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    Re: Early flu season accelerates; no peak yet, CDC says

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    People are stupid when it comes to flu vaccinations.
    Number 1 thing I here about it is, "The flu shot gives you the flu and I don't want to get sick."
    Other things have been a mish mash of conspiracy theory and convoluted nonsense answers like, it weakens the immune system.
    This year's version of the vaccine is very mild. No side effects at all for me. YMMV.

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    Re: Early flu season accelerates; no peak yet, CDC says

    I live in Canada.

    So unfortunately for me only members of the Canadian Communist Party get vaccinated.

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    Re: Early flu season accelerates; no peak yet, CDC says

    Quote Originally Posted by LowDown View Post
    this.

    it's also hitting Canada hard :

    Thousands of Canadians struck by aggressive strain of flu virus | CTV News

    my job encouraged people to get the shot, and provided it free of charge, but i would have paid for it. if you're not allergic to eggs, my advice is to get the shot.

    and as i always add to these threads, i had severe respiratory problems as an infant which left me seriously at risk of infection as a kid. my parents were smart and got me the shot every year, or i likely wouldn't be here to type this message. my grandfather's sister passed away in the 1918 epidemic, and it's still considered a family tragedy. i am very grateful to have the option of the vaccine.

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    Re: Early flu season accelerates; no peak yet, CDC says

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    People are stupid when it comes to flu vaccinations.
    Number 1 thing I here about it is, "The flu shot gives you the flu and I don't want to get sick."
    Other things have been a mish mash of conspiracy theory and convoluted nonsense answers like, it weakens the immune system.
    i can't count the number of people who claim they got the flu from the shot, even though it's unpossible. i ask them to describe the symptoms, and more often than not, they describe a stomach virus. then i explain that viral gastroenteritis is not influenza, but they refuse to accept that the vaccine didn't somehow cause "stomach flu." it's unreal.

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    Re: Early flu season accelerates; no peak yet, CDC says

    Quote Originally Posted by LowDown View Post
    This year's version of the vaccine is very mild. No side effects at all for me. YMMV.
    My partner had the flu jab..there were no side effects..apart from he got the flu!!

    I prefer to roll the dice..

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    Re: Early flu season accelerates; no peak yet, CDC says

    No offense to all those proclaiming how great the flu shot is but I am required to get the flu shot every year. I got mine in October. In late November, early December, one of my sons got the flu, then my other one got it, then I got it. The flu shot doesn't prevent a person from getting the flu nearly as well as some like to proclaim. It may help some and some of the time. But I have had the flu shot for the last 14 years each year and have gotten sick at least 3 times in the last 6 years alone. I didn't have the flu shot growing up, and can only remember getting sick 2 or three times in my childhood.

    I don't have a real problem with vaccines. I just think people make much too big of a deal out of them.
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    Re: Early flu season accelerates; no peak yet, CDC says

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    No offense to all those proclaiming how great the flu shot is but I am required to get the flu shot every year. I got mine in October. In late November, early December, one of my sons got the flu, then my other one got it, then I got it. The flu shot doesn't prevent a person from getting the flu nearly as well as some like to proclaim. It may help some and some of the time. But I have had the flu shot for the last 14 years each year and have gotten sick at least 3 times in the last 6 years alone. I didn't have the flu shot growing up, and can only remember getting sick 2 or three times in my childhood.

    I don't have a real problem with vaccines. I just think people make much too big of a deal out of them.
    . What people fail to understand is that the shot will not be effective for all strains of the flue. They choose the worst, most virulent strains to make the vaccine. You can get the shot and still get the other strains. From what I have recently heard, they may have failed to include a strain that is rapidly spreading.

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    Re: Early flu season accelerates; no peak yet, CDC says

    here's real-time data (updated weekly.) has some data on specific strains that are circulating :

    Influenza A (H3N2), 2009 influenza A (H1N1), and influenza B viruses have all been identified in the U.S. this season. During the week of December 23-29, 2,346 of the 2,961 influenza positive tests reported to CDC were influenza A and 615 were influenza B viruses. Of the 1,234 influenza A viruses that were subtyped, 98% were H3 viruses and 2% were 2009 H1N1 viruses.

    Since October 1, 2012, CDC has antigenically characterized 413 influenza viruses, including 17 2009 influenza A (H1N1) viruses, 281 influenza A (H3N2) viruses and 115 influenza B viruses.

    All 17 of the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) viruses were characterized as A/California/7/2009-like. This is the influenza A (H1N1) component of the Northern Hemisphere vaccine for the 2012-2013 season.
    Of the 281 influenza A (H3N2) viruses, 279 (99%) were characterized as A/Victoria/361/2011-like. This is the influenza A (H3N2) component of the Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine for the 2012-2013 season.
    Approximately 69% of the 115 influenza B viruses belonged to the B/Yamagata lineage of viruses, and were characterized as B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like, the influenza B component for the 2012-2013 Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine. The remaining 31% of the tested influenza B viruses belonged to the B/Victoria lineage of viruses.

    Since October 1, 2012, CDC has tested 39 2009 influenza A (H1N1), 526 influenza A (H3N2), and 226 influenza B virus isolates for resistance to neuraminidase inhibitors this season. The tested viruses showed susceptibility to the antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir. High levels of resistance to the adamantanes (amantadine and rimantadine) persist among 2009 influenza A (H1N1) and A (H3N2) viruses. Adamantanes are not effective against influenza B viruses.
    CDC - Seasonal Influenza (Flu) - Situation Update: Summary of Weekly FluView

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    Re: Early flu season accelerates; no peak yet, CDC says

    A couple of doses of Alka Seltzer cold and flu drink has taken care of mine. Every time I get the vaccination, I get a bad case of the flue! "(
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    Re: Early flu season accelerates; no peak yet, CDC says

    Quote Originally Posted by LowDown View Post
    This year's version of the vaccine is very mild. No side effects at all for me. YMMV.
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