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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 4, 2012 - 03:00pm PT
I love SuperTopo cause I always know I can rely on information supplied by
people waay smarter than those stoopid and evil epidemiologists all over
the world. Can you imagine spending your entire life working at such a
useless and downright nefarious job?

Flu season hits U.S. early and hard

By Michael Muskal

December 3, 2012, 1:58 p.m.
The flu season has gotten off to its quickest start in nearly a decade, a sign that it could be a bad year for the illness, officials said on Monday.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urged people to get a flu shot to minimize the impact of the deadly disease’s spread. Speaking to publicize National Influenza Vaccination Week, Frieden said a flu shot was the best tool available to stop the spread of the disease, along with covering your mouth when coughing and washing your hands.

“This is the earliest regular flu season we’ve seen in nearly a decade,” Frieden said in a conference call with reporters. “That suggests this could be a bad flu year.”

The flu is caused by different strains and part of the test for scientists is trying to mix a vaccine that includes the strains that are most likely to be dominant in any given season. The current vaccine, which has been prepared in advance, seems well-matched for the strains that now working their way through the population, Frieden said.

Based on early testing, Frieden said that the number of suspected flu cases has jumped in five Southern states: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. The dominant flu type is the same as the one associated with the flu season of 2003-2004, when the outbreak was bad, he said.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. It usually takes about two weeks for the body's immune response to fully kick in.

Especially at risk are very young children, particularly those younger than 2, and people older than 65. People with chronic conditions such as asthma and heart disease are also at risk.

With the holiday season in mind, Frieden urged people be careful.

“Spread good cheer and give presents,” he said. But “don’t share infections and spread the flu.”

LA Times - Early Flu Season

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Dec 4, 2012 - 03:36pm PT
Immunizations are the most significant innovation in history.

together with anti-biotics...
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 4, 2012 - 03:40pm PT
1. Clean water.
2. Sewage and garbage disposal.
3. Immunizations.
4. Sound basic health care and nutrition for pregnant women, infants, and small children.
5. Nutrition.
6. Basic health and dental care.

Together, they account for most increases in life expectancy and quality of health over the last two centuries. High tech modern medicine has contributed relatively little. (I bet Ken M can add to this.)
roadman

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 4, 2012 - 04:14pm PT
High tech modern medicine has contributed relatively little

Unless it was your life it saved! Or your kids! 6 month waits for ACL surgery can have a dramatic impact ones QL.

Point taken. Plumbers are the most important people in the world.

3 rules of plumbing
1)don't lick your fingers
2)sh*t rolls down hill
3)pay day is on Friday

Good luck getting a flu shot in Canada....They ration that shi0t.
lubbockclimber

Trad climber
lubbock,tx
Dec 4, 2012 - 05:53pm PT
Holy Sh#t locker just agreed with me?
My life has come full circle now!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 4, 2012 - 05:59pm PT
Flu shots in B.C., at least, are free for anyone who's at higher risk, e.g. seniors, health care and essential services workers, children, those who are sick or have compromised immune systems, those in hospitals. Those between 16 and 65, in good health, and without any pretext may have to pay, but even then the shots are easily available. You can even get them at the supermarket drug department.

And, as someone who is alive due to high tech medicine, I agree that it is of benefit. Just that in terms of public health, less important than some might think.
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Dec 4, 2012 - 10:43pm PT
Maybe if you are at high risk, then yes, take it. I might have had the flu a few times as a kid but I am otherwise rarely sick. Maybe some sniffles twice a year. Therefore I am not going to be vaccinated.
I know some employees who work for a hospital. They never work directly with patients or even visitors yet they are forced to get the flu shot. Now they get a mild dose of the flu every year. If it ain't broke.....
I do however still bear the scars of TB and smallpox vaccines I received as a child in Ireland.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 4, 2012 - 11:03pm PT
I generally get it every year. Didn't about 8 years ago, got the flu, and really thought I was going to die. I have been in awe ever since of elderly folks who survive it (I know many do not).

I take public transportation to work in a university. I cross paths with germs on buses (those poles every one grabs -ick [well except those who hang on with their butt cheeks - what's up with that???]), then mingle with germs on faculty of all ages, and germs on students, many of whom have little germ factories in their lives. And since we rotate classrooms all day, I get to be in classrooms used by countless other germ factories. Ew.

No way I'm going out into the world without the shot.

I have not been teaching this semester and this thread cues me that I've not gotten the shot this year! Egads - I'm off to get it TOMORROW.
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Dec 4, 2012 - 11:08pm PT
I just get the flu, and let my immune system do the walkin'.
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Dec 4, 2012 - 11:15pm PT
All the meat eaters get the flu because of all the antibiotics in the meat which lowers their immune system.

Eating tons of dead sh!t full of dumb drugs is sure way to fuk yourself up.

Then they need to fix that with another bunch of stoopid drugs.

Dude is so right!

Eat the meat raised without drugs, for sure. Yum!
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 4, 2012 - 11:33pm PT
I used to get the flu- pretty much every other year.. On three occasions.. i've had the flu so bad- thought i was going to die.....no thanks...no more...

I got my shot yesterday, which is about three weeks later than usual.....crossing my fingers and extra hand washing for the next two weeks...


Btw, i just got Timid to go get a flu shot .. he's there right now..
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Dec 5, 2012 - 01:17am PT
It's just asinine to refuse the flu vaccine. I don't know if it's ignorance, a veiled fear of needles, obstinance, or what.... Just stay away from those with weakened or immature immune systems, wash your hands, cough into your sleeves, and stay away from crowds where you might contract and spread the flu. Like, in your bomb shelter or what have you. Please, sign a DNR and refuse blood products while you're at it. Right after you've sterilized yourself.
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Dec 5, 2012 - 01:30am PT
^^^ Purism.

I don't use computers, either. And I wear a gas mask when I leave the house because of the chemtrails.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 5, 2012 - 01:30am PT
Oh, Jebus, you're a sheeple too? ;-)
roadman

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2012 - 01:31am PT
Those between 16 and 65, in good health, and without any pretext may have to pay, but even then the shots are easily available.

Dude, cheeping out is the name of the game up here. That policy goes against science. It's all to save a buck. Nevermind, no one has a family doc here anyway. BECAUSE THERE ARN"T ENOUGH DOCTORS! So much illness is unreported and miss diagnosed...It's a nice way for the gov. to hide the reality of how shiity heath care is here.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Dec 5, 2012 - 01:34am PT
Baaaaaahhhhh, Reilly!
dirtbag

climber
Dec 5, 2012 - 02:20am PT
Dumb question, but if chemtrails, vaccines, etc. are pieces of a big plot by the Illuminati/NWO to depopulate the world why are life expectancies and the world population still increasing?
lubbockclimber

Trad climber
lubbock,tx
Dec 5, 2012 - 06:26am PT
Just wash your hands and make a point not to touch your face.
Caveman

climber
Cumberland Plateau
Dec 5, 2012 - 11:41am PT
Disclaimer: I am no doctor. I am in steel fabrication.

This is slightly OT but since Mr. Milktoast mentioned it....... According to some web info taking turmeric when infected with salmonella typhi (typhoid fever) is a no no. Folks here taking turmeric might want to investigate.

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0011511
TradEddie

Trad climber
Philadelphia, PA
Dec 5, 2012 - 12:36pm PT
Not every year, only because I couldn't be bothered, but if I was less healthy, absolutely. My kids get it every year, my youngest caught flu before he was old enough to be vaccinated, I never want to go through that again.

I've only had "real" flu once, it's a whole other story to that bad cold most people think is flu.

TE
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