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(Daily Mail)   The flu tsunami has hit America. Open your mouth wide for the doctor and see if you're infected. If you were not vaccinated... well then, Buh bye   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 284
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2013-01-05 07:42:10 PM  

serpent_sky: coco ebert: I got something in early December. Sore throat, cough, fatigue, headache that was bad for a week but lingered in some form or another for another two weeks or so. But I only had a slight fever a couple of days on and off. That wasn't the flu, right?

Same here and I am still not quite right. Lots of fatigue going on.  It was mostly coughing and a headache at its worst, but I haven't slept 12+ hours given the chance in ages and now all I want to do is sleep since it started.


Same here...lots of confusion and lethargy. Felt like I indian leg wrestled with a dump truck, wierdest part though was that it started in the respiratory and finished in the sinuses. Typically my bugs go the other way.
/snortin lines of airborne and chugging 40s of pedialyte.
 
2013-01-05 07:42:48 PM  
"I got vaccinated once, but I still got a cold. VACCINES DO NOT WORK!!"

That's what I'm hearing from my genius acquaintances.

/ The ones who also discovered their severe "gluten allergy" at age 40
 
2013-01-05 07:43:58 PM  

jaytkay: "I got vaccinated once, but I still got a cold. VACCINES DO NOT WORK!!"

That's what I'm hearing from my genius acquaintances.

/ The ones who also discovered their severe "gluten allergy" at age 40


i took methamphetamines once, but i still got ADHD
METHAMPHATAMINE DOES NOT WORK
 
2013-01-05 07:45:37 PM  
Baby can you dig your man?
 
2013-01-05 07:45:50 PM  

jaytkay: "I got vaccinated once, but I still got a cold. VACCINES DO NOT WORK!!"

That's what I'm hearing from my genius acquaintances.

/ The ones who also discovered their severe "gluten allergy" at age 40


Is it a gluten alergy, or Celiacs? My mom developed Celiac's in her late 40's. (Not even self-diagnosed: suspected via blood test, confirmed via gut biopsy)
 
2013-01-05 07:46:21 PM  
A coworker of mine just had to fly back to Virginia to bury his brother in law who came down with this, so I'm not getting a kick out of this. Hopefully this isn't one of those nasty strains that kills the young and healthy because it causes an overactive immune response.
 
2013-01-05 07:47:03 PM  
I don't get sick very often, but when I do it's a hoot. It's sort of funny really. When I'm healthy I flat out refuse to accept the inevitability of death, but when I'm sick I find myself saying things like, "Oh sweet death, would that I could know your embrace and end the suffering."
 
2013-01-05 07:47:19 PM  
I can't wait to go all trash can man on this joint.
 
2013-01-05 07:48:51 PM  
I had something awful in mid-December as well. I had the flu shot, but only a few days before this happened, so I don't know if it was in full force yet, but I was quite ill thank you very much.

Started with a horrible sore throat and headache, added fatigue and aching body. Don't know about fever since I never checked, but it felt like I was feverish. THEN add horrible cold symptoms on top of it. I assume, due to the fever/ache thing that it was influenza, but if it wasn't it was the worst cold I have had in many, many years. I still have a ton of residual congestion and coughing going on - probably some sort of secondary bacterial crud that I just can't shake.

A couple of coworkers ended up hospitalized after this - pneumonia as a secondary issue.

/My wife didn't get it at all - her shot apparently worked out just fine. My son was quite ill for a few days.
 
2013-01-05 07:49:38 PM  

Felgraf: Is it a gluten alergy, or Celiacs?


No, celiacs is real.
 
2013-01-05 07:49:54 PM  
Hospital worker here. Mandatory vaccination (or wear a mask for the entirety of flu season) is in place, although they did day that the flu here has been light. The mask restriction was supposed to be in place until February 1, and they lifted it December 19.

I just seem to get biatching colds. I had the flu once, at 14, and asked my mom to shoot me so that I would die and not have to feel so shiatty. My sympathies to all suffering this crap.
 
2013-01-05 07:50:21 PM  

Mija: Buh buy? I don't think so. The one time I took a flu vaccine I was the sickest I have ever been in my life. I thought I would die. I've never had another vaccine of any kind and I haven't had the flu. I may get the flu but I will survive without having toxic waste products like Thimerosal injected into me. You people are so scared and brainwashed it's pathetic.


Toll-o-meter: 0/10.
Have fun with polio, whooping cough, tetanus, flu, and all the other horrible diseases that are making a comeback thanks to parinoid hippies such as your self.
 
2013-01-05 07:51:06 PM  
I'm just going to use that homeopathic remedy that Jude Law says cried him.
 
