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Sun Dec 4, 2022, 02:43 PM

Flu season. Yikes!


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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2022, 02:47 PM

1. This year...

Is the first year that I have opted for a flu shot. The first flu death in my state was reported last week.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2022, 02:49 PM

2. "There's a flu going through the NFL" Fox Sports pregame.

Jay Glazier. Part of the injury report was players out or trying to recover to stay in this week.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2022, 02:57 PM

3. Don't worry, it's no worse than COVID.



Got the flu shot a few weeks ago and am still masking in public spaces, so I’m hoping to avoid both viruses.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2022, 03:30 PM

4. Has anyone seen any info on the efficacy of this year's flu shots? . . .

I remember it was thought it would be quite effective. I get mine each year, glad for whatever percentage of protection it may effect.

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 4, 2022, 03:46 PM

5. I know a couple of people who got the shot and then got the flu

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Response to RAB910 (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 4, 2022, 04:56 PM

8. That's an old one and only partially correct

Some people think the shot gives them the flu because of the day or two of body aches and low fever they get afterward, which i suppose they don't realize is proof that the shot is waking up their immune system and getting it ready to defend against the real thing.

Others might catch a completely different strain of the flu, either because science guessed incorrectly about the dominant strain that year or they just had the plain bad luck of being in a region where an old strain they weren't protected against was out there. Flu shots give partial protection against any related strain, a shot that protects against, say, H3N2 will partially protect against H3N3, and so forth.

Tell those couple of people to bite the bullet and get the shot this year. This year's flu is horrible.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 4, 2022, 06:28 PM

9. No they got the shot in September

Got the flu in the last few weeks

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Response to RAB910 (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 4, 2022, 06:39 PM

10. Read the rest of the post, I covered that.

Thanks.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 5, 2022, 07:34 AM

11. I work in public health and I am vaccinated and promote vaccinations

They asked about the effectiveness of this year's shot. Antidotely it's not been as good as I would like or hope.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2022, 04:25 PM

6. If anyone else doesn't know: ILI stands for Influenza-Like Illness.

From CDC:

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Information on outpatient visits to health care providers for respiratory illness referred to as influenza-like illness [ILI) is collected through the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network (ILINet). ILINet consists of outpatient healthcare providers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Approximately 85 million patient visits were reported during the 2020-21 season. Each week, more than 3,000 outpatient health care providers around the country report to CDC the number of patient visits for ILI by age group (0-4 years, 5-24 years, 25-49 years, 50-64 years, and ≥65 years) and the total number of visits for any reason. A subset of providers also reports total visits by age group. For this system, ILI is defined as fever (temperature of 100°F [37.8°C] or greater) and a cough and/or a sore throat. Since the 2021-22 season, the case definition no longer includes “without a known cause other than influenza”. Since ILINet monitors visits for ILI and not laboratory-confirmed influenza, it will capture visits due to any respiratory pathogen that presents with the symptoms of fever plus cough or sore throat. These data should be evaluated in the context of other surveillance data to obtain a complete and accurate picture of influenza activity.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2022, 04:46 PM

7. It's bad. I had it in August and lost the whole month to illness

It's the only time in my whole life that I ever had a sinus headache.

I got the flu shot in early October because I don't even want a mild repeat case of this year's flu. I think it's going to be a killer..

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