Influenza- Time to prepare

The influenza (flu) season is upon us.  In these days of powerful antibiotics, impressive hospitals and expensive diagnostic equipment, the influenza virus still kills otherwise healthy adults and children.  It kills, in the US, nearly as many persons as who perish in automobile accidents, yet we assume that the ‘guardians in white coats’ will save us this potential killer.


Well, the reality is that we have very few options to treat this viral infection, once it takes hold.  We can, however, take steps to improve the immune system and thereby reducing the changes of contracting the illness or minimizing the potential for devastating morbidity.


These simple PREVENTIVE steps include:

  1. Adequate zinc intake, i.e. 25 to 50 mg of a zinc chelate per day.
  2. Age appropriate dosage of B-complex vitamins.
  3. Vitamin C, 500 mg two or three times daily.


For treatment the flu or other viral upper respiratory disorders, it is best to start early in the illness.

  1. NAC (n-acetyl cysteine) 500 mg three times daily.
  2. Licorice Root Extract 450 mg, twice daily.
  3. Colostrum 500 mg twice daily.
  4. Mushroom extract capsules (these can be tricky)
  5. Guaifenesin (Mucinex) two to four times, daily.
  6. Drink plenty of water (this assists in clearing the secretions, which can plug up the airways and lead to pneumonia)

I personally believe that the flu vaccination is important.  Not because it necessarily prevents all flu infections (it doesn’t) but it does enhance the immune system so that if it is infected, the disease is milder.


About David S Klein, MD 149 Articles
David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.