Dr. Neil Schachter has heard about every strategy in the book to avoid colds and flu.
He’s Director of Respiratory Care at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and author of The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds and Flu. He says the first thing to realize is that colds and flus are viral infections. Among the 200 viruses that have been identified there are now about 300,000 non-prescription cold remedies on the market. He says most of these are aimed at dealing with the symptoms of cold and flu, but says taking care of the immune system is the best way to help us get well and protect us from getting sick again.