01/12/2016 04:21 EST | Updated 01/12/2016 04:59 EST

3 Home Remedies For Getting Over The Flu

Coughing, sneezing, body aches and fever. Yes, cold and flu season is here and it's time to be prepared.

At any given time, a flu vaccination is supposed to be around 50 to 60 per cent effective against the common flu virus, which covers about a third of the population, according to a report from The Canadian Press.

Last year's flu vaccination, however, offered little to no protection from the flu and ended falling way below the standard threshold.

While health officials reassure the public that this year's strain will be more effective, there are still home remedies physician Dr. Susan Wilder believes are better than over-the-counter prescription drugs.

"The problem is the vast majority of cold and flu products are doing the exact opposite of what you need," says Wilder in the video above. "You're more likely to get sinus infections and ear infections from that virus if you take a lot of these cold and flu products."

The remedies she talks about are made with natural products that come from plants and insects, and include homemade teas, ice pops and a DIY vapour rub.

To find out more, watch the video above.

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