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The Flu Is Everywhere But It's Not Too Late To Protect Yourself
BI ^ | 1-5-2015 | Erin Brodwin

Posted on 01/05/2015 4:10:36 PM PST by blam

Erin Brodwin
Januaty 5, 2015

This CDC map shows the percentage of visits to outpatient providers that are for flu-like symptoms. States with "high" activity (up to 6%) are shown in red; states with "low" activity (2% or less) are shown in green.

Everyone around you seems to be coughing and sneezing, and all you can think is, I should have gotten a flu shot.

Good news is, it's not too late.

Simply getting vaccinated — albeit late in the game and with an imperfect vaccine — will still dramatically reduce your chances of getting sick or infecting someone around you.

Very young children and older people who can't get vaccinated are especially susceptible to the virus, which usually kills at least several thousand Americans each year, and sometimes as many as 49,000.

This year's flu is shaping up to be far worse than it has been in recent years. The virus is rampant across 43 states, and 21 children have already died from it.

Why Skipping The Shot Is A Bad Idea

If you're avoiding a flu shot simply because you're confident you can fight it off, you're doing it wrong.

The vaccine isn't just for your safety: It helps protect everyone around you from the virus, too.

(snip)

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


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KEYWORDS: flu; sickness; vaccine; virus
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1 posted on 01/05/2015 4:10:36 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

I’m getting over it. Its bad but I’ll live and no I still wouldn’t waste time getting a shot unless I were high risk for complications.


2 posted on 01/05/2015 4:15:52 PM PST by cripplecreek (You can't half ass conservatism.)
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To: blam

I do. I stay inside and/or wear a scarf over my mouth when I’m out and about.


3 posted on 01/05/2015 4:16:43 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: blam

Hell no! I’m not putting that crap in my body. I never get the flu either, btw.


4 posted on 01/05/2015 4:16:56 PM PST by Edgar3 (Libnorance is a mental disease, and it's getting Progressively worse!)
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To: blam

Got it right now. The flu shot missed the mark this year. The CDC guessed wrong.


5 posted on 01/05/2015 4:17:41 PM PST by CodeToad (Islam should be outlawed and treated as a criminal enterprise!)
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To: Edgar3

Once every several years for me and this was the year.

I’ll live.


6 posted on 01/05/2015 4:18:13 PM PST by cripplecreek (You can't half ass conservatism.)
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To: blam

I remember the “swine flu” in the 70’s.

More died from the shot than the flu.

I will pass.

I trust no one who gets a raise for how well they push their worth.


7 posted on 01/05/2015 4:20:39 PM PST by hadaclueonce (Ethanol is stupid.)
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To: cripplecreek
A Special Strain Of The Flu Virus Is Hitting Several States Hard This Winter
8 posted on 01/05/2015 4:24:30 PM PST by blam (Jeff Sessions For President)
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To: blam

I am working my way thru the flu as we speak. I am a “senior”, and have both read, and been told by my physician, that the flu shot isn’t very effective once you are over 65.

This has something to do with the way our immune systems age. I think, but am not sure, that “they” tried a stronger or double dose to overcome this, but the statistics do not support a reduction in flu illnesses and deaths among seniors. The rates have actually risen since the flu shots were introduced.

The additives added concern me. Mercury, and other questionable “ingredients” added to “improve” immune response could be damaging to health, particularly over the years.

I have treated my flu with colloidal silver, elderberry extract, vitamins, lots of water, and bed rest. I think I am getting over the initial symptoms without any progression into the sinuses or chest.

What works for me may not be wise for others, with different health concerns. Since I live in a “senior” facility, I am isolating myself from others until I am past the point of shedding the virus - at least a week from the onset of symptoms.


9 posted on 01/05/2015 4:25:18 PM PST by jacquej ("You cannot have a conservative government with a liberal culture." (Mark Steyn))
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To: blam

The flu shot is a crap shoot. Still I get them most every year since I do a lot of airplane travel. When I take it still can get a cold but never had the full blown flu when taking the shot. Coincidence? Maybe.


10 posted on 01/05/2015 4:27:16 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or tyranny, dontchyaknow.)
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To: hadaclueonce
"I remember the “swine flu” in the 70’s."

My mother got Guillain-Barré Syndrome from the 1976 flu shot.

Swine Flu Vaccine Linked To Guillain-Barré Syndrome Risk

11 posted on 01/05/2015 4:28:10 PM PST by blam (Jeff Sessions For President)
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To: jacquej; cripplecreek

Here’s hoping you both are back to health soon!


12 posted on 01/05/2015 4:29:11 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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To: blam

———Everyone around you seems to be coughing and sneezing, and all you can think is, I should have gotten a flu shot.-——

No, I think I need to double my D3 pill for a couple of days...


13 posted on 01/05/2015 4:29:50 PM PST by Popman
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...

Influenza ping...


14 posted on 01/05/2015 4:31:39 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: jacquej
Glad to hear you're getting better.

I had jury duty today and was in a room filled with 300 people coughing and sneezing....I'm 71, I hope I don't get it.

I got the flu shot early this year though, so....

15 posted on 01/05/2015 4:31:49 PM PST by blam (Jeff Sessions For President)
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To: workerbee

Its not just a flu, its an adventure.

Sweating one minute, shivering the next.


16 posted on 01/05/2015 4:32:48 PM PST by cripplecreek (You can't half ass conservatism.)
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To: Popman

Yeah I took a lot of D3 and fortunately never lost my appetite so I could get plenty to eat and keep my strength up.


17 posted on 01/05/2015 4:34:57 PM PST by cripplecreek (You can't half ass conservatism.)
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To: Popman
"I think I need to double my D3 pill for a couple of days..."

I've been posting the below article for eight years.

The Antibiotic Vitamin

I take 30,000 IU a day now.

18 posted on 01/05/2015 4:35:09 PM PST by blam (Jeff Sessions For President)
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To: blam

Thanks... I am almost sure that post started me taking D3... Years ago...

I am honestly say in the past six years., I caught a very minor case of the flu when everyone else was hit hard and I dio not remember getting the common cold even once...


19 posted on 01/05/2015 4:41:55 PM PST by Popman
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To: blam

They colored my state of South Carolina correctly... RED :)

Never had a flu shot, never will. Don’t much believe in tempting Providence.

FWFW, I haven’t been sick, except for some mild seasonal allergies, in seven years. Could be a coincidence, but seven years ago is when I started taking 5000 IU of Vitamin D3 per day. Buy dirt cheap at Wal*Mart.


20 posted on 01/05/2015 4:42:26 PM PST by upchuck (Entrenched incumbency is the disease. Fresh blood is the cure.)
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