The only stupid question is the one that goes un-asked. Knowledge is a good thing - keep asking questions.
The body does not "forget" how to use vitamins...it is hard-written into the cellular instructions known as DNA. Vitamin C is not only important for the immune system but it is also very important for collagen, connective tissue, bones, gums, skin, eyes, adrenal glands, etc., and it has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-histamine (anti-allergy), and anti-oxidant properties. Vitamin C is so important that we would eventually die if our bodies ran out of it... The original "limies" were sailors who ate limes for vitamin C on long ocean voyages.
L-lysine is also good for those fighting viruses. And Elderberry acts as an inhibitor of the reproductive process of viruses, so is good to take as preventative and also for if you do have a viral infection.
One thing we can do is to turn our worries into action plans. Instead of worrying about
getting the flu, we can prepair for it - through prevention (hand sanitizing after a doctor appointment is smart) by supporting our immune system, washing hands frequently, avoiding contact with those who are sick, and keeping our diets/lifestyle as healthy as we are able to. We can also prepair for flu by having a "flu kit" on hand - a week's worth of easy to fix foods on hand, plenty of cleenex for the runny nose/sneezing/coughing, maybe some over-the-counter flu medicine (such as Vicks VapoRub, Tylenol Cold & Sinus, cough drops, etc., and/or some herbs & such that help with viral infections), and a plan for keeping your family free from the flu (i.e, spouses refrain from smooching ;) & wear a mask when healthy family members are in the same room, always cover your sneezes/coughs, wash hands frequently, etc., and some quiet activities that can be done in bed or while relaxing (such as reading a book or watching a movie) - plenty of rest and fluids are very important when sick.
And keep in mind that many of the detox methods discussed on this board can also be very good for us if we have an acute infection such as the flu, too. I think those who have the hardest time with the swine flu are actually those who's immune system is overly aggressive in attacking the virus, leading to inflammation that can be quite serious. So there may be a slight advantage to having a mildly suppressed immune system when dealing with the swine flu.
Most importantly, realize we are here for you - getting your concerns out in the
open is good, we all can help encourage you just as you have encouraged us from your posts here. It may not seem like it, but everyone here is equally important to this community - without all of us this community wouldn't exist.
I hope this helps - take care,
Chronic Lyme Disease, Chronic Bartonella (clinical dx only), Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, chronic Lymphopenia, etc.; G-Tube; Currently trying to wean off TPN.
Meds: Pulmicort, IV Ceftazidime, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver (used topically), probiotics, Milk Thistle, Ailanthus, homeopathy.