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Sun Dec 8, 2019, 02:13 PM

Flu season off to a fast start, driven by unexpected virus, CDC says

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/cold-and-flu/flu-season-fast-start-driven-unexpected-virus-cdc-says-n1097651

The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years.

An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and thereís a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say.

@CDCFlu
The latest CDC #FluView reports that the U.S. flu season has started, with about half the country having high or moderate flu activity. Flu season lasts 14 weeks on average, so itís not too late to get vaccinated: https://go.usa.gov/xpyra

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The agency on Friday estimated that there have already been 1.7 million flu illnesses, 16,000 hospitalizations, and 900 flu-related deaths nationally.

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jpak Dec 8 OP
uppityperson Dec 8 #1
abqtommy Dec 8 #2
VOX Dec 8 #3
MurrayDelph Dec 8 #4
JustABozoOnThisBus Dec 8 #7
CabalPowered Dec 8 #8
abqtommy Dec 8 #9
roamer65 Dec 8 #5
JCMach1 Dec 8 #6

Response to jpak (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 02:50 PM

1. I checked the CDC flu map yesterday and am shocked as it's typically not

like this for another couple months. Sanitize you hands, don't touch your eyes or nose.


https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/usmap.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 04:29 PM

2. I got my quad flu vaccine and I recommend that everyone should!

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Response to abqtommy (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 04:55 PM

3. Amen. Got mine yesterday.

Whenever I get a rip-roaring case of the flu, it ALWAYS hits me sometime in January through March, which is why I get the shot in the first week of December, to maximize its coverage in my most susceptible months.

Itís no ironclad guarantee, but I would *never* skip the flu shot.

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Response to abqtommy (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 04:57 PM

4. If I make a small adjustment

Everyone who can take the vaccine safely should do so.

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Response to abqtommy (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 06:25 PM

7. I didn't get a quad flu vaccine. I got mine in the deltoid, as usual.

Dunno what "quad" means in a vaccine sense. I got the hi-test "geezer" shot, whatever that means.

Stay well.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 06:29 PM

8. This year there's a tri and a quad

It refers to the number of strains that are targeted.

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Response to CabalPowered (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 08:02 PM

9. Thanks for clearing that up.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 05:11 PM

5. There is a nasty norovirus going around as well.

It took 2 swats at me.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 06:08 PM

6. RSV hitting kids hard in DFW

Had nasty bronchitis myself for 3 weeks

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