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FLU EMERGENCY: Virus reaches full-blown epidemic status.

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"Influenza has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 7.3 percent of deaths last week caused by pneumonia and the flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

That is above the epidemic threshold of 7.2 percent, CDC said. Nine of the 10 regions of the United States had "elevated" flu activity, confirming that seasonal flu has spread across the country and reached high levels several weeks before the usual time of late January or February. The other U.S. region, the Southwest and California, had "normal" flu activity last week.

The vaccine against the flu strains that were forecast to predominate this year is 62 percent effective, scientists reported on Friday in the CDC's weekly publication.

That is considered "moderate" effectiveness and means that almost four in 10 people who receive the vaccine and are exposed to the virus will nevertheless become infected.

Experts recommend the vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age. Even if it does not prevent flu, it can reduce the severity of the illness, preventing pneumonia and other life-threatening results of flu.

Public health authorities were correct in their forecast of which flu strains would emerge this season and therefore what vaccine to make: one against influenza A as well as influenza B. An A strain, called H3N2, predominates this season, though the B strain has caused about 20 percent of cases."

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I am starting to think someone is profiting off flu vaccines and that the government is supporting it.

Listen I went to see a client of mine a few years ago and before leaving my colleague asked the client what they thought about the flu shot and they said that many doctors did not want to take it there in the hospital, so that was enough for me, since I already had my suspicions...

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Listen I went to see a client of mine a few years ago and before leaving my colleague asked the client what they thought about the flu shot and they said that many doctors did not want to take it there in the hospital, so that was enough for me, since I already had my suspicions...

I'd rather trust my own immune system to fight it off. :knock on wood: been like 10 years since I last took a flu shot. I still have no intentions of getting one now. Yeah I get an occasional runny nose/sneezing, but it always clears up in a few days.

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I've read that in the newspaper that residents from the Upper East Side are getting hit from the flu the worst. Huh? What's going on? Breathing too much debris from the blast work on Second Ave? *shrugs*

 

Oh I get it: Many older people who are more susceptible to influenza live in that area. Don't ask me ask the Daily News writer who wrote that in today's newspaper. Anyway washing my hands frequently, not touching the face, hand sanitizer in hand .... everything short of wearing a surgical mask in public. (Which doesn't work anyway according to the CDC and WHO in the wake of the H1N1 pandemic in 2009, which I actually caught from my mother as the swine flu went rampant in the public schools ..... she's a teacher....)

 

Yep they had to give me Tamiflu. Not ashamed to say it. It is what it is. I recovered but it was worse then when I caught the chicken pox I'll admit. The abdominal pain was so bad I was crying, seriously.



I am starting to think someone is profiting off flu vaccines and that the government is supporting it.

 

 

I think that's the case with H5N1. The pre-pandemic vaccines.

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I'd rather trust my own immune system to fight it off. :knock on wood: been like 10 years since I last took a flu shot. I still have no intentions of getting one now. Yeah I get an occasional runny nose/sneezing, but it always clears up in a few days.

Same here... I'm a germaphobe, so I always wash my hands several times a day and always before eating or when I come into my apt. or office, do not touch nasty door handles without a tissue and eat healthy, so even if I do get sick, it's gone usually in a few days.  I had a cold back in December... Damn women in my office are always sick and somehow it spreads to me... Anywho I try to keep my office as clean as possible and limit who I have in my office.  If someone comes into the office that looks dirty or something like a consumer, I have them wait in the main area of the office and take them in the conference room, this way I don't have to fumigate my office when they leave.  <_< 

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I'd rather trust my own immune system to fight it off. :knock on wood: been like 10 years since I last took a flu shot. I still have no intentions of getting one now. Yeah I get an occasional runny nose/sneezing, but it always clears up in a few days.

I actually have to agree with you here. I heard stories that these shots get people sick even moreso then otherwise. I'll take my chances.

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This is extremely exaggerated.

 

it 2009 all over again 

 

 

Speaking of 2009 that was year I took a flu shot for the last time, I was sick for a mouth with coughing nonstop like crazy.

 

 

Home made Soup with some carrots other vegetables is a good remedies for the flu  :)

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it 2009 all over again 

 

 

Speaking of 2009 that was year I took a flu shot for the last time, I was sick for a mouth with coughing nonstop like crazy.  

Lol, I had to get one that year as a requirement to enter high school. Talk about bullshit.

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I'd rather trust my own immune system to fight it off. :knock on wood: been like 10 years since I last took a flu shot. I still have no intentions of getting one now. Yeah I get an occasional runny nose/sneezing, but it always clears up in a few days.

 

 

Yea specially since the weather as been unbelievable warm this time of year, it can give the seasonal flu, you know?.  

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I think I had it and it already passed. If it was what i'm thinking of, I just felt.. how do I describe it..... not good for a day, and then I started eating and it was fine... 

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Yea specially since the weather as been unbelievable warm this time of year, it can give the seasonal flu, you know?.  

Not sure, but either way I just take as much precautions as I can. Wash my hands with warm water (use the anti bacterial soap sparingly) and try not to touch the handrails with my bare hand. Also as far as the door handles goes, I use a ppr napkin to open them.