2013-01-05 07:51:34 PM  
Not sure if it's the flu, per se, but I've had something on me for a few weeks now. Body aches and massive fatigue, ear infection, lungs feel like they're working at half capacity. No fever to speak of or any outward signs of illness, save for the occasional sneeze. Whatever it is, I wish it'd go away. I'd almost rather be bed-ridden than suffer so long from this sort of vague malaise.
 
2013-01-05 07:52:33 PM  

swahnhennessy: Not sure if it's the flu, per se, but I've had something on me for a few weeks now. Body aches and massive fatigue, ear infection, lungs feel like they're working at half capacity. No fever to speak of or any outward signs of illness, save for the occasional sneeze. Whatever it is, I wish it'd go away. I'd almost rather be bed-ridden than suffer so long from this sort of vague malaise.


Sounds like full blown AIDS.
 
2013-01-05 07:52:42 PM  

Lsherm: AlwaysRightBoy: I hoping to catch the Norovirus  that's coming over from Europe.

I got Norovirus two years ago when it was going around Northern Virginia.  It's an illness so insidious I simultaneously threw up and shiat my pants in a Metro station and I had to be carried out on a gurney.

It is terrifying to be so sick you can't prevent yourself from shiatting your pants.  I prided myself up until that point that in my entire adult life, I had never vomited where I didn't want to, and I had never shiat my pants.  Then in one terrifying day, both records were shattered.  I felt fine in the morning and I was in the hospital that night.

I'd also like to eternally thank the group of teenagers who took pictures of me collapsed on the floor of the metro station, covered in puke, while helpfully pointing out "Dawg shiat himself!  Got shiat all over!"  That was helpful.  I really appreciate it.


Glad you're feeling better and didn't die, but you just made me, and I'm sure dozens of other farkers laugh out loud, so it was kinda worth it. Well done.
 
2013-01-05 07:52:52 PM  

St_Francis_P: Meh. I'm kicking it old-school, using my immune system. Hasn't failed yet.


I figure like most farkers I'm safe since I never leave my subterranean quarters between thanksgiving and the melt.
 
2013-01-05 07:54:15 PM  
Let's read between the lines here...

3/4 of those infected with the flu didn't get a vaccination. Or put another way, 1/4 of them had gotten one. And it was ineffective for those who still got the flu. From what I can gather, it appears that about 40% of Americans typically get a flu shot. Which means it's minimally effective, statistically speaking.

My guess is that frequent hand washing, and other forms of personal hygiene and transmission avoidance are likely much more effective than an apparent minimal benefit provided by a flu shot.

Really though, it's all about the kids. They're the ones most likely to acquire, and transmit the flu. Vaccinate 100% of the kids, and you will dramatically reduce incidence among the general population, regardless of how many adults are vaccinated.
 
2013-01-05 07:55:30 PM  

Silly Jesus: swahnhennessy: Not sure if it's the flu, per se, but I've had something on me for a few weeks now. Body aches and massive fatigue, ear infection, lungs feel like they're working at half capacity. No fever to speak of or any outward signs of illness, save for the occasional sneeze. Whatever it is, I wish it'd go away. I'd almost rather be bed-ridden than suffer so long from this sort of vague malaise.

Sounds like full blown AIDS.


Or at least 2/3 blown AIDS
 
2013-01-05 07:56:21 PM  
Captain Tripps.

OK?

I said it.

JEEEEZZZZZZZZEEE!!!!
 
2013-01-05 07:56:43 PM  

Or at least 2/3 blown AIDS


For the rest of us, please stop blowing AIDS all over the place. Nobody likes to see that crap in public, man.
 
2013-01-05 07:58:22 PM  
I once managed to catch pneumonia on top of bronchitis.  At one point I was down to one lung, because righty was completely filled with fluid.  Ever since then, I've never gotten sick aside from food poisoning.  Nine years disease free and counting, now.
 
2013-01-05 08:00:28 PM  

LlamaGirl: I can't wait to go all trash can man on this joint.


Beware the walkin dude.
 
2013-01-05 08:01:50 PM  

Silly Jesus: Sounds like full blown AIDS.


assjuice: Or at least 2/3 blown AIDS


Thank god. I just assumed it was Ebola.
 
2013-01-05 08:02:12 PM  
I've had it all week. I'm feeling better, but still coughing up tons of mucus and getting exhausted if I try to do anything. It's nasty. I had the shot a couple of months ago, guess it didn't work.
 
2013-01-05 08:02:38 PM  

Icarus88: Let's read between the lines here...

3/4 of those infected with the flu didn't get a vaccination. Or put another way, 1/4 of them had gotten one. And it was ineffective for those who still got the flu. From what I can gather, it appears that about 40% of Americans typically get a flu shot. Which means it's minimally effective, statistically speaking.

My guess is that frequent hand washing, and other forms of personal hygiene and transmission avoidance are likely much more effective than an apparent minimal benefit provided by a flu shot.

