US Flu Epidemic

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    Jan 09, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    I'm reading that the US is experiencing its worst flu outbreak in years. I phoned our doctor today to confirm that we had already been vaccinated in September for the current strain that's involved, and need to do nothing further. I was told we're OK, but of course that doesn't mean we can't catch it. For older guys like us with preexisting medical issues the flu can be very serious.

    I'd recommend everyone here in the US be alert for the flu in their own areas, and consider getting a flu shot if they haven't already. This year's strain didn't make us sick at all when we took it, nor even get a sore shoulder (I haven't had that happen in almost 20 years of annual flu shots, unlike earlier versions of the vaccine that did cause side-effects for me).
  • kevmoran

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    Jan 09, 2013 8:52 PM GMT
    I haven't gotten the shot yet out of pure laziness, but I might have too. I know there were already a number of deaths in my area because of it. And considering I'm a cashier and touch everybody's dirty money... might be a good idea.
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    Jan 10, 2013 12:22 AM GMT
    kevmoran saidI haven't gotten the shot yet out of pure laziness, but I might have too. I know there were already a number of deaths in my area because of it. And considering I'm a cashier and touch everybody's dirty money... might be a good idea.


    Just an FYI - it takes 2 weeks for the antibodies to show up in your system once you get the shot. So many people think that the vaccine works immediately. Nope!
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    Jan 10, 2013 1:29 AM GMT
    Is the vaccine available to mere mortals now? For so many years, it was rationed to "special risk" groups that I gave up on it. Since I've become sort of a hermit, it doesn't matter so much... unless I want to go out where there are men next weekend.
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    Jan 10, 2013 12:47 PM GMT
    I get a flu shot every year in October. Yes it is available to everyone now. Most drug stores will administer the shot. My insurance even covers the cost. My partner also received a shot and he had a bout of flu last week that was really bad. Most times they work but it's not a sure thing. Worth the poke I would say!
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:48 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidIs the vaccine available to mere mortals now? For so many years, it was rationed to "special risk" groups that I gave up on it. Since I've become sort of a hermit, it doesn't matter so much... unless I want to go out where there are men next weekend.


    Yes because it's the mere mortals who are spreading them to the at risk groups.
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:54 PM GMT
    I received the flu shot this year (a few months back) and just had the flu for three days. Horrible stomach flu. Ugh it was terrible. So happy to have it be done
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    Jan 10, 2013 5:58 PM GMT
    running11 saidI received the flu shot this year (a few months back) and just had the flu for three days. Horrible stomach flu. Ugh it was terrible. So happy to have it be done


    Your vaccination and your illness are not the same. The vaccine is for a respiratory virus and your flu was gastrointestinal.
  • WhoDey

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    Jan 10, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
    I won't get the flu shot. If you are young, and your body can't fight off the flu in a couple of days, you have bigger problems to worry about.
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    Jan 10, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
    Erik101 said
    running11 saidI received the flu shot this year (a few months back) and just had the flu for three days. Horrible stomach flu. Ugh it was terrible. So happy to have it be done


    Your vaccination and your illness are not the same. The vaccine is for a respiratory virus and your flu was gastrointestinal.


    Either way- it sucked lol
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    Jan 10, 2013 6:04 PM GMT
    WhoDey saidI won't get the flu shot. If you are young, and your body can't fight off the flu in a couple of days, you have bigger problems to worry about.


    You are confusing influenza and the common cold. Don't forget that the 1918 pandemic primarily killed otherwise healthy 20-somethings.
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    Jan 10, 2013 6:10 PM GMT
    mindgarden said
    WhoDey saidI won't get the flu shot. If you are young, and your body can't fight off the flu in a couple of days, you have bigger problems to worry about.


    You are confusing influenza and the common cold. Don't forget that the 1918 pandemic primarily killed otherwise healthy 20-somethings.


    This isn't 1918. First, medicine has advanced a huge degree, and second, healthy now is better than healthy then.

    This pandemic is not the Spanish flu. We have not had a single strain hit such dominance and fatality since then, nor are we likely to. Even Avian flu and Swine flu, though they had the potential, were quickly curtailed.
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    Jan 10, 2013 6:14 PM GMT
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    mindgarden said
    WhoDey saidI won't get the flu shot. If you are young, and your body can't fight off the flu in a couple of days, you have bigger problems to worry about.


    You are confusing influenza and the common cold. Don't forget that the 1918 pandemic primarily killed otherwise healthy 20-somethings.


    This isn't 1918. First, medicine has advanced a huge degree, and second, healthy now is better than healthy then.

    This pandemic is not the Spanish flu. We have not had a single strain hit such dominance and fatality since then, nor are we likely to. Even Avian flu and Swine flu, though they had the potential, were quickly curtailed.


    Even if the flu doesn't kill you, superinfections may:

    http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/185492842.html?refer=yBy all accounts, Max Schwolert was a healthy teenager who loved to play golf and share his sense of humor. But on Saturday, the 17-year-old from Texas died of complications of the flu at a St. Paul hospital, just days after falling ill, according to his family.

    Max, who had been visiting relatives in Wisconsin, apparently developed a staph infection along with the flu, and the combination turned deadly, said his uncle, Phil Schwolert.

    http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/whoshouldvax.htm
    All persons aged 6 months and older should be vaccinated annually.
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    Jan 10, 2013 6:18 PM GMT
    WhoDey saidI won't get the flu shot. If you are young, and your body can't fight off the flu in a couple of days, you have bigger problems to worry about.


