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US Flu "Epidemic" Worst in Decade
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Posted on 01/10/2013 7:51:01 AM PST by chessplayer

An agressive flu strain is spreading quickly across the country. Hospitals from coast to coast are being forced to divert patients from their overcrowded emergency rooms.

"I can't say it enough," Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said. "Please all of everyone out there, get to the health centers where you can get you flu shot."

This winter has had the earliest and worst outbreak of deadly flu virus in a decade.

Positive cases of influenza in the U.S. rose 60 percent during the last week of December.

In the week ending on Dec. 29, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported there were 2,961 positive influenza test results out of 9,363 specimens nationwide, or 31.6 percent. Near the Great Lakes, the hardest-hit region, reports nearly 60 percent of those who were checked tested positive for the flu.

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Got my shot Dec. 7th. Been getting one every year for the last 9-10 years. Odd thing about this years shot, though. Usually my shoulder aches for a few days after the shot. This time it hardly ached at all.
1 posted on 01/10/2013 7:51:05 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

From the reports of hospitals being overloaded, I have to think most are obama voters.


2 posted on 01/10/2013 7:54:13 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: chessplayer
I got my flu shot in October and it did NOT work. I came down with a physician confirmed case of the flu last week, and am just now getting over it. The current medical spin is that the vaccine does not necessarily guarantee that you won't get the flu, but that it will lessen the symptoms.

Whatever.

I want my $30 back.

3 posted on 01/10/2013 7:54:22 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: chessplayer

Got my shot in September. Remember it still takes about a week to be effective.


4 posted on 01/10/2013 7:55:13 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: chessplayer

A conspiracy nut might think that this is an effort to build support for Obamacare.


5 posted on 01/10/2013 7:55:57 AM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: chessplayer

I’ve never gotten the flu shot and I’ve never gotten the flu. It may have something to do with the military rebuilding my immune system when I was a kid, I don’t know. I keep my hands clean, avoid touching inanimate objects if I don’t have to and generally stay healthy. It’s worked well so far.


6 posted on 01/10/2013 7:56:50 AM PST by TheRhinelander
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To: chessplayer

10 minutes after my shot this year, I couldn’t tell I’d had one.

I suspect we are having an epidemic because they guessed wrong on the variants for this years shot.


7 posted on 01/10/2013 7:58:10 AM PST by FrogMom (Chicken Little is coming, and he's right!)
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To: Timber Rattler

The idea of vaccine protecting the public is to create a kind of firewall against infection. It doesn’t work as well for individuals, but you were immunized for a lot of infections just by having so many people immunized. So if half of the vaccines work for a particular pathogen, it works.


8 posted on 01/10/2013 7:58:22 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: chessplayer
Usually my shoulder aches for a few days after the shot. This time it hardly ached at all.
Got a flu shot in boot camp (mid 60s) that caused my arm to really hurt for a full day. I put off getting a flu shot for ten years because of that memory.
However, since the mid 70s, I've never had one that hurt.
9 posted on 01/10/2013 7:59:11 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Timber Rattler

Wasn’t there a recall or something? I remember that my pharmacy, which gives shots, stopped for a while. Maybe it was the “delivery system?” They might have been using those “airgun” things. Anyway, what I do recall was that something wasn’t effective.


10 posted on 01/10/2013 7:59:18 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Congress should ban assault flu viruses.


11 posted on 01/10/2013 8:02:24 AM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: chessplayer

Is the flu shot they are recommending going to cover this strain? I thought I heard that the strain that is going around was not in the flu vaccine this year.


12 posted on 01/10/2013 8:02:41 AM PST by frogjerk (Obama Claus is coming to town!)
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To: freeangel

Why?


13 posted on 01/10/2013 8:05:10 AM PST by stuartcr ("I upraded my moral compass to a GPS, to keep up with the times.")
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To: chessplayer

Are we sure that this isn’t another “un-wasted crisis” trumped up by the media and massaged by Obamites?


14 posted on 01/10/2013 8:06:04 AM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: chessplayer

Media generated hysteria. Apparently the low information people out there don’t know how to cope with the flu or what is most likely just a bad cold... so off they run to the emergency rooms.

This country is doomed.


15 posted on 01/10/2013 8:07:25 AM PST by Third Person (I'm in my prime.)
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To: chessplayer

If you’re allergic to eggs, don’t get a flu shot.

That would be very, very bad.


