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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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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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To: Kozak
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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To: chessplayer
I recommend that everyone get a flu shot.

That way I don't have to.

51 posted on 01/10/2013 8:39:01 AM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: knarf

Same here. My wife gets them for her sinus infections. 20 pills at a time for a ten day dosage. We have a supply of 60 with a script for two more 20 pill vials. We always get the total script filled, whether she needs them or not and keep the left overs for an emergency.


52 posted on 01/10/2013 8:39:40 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: chessplayer

OBAMA’S FAULT!


53 posted on 01/10/2013 8:40:39 AM PST by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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To: Kozak

Good advice. Breathing was difficult and malaise was bad but this is what I have done for a week now, and I am on the mend. In your experience, how long does the congestion last, normally? At this rate. I will sound terrible for another two weeks.


54 posted on 01/10/2013 8:45:43 AM PST by esquirette ("Our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee." ~ Augustine)
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To: Kozak

Good advice. Breathing was difficult and malaise was bad but this is what I have done for a week now, and I am on the mend. In your experience, how long does the congestion last, normally? At this rate. I will sound terrible for another two weeks.


55 posted on 01/10/2013 8:46:10 AM PST by esquirette ("Our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee." ~ Augustine)
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To: Kozak

Regarding the “under 2” crowd: My step daughter going in for an induced delivery today after a very difficult pregnancy. Wondering if the mother’s influenza vaccination confers immunity to the newborn? Do the antibodies make it across?


56 posted on 01/10/2013 8:46:10 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: Kozak
"You are the reason we have lots of emerging resistance to antibiotics."

Do you want to qualify that statement or do you want me to tear it apart ?

57 posted on 01/10/2013 8:47:37 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: RedWhiteBlue
"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."

There is a fair amount of media generated hysteria and the message that the citizen cannot manage on their own - more dependency is being taught.

58 posted on 01/10/2013 8:55:36 AM PST by Truth29
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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” <<

.
What do you think the flu shot is for?

If nobody got the shot, there wouldn’t be any cases of the ‘new’ flu. If the flu dies, the med mafia loses billions.


59 posted on 01/10/2013 8:57:11 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: steve86
Regarding the “under 2” crowd: My step daughter going in for an induced delivery today after a very difficult pregnancy. Wondering if the mother’s influenza vaccination confers immunity to the newborn? Do the antibodies make it across?

I have a 2 year old, a 7 month old, and my wife cancelled my vasectomy appt last month ;)

Anyways, Mom's immunities will FLOOD the newborn for up to 6 weeks after birth. Her antiboties are a great way to keep the nasty bugs away from newborns. As soon as the baby is born, mom and baby gets stuck with I think, a DTaP and Hep B shot. Stay on the shot schedule for the first 2 years.....My son was born on the 9th, so every 3 months ON THE 9th, we took him in for his shots. Now that he's 2, his next shot schedule is SEP 9th, 2014.

Tell your step daughter to TRY her damn hardest to breastfeed. Breastfed babies are much more resiliant to the nasties. Unfortunately, both of our kids had to go to bottle supplement formula due to my wife's low calorie breast milk.

60 posted on 01/10/2013 9:01:07 AM PST by DCBryan1 (Look for the UNION label.....then buy something else!)
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