Really though, it's all about the kids. They're the ones most likely to acquire, and transmit the flu. Vaccinate 100% of the kids, and you will dramatically reduce incidence among the general population, regardless of how many adults are vaccinated.


Well, it's also two things.
1) The flu vaccine, in particular, is a bit of a crapshoot, because of how easily that virus mutates. They basically 'guess' which strain of the flu is most likely going to be the bad one this year (if I remember right)

2) I've had vaccine immunity described sort-of like a bunch of sand dunes between a beach and some houses. If there's too much water/too strong a storm (/too much of a viral load), the protection they offer will eventually be overwhelmed, but it's still better than not having 'em.
 
2013-01-05 08:03:22 PM  
I shot my wife and she didn't get it.
 
2013-01-05 08:03:56 PM  

verbal_jizm: coco ebert: I got something in early December. Sore throat, cough, fatigue, headache that was bad for a week but lingered in some form or another for another two weeks or so. But I only had a slight fever a couple of days on and off. That wasn't the flu, right?

Nope. Flu gives you a higher fever, muscle aches, and LOTS of coughing. Most people who think they got the flu, didn't.


Not always, I've seen cases where patients have been hospitalized with pneumonia and tested positive with flu with only a low grade fever, your sinus are probably a better sign if it's a flu or a cold if a high fever is absent. Cold are upper respiratory so if you are mostly have stuffed up sinuses it's normally the cold. Flu tends to be lower respiratory so soar throat, dry coughs, fevers and fatigue are common, plus the symptoms last longer, weeks instead of days.

You never really know if you have the flu unless you actually get tested.
 
2013-01-05 08:04:45 PM  
My record of flu after being vaccinated is perfect. I always catch it. I keep hoping that the extensive immune system training plus this year's vaccine will one or the other help. Honestly it's gotten less horrible and more like a bad cold over the years, to the point I was surprise to find this doesn't happen to all people.
 
2013-01-05 08:06:07 PM  

Icarus88: Let's read between the lines here...

3/4 of those infected with the flu didn't get a vaccination. Or put another way, 1/4 of them had gotten one. And it was ineffective for those who still got the flu. From what I can gather, it appears that about 40% of Americans typically get a flu shot. Which means it's minimally effective, statistically speaking.

My guess is that frequent hand washing, and other forms of personal hygiene and transmission avoidance are likely much more effective than an apparent minimal benefit provided by a flu shot.


There are a few strains going around and people that get the flu vaccine are often in a higher risk group than those that don't.  So that can skew the statistics a bit...
 
2013-01-05 08:07:45 PM  

Lsherm: I'd also like to eternally thank the group of teenagers who took pictures of me collapsed on the floor of the metro station, covered in puke, while helpfully pointing out "Dawg shiat himself!  Got shiat all over!"  That was helpful.  I really appreciate it.


I was all amused at learning a friend of mine shiat+puked herself in a subway, then I realized same area/similar name/but you're a guy.

www.crazy-and-funny-pictures.com
 
2013-01-05 08:08:29 PM  
I got my flu shot so that means...
I SHALL RULE THIS POST-APOCALYPTIC WASTELAND!
 
2013-01-05 08:09:34 PM  
At least two types floating around right now. One that gives you high fever,head aches, muscle aches, tight chest, total misery. The other strain has similar symptoms but includes liberal doses of diarrhea and nausea due to stomach virus. Your biggest danger here is with the possibility of dehydration. you have to drink fluids but damned if they don't come back out as quick as they go in. My wife had this one last week- lasts 12-24 hours. On the bright side- she did get a day of much needed sleep.

I've worked in a hospital for 15 years- does wonders for the immunity system. Surrounded by the flu at work- hasn't gotten to me yet!
 
2013-01-05 08:10:21 PM  

Richard C Stanford: I got my flu shot so that means...
I SHALL RULE THIS POST-APOCALYPTIC WASTELAND!


So did I. ( I guess I'll see you in Vegas, then.)
 
2013-01-05 08:11:36 PM  
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Haven't had the flu since 1986. I think I got a flu shot every year since then. Worse case I ever had....puking until I passed out, other things......
 
2013-01-05 08:15:35 PM  
I'm 32 and have had a total of ~28 hrs with the flu. My sympathies to those without biatchin' immune systems. (Though the price of never getting sick is allergies to mold and pollen and perpetual sinus drainage.)
 
2013-01-05 08:17:18 PM  

St_Francis_P: Meh. I'm kicking it old-school, using my immune system. Hasn't failed yet.


Yep. Sleep and vitamins and alcohol do my body good. Don't knock it people. I've been strolling through flu armageddon at work without a sniffle.
 
