What to Expect This Flu Season

“What is the upcoming flu season going to be like?”

Now that the fall is upon us, I am sure you are wondering what we will face with this flu season.  When will it hit, what will it look like, and how long will it last?  And, what should you do to be prepared?

First, most people do not realize that the flu season begins in the fall and extends into the spring months, an 8 month period.  And, some years the flu poses a problem in the summer months as well.  During a typical flu season, the months when influenza hits worst are January, February and March.

However, as of late, the flu season has not been very typical both in terms of timing and symptoms.  Last season, for example, the flu hit in the fall, continued into the winter months and resurged in the late spring. Dr. Nenninger believes that because the flu did not die out after the winter, this provides a ripe environment for the influenza viruses to mutate and present a difficult season ahead.

Dr. Nenninger and our research team at Nenningers Naturals receive weekly reports from all over the United States on the influenza viruses.  We use this data in conjunction with CDC and WHO information to carefully track the flu as it moves geographically and to assess the symptom picture. As you may know, there are many different strains of influenza each year and each strain presents a unique set of symptoms.

So, what will the flu look like this year and when will it hit?  We anticipate the flu will involve upper respiratory infection – bronchitis-like symptoms, body aches, lingering cough and fever, though not necessarily high fever.  Because the flu can involve many different symptoms that can change year-to-year, people are often unsure as to whether they have the flu and get caught unprepared.

We have already received reports of the flu in the Northeast so it looks like the season will begin early this year.  You can go our website http://www.TripleFluDefense.com for updates throughout the flu season.

Dr. Nenninger’s recommendations for staying healthy throughout the flu season are:

• Eat a well balanced diet rich with Vitamins A, C and D.

• Stay active and get plenty of rest each day.

• Take Triple Flu Defense 2011-2012 at the first sign of flu-like symptoms.

Flu Facts

What is the Flu?

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that is transmitted as an airborne virus. It can incubate from 1-4 days before onset of symptoms.  There are many strains of the flu that affect people differently by age group and severity of illness.

How Does the Flu Affect Us?

The flu is known for its abrupt onset of fever, body aches, sore throat, nasal congestion, cough, headache, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.  In the U.S. an estimated 25-50 million cases of the seasonal flu are reported each year; this translates into lost work days, lost school days and lost productivity.

What Makes the Flu So Tough?

Influenza is a RNA virus that has the ability to change or mutate rapidly.  These changes occur when a cell is infected by two different influenza strains, possibly in an individual that has received the flu vaccine or has also been exposed to the virus in nature.  This enables the influenza virus to constantly stay ahead of and challenge our immune system.

When Does the Flu Season Peak?

The flu season is the United States is an 8 month period from October to May.  It is an unpredictable disease; peak activity some years falls in December or as late as May.  Historically, the worst months for widespread activity in the U.S. are January and February.