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The Worst Flu Outbreak in Australia?

The Worst Flu Outbreak in Australia?

Recent Flu Epidemic

In July, the Hong Kong papers reported that Hong Kong hospitals were having difficulties coping with 1000 cases per day being admitted to hospital with the flu. Moreover, there were 205 deaths reported. These were mainly the elderly and the young.

Australia’s worst flu outbreak in history

Now it is Australia facing an epidemic. News Corp Australia Network reported on August 15 that Australia is in the grip of the worst flu outbreak on record. More than 70,000 cases of flu have been reported so far this year including a record breaking 30,000 cases last month.

Like the situation in Hong Kong, there has been a spike in hospitalisations related to complications caused by the flu. 8000 people were hospitalised in Sydney. Other states In Australia are similarly affected. Experts say that the peak of the flu season is yet to come.

People at greatest risk of complications

Flu can cause pneumonia and death. It can have a severe impact on people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and heart disease. Besides these, the groups most at risk include the elderly, pregnant women and young children.

What about the flu vaccination?

The minority of people are vaccinated. In order to be effective the vaccine must be specific against the strain causing the outbreak.  In Australia, it is complicated in that the current flu epidemic is due to 4 separate flu viruses. Moreover, the flu vaccine efficacy wanes after 6 months.

The Message of Prevention

I strongly believe in prevention. I want to spread the message of PREVENTION to take action to build a strong and competent immune system. If people had a strong immune system they may not have succumbed to the flu, or to be so serious as to be admitted to hospital.

Natural Killer Cells (NK Cells)

The epidemic is from a virus, not a bacteria. Hence, antibiotics are not useful other than preventing a possible secondary bacterial infection. It is the Natural Killer cells (NK cells) in the immune system which destroy viruses, tumour and cancer cells. To know more about NK cells, I thought this is great video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNP1EAYLhOs

Santivia Immune increases the number and activity of NK cells. NK cells are non-specific in action. They kill the virus irrespective of whether they have encountered the virus strain previously.

A Wonderful Testimonial from Ania, from Sydney:

Mum, Ania moved to Singapore from Sydney. This is what she had to say:

"Good for mums with flu-prone kids!

My son had an amazing experience with Santivia recently. Out of his class of 22 kids, over half of them were away from school with serious bouts of influenza A and B (ie. so serious, that many of them headed to hospital to get swabs to know what was going on as they had high fever for 6 - 8 days and were off school for ages). My son has actually always been really susceptible to getting flus and respiratory tract infections (so much so that insurance won't cover him for respiratory tract infection... grrr). The first year we were here, he was sick with something every two weeks, no exaggeration. 


He didn't miss one single day of school this semester and didn't catch the dreaded flu that took more than half of his class down. When I heard that the kids were getting sick, I started dosing him up on Santivia and Vit C. I'm astounded he didn't get it. Just shows that this is potentially really powerful and helpful for us mums with flu-prone kids."

Ania's Review of Santivia Immune

Another from Dr. Hing:

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What Can We Learn From The Deadly Flu Outbreak In Hong Kong?

What Can We Learn From The Deadly Flu Outbreak In Hong Kong?

Hong Kong Flu Outbreak

I was reading in the papers today about Hong Kong struggling to cope with a long flu outbreak that has resulted in 1000 patients needing to be admitted to hospital every day. A total of 205 adults, many elderly and 3 children gave died.  Hong Kong’s medical services have had difficulty coping with the numbers.

Who Is Most At Risk?

‘Vulnerable groups such as the elderly and young children are advised to see a doctor as soon as they fall sick’ said Dr Leung of the HK  Medical Association.

The people most likely to have a weakened immune system are the elderly, young children, those with chronic health problems, such as asthma and diabetes as well as pregnant women.

The Message of Prevention

My immediate reaction was: I felt sad that we have not yet introduced Santivia Immune to Hong Kong. If these people had a strong immune system they may not have succumbed to the flu, or to be so serious as to be admitted to hospital. I also realised that we have an important task – to get across the message of PREVENTION, not waiting to get sick, but taking action to build and maintain a strong, competent immune system.

Natural Killer Cells (NK Cells)

The epidemic is from a virus, not a bacteria. Hence, antibiotics are not useful other than preventing a possible secondary bacterial infection. It is the Natural Killer cells (NK cells)  in the immune system which destroy  viruses, tumour and cancer cells. To know more about NK cells, I thought this is a great video by Kyle Thornthwaite: 

Santivia Immune increases the number and activity of NK cells. NK cells are non-specific in action. They kill the virus irrespective of whether they have encountered the virus strain previously. This is unlike flu vaccines are which are specific to the virus strain. So if the virus has mutated the old vaccine will not be effective.

Our Personal Experience

My daughter, Mel encountered many flu epidemics which swept through the multinational company where she worked. Most of her colleagues were sick. Not Mel. We have been on many holiday trips with groups in confined spaces where their group was coughing. Our family remained well. The same has been reported by our loyal supporters.

The key is a dedication to keeping a strong and balanced and strong immune system!

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9 Ways To Protect Yourself From The Flu

9 Ways To Protect Yourself From The Flu

The flu is such a nasty thing!

You feel awful and it also messes up your usual routine when you are out of commission for a while. So what are some easy ways to protect yourself against the flu virus?

Here are my 9 suggestions to help protect yourself not only from the flu but the secondary infections that sometimes develop as a consequence of the flu. 

1. Hygiene

Wash your hands with ordinary soap and water frequently. By frequently, I mean every time you get a chance after touching public surfaces, handling trash, handling money. 

2. Sinus Rinse

Rinse your sinuses thoroughly each day using a saline sinus rinse kit. I personally like the NeilMed® Nasal Rinse Kit. You can get a nasal rinse kit relatively inexpensively at most pharmacies.

3. Regular Sleep Schedule

Commit yourself to a regular sleep schedule that includes adequate hours (7-8 hours). For promoting relaxing sleep, I recommend spraying pure lavender oil in your sleep area and play calming, soothing meditative music. Also turn off the TV, computer, phone a few hours before you are ready for bed. 

4. Avoid Stressors

Did you know that if you have a strong immune system, you are less likely to catch the flu? Therefore, it is key to avoid stressors on your immune system such as smoking which can damage your lungs and excessive alcohol intake.

5. Be Positive

Take a positive view on life - laugh a lot, enjoy your loved ones, friends and hug your pet. Brain study links negative emotions and lowered immunity. Your mood does affect your immune system!

6. Regular Exercise

Exercise regularly and pick activities that you enjoy, so that you are more likely to keep up the healthy habit. However, do not overdo it, too much stress on your body could negatively impact your immune function. Speak to your health professional to find out what is the optimum regime for you.

7. Eat Well

Eating a wide range of vegetables and drinking green tea is great for antioxidants. And for the chocolate lovers, you’ll be glad to know that, dark chocolate (70% cocoa) is a food relatively rich in polyphenols, which makes it a potent antioxidant. Avoid processed and fried foods.

8. Get Some Sun

Get out in the sun to soak up Vitamin D, the "Sunshine Vitamin", for a minimum of 15 minutes a day. The amount of time out depends on your skin type. But definitely, don’t overdo it, sunburn isn’t fun! 

9. Add Santivia Immune as a daily immune support supplement to your health regime. I also recommend increasing the daily serving size by double immediately once exposed to infectious situations or feeling rundown and under stress.

What are the other ways that you prevent the flu from coming on?