In light of Flupocolypse sweeping the nation, I went and got a flu shot today.
I hadn't gotten the shot in ... maybe ever. But the way the numbers have been ramping up, and the medical advice being "go get it," I did.
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got it anyway, miserable Christmas vacation, still have the annoying hack. Got a secondary lymph node infection, I looked like a chipmunk smuggling a dozen pecans...
anyway... get the shot, it will most likely lessen the symptoms somewhat like it did me. My poor wife did not get a shot and was nailed really hard.
Several others in my family and work cohorts also got the shot but had the flu anyway buy maybe a little less than what it might have been with out.
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I think the same thing happened to me in 2009 with the swine flu. Got the shot and only about 5-6 days later, I caught the flu. I still spiked a fever, but the duration was much shorter than those without vaccination.
you made a good decision.
be warned, it takes 1-4 weeks to build a full immune response to the virus.
so, you really want to be vigilant about avoiding the virus for a few weeks.
The strain of flu that is spreading like wild fire is not even included in the vaccination. That's probably why it's spreading like wild fire. Nice that you got the shot, but don't let it lure you into a false sense of security. It's important to still use other precautions.
I don't want to bust your bubble, because I want to go get one right now after working on this flu story. But, a Forbes article I just read made perfect sense. It's apparently likely the flu is so widespread because one of the strains is completely unmoved by the vaccine.
On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.
The predominant strain that is currently making the rounds is a sub strain of one of the strains included in this year's vaccine. The antibodies for it will not be created upon receiving this year's vaccination. It is still not a lost endeavor to get your shot. It would keep you from falling victim to those three strains (which could still happen, although they are not widespread - yet).
A bit of attention of good hygiene is sure to be the most beneficial action. I cringe when I have to go into a store and touch the credit card machine, the shopping buggies, etc. I'm now carrying my own small can of Lysol - I get some strange looks, but I won't be sick!!!
I just read 3 of Forbes latest articles on the flu, and they all state that 90% of the current cases of flu are strains covered by the vaccination. Approx. 76% are the H3N2 in the flu vaccine. The H1N1 that we saw a couple of years ago is also large this year, but represented in the vaccine.
Another B strain that is not in the vaccination is accounting for 10% of those testing positive for the flu.
I'm completely missing the news stories suggesting the B strain that "is completely unmoved by the vaccine" causing the flupocalyse. (Brilliant word btw). Every news story I've heard or read emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated.
The mis-information in these comments is laughable.
The main problem is a lack of people even getting the shot.
The other problem is that the primary virus is the H3N2 virus.
2012–2013 flu season
The vaccines produced for the Nothern Hemisphere 2012–2013 season used:
an A/California/07/2009 (H1N1)-like virus
an A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus
a B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus
So far this season, most (91%) of the influenza viruses that have been analyzed at CDC are like the viruses included in the 2012-2013 influenza vaccine
So far this season, most (91%) of the influenza viruses that have been analyzed at CDC are like the viruses included in the 2012-2013 influenza vaccine. The match between the vaccine virus and circulating viruses is one factor that impacts how well the vaccine works. But Bresee cautions that other factors are involved.
One factor that may indicate increased severity this season is that the predominant circulating type of influenza virus is influenza A (H3N2) viruses, which account for about 76 percent of the viruses reported. Bresee explains “typically ‘H3N2 seasons’ have been more severe, with higher numbers of hospitalizations and deaths, but we will have to see how the season plays out.”
Is this still the quick easy place to get one?