16 posted on 01/10/2013 8:09:17 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Timber Rattler

I got my flu shot in October and it did NOT work. I came down with a physician confirmed case of the flu last week, and am just now getting over it. The current medical spin is that the vaccine does not necessarily guarantee that you won’t get the flu, but that it will lessen the symptoms.


No, there is no money back guarantee it will prevent you from getting it. There has NEVER been a guarantee it will prevent it. But it can still reduce the severity of it if someone gets it. That can mean the difference between surviving or dying for the elderly.


17 posted on 01/10/2013 8:09:48 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

The media has to get with the program. Don’t bother us with this inconsequential crap. We are saving the country from “Gun Violence”.


18 posted on 01/10/2013 8:09:53 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Timber Rattler

The are many strains of the flu. The medical community makes an educated guess as to which strain will infect people on a given year. Somehow I doubt you could do better.


19 posted on 01/10/2013 8:11:50 AM PST by EEGator
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To: Timber Rattler

The flu shot protects against previously known and the most prevalent strains of flu. In essence you got protection up to last year’s known threats.


20 posted on 01/10/2013 8:13:19 AM PST by pfflier
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To: chessplayer
My wife and I got our flu shot today...we usually wait to see how the current strain develops and whether the vaccine proferred matches....

This year they have a close match and those who are vaccinated will either get lesser symptoms or not at all...

Of course, it takes 10 days for the vaccine to fully take hold so for the next week my wife and I are susceptible...

21 posted on 01/10/2013 8:13:51 AM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: Timber Rattler
The current medical spin is that the vaccine does not necessarily guarantee that you won't get the flu, but that it will lessen the symptoms.

Has been considered 70% effective from the beginning.

I personally consider it a good investment. That other 30% can be pretty rough.

22 posted on 01/10/2013 8:13:51 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: chessplayer
I've never had a gummint injection

I came down with an upper chest congestion about 8 or 9 days ago, took some old Cipro I kept from the last time I ... don't remember why ... but I kept 'em (always do), and I feel a lot better now

I always keep an antibiotic stash, just in case.


Yeah, I know .. you shouldn't keep them .. use all of 'em because they're measured or something.

I've never completed the 2 a day for 10 day routine, always felt better after 3 or 4 days .. drank a lot of water, slept a lot and went back to work ... with a stash in the freezer.

That's my story n'I'm ... s s s s tickin' TO it.

23 posted on 01/10/2013 8:16:07 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: chessplayer

Dang! All this flu violence! Please 0ummbumma, cuhomo, do something! Like an EO to eliminate this flu violence! Please!!!!


24 posted on 01/10/2013 8:16:12 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: freeangel

Yeah, I’m an ER doc. We are crushed with flu patients. Guess what folks, 99 times out of 100 THERES NOTHING WE CAN DO FOR YOU. Unless its a kid under 2, over 70, pregnant or immunocompromised they don’t even recommend Tamiflu.
So STAY HOME, DRINK LOTS OF LIQUIDS AND TAKE SOME TYLENOL OR MOTRIN.


25 posted on 01/10/2013 8:17:23 AM PST by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Never get them. Never will.


26 posted on 01/10/2013 8:17:48 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Mastador1

A conspiracy nut might think that this is an effort to build support for Obamacare.


But how would that explain the govt. and private physicians urging people to get flu shots during the Bush years?


27 posted on 01/10/2013 8:18:56 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: FrogMom
I suspect we are having an epidemic because they guessed wrong on the variants for this years shot.

This.

28 posted on 01/10/2013 8:19:00 AM PST by Obadiah (It is when a people forget God, that tyrants forge their chains.)
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To: frogjerk

From what I have heard they guessed right on this seasons flu strain. I got my shot this morning. no pain no ache. Hardly felt the needle = it was the normal type needle - not that new shorter one. $32 at CVS.


29 posted on 01/10/2013 8:19:33 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: oh8eleven

Whether the shot hurts of not is really irrelevant.

Hurt is about where the liquid got deposited in the muscle. If the volume and location is near a nerve it will hurt more and longer. Case closed.


30 posted on 01/10/2013 8:19:33 AM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

Usually flu has a colorful name like chinese pig swine flu.

The fact that this is “the no name flu” probably says the vaccine in not for this flu.

In any event, I suspect they will name this flu “the global warming flu”.


31 posted on 01/10/2013 8:20:35 AM PST by staytrue
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To: pfflier

That’s not correct. The CDC looks at strains that emerged generally in Asia early in te year, and makes the vaccine to cover the 3 most likely NEW strains.


32 posted on 01/10/2013 8:21:06 AM PST by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: Timber Rattler

I’m 59. I’ve never had a flu shot. I’ve also not had anything like the flu in my adult life as far as I can remember.

