Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the flu viruses. Influenza A and Influenza B are types of flu viruses and there are yearly mutations of these strains.

The most high risk people for severe infection are:

• people with chronic diseases such as heart and lung disease
• people with weakened immune systems
• the elderly

Symptoms of the flu can last two weeks and include:

• sudden onset of high fevers
• dry hacking cough
• runny nose
• congestion
• sore throat
• muscle aches
• headache

Children may have nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea but these are not common flu symptoms. Children tend to have higher fevers than adults.

The flu virus is spread by droplets from coughing and sneezing and people are usually contagious for
3-8 days.

The FLCCC has treatment protocols for both prevention and treatment of influenza – these can be viewed at .

Always check with a healthcare provider before starting a new treatment.

Things you can do at home:
• povidone iodine nasal spray
• mouthwash
• elderberry supplements or syrup
• vitamin C
• zinc
• NAC supplements

Treatments that are kid friendly:
• echinacea supplements
• elderberry supplements
• garlic
• oregano oil
• vitamin A
• vitamin D
• zinc supplements

Get out in the sunlight and fresh air for 30 min/day or in regions with less sunlight you can use photobiomodulation with light therapy for 30 min/day.

Medicines available from your healthcare provider or through a telemedicine provider if your symptoms progress:
• Nitazoxanide
• Ivermectin

Have your vitamin D levels checked prior to becoming ill and supplement with vitamin D3/K2 if needed.

Tamiflu is not recommended for treating influenza and avoid taking acetaminophen to treat fever. A great home remedy for treating fever is tepid (luke warm) baths.