Flu: Fighting the Flu Without the Shot (cont.)
I had a total abdominal hysterectomy 3 weeks ago. How long will my immune system be compromised, and should I try to get the flu shot? I don't want to take it from someone else who may need it more.
I think your immune system should be just fine by now, and I think people under the age of 65 really don't need the flu shot, unless they have preexisting respiratory disease.
Let's say I get the flu, what should I do to lessen the length and severity of symptoms
First you should know there are three prescription drugs that effectively do this if you take them within 36 hours of first onset of symptoms. It would be a good idea to arrange with a physician how to get these drugs if you do get the flu.
Other than that, you can try the homeopathic remedies or black elderberry syrup, which shows some efficacy against flu, and treat the symptoms as needed.
What are the 3 prescription drugs available to fight the flu symptoms?
The first one is called Tamiflu; the second is amantidine; and the third is Relenza. These have somewhat different indications and effects, so it would be best to talk to your physician about which one to keep on hand or to have a prescription for in case you need it.
Does the flu mist work well? Why don't they recommend it for those over 49?
Flu mist does work well. It's a live virus vaccine as opposed to the shot, which is a killed virus. The concern in older people is they may be at greater risk for vaccine reactions from a live virus product because their immune systems are not as efficient. However, I think it's perfectly okay for people up to 65 to use the flu mist. Flu mist is available, although the supplies are also limited. It also costs more than the flu shot.
I understand that slippery elm is good for a flu-related sore throat, but in what format? I can't imagine a tablet will help once in the stomach.
There are slippery elm lozenges that you can buy in the health food store. You can suck on them and they soothe a sore throat.
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