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18 Kids dead this year from the Flu

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January 4, 2013 7:21 PM

Centers for Disease Control: High level of flu reports in 29 states

(CBS News) The flu started early and the virus is spreading rapidly. In an update Friday, the Centers for Disease Control reports a high level of flu activity in 29 states and a moderate level in nine others. Health officials say it's not too late to get vaccinated. We look at who should get the flu shot.

 Seventeen-year-old Max Schwolert came down with the flu. Later, he took a turn for the worse and was soon airlifted to a Minnesota hospital.

 "It was really just a snowball effect over several days," said Phil Schwolert, Max's uncle. "Doctors made a few brief periods of some progress but just were never really able to get ahead of things and his body honestly just couldn't keep up."

 The flu virus can weaken a person's natural defenses. Max, who did not get a flu shot, developed a bacterial infection and pneumonia. It caused his organs to shut down. He died on Dec. 29.

 "Influenza causes death often through its complications, said Lyn Finelli, who tracks flu for the CDC. "Especially in the elderly, influenza causes death through pneumonia and through exacerbation of chronic underlying conditions."

Scientists use weather to forecast flu season

Eighteen children have died from influenza-related illnesses since the flu season began.

 "It's an extremely early flu season," said Finelli. "In fact, we're about five weeks ahead of schedule this year."

 Since 2010, the CDC has recommended flu shots for everyone over the age of six months. Yet only 37 percent of Americans have been vaccinated this season, which is about average.

 I asked the CDC what is the number one misconception that people have about the flu. They said it's the mistaken belief that the flu vaccine can give you the flu. The CDC said it cannot -- it can give you a reaction, you might have some aches and pains and low-grade fever, but that should go away in a day or two. They said it's especially important this year when it's such an active flue to get vaccinated -- they said it's the number one way to prevent the flu.

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Posted by Anonymous on Jan. 5, 2013 at 4:11 PM
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by Anonymous 12 on Jan. 5, 2013 at 9:47 PM
The flu shot is actually very ineffective this year. More so than usual (it has a high dial rate - about 40% last I checked but the numbers could be different this season).

Quoting Anonymous:

We always get our flu shot every year.   And if I had not, I would be out getting one now. 

But that's just my opinion.  No one needs to get all nasty with me if they don't want to.  I don't care if you or your kids get one or not.   

by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 9:47 PM
My husband and kids are covered. I really need to get one for me.
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by Gold Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 9:49 PM
My dh and boys have been vaxed, I however have not.
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by Anonymous 13 on Jan. 5, 2013 at 9:49 PM
I decided to get all my kids the flue shot this year.Big waste they all still got it!
by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 9:49 PM
My dh got the flu shot the first year we were dating and within a week we both had the swine flu! Luckily dd has an amazing immune system and didn't get it. Never again!

Quoting Bird16_J:

I'm still pissed they gave my husband the flu mist and I ended up with the fucking flu and so did baby! First time getting sick with the flu in years! I didn't even get it last year when I was pregnant and the hubby didn't get it. I'm still pissed that I got sick and that he has to get he flu shot (mist bullshit) every year!

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by Anonymous 14 on Jan. 5, 2013 at 9:50 PM
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another fearmongering article meant to sway the herds into compliance....pure propaganda and nothing more

by Anonymous 15 on Jan. 5, 2013 at 9:51 PM
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Cranberry juice?

Quoting notjstasocermom:

what do you do for UTI's, I haven't found anything natural that works. 

Quoting Hyman:

Same. I have so many homeopathic and natural remedies and medicines for pretty much everything including the end of the world. Lol. And I am not afraid to take my son to the childrens hospital if a problem should arise or to walk ins at his ped ...

Why is it so deadly now? Or has it always been?

I never even heard of the flu shot until a few years ago.

Quoting notjstasocermom:

we don't vax against the flu and I have no plan to.

by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 9:52 PM
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everytime i get the flu shot i get horribly sick for a week and i was told just not to get it anymore and i havent been sick (knock on wood) 

by Anonymous 16 on Jan. 5, 2013 at 9:52 PM
I got pneumonia in December and almost died. It isn't an joke to some people. I have an compromised immune system. I really was told I should get the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine so I don't get it again. The flu can lead to pneumonia.
by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 9:53 PM


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