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Old Jan 20, 2013, 11:56 AM   #1
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Who has/had the flu?

Currently suffering from this...neglected to get a flu shot this year and am curious..

If you came down with the flu this year did you get a flu shot?
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 11:57 AM   #2
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I just got my flu shot this week. I should have went sooner but better late then never (or so my doctor said). Crossing my fingers I don't get it.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 11:58 AM   #3
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I got my flu shot in Oct12. How do you tell the difference between the flu and a severe cold, fever?
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 12:02 PM   #4
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I got my flu shot in Oct12. How do you tell the difference between the flu and a severe cold, fever?
you know, thats a good question...i just assumed i had the flu..

work up friday feeling i got hit by a truck, aches pains, sore throat, chills and a fever ranging between 101 and 102 dg F.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 12:05 PM   #5
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you know, thats a good question...i just assumed i had the flu..

work up friday feeling i got hit by a truck, aches pains, sore throat, chills and a fever ranging between 101 and 102 dg F.
I'd say the fever. I've had colds that make me feel ill, but for most colds, I just have clogged sinuses, a cough, and a sore throat during some point in the process, but I don't remember having a fever with them. What I find hard to imagine is 50 million deaths caused by a flu.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 12:08 PM   #6
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 12:09 PM   #7
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I got my flu shot in Oct12. How do you tell the difference between the flu and a severe cold, fever?
You know the difference when you get the flu.

Last time I had it was 1991 and I was laid up in bed for 5 days. I've never bothered with the jabs though as they seem to knock a lot of people about.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 12:18 PM   #8
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You know the difference when you get the flu.

Last time I had it was 1991 and I was laid up in bed for 5 days.
Yep, that sounds about right. I've only had the flu once, back when I was 19/20. I had to spend half the week in bed, and I lost half a stone in weight in that time.

If you need to ask what the difference is between a cold and the flu, it's safe to say you've never had the actual flu.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 12:35 PM   #9
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Was sick for a bit these past 2 weeks, but I don't think it was the flu. Mainly just coughs and stuffy nose.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 12:38 PM   #10
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I had the flu shot in October but still got sick around New Years. Fever, coughing, etc. I still have the horrible cough. Friends who had the same or similar also still have the hacking. Their doctors call it the "100 Day Cough".
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 01:37 PM   #11
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I got my flu shot in Oct12. How do you tell the difference between the flu and a severe cold, fever?
I think, technically, they have to take a sample and have it analyzed. There are a lot of "flu like" illnesses this year, supposedly. However - this year the flu seems to be a 10 to 14 day affair.

Since a vaccination takes about 2 weeks before it is offering full protection, and since many people either don't know this or forget - they let their guard down after getting the shot by not washing their hands, staying away from people with the flu, etc... anyway... this accounts, I understand, for the the large number of people who claim the shot gave them the flu. When actually they got the flu the regular way before the shot took hold.

Also, the shot is only about 50% to 70% effective. So it's possible to get the shot. And still get the flu even after waiting the two weeks. That said, I understand that it is still a good idea to get the shot. Even if you don't need it, there are people around you who have compromised immune systems. If you get the flu, you may be putting their health at serious risk.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 01:42 PM   #12
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I had the flu after I mistakenly inhaled a lab sample of influenza virus.

I was ill for two weeks and felt utterly vile throughout, ever since I've been hesitant to label any cold I've had to be the flu.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 02:14 PM   #13
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No flu shot, still flu free.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 02:23 PM   #14
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You know the difference when you get the flu.
This. Everything hurts, and we're not talking like the day after your first workout pain, we're talking about the pain where your bones hurt. And then because you're so weak, you start to feel dizzy and nauseated whenever you do try and move around.

I usually go to the clinic at those first signs and get cortisone and penicillin shots. You're not supposed to as it weakens your immune system, but it helps with the fatigue, especially mine which is usually a level 10 pain threshold by the afternoon.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 02:30 PM   #15
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Never had a flu shot. Got the flu this holiday season, cough lasted 2 weeks. This is the first flu I have had in years. I think it's just a fluke really but hopefully what is done is done. I was flying a lot just before I came down with it.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 02:34 PM   #16
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No flu shot, no flue.

Don't get it unless you're in a risky demographic.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 02:36 PM   #17
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I had a flu shot back in October and was then ill with Flu like symptoms for 48 hours. I had Flu shots before and never had any reaction to them but I am dubious about having a shot in the future.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 02:36 PM   #18
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The last time I had the flu was 13 years ago around Christmas time.
BTW, I've never had a flu shot, not that I can remember, and never will...
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 02:50 PM   #19
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Everyone in my house has received Flu shots, we are good so far.
My wife works at a hospital so better safe then sorry.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 03:09 PM   #20
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I had it, fever, yellow mucus, and everything. It was only really bad for a day or two, but it was horrible for that time. I had some really strong nasal decongestants left over from a prescription. Without them it might have lasted much longer.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 03:32 PM   #21
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No flu shot, no flue.

Don't get it unless you're in a risky demographic.
you know even if you are not in the risky demographic but hang around that group it is a good idea to get it. Reason being is it prevents the spread of the virus as you will not become a carrier with a mild case.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 03:49 PM   #22
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you know even if you are not in the risky demographic but hang around that group it is a good idea to get it. Reason being is it prevents the spread of the virus as you will not become a carrier with a mild case.
Well if they get the flu shot it wouldn't matter much if I was carrying would it?

And I don't hang out with those demographics anyway, so for me personally I don't care.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 05:51 PM   #23
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I had it a couple of times. The one time I was in & out of the bathroom(diarrhea or vomiting) for what seem like every 15 minutes and didn't eat anytime the whole time. I didn't want to get sick ever again after that.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 10:39 PM   #24
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No flu shot...the flu. I think this is the sickest I've been in years and years.

I'm weak
I've got constant semi delirious fever dreams that keep waking me up every hour on the hour.
My stomach hurts
My fever comes and goes. It's like a roller coaster of sick
I smell bad from all the cold sweats
I haven't eaten anything cept a slice of rye bread in almost 24 hours
My head is killing me

It's terrible. I'm thinking about going to the emergency room and having them induce a coma so I don't have to deal with this for the next few days.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 10:48 PM   #25
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Neglected and ... currently with it.

On the Jello/Pudding/Toast diet today; dunno when I'll be back on cheeseburgers and Cokes and choco-fringed waffle cone desserts.
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