Arm yourself for winter: we recommend that every household should stock up with oscillococcinum, the homeopathic flu prevention, this winter


NHS officials are in a tizz apparently that we’re in for a bumper year for flu, with record numbers of people set to go down with the virus this winter. Australia has just battled its worst flu season in almost two decades, with two and a half more cases than last year, and the fear is that we’ll be heading the same way.

Part of the reason flu has managed to hit so badly down under is that the flu vaccination does not in fact provide full protection. Each year it can only ever be a medics’ ‘best guess’ of the particular viruses that will be doing the rounds. The result is that, according to an official evaluation, 2015’s jabs had zero effectiveness among the over-65s here, while protecting only two in three children.

The trouble is nature continues to evolve, and the viruses morph, with new strains and extra-virulent versions of existing ones continually emerging. The main type of flu to cause a threat, according to head of the NHS Simon Stevens, is the H3 strain and the possibility of ‘virological drift where the flu evolves during the season’.


Homeopathic flu prevention

Oscillococcocinum is a homeopathic remedy that can nip flu in the bud – take it at the first telltale signs and you can stop the virus in its tracks. This remedy is one of the few homeopathic medicines that is licensed as a drug (in America and France) – in other words, backed by full clinical evidence that it works – and is one of France’s top 10 bestselling drugs.

You need to take a pill just as soon as you feel you are going down with flu. Taking oscillococcinum then before the full-blown symptoms descend, you can stop the flu developing altogether – or you’ll suffer for a shorter time or less severely. It needs to be straightaway, though, or you can miss that small window of opportunity.

Bottles of oscillococcinum cost £7.50: pop in or give us a call to order yours.

Build your immunity

It is essential in addition to arm yourself against succumbing to flu by building your immunity. Check out our advice on simple ways you could look after your immune system this winter:

Five immune-booster recommendations

How you could be sabotaging your immunity

An easy way to pack in double your five-a-day fruit and veg portions with the delicious Mistify antioxidant

How you could help your kids fight infections and miss less school with probiotics