Flu season has almost always been a predictable part of every winter, but the COVID-19 pandemic threw things out of whack. The 2020-2021 flu season was practically non-existent due to COVID-19 precautions and lockdowns, and last year’s flu season was definitely mild compared to pre-pandemic years. Recently, Best-Selling Author and Medical Contributor Dr. Ian Smith teamed up with Mucinex on a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss the upcoming cold and flu season and some resources that can help.
A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/c4AY6pLO1kU
Many health experts are predicting the 2022-2023 flu season will be a severe one, due to several factors. The main reason the flu basically disappeared the last two years was the behavior changes people made to avoid COVID – staying home, avoiding public gatherings, wearing masks, and not traveling. That also prevented the flu virus from spreading like usual. Those measures have been mostly abandoned – in addition, without the last two ‘flu seasons’ many individuals’ immunity to seasonal flu will be decreased. It is possible that we could see a higher rate of severe illness due to the flu this year.
Many experts have looked to Australia, where flu season runs from April to September. They are just coming out their most devastating flu season in five years, which could be a precursor as to what we can expect to see in the U.S.
The best way to prevent and limit the effects if you do contact the flu is to get vaccinated. It can take up to two weeks for the vaccine to be most effective after administration, and since the influenza virus is already circulating, it is best to do this as soon as possible. Key preventative measures like washing your hands often and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and sneezing into your elbow if you don’t have a tissue can be extremely effective in preventing the spread of germs.
If you do find yourself with flu-like symptoms, such as cough and congestion, there are options available to help you feel better and over-the-counter remedies are the first stop. While over-the-counter remedies don’t cure the flu virus, they can go a long way towards helping treat the symptoms.
Dr. Ian’s go-to is Mucinex Extended-Release Tablets, because they are clinically proven to last up to 12 hours. As the #1 pharmacist recommended expectorant, Mucinex Extended-Release Tablets relieve chest congestion and thin and loosen mucus, which can provide relief for your chest congestion, making your cough more productive.
People must use over-the-counter products as directed. If symptoms persist, you should contact your healthcare professional and get checked out if deemed necessary.
You can find Mucinex online at Mucinex.com or stop by Walmart or your local pharmacy retailer.
About Dr Ian Smith
Dr. Ian Smith is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling books, SHRED: THE REVOLUTIONARY DIET, and SUPER SHRED: The Big Results Diet, and BLAST THE SUGAR OUT. Dr. Smith’s highly anticipated newest book, The Clean 20, became an instant New York Times best seller, helping hundreds of thousands of people reduce bad sugars from their diet, lose weight, lower blood sugar levels, and cut the cravings. Dr. Smith was appointed by President Obama to a second term on the prestigious President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. He is currently the medical contributor and co-host of the nationally syndicated television show The Rachael Ray Show. He is a former co-host of the Emmy award winning syndicated daytime talk show, The Doctors. He also served as the medical/diet expert for six seasons on VH1’s highly-rated Celebrity Fit Club, and is the creator and founder of the national health initiatives The 50 Million Pound Challenge and The Makeover Mile. Dr. Smith is the former medical correspondent for NBC News network and for NewsChannel 4 in New York, where he filed reports for NBC Nightly News and The Today Show as well as WNBC’s various news broadcasts. He has appeared extensively on various broadcasts including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey Show, The Talk, Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, MSNBC and many more. He has written for various publications including Time, Newsweek, Men’s Fitness, and the New York Daily News, and has been featured in several other publications including, People, Redbook, Details Magazine, Essence, Ebony, University of Chicago Medicine on the Midway, Cosmopolitan, and Black Enterprise.