Doesn’t mean I won’t die of it this year, but still...


33 posted on 01/10/2013 8:21:47 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: chessplayer

The last flu shot I got was a LONG time ago in the military I was forced to get the swine flu shot. It worked, I got the flu.

Haven’t had the flu in a lot of years, (knock wood).


34 posted on 01/10/2013 8:21:47 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: chessplayer
Got my shot Dec. 7th. Been getting one every year for the last 9-10 years. Odd thing about this years shot, though. Usually my shoulder aches for a few days after the shot. This time it hardly ached at all.

This is anecdotal; however, I noticed the same thing.

35 posted on 01/10/2013 8:24:29 AM PST by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: chessplayer

I haven’t had one since 1978. I have been without flu for years.


36 posted on 01/10/2013 8:24:59 AM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: chessplayer

Hope the flu shot maker wasn’t a FOO (Friend of Obama)


37 posted on 01/10/2013 8:25:46 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: knarf

I always keep Cipro around.


38 posted on 01/10/2013 8:26:03 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: George from New England
If the volume and location is near a nerve it will hurt more and longer.
So you're saying that for the last 40 years, every shot I received wasn't near a nerve. Nonsense.
39 posted on 01/10/2013 8:26:24 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Kozak

A high fever started on Christmas Eve and lasted a week before breaking, and the next week I continued recuperating. This seems to be one of those twofers, or two episodes for the price of one. The congestion tries to move into the chest, making breathing more difficult. So, for some folks it may be wise to not get too rambunctious and risk another round of fever until the chest congestion has also cleared.


40 posted on 01/10/2013 8:26:34 AM PST by WhiskeyX
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To: knarf

You are the reason we have lots of emerging resistance to antibiotics.
First, you most likely had a viral infection to begin with, OF COURSE you are going to feel better in 9 or 10 days.

Then you took an inadequate course of te antibiotic anyway. Kill off any easily susceptible germs ALLOW THE MORE RESISTANT ONES TO SURVIVE AND REPRODUCE.

But you of course know better.


41 posted on 01/10/2013 8:26:34 AM PST by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: chessplayer

The vaccine is effective for 100% of Influenza A strains and only 69% of the Influenza B strains.


42 posted on 01/10/2013 8:27:15 AM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Mine are rounded oblong.


43 posted on 01/10/2013 8:27:41 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Thorliveshere

“Are we sure that this isn’t another “un-wasted crisis” trumped up by the media and massaged by Obamites?”

Well’ my wife was laid up for a week with it. I am on the fence. Have all the symptoms but have yet to get fever.


44 posted on 01/10/2013 8:29:58 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Want freedom? Think WWRRD? Then do it.)
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To: Kozak
Nope, just FEEL better.

Been self doctorin' for as long as I can remember.

I've stitched up a 2" gash in my knee ... maybe 40 years ago ... no scar.

45 posted on 01/10/2013 8:30:37 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: chessplayer

Got my shot last December after I had heart surgery.

Flu? What flu? But its no laughing matter for those who come down with it.


46 posted on 01/10/2013 8:31:55 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Kozak

So STAY HOME, DRINK LOTS OF LIQUIDS AND TAKE SOME TYLENOL OR MOTRIN.”

Exactly. I don’t understand people that run to the Dr. for something viral like the cold or influenza (unless a complication arises). It just has to run its course. When I come down with something like that, I stay home and as far away from others as I can, to avoid spreading the virus.


47 posted on 01/10/2013 8:33:23 AM PST by RedWhiteBlue (Mama tried)
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To: Third Person

I heard from a medical doctor who’s not practicing medicine but doing statistics for major harmaceutical and health care companies that vaccination don’t really work.

Long time ago in India and the Philippines they found out that some vaccines were contaminated with HIV! Yikes!


48 posted on 01/10/2013 8:33:51 AM PST by hamboy (Psalm 109:8: Let his days be few; and let another take his office.)
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To: chessplayer

Not to worry; if we get rid of all the guns, that will solve everything


49 posted on 01/10/2013 8:37:14 AM PST by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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I spent several hours in the ER this week. It was filled to the brim. I didn't want to go there, but I couldn't get into my Dr. Until Feb., the minor medicals were filled up and they didm’t even want to see me because I have Pulmonary Fibrosis and was running a 3 degree temp. First thing that they did was swab for the flu. Fortunately I only had Bronchitis which is dangerous for me.
50 posted on 01/10/2013 8:38:39 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadows of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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