How do you boost your immune system to fight off flu?

No magic pill. Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Supplements should be used selectively to supplement a healthy diet.
You can't. As far as we know, you can't. Even if you could, it might not be a good idea. In years of pandemic influenza outbreaks, such as the infamous 1918 epidemic, the people with the healthiest immune systems (the healthy older children and young adults) were most likely to die from the flu. The best way to prevent flu is to get vaccinated each year and wash your hands frequently during flu season.

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What's the best way to boost your immune system to fight off a cold, allergy, or flu if you have an autoimmune disease?

Allergy. It is presumed, though not very well proven, that having sufficient body stores of vitamins c/e, zinc, and b vitamins to fight off illnesses. The best way is to get good sleep and eat plenty of healthy calories during sickness. Read more...

Can herbal supplements boost your immune system and help you fight off the bird flu easier?

Not proven effective. Herbal supplements are not proven effective in preventing bird flu or other infections. Staying healthy & happy, eating a balanced diet, and getting reasonable exercise, etc... May help keep one's immune system in top shape, to fight against viruses & bacteria. Some herbs, in certain concentrations, using some parts of the plants, prepared in a particular way, may help relieve some flu symptoms. Read more...
Yes. You don't need to be concerned about the bird flu, but rather the seasonal flu that we are susceptible to. Fish oil, vitamin b complex and vitamin d may all be helpful. Good dietary habits and exercise are most important for a healthy immune system. Read more...

Iam sick with the flu almost everyday of my life, how can I boost my immune system?

See a doctor. You cannot be sick with influenza every day of your life. Go and get seen by a sympathetic pcp who will assess you and determine how much of your problems are physical or psychological. Unless you have some severe underlying immune disorder which requires replacement therapy there is very little that will "boost your immune system". Read more...

What would happen if your immune system didn't fight off the flu. Would it spread to your whole body and kill u or would u just be chronically sick?

It may kill you. Yes, it would spread primarily in your lungs, causing you to mount a high inflammatory response and flood your lungs with fluid. You could die and many people die of the flu every year. In fact, in 1918, before flu vaccines, more people died of the flu around the world than in all of wwi. So, yes, you would get very sick and could die. Read more...

How can I boost my immune system for this cold and flu season?

Old fashioned :) Eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. These three suggestions really do make a difference! i also recommend the influenza vaccine to those who are 6 months old or eligable. See this list of those who should especially get a "flu shot" (influenza vaccine) this year. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/whoshouldvax.htm. Read more...
No magic pill. Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Supplements should be used selectively to supplement a healthy diet. Read more...

How can I boost my immune system for this cold and flu season?

Influenza vaccine. The influenza vaccine is recommended for all ages over 6 months old and can specifically increase your antibody levels to decrease the severity of influenza symptoms. Read more...

I am sick every 3 days. Cold, flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, strep. My immune system can't fight it off. Why am I always sick? Been since Dec. Help.

Visit an Allergist. could be asthma and chronic sinusitis inadequately treated, your primary doctor would help you initially or may refer you to an allergist/immunologist, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck. Read more...