips about battling the seasonal flu.

By Patch Staff

Like a winter storm, flu season is heading our way.

The flu appears to be the worst in four years in California, according to early data from the Centers for Disease Control. The 2012-13 flu season in California has reached a moderate-to-high level, the most severe since a huge spike in flu activity was reported in late fall of 2009.

In the San Fransisco Bay Area, flu activity is moderate around San Fransisco and San Jose, and low in the East Bay, according to the CDC. That's much better than areas of the South and Northeast, where flu activity is high or even intense.

But the flu likes to travel via planes and trains during the holiday season, so prepare yourself. We asked Patch readers via Facebook to share their best advice.

The No. 1 suggestion from Patch Facebook fans was to get a flu shot. That's what experts recommend as well and, earlier this month, more than one-third of U.S. residents had received the influenza vaccine.

But if you aren't in that vaccinated group or you—heaven forbid—are but get sick anyway, here are some tips to stay healthy and beat the flu bug fast.

A reader in Pacifica suggested "Extra vit D, probiotics, organic apple cider vinegar, super foods...always good to boost your immune system naturally."

Rex, from Menlo Park-Altheron Patch, recommended green juice and lots of water.

Rhonda, a Palo Alto Patch reader, said she got a bug last week. Staying home to rest helped her feel better.

Kelli, a Redwood City-Woodside Patch reader, said she's getting a lot of sleep and remembering to wash her hands often.

Vicks, the cold and cough medicine producer, has lots of information about the illness on its website. Learn about the cycle of a cold or how differentiate between symptoms of a cold, the flu and allergies.


Tell us in comments: how do you stay healthy during flu season? Got any advice on how to speed up recovery if you do get sick, like a killer chicken noodle soup recipe or immune-boosting tea?

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Peter Cook December 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I can heartily recommend a good chicken broth. I made one the other night. The chicken squawked a bit when I dropped it in the boiling water but it soon quietened down. I am a bit worried that I might get bird flu now though.
Peter Cook December 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Someone just emailed me to say that I am getting chickens confused with lobsters. Sorry about that confusion. It wasn't a well looking chicken anyway.
Dr.Will December 19, 2012 at 12:49 PM
To avoid all respiratory infections this winter, including the flu, "Do not touch the T Zone"! It is the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth which are the only portal of entry into the human body for all respiratory infections.
Peter Cook December 20, 2012 at 09:12 AM
I think it is the weather. I'm beginning to think there may be something in this climate change after all. Four months ago it was very warm and now it's quite cold. .


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