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Flu infections sweep America hospitalizing thousands and leaving 18 children dead
The Daily Mail ^ | 5 January 2013

Posted on 01/05/2013 4:31:04 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

The U.S. has been hit with a particularly aggressive early flu season this year with widespread reports of the illness across the country, hospitalizing 2,257 people and leaving 18 children dead before the end of 2012.

And health officials say the numbers haven't even peaked yet.

'I think we're still accelerating,' Tom Skinner, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman, told reporters.


(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: flu; influenza; sickness

1 posted on 01/05/2013 4:31:10 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Just posted this a few seconds after you. Will have mine taken down yours is better anyway.


2 posted on 01/05/2013 4:37:12 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: MinorityRepublican

It’s getting bad here in Texas. Our local small-town hospital is full and are sending new patients to the next town.


3 posted on 01/05/2013 4:41:35 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: MinorityRepublican
I distinctly remember my President telling me that if I liked the insurance I had, I could keep it. Well I did like the insurance I had. But because of the new ObamaCare mandates, I did not get to keep it. The insurer I had could no longer offer the same policy they did before. To cover the new mandates, the policy became prohibitively expensive. So my employer changed companies.

Shortly after Christmas, I came down with what I later determined must be the flu. I tried for the first time to find a doctor under the new policy I now have to treat me. Not one of them in my area was taking new patients right now.

4 posted on 01/05/2013 4:46:03 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Hoodat

Do you have an Emergency Clinic in your area? We have one in our Wal Mart that I used. You could go to the Emergency Room at the hospital ... not sure how crowded it would be.


5 posted on 01/05/2013 4:53:57 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: MinorityRepublican

My ex-husband’s brother, 63, died suddenly 2 days after Christmas. He had the flu, developed pneumonia and died a day after seeing a doctor and starting antibiotics. Up until then he’d been active in the community and in decent health. I doubt well ever get an accurate number of flu related deaths.


6 posted on 01/05/2013 4:55:37 PM PST by pops88 (Geek chick standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: pops88

IIRC This administration has prevented the CDC from giving accurate locations and numbers on Flu since at least 1009


7 posted on 01/05/2013 4:58:48 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Liberty Valance

If your young child has leg pains following cold or flu like symptoms, get to ER ASAP. TYPE 2 FLU in little ones attaches to long strand muscles. Painful cramps in calf’s etc. Child may not be able to stand or walk...IV flush to protect kidneys that are trying to flush out damaged muscle cells. Virus attaches to long muscle strands in child. Calf muscle usual target.
Very treatable if dealt with promptly.


8 posted on 01/05/2013 5:01:11 PM PST by codder too
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To: Liberty Valance

If your young child has leg pains following cold or flu like symptoms, get to ER ASAP. TYPE 2 FLU in little ones attaches to long strand muscles. Painful cramps in calf’s etc. Child may not be able to stand or walk...IV flush to protect kidneys that are trying to flush out damaged muscle cells. Virus attaches to long muscle strands in child. Calf muscle usual target.
Very treatable if dealt with promptly.


9 posted on 01/05/2013 5:01:17 PM PST by codder too
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To: Hoodat
Will your policy cover visits to a clinic? Where I live, we have clinics inside pharmacies, a few standalones, and one clinic operated by the Catholic Diocese. The Catholic clinic is free, although if you can afford to, a donation is appreciated. I know these clinically aren't ideal, but for now at least you'll get care.
10 posted on 01/05/2013 5:01:47 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: MinorityRepublican

I know of a young man who died, and the cause they gave his death was H1N1. He was about 17 years old and had suffered from numerous sports related injuries and concussions.

He had so many concussions and treatments and meds that he had no immunity or strength left, after many trials and errors on different meds for head trauma- and got the flu and died.

I call that death from sports related head injuries and being over medicated.

But who am I?


11 posted on 01/05/2013 5:02:53 PM PST by Truth2012
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To: Aquamarine

I do, but I’ve gotten past it now. Besides, Urgent Care clinics don’t have a co-pay like doctor visits do. It comes straight off the deductible.


12 posted on 01/05/2013 5:03:34 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Hoodat
Not one of them in my area was taking new patients right now.

If you had a government job, Hoodat, that would never have happened.

13 posted on 01/05/2013 5:06:37 PM PST by Standing Wolf
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To: fatnotlazy

I’m OK now. It took about a week and a half to shake it, but I think I’m past it.


