Have you noticed that an unusually high number of your friends and family members – not to mention fellow commuters and co-workers – have been taken ill this flu season? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza – particularly a brutal strain called H3N2 – is running rampant across the country this year, resulting in over 2,000 hospitalizations so far.

This week, 23 states reported especially high levels of viral infection, of the 41 states that declared influenza to be a widespread health concern. Some areas in the country – particularly major cities – have been battered by the disease. Boston, for example, announced a public health emergency, with 700 reported cases of influenza – compared to an estimated 70 instances at this time last year.

But, if you’ve already begun to experience flu-like symptoms, or are concerned that it is only a matter of time before you do, what can you do to strengthen your immune system against this widespread infection?

A 1999 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapies revealed that megadoses of vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, reduced the cold and flu symptoms of participants by 85 percent, compared to members of a control group who were given painkillers and decongestants.

To truly enjoy these infection-fighting results, you may need a higher dose of vitamin than a few glasses of orange juice will afford. At Longevity Centres of America, as a part of our pledge to promote aging longevity, our anti-aging doctors offer ascorbic acid infusion therapy that floods your system with this beneficial compound. This treatment method has been devised for optimum absorption, so your body can put this nutrient to work and get your flu-like symptoms under control.