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    Flu Heads Up...

    Been suffering from flu the past five days... One of the worse bouts I've had... Just want to give a heads up in case folks have not heard, this was sent out at my wife's office...

    "...the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that influenza activity has increased sharply in the last few weeks. The number of states reporting widespread illness rose from 36 to 46. The CDC influenza indicators are rapidly rising to the peak numbers from the 2014-2015 flu season, which was the most severe season in recent years. Some counties here in Texas are reporting an increase of 2,000% in flu cases this year!

    With a high chance of further increases in influenza activity, the CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccinations and antiviral medications (within the first 48 hours) as the primary treatment for people who are severely ill and those who are at high risk of serious flu complications (children under 5 and adults 65 and over, pregnant women, people with other long-term medical conditions).

    Getting vaccinated, however, does not necessarily mean you will not get sick. Vaccine effectiveness can vary and recent studies have shown around a 40% - 60% reduction in the risk of contracting the influenza virus on average. There have been reports that this season’s vaccination is well below that mark and may only be 10% to 15% effective.

    Unfortunately, is sounds like a question of “when” not “if” you will be dealing with the flu in some form or fashion this season. I am sure we are all well aware of the basic flu symptoms so let’s focus instead on the early warning signs of a potential emergency situation.

    Signs of an emergency situation in children
    · Fast breathing or trouble breathing
    · Bluish skin color
    · Sluggishness and low interaction
    · Fever + skin rash
    · Extreme irritability when attempting to hold the child
    · Milder flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough


    Signs of an emergency situation in adults
    · Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    · Pain or pressure in chest or abdomen
    · Sudden dizziness or feelings of vertigo (room spinning or flipping)
    · Severe or persistent vomiting
    · Milder flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

    If you have the emergency warning signs of flu sickness, you should consider a visit to the emergency room but at a minimum schedule an appointment with your family physician immediately. If you have the emergency warning signs, and are also at high risk of flu complications, you should go or (preferably) have someone take you to the emergency room immediately.

    Though the forecast is bleak, we hope that none of you experience flu symptoms this season. However, if you do have the basic flu symptoms we highly recommend that you avoid contact with others as much as possible. The CDC recommends that you stay home for the duration of your illness plus 24 hours after your fever is gone without the aid of fever-reducing medicine. Please coordinate with your manager or supervisor accordingly.

    We will have awareness posters and additional hand sanitizer bottles throughout the offices during flu season. For more detailed information the CDC website is an excellent source for the flu, other illnesses and other general hazards (https://www.cdc.gov/)."

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    " Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    · Pain or pressure in chest or abdomen
    · Sudden dizziness or feelings of vertigo (room spinning or flipping)
    · Severe or persistent vomiting
    · Milder flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough"


    I experience these symptoms every time I ride. How the hell would I know if I had the Flu?

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    Got Tamiflu today after testing NEGATIVE for flu yesterday, because I wasn't getting well from something that wasn't a cold, wasn't the flu, maybe bronchitis, but who knows, BUT it could turn into the flu or maybe was a very mild case of the flu. The flu test involves the nurse sticking a bristly little brush way the heck up into each nostril and twirling it around.

    Approximately 15 minutes later, the results are in. No, no, she doesn't twirl it around for 15 minutes. She gives a thorough little twirl and takes the swab away to test it in the secret laboratory.

    If the test says you have the flu, you've got it. There are no false positives. However, there can be, occasionally, false negatives.

    Tamiflu is damned expensive ($95) even as a generic, but I'm feeling better already.

    The doc had seen well over 100 cases of flu in the last 10 days or so and didn't want me to mess around with even the possibility of getting it. Tamiflu can also be a preventive if you've been exposed.

    The acupuncture lady I've been going to for 18 years got sick with the flu between Christmas and New Years. She got a prescription for Tamiflu after being desperately sick for 36 hours and was 100% well and feeling great and totally back to normal in two days. Apparently her worst symptom was horrible body aches/joint pain, well, that and feeling like sh*t.

    1. If you think you've got the flu, don't mess around. Get to a doc in a box or your primary care physician ASAP and get tested.
    2. Fork over the bucks for Tamiflu. It's worth it.
    3. Sometimes when people are sick and miserable, they want to go out in the world and spread the misery around. Just don't do it. Stay home, drink broth and watch TV, or cat videos, or bike videos.

    I've noticed news reports asking people to go to urgent care centers for treatment, rather than the ER, unless they are having the truly scary symptoms. Lots of urgent care places let you set up everything on line, and they will call you when they are ready to see you. I did the urgent care route, because it was really quick to get in to see the doc.
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    Oh wait, that's Flo not Flu
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    Tamiflu works! I get the flu shot every year now. Every time i've skipped it i've gotten the flu. Not a good illness and deadly to boot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheif View Post
    Tamiflu works! I get the flu shot every year now. Every time i've skipped it i've gotten the flu. Not a good illness and deadly to boot!
    Is the Tamiflu you're referring to OTC or prescription?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yosmithy View Post
    Is the Tamiflu you're referring to OTC or prescription?
    Tamiflu is prescription; the generic, which I am taking, is Oseltamivir Phosphate.

    Theraflu is the OTC product for symptom relief: theraflu.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    Tamiflu is prescription; the generic, which I am taking, is Oseltamivir Phosphate.

    Theraflu is the OTC product for symptom relief: theraflu.com
    Ah, ok. That explains my confusion. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yosmithy View Post
    Is the Tamiflu you're referring to OTC or prescription?
    Don't get your hopes up. It doesn't work on the Budweiser flu

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheif View Post
    Don't get your hopes up. It doesn't work on the Budweiser flu
    WTH?? I'm so disappointed in today's medical industry
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