What you STILL need to know about flu season
March is here, but don't breathe a sigh of relief just yet.
Flu season ISN'T over!
One of the worst years in recent history is still in full swing, killing up to 4,000 Americans a week at its peak.
And while it's starting to tail off -- just a little -- we're still well ahead of where we normally are, and thousands of Americans are still falling ill every day.
With numbers like that, you'd think that the feds would want you take real action to protect yourself.
They just made a major announcement and managed to contradict their own advice within minutes.
First, they warned that flu season is still with us and urged that Americans get vaccinated ASAP, saying it's not too late.
Second, they ADMITTED that the vaccine they just recommended DOESN'T work.
What kind of sense does that make?!?
The CDC said that this year's flu shot is only 36 percent effective overall, or nearly half its usual effectiveness rate, and that's not even the worst of the numbers.
Against this year's dominant strain... against the H3N2 virus responsible for so much illness and death... it's only 25 percent effective.
Believe it or not, those numbers are even WORSE than they sound.
It doesn't mean that the shot protects 36 percent or 25 percent of the people who opt in.
That would practically be a miracle.
It means that it cuts your overall risk by 36 percent or 25 percent.
The risk is low to begin with. Most years, it's around 2 to 3 percent. They haven't released numbers this year, but let's throw a figure out there and say it's all the way up to 4 percent.
A shot that's 25 percent effective means that it'll cut your risk of getting flu from 4 percent down to 3 percent, and even that could be a wild exaggeration.
Data from other countries shows that this year's flu shot might be only 10 percent effective, cutting that theoretical 4 percent risk down to 3.6 percent.
They might as well recommend wishful thinking. At least THAT'S free of mercury!
Clearly, the flu shot isn't helping.
But you've got more than wishful thinking in your corner.
You've got ME -- and I've got a two-step solution that can slash your risk of flu, colds, pneumonia, and every other nasty infection spreading like pollen right now.
First, arm your immune system with NAC, which is proven to wipe out the flu virus, cutting your risk of getting sick even if you've been directly exposed to the germs.
And second, some old-fashioned good hygiene will limit your exposure to the virus and cut your odds of getting sick. Wash your hands often (especially before eating), don't rub your eyes, and carry around an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you're out and about.