Families preparing for the predicted flu epidemic can find over-the-counter homeopathic remedies in area health food stores and pharmacies, including oscillococcinum by Boiron, the largest selling homeopathic flu remedy and preventive.
While the 1918 flu epidemic killed 40 million people around the world, those under homeopathic care had a 0-2% death rate. See Gina Kolata's "The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It", 1999, Farrar, Straus and Giroux and "The Homeopathic Treatment of Influenza", by Sandra Perko, 1999, Benchmark Homeopathic Publications.
When western states asked eastern states for advice in preparing for 1918 flu epidemic advancing in their direction, they were told to "set all the cabinetmakers and woodworkers to making coffins, digging the graves and having the coffins ready so that the corpses would not accumulate faster than they could be buried." (Perko, page 63.) In contrast, "Dr. T. A. McCann, from Dayton, Ohio, at the 77th Annual Convention of the American Institute of Homeopathy in Washington, D.C., in 1921 reported that 24,000 cases of flu were treated allopathically which had a mortality rate of 28.2%, while 26,000 cases of flu treated homeopathically had a mortality rate of only 1.05%." (Perko, page 104.)
Since medical doctors in Pennsylvania do not practice homeopathy, families turn to "Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicine" by Cummings & Ullman and "Homeopathic Medicine at Home" by Panos & Heimlich. These books explain the use of homeopathic remedies for common conditions, including the flu. These remedies are available locally at $5 -$10 or, less expensively, in kits like those taken west in covered wagons.
While the success of homeopathy in epidemics never penetrated American medicine, homeopathy is used today by hundreds of millions of people around the world, according to the W.H.O.