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Your Health 2-4-13 Fraudulent flu products

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A warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to avoid bogus products that promise to knock out the flu.

The FDA says these are fraudulent products that claim to prevent, treat or cure the flu.

These products haven't been tested and are not approved by the FDA.

They can be found online and in retail stores, and may be marketed as dietary supplements or conventional drugs, foods such as herbal teas, nasal sprays and devices such as air filters and light therapies.

The FDA's national health fraud coordinator, Gary Coody says, "As any health threat emerges, fraudulent products appear almost overnight. And right now, so-called 'alternatives' to the flu vaccine are big with scammers.

This time of year is the peak time for the flu.

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