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    The flu...and what to do

    So a little unscientific study: Have you had the flu? How many people that you know have had it? Have you taken the flu shot? What do you feel about the flu shot? Numerous Chicago hospitals' ERs are so swamped that they are actually turning away ambulances with patients.

    From a Yahoo article:

    Since September, the CDC has reported more than 22,000 (emphasis added) cases of flu, compared to just 849 cases in the same period a year ago. The surge of infections has prompted Boston to declare a public health emergency, and a Pennsylvania hospital was so swamped that it had to put up a tent to handle flu patients.

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    Jack two weeks before christmas, we had two people come in with it to work. By that Friday, myself and 32 other people had it.

    I had the "full flu" a couple of years ago. Really bad-vomiting,extreme sorenes, and heavy fever. This time I had high fever and some of the aches but it wasn't near as bad. Took about 5 days to get over.

    Oh, and no sir, I've never had a flu shot. Knew two people who got the shot and then immediately got the flu. So I'm paranoid.

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    After reading this and knowing people as they do things if the Zombie Epidemic were to happen we would all be in BIG Trouble!

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    Before misinformation gets out of control: flu shots can not make you ill. The virus in the shot is so weak so as to only produce antibodies. If one gets sick then probably one of three scenarios took place.
    1. You already had the flu or what made you sick was not the flu virus.
    (This happens frequently because look where you are getting your shot- a clinic, pharmacy. Somewhere sick people are. Wash your hands thoroughly, don't touch your face, and stay away from the coughing people)
    2. The flu you got was not in the vaccine, in other words unanticipated. They put about 20-25 strains in a vaccine. There are probably hundreds out there.
    3. You didn't get the shot soon enough. Takes 2 weeks to build antibodies to the vaccine.
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    I have an immune illness and so the flu shot has a small % chance of completely disabling me, any % is too high for me so for 3 years now I have not gotten a flu shot and watched the rest of my family get sick who did get the shot.

    My mom currently has the Flu, I mean actually diagnosed with it not just she thinks she has it and she has been weak and out of it for about a week. They told her it would take 3 weeks for her to recover. It is pretty nasty when it hits because it hits hard!
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    Thanks for that, Dark. I'm very aware that you are correct -- that one does not get ill from the shot, although one can suffer some flu-like symptoms from it.

    My understanding is that the flu shot surely does not cover all strains, but that it does cover some and that the odds of getting the flu are significantly reduced by getting the shot. I guess I have a skepticism of anything having to do with the government, but the flu situation is so rampant now that I've finally decided to get shots for all of us this week. Please, Lord, don't let us get the flu immediately after having the shot.

    Quote Originally Posted by DarrkKnight View Post
    Before misinformation gets out of control: flu shots can not make you ill. The virus in the shot is so weak so as to only produce antibodies. If one gets sick then probably one of three scenarios took place.
    1. You already had the flu or what made you sick was not the flu virus.
    (This happens frequently because look where you are getting your shot- a clinic, pharmacy. Somewhere sick people are. Wash your hands thoroughly, don't touch your face, and stay away from the coughing people)
    2. The flu you got was not in the vaccine, in other words unanticipated. They put about 20-25 strains in a vaccine. There are probably hundreds out there.
    3. You didn't get the shot soon enough. Takes 2 weeks to build antibodies to the vaccine.

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    I've had the flu a few years ago and since then I make sure to get my flu shot each year and it's seems to work for me heck I can't even remember the last time I had a simple cold lol.

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    I'll respond to the survey:

    1. I have not had the Flu this season
    2. I have known seven people who have had it this season
    3. I did not get the flu shot, but my 19 month old did
    4. I have only had the flu shot once and it was provided for free by my work. After the lady had stuck the needle in me and then pulled it away I noticed she wan't wearing gloves. I then proceeded to watch her do this with the next person in line. It creeped me out and I vowed to never have one again. I also felt very sick after getting it. Not sure if they lower your immune system or what. I don't really like the concept of injecting my body with stuff any way.

    I live in Phoenix, AZ and it has defintely been going around here, but not like the story you posted in Chicago!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heeeere's Olesker! View Post
    Thanks for that, Dark. I'm very aware that you are correct -- that one does not get ill from the shot, although one can suffer some flu-like symptoms from it.

    My understanding is that the flu shot surely does not cover all strains, but that it does cover some and that the odds of getting the flu are significantly reduced by getting the shot. I guess I have a skepticism of anything having to do with the government, but the flu situation is so rampant now that I've finally decided to get shots for all of us this week. Please, Lord, don't let us get the flu immediately after having the shot.
    The biggest problem this year is the prominent strain of the flu for 2013 is one that is a variation of one not covered by the current flu shot. So in essence the flu shot is absolutely worthless against the current strain. Normally that is not the case
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    So now what the hell do I do?!

    Quote Originally Posted by markatisu View Post
    The biggest problem this year is the prominent strain of the flu for 2013 is one that is a variation of one not covered by the current flu shot. So in essence the flu shot is absolutely worthless against the current strain. Normally that is not the case

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heeeere's Olesker! View Post
    So now what the hell do I do?!
    Just be vigilant about washing your hands and try to minimize your exposure to germs/coughing/sick people, there is no real cure to the flu anyway as you never want to take too many antibiotics or else the flu strain will become resistant. A flu shot will help a lot of kids and older adults who do not have the body to fight the disease. From my experience 18-50 year olds don't really seem to benefit much from it as their immune systems are capable unless they have had health issues (stroke, heart attack, diabetes, etc).
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