H3N2v Influenza Virus is said to have first come on the scene in July of 2012
This is another flu that comes from pigs.
Signs and symptoms
• Similar to seasonal influenza
• Sore throat
• Muscle pain
• Vomiting and diarrhea have been reported in some children
• Milder cases without fever have also been reported
• Duration usually 3 to 5 days
People with other conditions (i.e. asthma) are more likely to have complications from the infection. Children under 10 years are considered to lack immunity to H3N2v and are therefore likely to be most susceptible.
Without tests it’s not possible to distinguish H3N2v from seasonal flu A or B.
H3N2v is resistant to the antiviral drugs amantadine and rimantadine.
There is no vaccine specific to H3N2v available at this time, and the seasonal flu vaccine doesn’t give protection either.
For you Herbwalkers who use natural methods to help you through the flu season, now’s the time to stock up on your supplies. After all, it’s a lot easier to look after yourself when the stuff you need is already in your cupboard.
Many plants are helpful for a variety of different reasons. Those of you who know me know that I like to keep Echinacea and Elderberry (berry tincture) in the cupboard at this time of year. But not everyone likes the same things. Other plants that you may find useful include:
• Elder flower
• Oregano oil
• Labrador Tea
Some people like to mix up what’s called a Master Tonic. Which is generally a mixture of equal parts ginger, horseradish, garlic, and onion, steeped in apple cider vinegar, then strained and the liquid is used as the tonic. Do a search on Google for Master Tonic Recipe, and you’ll find plenty to help you. Mixed with olive oil it makes a pretty tasty salad dressing too.
So, look after yourself this fall and winter.
The Herbwalker’s Apothecary would love to help.