2013-01-05 08:18:24 PM  
Got the flu right after Xmas. I didn't want to be a pussy,so I went to work. I started sweating then kind of passed out. I was so dizzy, I put my head down on my desk. About an hour and a half later, I "came to". Went home and slept for 10 hours, waking up every 45 mins to change my sweat soaked clothes. The fever broke after 2 days, but still have a pulled muscle in my neck from coughing. Lungs feel like they are full of cotton. It hasn't affected my GI system, so I got that going for me.
 
2013-01-05 08:18:49 PM  

coco ebert: ToxicMunkee: I read a story yesterday about a 17-year-old who died from complications of the flu. That complication? A staph infection on top of pneumonia. Gah.

That's why you NEVER go to the hospital.


Sadly this.
 
2013-01-05 08:20:13 PM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: We need to name flu pandemics like we do hurricanes and tropical storms.

I'll with the first 6 ironically named after my ex girlfriends: Alicia, Jill, Pamela, Patricia, Claire, Pamela.


t1.gstatic.com

I think we've all known Jill
 
2013-01-05 08:22:18 PM  
BUMP DI BUMP!
 
2013-01-05 08:22:26 PM  
I definitely got the shot this year: my school has a high proportion of adult students, many of which bring their kids to campus and even occasionally to class. (we have a pretty nice child-care facility, but I think it closes at 6.)

The absolute last thing you need while studying is throwing up your guts. No thanks.
 
2013-01-05 08:22:33 PM  
Farkers need to get to Vegas quick.
 
2013-01-05 08:22:43 PM  

Lsherm: AlwaysRightBoy: I hoping to catch the Norovirus  that's coming over from Europe.

I got Norovirus two years ago when it was going around Northern Virginia.  It's an illness so insidious I simultaneously threw up and shiat my pants in a Metro station and I had to be carried out on a gurney.

It is terrifying to be so sick you can't prevent yourself from shiatting your pants.  I prided myself up until that point that in my entire adult life, I had never vomited where I didn't want to, and I had never shiat my pants.  Then in one terrifying day, both records were shattered.  I felt fine in the morning and I was in the hospital that night.

I'd also like to eternally thank the group of teenagers who took pictures of me collapsed on the floor of the metro station, covered in puke, while helpfully pointing out "Dawg shiat himself!  Got shiat all over!"  That was helpful.  I really appreciate it.


So much this. Except it nearly happened in front of my students when I was teaching. I missed getting my pants off by about two or three seconds. School principal arranged a pickup from the hospital around the corner. Spent a night hooked up to an IV and pampered by Japanese nurses.
 
2013-01-05 08:23:37 PM  
Got notovirus/rotovirus whatever the hell it is a week before Christmas. Christmas night I came down with the flu. Still getting over it.
Sucks.
 
2013-01-05 08:26:59 PM  

Lsherm: I'd also like to eternally thank the group of teenagers who took pictures of me collapsed on the floor of the metro station, covered in puke,  while helpfully pointing out "Dawg shiat himself!  Got shiat all over!"  That was helpful.  I really appreciate it.


To be fair, the Paramedics did the same thing after they dropped you off.
 
2013-01-05 08:27:10 PM  
As the daughter of a woman who had a lung removed in March and just finished her 9th round of chemo and six weeks of daily radiation, I am not getting a kick out of this thread.

Please get your damn flu shot. You will get some immune response the first time you get it, most likely. But after that first year, you very likely will not have any reaction.

And to everyone who says, "I got so terribly sick the first time I got a vaccine.", please consider that you cannot definitively tie the terrible sickness to the vaccination. You may very well have had the illness coming regardless of getting the shot.
 
2013-01-05 08:27:28 PM  

Shyla: Got notovirus/rotovirus whatever the hell it is a week before Christmas. Christmas night I came down with the flu. Still getting over it.
Sucks.


roto virus ENGAGE

bzzz bzzz BZZZP
 
2013-01-05 08:27:47 PM  
I don't know what I had, exactly, but three weeks ago, I went to two parties in two nights, one at my friends forge, so I was breathing in metal soot all night. Then I worked my usual fifteen hour Sunday on the hot/grill side of my line. Drank copiously both nights as well (fell off the wagon some time ago). Woke up Monday at 9 am and felt like I had a bad cold, bronchia irritated, sinuses completely stuffed up, no voice to speak of, and generally felt shiatty. Called in sick. By 6 pm I had a 103 degree fever, and that was *with* taking Nyquil, and drinking hot tea. Had that fever for two days. Thought it broke. Jennifer took my temperature, and I was @ 100.9. I was down for a week, and three weeks later I can still feel a tickle in my bronchia. My bar manager, who shared this with me in the first place, ended up with pneumonia.

Whatever is going around Seattle is a serious strain and its hitting people hard.
 
2013-01-05 08:30:43 PM  

stuffy: ahchoo


That was wet. Cover your mouth you hillbilly.
 
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