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Bad year for influenza

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  1. Reformed

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    Late last week the flu hit me like a Mack truck. 103 fever, body aches, and a killer cough. Over the weekend it turned into pneumonia. I never had pneumonia before. I am over the worse of it but I still do not have any energy. When I went to urgent care last Sunday morning I was #4 in line before opening. Within a few minutes, the line grew so long it went around the building. By the time I was called to see a doctor people were still queued up outside the building and new arrivals were told it would be a 3-hour wait! Most of the people were there for the same thing. I got my flu shot in early November of 2019. That did not work out as planned.

    How is this year's flu bug where you are?
     
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    Bad, but me and the wife and extended family have not had the flu. Half the kids in my wife's school have been out sick for up to 2 weeks. One class only had one student . I may have gotten the flu once in my life, I generally dont even get a cold. But I did catch a bad cold maybe a month ago and it got into my lungs as a dry cough this year and it took 2 weeks to shake it off. may have been flu who knows, not everyone is affected to the same extremes.

    Same with this new corona virus, the flu is still deadlier, and makes me wonder if hospitalizations and close contacts are making it worse than it otherwise would be.
     
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    I am no doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but what you said makes sense.
     
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    If I eat any more garlic no one will stand down wind of me.
     
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    Not bad around here. I have only had flu twice. Just so happened those were the only two years in my life I had taken the flu shot.:Unsure:Unsure:Unsure
     
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    Whats making it worse is most doctors have quit prescribing antibiotics for the flu. As my doctor once told me, he has never seen anyone die of the flu, but has seen quite a few die of bacterial pneumonia shortly after they contracted the flu. He still gives antibiotics and as he said "I dont lose flu patients to pneumonia."
     
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    I go into the doctor for whatever, they always ask do you want a flu shot, and I always say no as I dont want to get the flue or maybe have a reaction to it.

    The flu shot I heard this year was not very effective.
     
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    I had a pneumonia jab a few years ago. Dr said it lasted life. I have had a flu jab every year for 20 years and in that time I have had flu twice. Both times they said it was a new type of flu. They update the vacine every year but there are always new strains that arrive.
     
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    My understanding is the pneumonia vaccines are only effective against some viral strains and no bacterial strains.
     
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    Secondary infections have always been the main culprits with flu fatalities, same with the coronavirus.
     
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    They say flu is a virus which is why antibiotics don't work for it. Doctors are trying to cut down on antibiotics as many bugs are getting immune to them and so create super bugs that cannot easily be treated.
     
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    We are quite aware the flu is a virus. The pneumonia that kills you when you have the flu is bacterial
     
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    Viral pneumonia (what I had) can kill also. A person can literally drown because their lungs fill up with fluid. Otherwise healthy individuals recover quickly but those with underlying medical conditions, young children, and the elderly are most at risk.
     
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    The reason there were so many people in line to see the doctor on the day that I went is because of complications from the flu. It has been a bad year in my area for bronchitis and pneumonia. But you are right, antibiotic resistance is a real problem. The best treatment plan is not to get sick. I am on the road a lot as part of my job, so I use public toilets often. I am appalled at how many men use the toilet and do not wash their hands. Some men just use water and no soap. These same men touch the door handle on the way out and contaminate it. I have never been a germaphobe but I am starting to turn into one.
     
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    Do you get enough sleep and eat a diet rich in fiber and nutrition? Also don’t use community coffee pots. God only knows who touches them.
     
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    It's a conspiracy.
     
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    I haven't had flu shots for seven years and never will.
     
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    I asked a Christian man if he has been keeping up-to-date with COVID19 and he said "Why should I care?" Stony hearts, I tell you. Some have estimated that the pandemic could kill up to 60% of the world's population. Not 60 million people, 60% of the world's population. It was all engineered is my suspicion. If you get infected and recover, you'll still have no immunity. The next time you get it, you will probably die.
     
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