Flu season and related topics

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Re: Flu season and related topics

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:04 pm

Grocery stores with pharmacies may also be providing flu shots, though I think the program may be close to finishing as it's been about two months since news of clinic days for the shots.

Am on week two of a sinus cold with a touch of regular cold. Something is twinging inside my nose and prompting my eye to water. Despite eating soup with ginger and drinking various liquids and taking the occasional cold tablet, I am one with a box of tissues. Good thing that stores have specials on tissues at this time of year!

For anyone else also feeling dry skin at this time of year, check your moisturizer for petrolatum or glycerin on the ingredients list. Those two items help your skin to retain what moisture it already has.
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Re: Flu season and related topics

Postby soapy on Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:33 pm

The flu vaccine kept nearly 80,000 people out of the hospital last year, and prevented 6.6 million cases of flu, federal officials reported on Thursday. Overall, vaccination lowered the rate of illness and hospitalization by 17 percent — and that’s with a fairly low vaccination rate of 45 percent nationally, CDC officials said.

“This is by far the largest number of hospitalizations and other illnesses that we have seen prevented,” said CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden. “Even with these hospitalizations that were prevented, we still had about 381,000 flu-associated hospitalizations in the last season,” Frieden told reporters.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/flu-vacci ... 2D11732362


Geez, those aren't great numbers to be jumping up and down about. They have a lot more work to do to improve their record, especially with the health care workers.
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Re: Flu season and related topics

Postby deja vu on Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:05 pm

The flu is all over the news and a lot still have questions about it. CBC News Canada has posted 10 of the most popular questions. Here are the top 3 and the rest can be found here:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/ ... -1.2484467



1) Does the flu shot hurt?

Most health professionals say the flu shot doesn’t hurt any more than a typical vaccine. Some people may experience a little soreness around the injection site or feel a bit achy afterwards, but that should pass within 24 hours, says University of Calgary medical microbiologist Dr. Glen Armstrong.


2) Will the flu shot make me sick?

No, says Dr. Armstrong.

“If you have those sort of mild, flu-like symptoms because you got the shot, it’s generally an indication that your body is really starting to react strongly to the virus – so when the real McCoy comes along later, you’re probably not going to get sick at all.”

“Some people still have the mis-notion that ‘I get the flu vaccine every year and I get really sick‘ – it has no capacity to cause illness, it’s an inactivated virus,” says pharmacist Mo Elsalhy.


3) Why is everyone so scared about flu in Alberta this year?

Five people have died from the flu this year already, causing many to worry. H1N1 is one of the dominant strains hitting people this winter, and is known to strike healthy adults in their 30s, 40s and 50s.
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Re: Flu season and related topics

Postby flipflop on Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:49 pm

Forget being sneezed on: Government scientists are deliberately giving dozens of volunteers the flu by squirting the live virus straight up their noses.

It may sound bizarre, but the rare type of research is a step in the quest for better flu vaccines. It turns out that how the body fends off influenza remains something of a mystery. "Vaccines are working, but we could do better," said Dr. Matthew Memoli of the National Institutes of Health, who is leading the study that aims to infect up to 100 adults over the next year.


http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/3-000-to-g ... -1.1656460

The incentive: About $3,000 to compensate for their time.


That's it? 3,000 for pain and suffering in the name of science, seems a little low when you consider what will be made if they find a better way to protect people. The companies may make billions off of their suffering and that doesn't seem fair.
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Re: Flu season and related topics

Postby deja vu on Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:31 pm

Well, some bad news for those that got the flue shot recently. I am watching the local tv news and it's been announced that the flu shot wont protect one all that well because they said the bug mutated while the shot was in production and too late to change the mix. So be prepared just in case you get it.
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Re: Flu season and related topics

Postby Surgeonsoul on Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:25 pm

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http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/flu-deaths ... -1.2166492

Flu season is hitting hard across North America, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declaring this week that the proportion of deaths attributed to the flu and pneumonia have reached an "epidemic threshold."

The public health agency said in its latest weekly flu report, that so far this season there have been 15 influenza-associated deaths among children. Flu activity is high in about half of the U.S., with flu-like illnesses now approaching the peak levels seen during last year's flu season, the CDC said.



http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/canada-s-f ... -1.2145854

Laboratory-confirmed influenza cases “increased sharply” for the third straight week, the Public Health Agency of Canada reported Friday, just as Canadians are hugging and kissing their way through holiday party season.

For the week ending December 6, 37 new influenza outbreaks were reported in six provinces, according to FluWatch, PHAC’s weekly newsletter on influenza. Of those, 32 were in long-term care facilities.

The majority of cases continue to be in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, the agency said. However, there is increasing flu activity in both Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.


If you are sick or feel it coming on, have a school age child coming down with it, then stay home, keep them out of school until everyone is over it. It only makes things worse and you pass it on to the people unlucky enough to come in contact with you when you are sick. If it gets worse than by all means see your own doctor or head to emergency. Please don't infect by going out while sick, that makes everyones life miserable and just helps the bug pass on to your co workers who then pass it on to others. Do the right thing and fight the bug at home, not at work or school.
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Re: Flu season and related topics

Postby deja vu on Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:32 pm

Flu season is upon us. Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

I was surprised when I came across this article:


http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/flu-man-f ... -1.4442806

Canadian doctor says there's evidence the 'man flu' is actually real

Journal article explores possibility men experience harsher cold and flu symptoms than women

Just in time for flu season, a new article in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal explores the science behind a debate that has annoyed sniffling, coughing men and infuriated women for years.

Is the "man flu" an actual medical condition? Do men suffer from worse flu symptoms than women?

Or, are men simply whinier than women and act sicker when they have a bug? Adding insult to injury for men, the term "man flu" has made it into the Oxford Dictionary: "A cold or similar minor ailment as experienced by a man who is regarded as exaggerating the severity of the symptoms."
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