Flu season started?
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Posted by Don Birkholz (+1386) 8 years ago
Am I the only one with a sore throat, congested, runny nose and painful cough?
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Posted by JJC (+87) 8 years ago
Nope! Strep throat has been going around for about a month, especially in children. And the influenza virus was first spotted in MC about 2 weeks ago. It's not to late to get a flu shot, unless you've already been exposed.
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Posted by Don Birkholz (+1386) 8 years ago
My flu shot didn't work (got it weeks ago).
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1915) 8 years ago
Question is, do you have real influenza or a bad cold? People call all sorts of thing "flu" when they are norovirus or strep or a nasty cold. The only way to know you have REAL influenza is to have a blood test. Odds are, you don't have influenza but some other ghastly bug we can't vaccinate against.
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Posted by Don Birkholz (+1386) 8 years ago
Main flu going around appears to be the swine flu type, believed to be related to the 1918 pandemic that killed millions. (no alarms going off, so probably not as serious). This strain has proved to be disproportionally dangerous to diabetics, the obese and pregnant. http://www.palmbeachpost....tes/ncTMc/

Fifty per cent with flu symptoms at the Palm Beach facility have some other flu.

[This message has been edited by Don Birkholz (12/26/2013)]
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Posted by Kacey (+3157) 8 years ago
Strep was obviously going around Garfield School. I attended the Christmas program and ended up with strep a couple of days later, as did my daughter. Both grandkids had strep last month. Miles City is a hot bed for illness.
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+3270) 8 years ago
Just reading the Gazette headlines this morning...Influenza Cases beginning to mount in Yellowstone County". Looks like it is that time of year and good if you have had a flu shot.
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1915) 8 years ago
According to the same article, the vaccine is a good match for the current flu virus so if you got a shot and got sick, it probably wasn't flu. It isn't so much that Miles City is a "hotbed" of disease as children are a "hotbed" of disease. Ask any grade school teacher.
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1915) 8 years ago
Then again, I have now heard of three people with high fevers who got the flu shot. Wonder what is going around. I will now move into obsessive-compulsive hand washing mode.
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Posted by UB40 (+222) 8 years ago
I just got my flu shot in Billings and Doc said there was one influenza strain the vaccine did not cover, so not to think I was totally immune to getting sick. She did say that one would likely be less sick however, as there would be some "cross reactivity" that would affect some of the bug. Guess that makes sense huh?
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6175) 8 years ago
Yes, and the CDC reports that most of the flu cases are H1N1 which is in this year's vaccine.
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Posted by JJC (+87) 8 years ago
[This message has been edited by JJC (12/27/2013)]
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