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Not sure, but either way I just take as much precautions as I can. Wash my hands with warm water (use the anti bacterial soap sparingly) and try not to touch the handrails with my bare hand. Also as far as the door handles goes, I use a ppr napkin to open them.

Seriously... All you have to do is be in the men's room to see how nasty people are... #1.... #2 and they just walk right out without washing their hands... Or you get the ones that think just water alone is fine without soap... Hence why I'm reluctant to touch any door handles with my hands unless I'm washing them immediately after.

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I agree, that is just nasty. Is it gonna kill them to stop for 10 secs to rinse their hands and wipe their hands on a towel? :shudders: Like I said about the soap, you don't want to overdo it with the antibacterial ones. The more you use it, the more resistant the bacteria becomes and it becomes useless.

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While we are on the topic of disgusting bathrooms... I currently go to public middle school, so needless to say it's disgusting. In 8th Grade it's not as bad as 7th, and Side B ALWAYS has better bathrooms than Side A. But anyways the 8th grade one on Side A every so often will have pee on the floor. Like straight up piss on the floor. And sometimes there's so much it seems like seven people did it. I almost slipped once it was so bad. (I caught myself on the sink)

Anyways, to get a bit back on topic, I see people not wash their hands all the time.... I see them walk out and i'm like "Dude, wtf....  <_< "

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I agree, that is just nasty. Is it gonna kill them to stop for 10 secs to rinse their hands and wipe their hands on a towel? :shudders: Like I said about the soap, you don't want to overdo it with the antibacterial ones. The more you use it, the more resistant the bacteria becomes and it becomes useless.

We actually have one of those antibacterial machines in the office.  God knows why we have one, but it's been there for years and I've never used it.  I think soap and water is the best way to go and preferably natural soap... The less chemicals the better.

 

 

While we are on the topic of disgusting bathrooms... I currently go to public middle school, so needless to say it's disgusting. In 8th Grade it's not as bad as 7th, and Side B ALWAYS has better bathrooms than Side A. But anyways the 8th grade one on Side A every so often will have pee on the floor. Like straight up piss on the floor. And sometimes there's so much it seems like seven people did it. I almost slipped once it was so bad. (I caught myself on the sink)

Anyways, to get a bit back on topic, I see people not wash their hands all the time.... I see them walk out and i'm like "Dude, wtf....  <_< "

People by nature are NASTY... A lot of times when I'm at the sink in the bathroom and some guy is waiting to use it, I leave the hot water on as if to say there you go... Go wash your hands. lol I've heard stories about the women's bathroom too that is just nasty.... Bloody tampons and such left in the toilet... Really hard to flush...  <_< 

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We actually have one of those antibacterial machines in the office.  God knows why we have one, but it's been there for years and I've never used it.  I think soap and water is the best way to go and preferably natural soap... The less chemicals the better.

 

 

People by nature are NASTY... A lot of times when I'm at the sink in the bathroom and some guy is waiting to use it, I leave the hot water on as if to say there you go... Go wash your hands. lol I've heard stories about the women's bathroom too that is just nasty.... Bloody tampons and such left in the toilet... Really hard to flush...  <_< 

Many custodians/former custodians will tell you they prefer to clean the mens restroom over the womens. It's funny that many forms of media attempt to potray men as slobs, while quite honestly I find it the other way around. That's a whole different topic however...

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Many custodians/former custodians will tell you they prefer to clean the mens restroom over the womens. It's funny that many forms of media attempt to potray men as slobs, while quite honestly I find it the other way around. That's a whole different topic however...

 

One time I had to pee so bad I could almost taste it. So I got off at 125th Street on the IND. Couldn't get in the mens bathroom. Of course the Women's bathroom was open even still.  I was expressing my frustration at the stationkeeper. Know what he said? He said he understands but what is f--- him up is the UNIONS. I think he has a point.

 

OK yes back on topic, just wanted to relate that.

 

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While we are on the topic of disgusting bathrooms... I currently go to public middle school, so needless to say it's disgusting. In 8th Grade it's not as bad as 7th, and Side B ALWAYS has better bathrooms than Side A. But anyways the 8th grade one on Side A every so often will have pee on the floor. Like straight up piss on the floor. And sometimes there's so much it seems like seven people did it. I almost slipped once it was so bad. (I caught myself on the sink)

Anyways, to get a bit back on topic, I see people not wash their hands all the time.... I see them walk out and i'm like "Dude, wtf....  <_< "

 

 

During the swine flu epidemic in Hong Kong they were repeatedly scrubbing the squat toilets in the public bathrooms every hour to prevent the spread of H1N1. They started doing this in light of the SARS epidemic learning hard lessons from the scare from it. SARS I believe has a 40% mortality rate which is higher then even HIV.  

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Got the flu shot for the first time in my life...doctor basically conned me into it, "you're killing old people! no shot, they die!!!!!" I swear I heard that garbage for 15 minutes.

 

$50 of shot later and he's happy. F-- that. If they really cared, it'd be a free vaccine.

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