questionsdoes anyone else have the flu yet, flu season…

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no flu yet, but there is a nasty week long stomach bug going around. Stay warm, drink fluids, and rest. taking tylenol arthritis really helps with the aches.

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No, but if I don't get it after being trapped on a plane with a batch of plague vectors (aka, coughing people), I'll be amazed.

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yep, got it last week and still suffering the effects

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It hit this area just before Christmas. I got a mild case as did my oldest, my wife and our youngest managed to avoid it. Only 1 day in bed, but it took about a week before I felt close to human again. For the record; we all had our flu shots...

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Nope. I'm immunized. I had a mild non influenza URI last month. I got immunized very early this year (I happened to be in my PCP's office and they had just received the vaccine in August), so I'm good.

State epidemiologists are reporting widespread activity in the Eastern US this year.
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm#ISTE

This year was slightly unusual as the influenza season in the South tends to be about 1-2 months behind the Northeast and Midwest. Not so this year: the outbreaks started in the Southeast back in November.

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Nope! Hoping my flu shot does its job and someone doesn't come around me with another strain.

I usually get a pretty bad head cold every year, though.

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Not yet, but it's going around a number of people I know.

Feel better!

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Yep. But I'm looking at it as the jump start to my weight loss campaign. Worked really well.

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Even in normal years the failure rate on the vaccine can be up to 25% depending on your age, ethnicity and other factors. From what I understand the projections are that we likely be seeing much worse rates this year. The good news (if you can call it that) is that if you have been vaccinated you should not have as severe of exposure as you would likely have otherwise...

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Not yet... Hoping the Vaccine Shot will do its Job...
Stomach bug is making the rounds in the Boston area these days...

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Was immunized in the fall. Hopefully they haven't changed the vaccine and I'll have protection. I tend to hibernate as much as a human can during cold & flu season anyway. I have two sick days and I don't want to use them being sick.

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Not the flu, but pretty close, and I am also in MN. I think it's just a really bad cold for me. Runny/stuffy nose, sore throat, and nasty cough, no fever or stomach issues yet... Still going into work though (and carpooling). I would prefer not to infect my co-workers, but this is what happens when a company doesn't offer dedicated sick days and forces employees to take PTO ("paid time off" - vacation days) instead. Screw that, I'm going camping in February on Lake Superior and will need my PTO.

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I did, got hit with it on Dec 20th, in bed that night and the next day. Still felt like crap until the 25th. Hadn't had it in years. Horrible. Joint/muscle aches & shooting pains (made sleep next to impossible), violent headache, nausea, no nasal issues though. Another coworker got hit with it on the 21st, and another on Christmas. Somehow dh & dd didn't get it, yet. Supposedly NJ getting hit hard since mid Dec. I never get the flu shot.

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Nope, but I had the flu shot so I'm hoping I'm good.

I am fighting an awful sinusitis. Day 15, only day 4 on the antibiotic though.

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No, I had the flu shot in October so I'm hoping it does its job... fingers crossed.

By the way, I was at the hospital yesterday and the employees who declined the flu shot have to wear masks at all times. I don't know how they breathe in those things, it would drive me crazy.

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I'm sorry to hear that you guys, (or most of you) are sick too! At least we can all be sick together.

I know when the flu shot is made, it's basically based on the trends & data from the CDC to predict next year's vaccine, so it's not easy to get the vaccine 100% right. But there's seems to be a lot of people sick.

I'm one of the unfortunate people who are allergic to the flu shot, so I have to take my chances every year and wait to see if I get the flu. I wish they could find a way to create the vaccine without using eggs.

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@inkycatz: thanks inky! *cough cough *, sigh... At least chatting keeps me busy and entertained!

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Have to remember, the flu shot is only for the two strains of flu the CDC think are going to be the worst, the kind that can land you in the hospital. And there's hundreds of strains of flu.

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@pooflady: Three strains actually, and not necessarily the ones they think will be the worst. Rather they pick the variants that can provide the widest coverage (will show up the most often in some form or other). It is a bit of a crap shoot based on historical trends and projections. In a strange twist of fate the WHO Virus Bank used to run on a system I designed and wrote (probably still does, though I'm no longer at the institution where it is hosted) so I've got to hear some of the guys involved in the process explain how it's done.

This year we apparently have some unexpected variants showing up and more of them than in other years....

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I haven't got it yet. :::knocks on wood::: After reading this I feel the need to go wash my hands. Again.

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@phunsberger: that's so much better than the short answer I was trying to give. Having a medical background (and I do myself) certainly helps understand the ins and outs of the vaccine, but there are so many misconceptions about the flu and the vaccine, it's hard for people to keep the information straight.

Everything people hear about the vaccine and symptoms change all the time, and are not always accurate.When the option of the nasal vaccine came out, it was even more confusing since the first one was a live vaccine.

I think everyone is so concerned about the vaccine, that they're hesitant to get the shot.

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@dfunk29: People really really need to get the vaccine! It's literally a matter of life of death, not for the average person, but for infants, older people and people with immune compromised systems. Some of those people can't get immunized so it's important that as many other people do so as to minimize the chance of any exposure for them. Even outside of that, the more people that get vaccinated the lower the chances of a virus mutating in the wild. Yes, there can be an occasional side effects to the vaccine but your odds of getting the flu and subsequently dying from pneumonia as a result are probably 100 times greater than the vaccine making you sick.

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Yep. Started yesterday. Oh joy!

Guess my flu shot didn't prep me for the right strain.

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@phunsberger: that's an excellent point! The only reason I can't get it, is due to my egg allergy I'm waiting for the day that they find a way to create a vaccine without using chicken eggs for those of us who have food allergies.

Being that I'm allergic to everything and have asthma, my immune system is already compromised. You could sit down next to me for 5 minutes with any upper respiratory infection and I'd get it.

I'm just hoping that instead of finding more ways to administer the vaccine, they work on getting it to the rapidly growing population of people with food allergies who don't have the option of getting the shot.