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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:43 PM

US flu season starts early, could be bad, CDC says

Source: AP


BY BY MIKE STOBBE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say flu season is off to its earliest start in nearly 10 years — and it could be a bad one. The primary strain circulating is one that tends to cause more severe illness, especially in the elderly.

But officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the nation seems to be fairly well prepared. More than a third of Americans have been vaccinated, and the vaccine is well matched to the strains of flu so far.

Officials said Monday that suspected flu cases have jumped in five southern states — Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. An uptick in flu reports like this usually doesn’t occur until after Christmas.

The last time a typical flu season started this early was the winter of 2003-04.

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Read more: http://www.salon.com/2012/12/03/us_flu_season_starts_early_could_be_bad_cdc_says/

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Reply US flu season starts early, could be bad, CDC says (Original post)
DonViejo Dec 2012 OP
MannyGoldstein Dec 2012 #1
PatrynXX Dec 2012 #9
TwilightGardener Dec 2012 #2
PatrynXX Dec 2012 #10
TwilightGardener Dec 2012 #11
840high Dec 2012 #3
gblady Dec 2012 #4
intheflow Dec 2012 #5
neverforget Dec 2012 #8
msanthrope Dec 2012 #18
neverforget Dec 2012 #21
du_grad Dec 2012 #16
intheflow Dec 2012 #19
cadaverdog Dec 2012 #6
cadaverdog Dec 2012 #7
azurnoir Dec 2012 #12
Lugnut Dec 2012 #13
Chakaconcarne Dec 2012 #14
moonlady0623 Dec 2012 #15
RebelOne Dec 2012 #22
Art_from_Ark Dec 2012 #17
Comrade Grumpy Dec 2012 #20
MrsBrady Dec 2012 #23

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:44 PM

1. I got my shot

Hope it works!

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:30 PM

9. Supposedly lasts 4 months

usually get it early however. like say September. except the infamous year (s) when they ran out..

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:50 PM

2. I had the flu so bad last January I couldn't function for

at least a week. Then I had a cough that lasted 6 weeks. This year I got a shot and dragged my teen sons to get one too (my husband got his from work).

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:31 PM

10. thats the only reason I get a shot

was basically home severely sick. playing Doom for XP , missed 2-3 weeks of College. couldn't breath because of that damn cough. always get shots now.

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Response to PatrynXX (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:59 PM

11. Have to learn the hard way. I'm middle aged and had a few

run-ins with the flu over the years, but last year was about the sickest I'd ever been--that was the last straw.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:59 PM

3. Got my shot last month.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:30 PM

4. I got my shot

...and spent last week in bed with fever, severe body aches, headache, cough...absolutely miserable.....guess the shot doesn't get all the viruses.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:56 PM

5. If my fb page is any indication, sinus infections are sweeping the nation.

Both my bf and I have bad, bad colds here in Colorado, and friends in Washington state, Oklahoma, Virginia, Ohio and Massachusetts are posting the same. Is it the flu? I'm not nauseous. But this is about as sick as I ever get, and a I rarely get sick. And when I do get sick, it's usually in January or February, never this early in the year.

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Response to intheflow (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:12 PM

8. My daughter had the Croup last week. It started out as sinus pain and her eyes hurt but then

she developed a cough like a barking seal. She sounded bad but felt relatively OK. At the doctor's office, he gave her a mask to breath with epinephrine? and she sounded a lot better. That was on Friday and she's back in school today as her cough is gone.

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Response to neverforget (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:43 AM

18. I've got croup now. Having trouble sleeping because the meds knock me out, then wake me up. nt

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #18)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:03 PM

21. I hope you get better soon! The meds my daughter was given took care of it very fast.

I hope they work for you too!

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Response to intheflow (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 11:42 PM

16. Influenza is a respiratory disease

It will give you severe body aches and a fairly high fever. It does not usually produce gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, diarrhea). The flu season is early this year. I work in a clinical microbiology laboratory and we have been getting requests for rapid flu tests since September. The season usually starts in January but it is really early this year.

The danger with influenza is that you can contract bacterial pneumonia on top of it. The organism that causes this, Streptococcus pneumoniae can put you into the hospital and into an ICU very quickly - in a matter of hours. This is a condition you do NOT want to mess around with. Many deaths from influenza are due to secondary bacterial pneumonia.

Here is the CDC page with some good basic information.

