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4/6/18 7:38 A

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I supply at a school 3 days a week. The flu is still active and being passed around. It's been a really bad year for it! I've never been as sick as I have been this winter and I think it's because I'm not used to being around little kids so much. Germy buggers!

My personal belief is that this never ending cold weather we are having is not helping at all! I am waiting for the weather to get above freezing for more than a minute and the sun to come out! I need some fresh air and vitamin D!

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4/6/18 1:31 A

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We are still seeing waves of the flu go around here. Anyone else?

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1/28/18 3:31 P

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I consider myself in the really healthy category. I was out of work for 5 days and pretty darn sick for about nine days counting the weekends. Even 2 weeks after recovery I feel completely worn out and deconditioned. I'm in the military so the flu shot is mandatory. No residual effect from that (3 months ago). I think I was not as ill as those that are hospitalized because I am a healthy adult. I ended up with 2 strains of the flu. One of them being the one folks are succumbing to.

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1/28/18 2:57 P

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It is also good to build up your immune system. It seems like really healthy people are getting and dying. Of this flu, too.

It's just so odd. Like when the swine flu hit. They were short on vaccines. People my age weren't allowed to get them. They were saving the vaccines for children, the elderly and pregnant women.



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1/28/18 7:11 A

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Thanks Patti,

Oh, not looking to get into the debate about the flu shot. I'm familiar with both sides of the argument, the plusses and negatives. It is a heated topic.

I think for me a main takeaway from what happened to my relative and her passing is to keep you immune system strong. It is not good to take recreational drugs as they can weaken the immune system. I knew my relative's mother somewhat and she had a problem in this area. I saw my distant relative that passed from the flu had an arrest record mentioning meth. Some medications can do similar to the immune system. Eat healthy, keep clean, exercise outdoors when possible, If one feels the flu shot is going to help best to take it. Best to not forget the other areas that can boost the immune system too.

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1/27/18 1:51 P

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I totally agree with you on the flu shot @LADYSTARWIND

I took the flu shot and actually feel better than I have in weeks. It has been over a week since I got it. So it isn't as effective, yet



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1/26/18 9:39 P

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yachtsman.... I live out near Gresham Oregon, and had wondered about your posts when I saw the followups in the paper. "Condolences" doesn't say enough, does it?

Years ago my coworker's husband got sick on Wednesday afternoon... and died on Friday morning. When you are in your' 30's and someone as young as you dies from flu it REALLY hits home that anyone can be so vulnerable to something as common as "the flu".... And then, in 2009, our friend got hit with it severely. So I have had a respectable awareness of it all my adult years.

And for those that honestly believe the hype that flu shots don't work, or that they have "toxins" which are going to affect you, or all the other myths out there... my wish is that no one you know dies from the flu. Especially if you get it first, and spread it to them....
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1/26/18 10:08 A

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Thanks VERONICA678
I'm a little surprised that her passing has been all over the news of late.

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1/25/18 9:14 P

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@YACHTSMAN How tragic. Condolences to your entire family.

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Thanks for the kind works everyone. In her memory thought to post these. Saw my distant relative was written about in several news papers. A couple of the articles on her story can be seen here ~.

Single mom dies 2 days after visiting hospital with flu

nypost.com/2018/01/24/mother-of-2-dies-day
s-after-visiting-hospital-with-flu/


Mother-of-two, 36, dies of flu just two days after she started showing symptoms

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5312371
/Mother-36-dies-two-days-showing-signs
-flu.html


Single mother dies from flu-related cause two days after docs tell her to go home and rest

www.foxnews.com/health/2018/01/24/single-m
other-dies-from-flu-related-cause-two-
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1/24/18 11:04 P

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I haven't had it, but a lot of my friends have. They have missed from two days to two weeks from work.

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It isn't about me anymore. I hang around a few people with compromised immune systems. I have to do everything I can. To prevent the flu.

If it was just me. I might not take the flu shot.

There is a chiropractor who is anti vaxx and telling people don't take the flu shot. He also says that you shouldn't take anything to lower a fever. When my dad had surgery. His discharge instructions were, don't take anything. Unless the fever is 101 or greater. If we couldn't lower the fever, we were to take him to the ER.

I think he should stick to adjusting people's spine. Or whatever Chiropractors do. Leaving the infectious diseases to the experts.

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1/23/18 2:02 A

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I've been surrounded by sick people getting one strain after the other since early December. It's severe and its flattening people for weeks on end only to recover and get sick again. I seem to be immune and haven't missed any work, but my mother managed to contract two strains and a secondary sinus infection and has been sick for over a month. She's a little better now but she only ended up taking a week off of work during the worst of it because she's stubborn. She probably would have done better had she rested, but I noticed a lot of people can't or wont despite the severity.



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1/23/18 1:38 A

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How many days of work did you (or those you know) have to miss?

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Sorry. Can't pay me to get a flu shot! Never had one. Never will. -- Immunity is NOT built from an injection of toxins.
** Last flu bug I had was about 23 yrs ago. The family "morphed" it as we passed it from person to person. BUT we stayed home until fever was gone for at least 24 hrs.

** However, I have found some wonderful, useful-to-me ways to boost my system and I'm exposed to a LOT of bugs everywhere, every single day in the multiple schools & classes I'm working in from day to day. (I'm paying attention to all the things I touch--or don't!)

Recommendations: plenty of liquids, hot tea & lemon, Zinc & vit. C (either lozenges or spray), washing hands, using essential oils, and colloidal silver drops. Extra rest & healthy ways of dealing w/ daily stresses are also useful in caring for one's immune system.

