H1N1 (Swine Flu)

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    Sep 17, 2009 5:51 PM GMT
    A friend of mine in Winnipeg Canada contracted swine flu. He is the first person I know personally to contacted it. Do you personally know anyone that contracted it?
  • AlexGuess

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    Sep 17, 2009 6:54 PM GMT
    Not really, but there was this girl in my school that like three days ago died from it, =
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    Sep 18, 2009 1:21 AM GMT
    Yes. I go to Washington State University which was (and remains) the hardest hit school in the country with swine flu. I would saw about 60% of my friends had or have it. For most of them it is just a horrendous flu that lasts about 5 days with vomiting, headaches, fever, and being excessively tired. The whole campus has been virtually empty the past two weeks and there are health ppl everywhere. CNN, Fox News, and ABC News were all here last week doing reports on it.
  • Sirkit

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    Sep 18, 2009 2:27 AM GMT
    U of A has had a few cases. Ironically the woman responsible for the campus's health in the face of H1N1 contracted the virus. A few people in my building have been placed on self-quarantine since they showed symptoms. So far, nothing major.
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    Sep 18, 2009 2:35 AM GMT
    My cousin had it, and nobody had a clue it was a big family get together,and gladly I didnt get it. I didn't find out till after he was over it. Just a minor case though.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Sep 18, 2009 11:15 PM GMT
    Oddly, I have the flu at the moment, but have no way of knowing the type. The doctor today confirmed I had the flu, but didn't take any sample (saliva, swab, blood, nothing) so the strain is indeterminant.
  • EricLA

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    Sep 18, 2009 11:22 PM GMT
    I work at UCLA, and have to say I'm a bit anxious. I feel our building is a bit of a petri dish to begin because of the level of traffic (not necessarily a statement on hygiene of those passing through it).

    Some new observations about H1N1 aren't helping:

    * hand-washing, while good practice, probably does little to protect people against H1N1, you're almost certain to contract it from inhaling it. And if you're thinking about wearing one of those face masks, most of them offer little to no protection against viruses

    * people are contagious for about a WEEK after their fever breaks, longer than the 3-4 days first thought.

    So, the lesson is, if you think you might be coming down with something, STAY HOME!!! Do not infect your friends and coworkers.
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    Oct 20, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    Another friend of mine has the Swine Flu. I haven't had any personal contact with him for a few weeks, so I know I didn't get it from him.
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    Oct 29, 2009 7:54 PM GMT
    One of my favorite neighbors realized she had it when she was on her way back from a trip with her partner. They got her to a hospital right away and they told her that if she did not go in that day that should would have died right away. They have since had to put her into a drug induced coma to help give her body a chance to recover from the respiratory part of it. She is not doing well and her partner just called me in tears.

    Another neighbor that works at a hospital told me that a young pregnant mother of 3 died on Sunday in her hospital from it.

    So please, do what you can to stay healthy.
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    Oct 30, 2009 1:40 PM GMT

    Wow, Metta8, very sorry to hear that your neighbor is so ill.

    My 12 year old son woke this morning with what looks like flu - high fever, body aches, lethargy, etc. We'll see how it unfolds. H1N1 is characterized as "widespread" in southern Maine, which starts at the border 5 miles from our place in NH.

    As the morning has gone on I've been getting chills and a sore throat so I may have picked up whatever bug Calum has.
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    Oct 30, 2009 7:58 PM GMT
    phemt saidA friend of mine in Winnipeg Canada contracted swine flu. He is the first person I know personally to contacted it. Do you personally know anyone that contracted it?


    It's running pretty rampant around here. So many sick at work and many schools have decided to close because of about 20% of students with the flu. They are urging everyone that if you start feeling sick to stay at home and not keep spreading it.
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    Oct 30, 2009 8:01 PM GMT
    They just closed the High School in my town last Monday and Tuesday because of an outbreak. First school closure in the state.
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    Oct 30, 2009 8:02 PM GMT
    Only 11 people have died from it, but it does keep you home for a week or more and some have a cough for several more weeks. It's a lot more severe than the regular flu, which they said hasn't even hit this year yet. They are trying to get more vaccines here, but it is in short supply right now. They are only vaccinating people in high risk oocupations right now.
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    Oct 30, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    G_Force saidOnly 11 people have died from it, but it does keep you home for a week or more and some have a cough for several more weeks. It's a lot more severe than the regular flu, which they said hasn't even hit this year yet. They are trying to get more vaccines here, but it is in short supply right now. They are only vaccinating people in high risk oocupations right now.


    Only 11 people. You would think people are falling like flies
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    Oct 30, 2009 8:06 PM GMT
    MSUBioNerd saidOddly, I have the flu at the moment, but have no way of knowing the type. The doctor today confirmed I had the flu, but didn't take any sample (saliva, swab, blood, nothing) so the strain is indeterminant.


    They are not testing any more here because it is just infecting their staff and other patients and there's really not much a doctor can do anyways.
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    Oct 30, 2009 8:09 PM GMT
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    G_Force saidOnly 11 people have died from it, but it does keep you home for a week or more and some have a cough for several more weeks. It's a lot more severe than the regular flu, which they said hasn't even hit this year yet. They are trying to get more vaccines here, but it is in short supply right now. They are only vaccinating people in high risk oocupations right now.


