Post # 1
I just had the most beautiful winter wedding (I’ll share some pics soon!) that went off without a hitch… but 3 guests came to the event having very, very recently recovered from 2 different flu strains and a nasty chest cold and now, 7 days post wedding, over a dozen of my guests are also sick with one or the other flu (2 of those hit with the flu are so sick they had to be hospitalized!) and my mother has gotten the chest cold bad. I feel so guilty for hosting the event that caused this outbreak. The most recent case is my DH’s father, who we just said goodbye to 2 days ago, and we’ve been staying at my parents house so there has been lots of contact with my mom and her chest cold. Now I’m feeling nervous that Darling Husband and I are next. We are leaving for our honeymoon tomorrow and I’d really like to avoid falling ill on the plane. Does anyone have any immune strengthening tips? Pharmaceutical, homeopathic, old wives tales… I’ll try anything!
Post # 2
I hate to be a downer but if you’ve already been exposed to the flu then it is too late. You’re either going to get sick too or you aren’t. Some people think elderberry syrup helps and there are actual studies out there that somewhat support it’s efficacy. Most places sell it – it’s called Sambucol. You could try it and hope for the best!
Post # 3
Did you get your flu shot?! I know it’s not as effective this year, but it still helps! If not, it’s obviously too late for that if you’ve been exposed. Fiance swears by Emergency-C and Future Mother-In-Law swears by the Zycam gummies you can get at any drug/grocery store. Other than that, make sure you stay very hydrated!! Drink lots of clear, caffeine free fluids. This always seems to work for me when I’m starting to feel under the weather. Some doctors will prescribe TamiFlu if you’ve been exposed but don’t yet have the flu, but obviously that would be a last resort.
Post # 4
The best way to prevent getting the flu is to get an annual flu shot , keep your hands away from your face, and religiously wash your hands. Influenza spreads easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or having face-to-face contact.The virus can also spread when a person touches tiny droplets from a cough or a sneeze on another person or object and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.An infected person can spread the influenza virus even before feeling sick. An adult can spread the virus from about 1 day before to 5 days after symptoms start. Young children may be able to spread the virus for a longer period of time.Symptoms can begin about 1 to 4 days, or an average of 2 days, after a person is first exposed to the influenza virus. Fever and other symptoms can usually last up to 7 to 10 days, but the cough and weakness may last 1 to 2 weeks longer.
Post # 5
mariana1114 : I doubt your wedding caused this epidemic for most of your guests!. LIterally everyone I know is getting sick right and left, so don’t feel guilty. This is a very bad flu season!
Otherwise wash your hands a lot, and try not to touch your face/mouth/nose ect!
Post # 6
Emergen C and lots of water. But if you’re gonna get sick, you’re already exposed. Those will help minimize.
Post # 7
- Wedding: February 2019 - City, State
Exercise 6 days a week, cut refined sugar and processed foods, echinacea, astragalus root, colloidal silver.
Post # 8
I second elderberry. That stuff is amazing.
Post # 9
For colds, take lots of zinc (I use zicam). For the flu, just stick to good hygiene and wash your hands a lot. There isn’t much you can do about the flu if you’ve already been in contact with it a week ago, but I would also bet you would’ve had it by now. The flu shot was fairly useless this year too….I don’t know of many households who escaped this season without a nasty chest infection or flu.
Post # 10
Heading out to the pharmacy to stock up on your suggestions now. Thanks bees!
Post # 11
Have a warm/hot bath – with husband.
We fight off diseases better if our internal body temperature is a little higher than usual.
Stock up on ibuprofen and paracetamol.
Next year get a flu shot.
Post # 12
For prevention, get a flu shot and take Emergen-C or Airborne. We took Airborne every day beginning a couple days before our honeymoon and didn’t get sick from all the icky plane germs/public places. Wash your hands before you touch ANYTHING (before eating/drinking/touching your face/eyes/mouth). Lysol everything in your house if you or your husband gets sick. Just carry the can around hitting doorknobs/light switches/the entire bathroom/whatever surfaces they touch. I did this recently and that combined with extremely careful handwashing kept me from catching a nasty virus. I have also kept up the Airborne since the honeymoon because it makes me feel more energetic and I’m trying to do whatever I can to avoid illness. I did catch a virus over the holidays but it was the shortest-lived virus ever…6 hours of actual symptoms…and I’m convinced it was because my immune system was really strong. The other people who caught it were down for 1-2 whole days. Good luck!!
Post # 13
this is a really weird one, but my sister went to school for Holistic Nutrition and said that garlic, especially raw garlic has really strong antibacterial properties that are really good for fighting off illness in the beginning stages.
There are a couple of ways to consume it, but I just chop up a couple of cloves of raw garlic and swallow without chewing. Here’s some more info:
Would You or Wouldn’t You: Gnaw on Raw Garlic For Cold & Flu Season
Post # 14
Tons of ginger tea. Hand sanitizer whereever you go. Go to sleep with propped up pillows. Daily vitamins.
Post # 15
- Wedding: January 2017 - Maui, Hawaii
When I feel the first tickle of a cold coming on I drink pomegranate juice and eat blue berries or other foods high in antioxidants to try to nip it in the bud. It has worked for me, but I also second the elderberry tablets, those don’t really prevent the cold or flu but can lessen the symptoms if the antioxidants don’t work to prevent it all together.