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1/22/18 5:33 A

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I had the flu shot but still got the flu. It lasted 8 days but the good thing about it was a loss of weight!



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1/21/18 8:08 P

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Both my elderly mother and my not so young either Brother have had the flu, but my mother was able to take the tamiflu right away and wound up in the hospital for 2 days then sent home with oxygen (to make room for others who needed that hospital bed)

On the other hand my brother is STILL sick at home (and he received tamiflu also!) but at least he's feeling better some...

All of us have had the shot.



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1/21/18 11:24 A

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Yachtsman so sorry about the loss in your family. I get the flu shot every year due to the fact that I have a medical condition that leads to a weak immune system. Had a very bad cold, but not the flu so far this season.



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1/21/18 10:39 A

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Yachtsman I am very sorry for your loss. There are multiple strains of the flu this year that are very dangerous. I am a Department Head of a floor with Medical and Surgical units. We have had a surge in flu cases for both patients and staff. I ended up with 2 strains of it myself and was very sick for about 10 days. I think the length of time depends on the individual and is complicated with bacterial infections on top of the flu. Pneumonia and Sinus infections seem to be common.

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1/21/18 6:06 A

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Thank you. It is terribly tragic for the young kids and that family. So many in that family have passed away young over the last decade for various reasons. With the flu I guess it highlights the importance of keeping the immune system strong.

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1/20/18 5:59 P

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It's so terrible to think of young kids losing their mom.

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YACHTSMAN,

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your relative so unexpectedly. I was watching the news who reported that there are been over 30 deaths attributed to the flu.

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Thank you both. I'm feeling badly for that side of the family. I didn't know her but have been told she had young children.

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wow, I am so sorry too.



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Sad news, I learned this morning that a distant relative died from the flu yesterday. She was much to young at the age of 37. I believe she was might have been taking immune suppressant drugs which would have played a roll in her passing. It could be similar to what happened to musician Glenn Fry a few years ago.

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After WW1 there was a housing boom.

And posters that said,
You can't get A1 troops from C3 housing!

WW1 revealed how unhealthy people, especially soldiers, really were. So there was a boom to get people into better housing.

I believe that the flu in 2009 was the Swine Flu. I didn't get a vaccine then.
I did get a vaccine this year. Will probably get one from now on.

I wonder why the flu this year is affecting children? That is what scares me. I have many children that I love dearly. I also feel for the parents that lost children. There is not a greater grief than losing a child.



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1/20/18 12:24 P

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i have never had the flu. I do not always get the flu shot, but this year i did because i was at the doctor office.

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I am 67 I had the flu one time in my life I was 21 it was called the Asian flu took me awhile to get better I was real good then all of a sudden with out warning I became so sick >I have never ever felt so sick in my life my skin even hurt . I feel so awful about these people that are dying from the flu. One minute they are healthy the next minute not That is how it was with me It was very scary.

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It's interesting when reading about the "Spanish flu". It remains a mystery. No one knows for sure what caused it. Some speculate it was a flu virus but there is no proof. Many people back then also had many vaccinations. The soldiers were soon to be home with the war ending the story went and to prevent a wide spread disease outbreak many had over a dozen vaccines given.

No flu for me and family this year so far! knock on wood.

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I appreciate all the replies ladies.

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I don't find it fascinating... downright scary is more of my feeling! Smithsonian magazine has some very good articles in the Nov '17 issue on the pandemic effects; and the current possibility of mutation of swine/avian flu virus.... Also, the search for a vaccine that will be cross effective between different strains.

I also have a good friend a few years younger than I am who got the bad one in (2009?)....almost lost her: 4 weeks intensive care; followed by weeks on oxygen at home. Its nothing to play roulette with...but rather do everything you can to avoid. Even if the vaccine is only 30% effective, that's better than nothing. Also: hand wash, stay out of crowds when possible, hand wash....

And please... if you get sick...be considerate of others and STAY HOME!! You need to recuperate, and others don't need to get the flu from you.
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Just thinking out loud.

Isn't it fascinating that in 1918 we had the Spanish Flu. Which became pandemic.

In 2018. One hundred years later we have a flu epidemic.

Just very, very interesting. I bet those folks in 1918. Would take a flu vaccine.



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I haven't had it, but two of my co-workers had it in December. Both were sick a good 2-3 weeks. Both were hacking up a lung for a solid week before they started to see improvement. One had to go to the doctor because he couldn't shake it.

I got a flu shot when I had my physical. So fingers crossed I got the right shot for the right flu.

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I haven't gotten the flu. I got a flu shot two days ago. It's bad enough that I got a flu vaccine. I usually play flu roulette.

I haven't gotten the flu since I was a child. With my mom and dad I can't take chances.




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got my flu shot and have not had any problems

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I started getting sick right before Christmas. The coughing got so bad that I separated a muscle from my rib, which I’m still dealing with. The cough is minimal now, but about once a day I have a fit, which of course aggravates my rib.

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Thankfully, I have stayed healthy! I know some people though, who have gotten hit and it's taken 4 to 5 weeks.

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I had a bad flu in September that took 5 weeks before the lingering cough was finally gone.

And I had a cold over the Christmas holidays that lasted a week.



Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 1/20/2018 (08:44)
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Who's had the flu this year and how long did it take to kick it?

edit to add: How many days of work did you (or those you know) have to miss?

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 1/23/2018 (01:39)
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