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/index.htm

Information on pneumonia:

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Pneumonia/

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Response to du_grad (Reply #16)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 09:07 AM

19. Ah, then, put me down as a flu sufferer.

I was a wreck on Saturday, high fever and shakes. It's finally moving along now, the gunk just breaking up in my chest now and getting coughed out. Feeling human for the first time in days!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:04 PM

7. Did not get my shot and

I've had the flu twice already! Seriously, the week I was scheduled to go in for my shot I came down with the flu, and it was really bad, aches and chills and fever up and down, and this went on for almost two weeks. Then when I thought it was finally over with I went out for some tennis practice, and got a bit sweaty in the cool weather. Bam! Right back to bed with a fever. Fortunately it didn't last long and I'm now flu free (I think) for almost a week. I've been told to wait two weeks and then get the flu shot, which I most certainly will. And please don't tell anyone if they have had the flu they can't get it again and don't bother getting the shot. This flu is really ugly; my only good news is I didn't get the stomach portion. First night with the second attack I felt like I was going to throw up and I took a dose of milk of magnesia and that calmed down my stomach.

What to take if you get the flu? After various attempts that went nowhere, on the advice of a physician I settled on 800 milligram Ibuprofen and a decongestant. Bed rest is really about it.

Get your flu shot! This is nasty.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:01 PM

12. well the one of the very few times I've gotten a flu shot was 2003-2004

and I wound up in the hospital for a week with pneumonia, haven't gotten a flu shot since and well haven't had pneumonia either, the few of times prior that when I was working with immune compromised patients I would at the very least spend a day puking from them

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:21 PM

13. I had the flu once a few years ago.

That's was enough for me. I got my flu shot last week.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 05:10 PM

14. Never got one....

and probably won't until I'm in the golden years and have one or more chronic diseases that truly necessitate getting one.

I rarely get the flu.
I wash my hands regularly.

If I do get sick, I stay home.

Your body builds a memory of defense against viruses through previous exposure to viruses. Antigenic Sin puts us at a disadvantage because before our bodies start to fight off a new virus, it's busy drumming up antibodies (through it's memory) to fight old viruses and results in a slowed reaction to the new strain(s). IF every year through a flu shot, we are introducing antibodies for 3-5 different strains, that adds up over time and creates a huge pool of differing virus activating antibodies (from which we will later draw from memory at next new strain exposure), slowing down our response even more, delaying recovery or opening ourselves up to associated complications.

By getting flu shots every year, we are creating more a dependency on the vaccine later on. Manufacturers know this.

Ask yourself.... Did I not get the flu last year because I had the flu shot or because I wasn't exposed? You won't ever know will you? You might just attribute it to the flu shot and keep getting them? Maybe you referred to the research...but 98% of research is funded by the manufacturer and 97% of that research favors the drug being tested. That's a fact, give or take a percentage point or two.

People didn't vaccinate in large numbers last year and much vaccine went to waste = $$$ Lost (or not made). Now we get this announcement....."Early" and "Bad".

I guess we'll see.

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Response to Chakaconcarne (Reply #14)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 08:41 PM

15. Knock on wood....

haven't had a flu shot in decades and haven't had the flu in decades either. Back when I WAS taking the shot it wasn't unusual for me to have bronchitis 2-3 times every winter. Thank you for the very logical explanation. If I'm consistent with vitamins and take Vitamin C in copious amounts at the hint of a cold, I can stay pretty healthy all winter long.
I'm 60 with a lifelong history of asthma and bronchitis. I'm also a medical marijuana patient for the asthma and have discontinued using my inhaler.

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Response to moonlady0623 (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:08 PM

22. Never had a flu shot and never had the flu.

So knock on wood my luck will hold out. I am 73 years old, so I must have a good immune system.

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Response to Chakaconcarne (Reply #14)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:36 AM

17. I remember a bunch of flu scares

Like the swine flu scare back in 1975, the Asian flu, the bird flu, swine flu again... not to mention other diseases like SARS, ebola, West Nile virus that were supposed to turn into pandemics but ended up being mostly hyperbole. After all that, I have little faith in announcements about potential disease outbreaks. I just try to keep as clean as possible (especially my hands), gargle with antiseptic mouthwash, eat right, drink enough fluids, and take medication and rest at the first sign of trouble.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 11:58 AM

20. I came down with it 8 hours after sitting in a doctor's waiting room for an hour.

In South Dakota. Vicious fevers and sweats the first night, full recovery after a few days.

Lots of people are sick with it around here.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:20 PM

23. I've got my shot

I work in childcare, so I would not go without it.

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