14 posted on 01/05/2013 5:07:23 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Hoodat
Glad to hear you're better. This so-called affordable health care sux.
15 posted on 01/05/2013 5:11:08 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: fatnotlazy

I V therapy is crucial.If walk ins cannot start them ...go elsewhere. Young children are at particular risk. Type 2 virus is culprit. Mention it to practictioners specifically if your child is the patient.


16 posted on 01/05/2013 5:14:38 PM PST by codder too
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To: fatnotlazy

I V therapy is crucial.If walk ins cannot start them ...go elsewhere. Young children are at particular risk. Type 2 virus is culprit. Mention it to practictioners specifically if your child is the patient.


17 posted on 01/05/2013 5:14:59 PM PST by codder too
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To: pops88
My ex-husband’s brother, 63, died suddenly 2 days after Christmas. He had the flu, developed pneumonia and died a day after seeing a doctor and starting antibiotics. Up until then he’d been active in the community and in decent health. I doubt well ever get an accurate number of flu related deaths.

The flu deaths are reported to the CDC, as are deaths from most causes. While it's hard to get an accurate count, statistical methods do help to get a count that is at least within the ball park. Every week, I read CDC's report.

Flu is a tough one. If it doesn't kill you outright, it can make you more susceptible to a secondary infection that can kill you.

I'm sorry for your loss.

18 posted on 01/05/2013 5:30:55 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I hadn’t had the flu in years. Had a flu shot in early Nov. Got the flu New Year’s Day and was in bed for 3 days. Feeling much better now. I went to a CVS Minute Clinic (which had a 2 hr. wait) and received two prescriptions. I was told Tamiflu would cost about $200 (which I can’t afford), so got something else. I work in a nursing home and worry about the residents. Strange the flu shot this year doesn’t seem to cover the most prevalent strain.


19 posted on 01/05/2013 5:35:30 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: MinorityRepublican

Is it H1N1 flu? (Used to be called swine flu.) The Palestinians on the West Bank are also reporting a series of deaths from this flu.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/palestinians-say-9-dead-from-swine-flu-outbreak-1.1096380


20 posted on 01/05/2013 5:42:06 PM PST by BlackVeil
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To: ilovesarah2012
Did your 'flu' present symptons of fever over 101?....shivering chills?....aches?.....coughing?...tiredness.....for about 3 days?.....

That's exactly what my symptoms were.....and when I went to the doctor this past Thursday he said it was not the flu!

It felt like the flu.....The last time I had the flu was in 1978.

My daughter & her husband both took the flu shot.....and had this same virus...

..I didn't take the flu shot.....and had this flu like virus.

My doctor says our county has had few cases of the flu..........

..but this non flu virus has been around for 5 months!

21 posted on 01/05/2013 5:49:06 PM PST by Guenevere (....)
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We are beholden to no one!

22 posted on 01/05/2013 5:59:49 PM PST by RedMDer (Those that believe in gun free zones should put GUN FREE ZONE on their property and persons.)
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To: Guenevere

Not sure what my fever was at the highest, but it was almost 101 at the clinic. I had chills and sweating, body aches, coughing (coughing was the first symptom), didn’t want to eat, and just had to stay in bed for 3 days. The doctor said flu but who knows? Just went by the symptoms. Feeling much better now but still have a little cough.


23 posted on 01/05/2013 6:00:56 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

No, it is considered a good match this year for both extant A and B strains. The interim vaccine effectiveness (VE) estimates are good. C strain generally gives only a very mild episode. Glad you’re feeling better anyhow.


24 posted on 01/05/2013 6:07:08 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: steve86

Me, too. Could have been much worse. I’m 60 now and I know it can be very serious, the older you are.


25 posted on 01/05/2013 6:11:02 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: BlackVeil

H3N2 (an “A” flu) are by far the greatest number of cases this year.


26 posted on 01/05/2013 6:12:27 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: ilovesarah2012

My mother and I still have Tamiflu stored from the swine flu scare (she’s 95), although I could sure use the money back in my pocket but maybe it will still be useful (has been stored properly).


27 posted on 01/05/2013 6:14:56 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Based on the map, there’s a heck of a lot more gun owners in a couple of counties in New York State than there flu victims in the entire US!


28 posted on 01/05/2013 6:20:31 PM PST by meyer (Proud member of the 53%.)
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To: AngieGal

PING


29 posted on 01/05/2013 6:22:21 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: ilovesarah2012
Your symptoms sound exactly like mine!...started with a cough....next day, extreme chills, fever over 101...(3 days later it was still 101).....no appetite (lost 4 pounds in 3 days).....My long time doctor (over 20 years) said it was not the flu!.....

