“It is the worst winter outbreak for influenza and viruses for 10 years.” Dr Philip Monk, a communicable diseases consultant has said. “There are a lot of illnesses out there.”
One of the big three flu strains affecting people at the moment is the H1 N1 Swine Flu virus, from which a surprising number have died this year.
If you are vulnerable (that means you are elderly, have a major illness or you’re pregnant) go and get a flu jab from your doctor to avoid needless harm – it only takes a couple of minutes.
What can anyone do to increase their immunity?
You should follow the basic rules of hygiene. Also, eat plenty of healthy food and take supplements to improve your immunity. Stay active but rest as well, and avoid going on a detox diet that might flush out your nutrients.
One example of a helpful immunity supplement is Sambucol, an extract from the powerful black elderberry, which now comes in tablet form. The antioxidants in black elderberries are noted to protect your cells and it has been found to help 90% of people recover from flu within 3 days. (Dr Madeleine Mumcuoglu, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 1995;4:361-369) It is apparantly also the only live shop bought product suitable for people with diabetes.