Christie: Maybe it’s time to try Grandma’s home remedy to fight those flu symptoms

Chicken soup, the classic get-well-soon meal. (Leslie Brenner/Dallas Morning News/TNS)

The flu outbreak has folks scrambling.

Many who had decided to forego getting a flu shot earlier, are now lining up at doctor’s offices, hospitals, walk-in clinics and drugstores. Others who are already “feeling a little achy” are looking for relief that can ward off even worse symptoms.

RELATED: Boy’s flu death spurs concern in Palm Beach County

It home for me this past weekend when my daughter, Elisabeth, called Saturday night to say that she had been sent home from work because she was exhibiting flu-like symptoms and looking a bit peaked to her supervisors. (Elisabeth is musical theater major at the University of Central Florida; and has a part-time job at a local restaurant.)

We told her to head to a walk-in clinic the next morning to get checked out for the flu; and if tested positive, to get a prescription for Tamiflu to help knock it out early. Tamiflu is most effective if you take it within 48 hours of contracting the flu virus.

She did go, and tested positive for the flu — of course. She got a prescription for Tamiflu, and Benzonatate (for cough). The Tamiflu prescription cost more than $107 to fill at her local Walgreens.

Yep, you heard right … more than $107.

We’re insured. And of course, she got the prescription. But it did occur to me that there are a lot of folks out there who are uninsured — and under-insured — who cannot afford to pull $150 out of their pockets to pay for Tamiflu.

Apparently, some doctors are realizing that too. Between a spotty shortage due to a run on the anti-viral medicine and the cost, doctors are giving folks a cheaper route by simply treating the symptoms.

To that end, they’re recommending folks take over-the-counter medicines like TheraFlu, DayQuil and NyQuil to hopefully get them through it.

But what would your grandma or nana say if she found out you were sick? Well, other than, “Here, take this, sweetie.”

That’s right; she’d say, “Don’t worry, grandma will fix you right up.” And she would too.

Everyone’s got some kind of “Old World,” home remedy for this kind of thing. Once, when I was down with flu-like symptoms from working non-stop, my wife’s mother gave me a concoction that had me out of bed and headed to the office and hour after I drank it.

To this day, I still have no idea what was in it. But I’m still alive 28 year later.

Then again, scientists really don’t know what it is about chicken soup that works either. But folks swear by it.

At a time like this, when the slightest sniffle, cough or headache has folks worried their coming down with the flu, it might be time to look up those old remedies.

A former colleague posted a tea remedy made from “star anise,” which is what TheraFlu is derived from, complete with instructions.

You never know what might work for some people.

To be sure, if you can get in to see a doctor, do it. And if you can afford Tamiflu, buy it. But if you can’t, it may be a good time to dig up grandma’s remedy.

Do you want to share that remedy? Of course you do… so please, leave it in the Comments section on this post. And feel better soon.

Flu season continues to get worse, as this has become the most intense the country has seen since a pandemic strain hit nine years ago, U.S. health officials said on Friday. (AP Photo / Gregory Bull)