I feel better....still have a cough.

30 posted on 01/05/2013 6:22:50 PM PST by Guenevere (....)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I got a bug last week and the body aches were brutal. After two days the aches and fever left and I was able to return to the job site. It was another three days before my heart rate returned to normal. I have not been sick in years and hate being so helpless even for just a couple of days.


31 posted on 01/05/2013 6:30:52 PM PST by TBall
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To: Chickensoup
IIRC This administration has prevented the CDC from giving accurate locations and numbers on Flu since at least 1009

Wouldn't want to spark a panic. Wouldn't want to waste a crisis.

32 posted on 01/05/2013 6:41:54 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: Hoodat

Unfortunately, I expect you sad tale will become the norm in a little while.


33 posted on 01/05/2013 6:45:14 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: Guenevere

I think that is what I had. Started with cough, 102 fever, chills, extreme body aches, and no appetite.


34 posted on 01/05/2013 6:47:05 PM PST by TBall
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To: MinorityRepublican; All

I’ve seen many reports of people getting the flu after taking the shot.

One went for years, no flu.

Got the shot, got the flu.

In his mid thirties.

I saw a doctor on FOX news yesterday that said the vaccines they have are just guesses, that they really don’t know what they are doing.

I think the government does.


35 posted on 01/05/2013 7:00:43 PM PST by Syncro ("So?" - Andrew Breitbart (The King of All Media RIP Feb 1, 1969 – Mar 1, 2012)
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To: MinorityRepublican

OMG nice chart there from the Daily Mail, green data points = no symptoms reported - say what?!

Red data points posted on a red background = hmmm OH NO it’s an epidemic. So should we start an over/under from when the Obambi admin takes another advantage over a supposed emergency?


36 posted on 01/05/2013 7:34:05 PM PST by BrandtMichaels
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To: MinorityRepublican

First I’m hearing about it


37 posted on 01/05/2013 7:46:34 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Liberty Valance
"It’s getting bad here in Texas. Our local small-town hospital is full and are sending new patients to the next town."

Oh, great...I still have acute bronchitis - since week before Thanksgiving. Can't take flu vaccination yet, I don't think, until the bronchitis clears.

Calling doctor on Monday to see if I have any options beyond isolation.

Arghhhh..........

38 posted on 01/05/2013 8:10:29 PM PST by hummingbird (Support Hummingbird Migration!)
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To: codder too

Thanks for important info.


39 posted on 01/05/2013 8:15:42 PM PST by hummingbird (Support Hummingbird Migration!)
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To: hummingbird

An Israeli Virologist developed an elderberry syrup that helps shorten the duration of Flu. I think its called Sambucol. It inhibits the ability of the virus to reproduce. Load up on Vitamin D (4000 or 5000 IU.) It apparently increases your immune response.

The syrup runs about $13 a bottle. a bottle of 120 capsules of vitamin D runs about $12. Do your own research about these on the internet and make up your own mind. You should still see a Dr. if you can.

I hope you feel better!


40 posted on 01/05/2013 8:25:25 PM PST by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: hummingbird

Hope u feel better soon. Best advice is to load up on vit. D3 and wash your hands compulsively. I had to go to the er today for something unrelated and am now paranoid about catching it from all the sick folks in there( Texas). The place was packed, the hospital full and an 8 hour wait. Wish I hadn’t gone now...lol....but my doc has been out all week and I needed to see a doc. Wish me luck in not getting it. People were coughing and throwing up everywhere. The place was hot as hell too so u know those germs were having a field day. Uggggg.......


41 posted on 01/05/2013 8:30:53 PM PST by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: exDemMom

The flu deaths are reported to the CDC, as are deaths from most causes. While it’s hard to get an accurate count, statistical methods do help to get a count that is at least within the ball park. Every week, I read CDC’s report.

Flu is a tough one. If it doesn’t kill you outright, it can make you more susceptible to a secondary infection that can kill you.

___________________________________________________________

As an RN, I know about the CDC and trust them about as much as I trust Obozo. Thank you for your condolences.


42 posted on 01/05/2013 9:38:33 PM PST by pops88 (Geek chick standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: Hoodat

No, it depends on your plan and how the facility codes itself in the billing.


43 posted on 01/05/2013 11:38:37 PM PST by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: RandallFlagg

44 posted on 01/06/2013 6:52:55 AM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: All
Even People who get the Flu Shot can get Sick
45 posted on 01/06/2013 7:00:07 AM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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