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:
Get in sync with zinc. Zinc lozenges can help you feel better faster if you start using them as soon as you feel fluish, says Neil Schachter, MD, medical director of the respiratory care department at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and the author of The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds & Flu. “I recommend using one or two lozenges per day,” he says. Zinc may help boost immunity, which can shorten the duration or severity of the flu, he adds.