    Only 11 people. You would think people are falling like flies


    More people have died from it, but only 11 confirmed cases in WI and they were all people who also had other health problems. If your body is healthy otherwise, it just takes time to get over it.
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    Oct 30, 2009 8:13 PM GMT
    Survival of the fittest- when people start dropping like flies - wake me
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    Oct 30, 2009 8:17 PM GMT
    Blondizgd saidSurvival of the fittest- when people start dropping like flies - wake me


    I was wrong. There are 14 deaths now. 3 more died this week from it. icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 30, 2009 8:23 PM GMT
    Yup. Me. I got it from our son.

    I contracted it last Tuesday, 10/20. Went from a sore throat, to body aches and extreme fatigue, then a runny nose, then on Thursday a fever of 101.7. That's when I started getting the gut wrenching coughing. I'm STILL coughing, and have been wheezing. The doctor prescribed an inhaler (I've never had any breathing problems before, so that was something new).

    My partner works at Washington State University (45 minutes away), and Lewiston, Idaho, where we live has stopped doing tests for H1N1. If you're symptomatic, they assume that you have it, since 90% of the swabs taken returned positive for H1N1, and treat you accordingly.

    Ugh.
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    Oct 30, 2009 8:25 PM GMT
    Fond du Lac County, which is about 25 miles south is the worst with about 10,000 who have it. So, they are getting federal funding to fight it. They better not come up here. lol
  • ickymuffin

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    Oct 30, 2009 8:26 PM GMT
    What's so scary about this flu season is that the number of cases in mid-october are double the cases seen at the peak of flu season(mid-January) over the past 3 years.

    In Texas, there have only been about 4 or 5 confirmed cases of seasonal flu, the rest has all been swine flu. Seasonal flu isn't really reared its head as of yet...

    My doctor read a statistic that 40% of working americans would miss over a week of work this flu season this year...these numbers are staggering and are significantly higher than we have seen in a very long time.

    It's so important to get both the H1N1 AND seasonal flu vaccine this year!!!!
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    Oct 30, 2009 8:27 PM GMT
    Federal funds help FdL County fight flu

    By Sharon Roznik
    The Reporter sroznik@fdlrepoorter.com

    The Fond du Lac County Health Department has so far received $52,000 in federal money to help combat the H1N1 pandemic.

    Health Officer Diane Cappozzo told County Board members Tuesday night the department expects an additional $130,000 in public health emergency response funding to cover the cost of setting up school and community-based clinics.

    Meanwhile, the county still waits for the promised vaccines. Cappozzo estimates that so far about 10 percent of the county's population, around 10,000 people, have had swine flu.

    A woman in Oconto County died because of complications related to swine flu, officials announced Tuesday as the state worked on prioritizing the vaccine. This brings the statewide death total to 14 since spring.

    The State Department of Health Services said, beginning next week, it wants public and private health-care providers to refrain from mass public vaccination clinics unless they are targeted at those most at risk.

    Wisconsin has been allocated a total of 407,000 doses of swine flu vaccine as of Tuesday, the health department said.

    "We are aware of the limited availability of H1N1. We still have some health care workers that haven't been offered vaccine at this time," Cappozzo said.

    Cappozzo said locally officials are focused on prioritizing target groups.

    The state Department of Health Services recommended that the public health and health care community focus vaccination efforts on pregnant women, people who live with or provide care for children younger than 6 months old, and health-care and emergency medical services personnel who have direct contact with patients or infectious material. It also listed children ages 6 months to 4 years old, and children 5 to 18 years old who have chronic medical conditions as those in high-priority groups.

    A limited supply of the H1N1 flu mist is available through the Health Department for healthy individuals between the age of 2 and 49, Cappozzo said.

    "People are calling in, and if we don't have vaccine at this time, we are putting them on a call back list, so we can notify them," she said.
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    Oct 30, 2009 8:32 PM GMT
    ickymuffin saidWhat's so scary about this flu season is that the number of cases in mid-october are double the cases seen at the peak of flu season(mid-January) over the past 3 years.

    In Texas, there have only been about 4 or 5 confirmed cases of seasonal flu, the rest has all been swine flu. Seasonal flu isn't really reared its head as of yet...

    My doctor read a statistic that 40% of working americans would miss over a week of work this flu season this year...these numbers are staggering and are significantly higher than we have seen in a very long time.

    It's so important to get both the H1N1 AND seasonal flu vaccine this year!!!!


    By the time they get any vaccines here, we'll all have had it already. There's no vaccines available any more because I called. But I can't afford to miss a week of work. But, they said I can't have a vaccine anyways because I am not considered high risk.
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    Oct 30, 2009 8:38 PM GMT
    oh no, my daughter just emailed me from college in MN and she has the swine flu now icon_sad.gif about 20% have it at her college. Its affecting kids and young adults more because older people have more of an immunity to it.
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    Oct 30, 2009 8:40 PM GMT
    her roommate will probably get it too now