NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA--(Marketwired - Dec 10, 2015) - Flu denial runs rampant this time of year, with some people convinced they are invincible to the flu bug while others just can't find the time to get a flu shot amid busy schedules. Whatever the reason, the harsh reality is that according to statistics many Americans will get hit with flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, body aches and pain) this season. But all is not lost if you are one of the unlucky ones. You can shorten the duration of sick days by preparing in advance and having specific flu-survival remedies on hand such as Oscillococcinum (or Oscillo, for short).

Oscillo is an easy-to-take, low-cost homeopathic medicine that relieves flu-like symptoms such as body aches, headache, fever, chills and fatigue. The latest study published in a British scientific journal found that when patients took Oscillo within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, nearly 63 percent showed "clear improvement" or "complete resolution" within 48 hours.

"Oscillo is the best kept secret when it comes to fighting the flu and flu-like symptoms," said Dr. Ken Redcross, board-certified internal medicine physician and founder of Redcross Concierge, a personalized medicine practice. "What I really like about it is that it's non-drowsy, doesn't interact with other medications and is safe for children ages 2 and older. Most importantly it reduces the severity of flu-like symptoms, especially when taken within 24 hours of feeling sick."

Redcross recommends stocking up on Oscillo and other specific flu fighting remedies to prepare for flu season in the same way one might prepare for hurricane season.

"You shouldn't wait until the flu strikes to take action, because just two days of not doing anything can dramatically prolong recovery time by weeks," said Redcross. "When I talk to my patients about preparing for flu season, I liken it to preparing for a hurricane. It may not strike your home but if it does you are ready to arm yourself with the best defense to protect your entire family."

Redcross recommends preparing a flu-ready kit that includes Oscillo, probiotics, zinc lozenges and chicken soup. He says probiotics are known to ease digestive stress but can also stave of colds if you take a supplement that has the Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain, which has been shown to reduce severity of symptoms by 34 percent. And zinc is an essential mineral to the cells of the immune system that when taken in daily doses within 24 hours of cold symptoms, can reduce the duration of the illness."

"And mom was always right when she served up chicken soup whenever anyone in the house got sick," said Redcross. "Chicken noodle soup is almost like a medicine because it decreases the migration of white blood cells to those areas that can wreak havoc such as our lungs or our nasal passages."

Seasonal flu-related complications result in about 200,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year. Experts say flu season is in full swing now and likely won't let up until April. For more flu fighting tips visit

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