it's still not too late to get a flu shot

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    Jan 26, 2018 9:48 PM GMT
    This year’s flu season is now more intense than any since the 2009 swine flu pandemic and still getting worse, federal health officials said on Friday.

    Despite the late date, the agency still recommends that Americans get flu shots. Because some doctors and pharmacies have none left, Dr. Jernigan suggested checking vaccinefinder.org to find providers with stocks.

    This year’s dominant virus, H3N2, has been circulating for 50 years — it emerged as the “Hong Kong flu” in 1968 — but it is usually the most lethal of the seasonal strains.

    This Flu Season Is the Worst in Nearly a Decade

    I remember the Hong Kong flu and had it back in '68. Boy was I miserable. That was back when the flu symptoms were mostly nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Nowadays the flu is just like a cold but with a fever.
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    Jan 26, 2018 10:26 PM GMT
    I'm gonna look into whether we should get a second flu shot. We had our first in late August. It may be medically OK, but the cost not covered. Our first shot was free. But if the cost is reasonable I'll pay for the second myself.

    I got the flu once as an adult, and I think at least once as a child. I was an Army Lieutenant in 1975, in the Officer's Club during Officer's Call around 5 PM in the later case.

    Where it hit me very quickly. Flu shots weren't mandatory in the Army then, as I recall, as they later became. I had to have someone drive me home. You feel like you don't wanna live, almost glad if you would just die.

    A funny lingering side-effect was that for years I couldn't tolerate the taste of Drambuie liqueur, which would make me nauseous. Presumably because that's what I was sipping in the Club when the flu hit me. Likewise as a kid I was having a supper at home of spare ribs and sauerkraut (well, my family is northern European, after all), and for many years that became a meal I likewise couldn't even think about without retching. Fortunately both those reactions gradually subsided by my late 30s.

    The flu is nasty, even life threatening. Get the shot for yourself, even if it's only partially effective. You may be among the percentage it covers, or at least it can mitigate the worst symptoms if you do contract the flu.
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    Jan 26, 2018 11:38 PM GMT
    Agree with Lumpy

    The flu death rate is 2x as high this year as last year in California. Amazing that a lot of them died within 48 hours of having severe symptoms, despite admission to hospitals and being on oxygen.

    And those that have died this year include a large percentage of young people - so not just the old folks this year.

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    Jan 27, 2018 5:20 PM GMT
    I checked and was told we couldn’t have a second flu vaccine shot. Some sites are recommending Tamiflu as a prophylaxis, but I guess it requires a doctor’s prescription, taken for 10 days. I’ll look more into that next week. If either of us gets the flu it could be a death sentence, with him at a greater risk than me.
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    Jan 28, 2018 5:14 PM GMT
    I got mine. I feel great.
    My partner got his at the same time and he feels crappy.

    He swears he'll never get it again.


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    Jan 28, 2018 7:40 PM GMT
    I got the shot last week. The problematic strain mutated during as the vaccine was being developed so it's only 10-30% effective but it's free so I figured better safe than sorry.

    Seems to me the vaccines have this problem a lot. I'm not sure free flu vaccines in Canada are a good investment of our health care funding just yet.

    I get the argument for herd immunity but with a 10-30% effectiveness I'm not sure we'll see that ever happen.

  • Jan 29, 2018 2:56 AM GMT
    Oh crap , this is not all things gay , this is propaganda , flu shots are for people who are mentally unstable . I NEVER GOT FLU SHOTS , totally health minded .
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    Jan 29, 2018 2:54 PM GMT
    YVRguy saidI got the shot last week. The problematic strain mutated during as the vaccine was being developed so it's only 10-30% effective but it's free so I figured better safe than sorry.

    Seems to me the vaccines have this problem a lot. I'm not sure free flu vaccines in Canada are a good investment of our health care funding just yet.

    I get the argument for herd immunity but with a 10-30% effectiveness I'm not sure we'll see that ever happen.


    It is cheaper to immunize someone than treat them at a hospital as an in-patient.

    The flu shot saves my province money. We have seen the figures. It makes better use of our health budget.
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    Jan 29, 2018 5:03 PM GMT
    MOUNTAINHILLBILLY said
    Oh crap , this is not all things gay , this is propaganda , flu shots are for people who are mentally unstable . I NEVER GOT FLU SHOTS , totally health minded .

    And what is the motivation for your own unsound anti-vaccine propaganda? That is disproven by medical science and real-world results. Your ideological irrationality is not only fundamentally ignorant, but potentially dangerous to those who follow your advice.
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    Jan 29, 2018 7:26 PM GMT
    MOUNTAINHILLBILLY saidOh crap , this is not all things gay , this is propaganda , flu shots are for people who are mentally unstable . I NEVER GOT FLU SHOTS , totally health minded .

    If you have never had the flu , either you are lucky, have some natural immunity, or live in the woods and never come into contact with other humans during flu season. If none of those, you are foolish. People your age have been hospitalized for flu this year at more than 3x the rate of last year.

    In California alone, the flu has now killed over 100 people so far this winter.