'Debugging the Flu': How to Bite Back and Stay Healthy this Flu Season

Have you ever opted to get a flu shot and then come down with a cough, headache, chills and fever anyway? Did you blame it on the flu vaccine, believing that it didn’t work? According to medical experts, you were probably mistaken. The truth is, there’s more to protecting yourself from the flu than simply getting vaccinated.

“In general, every year 100% of people have an influenza-like respiratory illness," said William Atkinson, MD, MPH, of the National Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Around 15% of these illnesses are due to influenza virus. Therefore, around 85% of these illnesses are NOT due to influenza. The flu shot will only prevent infection with the influenza virus, and has no effect on infections from other viruses.”

Staying healthy during the typical October-March flu season means defending yourself against influenza, as well as fighting the other viruses that are more often the cause of your flu-like symptoms. But while medical experts agree that the flu shot is the most effective tool we have to prevent influenza, science has offered no clear solution for the treatment of the range of other flu-like illnesses.

To help Canadians understand the significant role they can play in staying healthy during the flu season, noted author Dr. Carolyn Dean (Natural Prescriptions for Common Ailments) and Oscillococcinum® have partnered to create “Ten Tips to Stay Healthy this Flu Season.” These guidelines reveal some of the most important actions people can take to improve their odds of avoiding the flu. Consumers can visit www.oscillo.com to print their own copy.

For millions of flu sufferers around the world, the answer to flu relief is Oscillococcinum, also referred to as Oscillo. In clinical studies, Oscillococcinum significantly reduced the duration and intensity of flu symptoms. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study, published in a British scientific journal, found that a group of patients with flu symptoms treated with Oscillococcinum had a 63% greater recovery rate than the control group within 48 hours of treatment i. This research confirmed the results of three earlier clinical studiesii. “I tell my clients to take Oscillo as soon as they feel the first sign of flu,” said Dr. Nghia Truong, Pharm D., co-author of The Canadian Guide to Homeopathic Self-Medication and President of Trupharma Limited, which operates three pharmacies in the Ottawa region. "In addition to making them feel better fast, Oscillo works without causing side effects or interacting with other medications.”

Oscillococcinum is made by Boiron, the world leader in homeopathy, with operations in 61 countries. Founded in 1932, Boiron’s mission is to give physicians and healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn about homeopathic medicines and to use them in daily practice. Boiron’s web site is http://www.boiron.com.


iPapp R, Schuback G, Beck E, et al. Oscillococcinum® in patients with influenza-like syndromes: a placebo-controlled double-blind evaluation. British Homeopathic Journal 1998;87:69-76.

ii Ferley JP, Zmirou D, D’Adhemar D, Balducci F. A controlled evaluation of a homeopathic preparation in the treatment of influenza-like syndromes. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 1989: 27; 329-335. MULTI-CENTRIC STUDY INVOLVING 300 PATIENTS, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF PROF. P. CASANOVA AND PROF. R. GERARD, UNIVERSITY OF MARSEILLE, FRANCE, 1985. Multi-centric study involving 100 patients, under the direction of Prof. P. Casanova, Centre de Recherche et de Documentation Technique, University of Marseille, France, 1983.

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