Swine flu has been prevalent in the news media, and it is likely that the media hype is somewhat overblown. As of May 1st, 2009, there has been only one death attributed to swine flu in the United states. In contrast, the CDC reports that approximately 5% to 20% of U.S. residents get what people know as the flu caused by the common influenza virus, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications each year. Annually reported deaths in the US attributed to the common flu virus number approximately 36,000.
Nevertheless, many patients have been inquiring about actions they can take to prevent contracting swine flu. The following simple measures can be effective in preventing the spread of swine flu as well as other flu viruses and the common cold:
1. Get an Immune Drip here in our office. An Immune Drip is an intravenous infusion of high-dose vitamin C, glutathione, vitamins and minerals that support your body’s ability to wipe out infection.
2. Wash your hands with soap and warm water several times a day, especially after coming in contact with individuals who have respiratory symptoms.
3. Use a saline and xylitol nasal spray, such as Xlear, every morning and every evening, also after leaving places where exposure is likely. This would include planes, trains, parties, meetings, and other places where there is close contact with others.
4. Take Vitamin C, at least 3000mg daily, and zinc, at least 25 mg daily. Also use vitamin A 100,000 units daily for one week at the onset of any signs of infection. The usual dosage of preformed vitamin A should remain below 25,000IU per day in healthy individuals.
5. Gargle with colloidal silver every morning, or when your throat feels itchy or irritated.
For detailed and up-to-date information, please CLICK HERE to visit the CDC’s webpage on swine flu.