The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which has many different strains that change year to year3.
The cold is caused by a different group of viruses, the most common one being rhinovirus4.
How Does the Flu Shot Work?
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the flu by stimulating our immune system to produce specific molecules, called antibodies, which provide protection against infection. Each year the flu vaccine is created with the influenza virus strains that research indicates will be the most common strain during the upcoming season.
The effectiveness of the flu shot is dependent on the successful prediction of the influenza strain that will be active that year. Studies show influenza vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by about 40% to 60% each year 5.
However, this effectiveness may vary from year to year. For example, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, the 2014-2015 flu shot was about 19% effective in preventing medical visits against all influenza across all age groups6.
What Makes COLD-FX® Unique?
COLD-FX® helps reduce the frequency, severity and duration of cold and flu symptoms by boosting the immune system. CVT-E002®is the clinically proven medicinal ingredient in COLD-FX®. It is obtained using a proprietary and standardized extraction technology. Every lot of CVT-E002® is tested using ChemBioPrint® (Chemical and Biological Finger Printing) technology.
ChemBioPrint® was developed with the contribution of a world-class team of scientists and international academic and research collaborators, to ensure consistent chemical identity and biological activity of herbal extracts and therefore, consistency and quality of the COLD-FX®products.
Every lot of CVT-E002® is rigorously tested before encapsulation. Its biological activity is confirmed with proprietary ChemBioPrint® technology to measure its efforts of the number of lymphocytes (immune system cells) using specially designed tests.
COLD-FX® Complements the Flu Shot
The flu shot is the single best defence against flu virus7. The flu shot gives our immune system a head start in the fight against flu season. When taken with a flu shot, COLD-FX® further reduces the frequency, severity and duration of cold and flu symptoms. A clinical study, evaluating the effectiveness of COLD-FX® in influenza-vaccinated adults (65+), showed COLD-FX® provides further reduction of cold and flu symptoms when taken with a flu shot8.
How Much COLD-FX® Should I Take and When?
To be sure these products are right for you, always read and follow your COLD-FX® product label.
It contains important information on dosing, recommended use, cautions, warnings and contraindications.
COLD-FX®(200 mg) Daily Support Capsules9 or Chewable Tablet10:
Children 12 years of age and older: Take 1 capsule/chewable tablet 2 times daily.
Adults: Take 1-2 capsules/chewable tablets 2 times daily, up to 9 capsules/chewable tablets per day.
COLD-FX®(300 mg) Capsules11:
Children 12 years of age and older: Take 1 capsule 2 times daily.
Adults: Take 1 capsule 2 times daily, up to 6 capsules per day