Everydayhealth.com offers this tip to combat the flu:

Getting an annual flu shot in advance of flu season can go a long way toward protecting yourself and your family from getting the flu, and antiviral drugs can help lessen its impact if you do get sick, although you’ll need to get a prescription from your doctor. You may also consider trying some of these natural flu remedies at home to help you get well:

Sleep it off. “Getting sleep and taking time to recuperate is the best thing you can do for yourself, your co-workers, and your family,” says Len Horovitz, MD, a pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. And the truth is, when you’re feeling sick, you won’t feel like doing much else. Sleep as much as you can and avoid contact with others until you have been fever-free — without taking any medication — for 24 to 48 hours. When you’re resting, place an extra pillow under your head to help drain your nasal passages and make sleeping more comfortable.