    You might be fine but the dozens of people you spread it to might not.
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    Jan 10, 2013 6:19 PM GMT
    gayfotoman said My partner also received a shot and he had a bout of flu last week that was really bad. Most times they work but it's not a sure thing.

    It depends on what strain he contracted. If he hasn't been getting the shot regularly in the past he may have contracted a strain that he was never vaccinated for before or never contracted. Yes, you can still get the flu if you get the shot but it wont be as severe.
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    Jan 10, 2013 6:24 PM GMT
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    mindgarden said
    WhoDey saidI won't get the flu shot. If you are young, and your body can't fight off the flu in a couple of days, you have bigger problems to worry about.


    You are confusing influenza and the common cold. Don't forget that the 1918 pandemic primarily killed otherwise healthy 20-somethings.


    This isn't 1918. First, medicine has advanced a huge degree, and second, healthy now is better than healthy then.

    This pandemic is not the Spanish flu. We have not had a single strain hit such dominance and fatality since then, nor are we likely to. Even Avian flu and Swine flu, though they had the potential, were quickly curtailed.


    You are arguing that we should shun modern medicine because modern medicine will save us? Illogical.
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    Jan 10, 2013 6:35 PM GMT
    mindgarden said
    Medjai said
    mindgarden said
    WhoDey saidI won't get the flu shot. If you are young, and your body can't fight off the flu in a couple of days, you have bigger problems to worry about.


    You are confusing influenza and the common cold. Don't forget that the 1918 pandemic primarily killed otherwise healthy 20-somethings.


    This isn't 1918. First, medicine has advanced a huge degree, and second, healthy now is better than healthy then.

    This pandemic is not the Spanish flu. We have not had a single strain hit such dominance and fatality since then, nor are we likely to. Even Avian flu and Swine flu, though they had the potential, were quickly curtailed.


    You are arguing that we should shun modern medicine because modern medicine will save us? Illogical.


    No. Even modern medicine is recognizing the flaws in overmedicating. Use it when needed, and let the body do what it's designed to when it isn't.
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    Jan 10, 2013 6:44 PM GMT
    Medjai said
    mindgarden said
    Medjai said
    mindgarden said
    WhoDey saidI won't get the flu shot. If you are young, and your body can't fight off the flu in a couple of days, you have bigger problems to worry about.


    You are confusing influenza and the common cold. Don't forget that the 1918 pandemic primarily killed otherwise healthy 20-somethings.


    This isn't 1918. First, medicine has advanced a huge degree, and second, healthy now is better than healthy then.

    This pandemic is not the Spanish flu. We have not had a single strain hit such dominance and fatality since then, nor are we likely to. Even Avian flu and Swine flu, though they had the potential, were quickly curtailed.


    You are arguing that we should shun modern medicine because modern medicine will save us? Illogical.


    No. Even modern medicine is recognizing the flaws in overmedicating. Use it when needed, and let the body do what it's designed to when it isn't.


    Flaws in over medicating? Vaccinations that prevent the spread of deadly diseases are solidly supported by medical and scientific studies. Over use of antibiotics is an example where we have learned that less is better but one case does not apply necessarily to another.
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:00 PM GMT
    I've never considered getting a flu shot before and looking over choices I see a shot is offered at most pharmacies. However CVS and others only say flu shots are approved for everyone up to age 64.

    What do folks above age 64 do?
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    Jan 10, 2013 7:52 PM GMT
    ATC84 saidI've never considered getting a flu shot before and looking over choices I see a shot is offered at most pharmacies. However CVS and others only say flu shots are approved for everyone up to age 64.

    What do folks above age 64 do?


    They visit their doctor. The doctor evaluates their overall health and he/she decides if the patient needs a flu shot or not.
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    Jan 10, 2013 8:09 PM GMT
    WhoDey saidI won't get the flu shot. If you are young, and your body can't fight off the flu in a couple of days, you have bigger problems to worry about.


    This is a selfish way of thinking. I'm young and fit but I'm a public speaker and come in close proximity with hundreds of people a day meaning if I don't watch out, I can spread something to many people without the same immune system I have.
  • A_1991

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    Jan 10, 2013 8:18 PM GMT
    I just got sick with the flu yesterday... This is the third time Ive gotten sick in the span of 4 months -_-. Should had taken the shot earlier!
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    Jan 10, 2013 8:23 PM GMT
    I get the flu shot every year. They give it for free at work.

    The last time I didn't was almost 20 years ago. We had a party for friends who were leaving town, the wife had the flu, and both of us got it bad. I had a 101+ fever for days, didn't get out of bed for more than a week and didn't go back to work for almost 3 weeks. Friends had to bring us care packages.

    No thank you, if I can help it.
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    Jan 10, 2013 8:27 PM GMT
    showme saidI get the flu shot every year. They give it for free at work.

    The last time I didn't was almost 20 years ago. We had a party for friends who were leaving town, the wife had the flu, and both of us got it bad. I had a 101+ fever for days, didn't get out of bed for more than a week and didn't go back to work for almost 3 weeks. Friends had to bring us care packages.

    No thank you, if I can help it.


    Omg. That really sounds rough. icon_redface.gif

    and I thought my body was trying to kill me the last few days. I couldn't imagine much more. icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 10, 2013 8:28 PM GMT
    Well, I live miles away from the US, and I've contracted the virus. FML ....
    this is the 4th day so I'm hoping relief soon