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  •  Hope you feel better soon, BlueJ! (4+ / 0-)
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    I'll refrain from giving our temps but we do have a slight chance for rain tomorrow and I am hoping and keeping my fingers crossed.

    We went for our walk closer to noon today and our snowbird friends from Minnesota are back.
    They look better than ever and they just missed, as they said "the closing of Minnesota."
    They are very much enjoying rubbing in our weather to their family and friends back home.

    I have a question - did the flu shot help with this flu going around?

    Dinner was leftover meat loaf sandwiches on everything bagels with baked tater rounds.
    Carr's Cookies were for dessert - I can eat one of those from that brand, but just one without having any ill effects.
    They are very good cookies!


    Pray for peace, love and rain!

    by arizonablue on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 02:58:29 PM PST

    •  Almost want to lol (2+ / 0-)
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      "the closing of Minnesota."

      but the situation is really serious across the upper eastern portion of the U.S.

      The local news has been encouraging folks to get the shot if you are healthy. If you are already infected, too late. I have heard that getting the shot while sick can have adverse reactions?

      A meatloaf sammich sounds yummy. Extra ketchup please!

      A lemon tea cookie sounds good to. My taste buds crave flavor. Must be a sign that I am getting better! ;D

      Thank you for the get well thoughts.

      "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

      by BlueJessamine on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 03:14:11 PM PST

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    •  Flu Shot (2+ / 0-)
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      arizonablue, BlueJessamine

      This year's protects against two A's and a B version of the virus:

      An A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;

      An A(H3N2) virus antigenically like the cell-propagated prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011;

      A B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus.

      From what I read in the paper, one of the 3 doesn't appear to be circulating, but a not-covered one is circulating. Of course, they didn't mention which one is the extraneous one.

      However, I have seen reports (here's one) that the H1N1 (swine flu) portion of the vaccine appears to be effective against the H1N1 strain that's circulating. That's important, because it's the most severe one, with the greatest risk of complications.

      So, the answer to your question is: for the currently circulating H1N1 yes. For other strains, it depends on what you get. H1N1 is the most prevalent strain, so far, this season. It's a whopper (related to the one that hit in 2009), so getting vaccinated is a really good idea.

      CDC typically presents vaccine effectiveness (VE) as a single point estimate: for example, 60%. This point estimate represents the reduction in risk provided by the flu vaccine. CDC vaccine effectiveness studies commonly measure laboratory confirmed flu illness that results in a doctor’s visit or urgent care visit as an outcome. For this outcome, a VE point estimate of 60% means that the flu vaccine reduces a person’s risk of developing flu illness that results in a visit to the doctor’s office or urgent care provider by 60%.
      •  Great info! (1+ / 0-)
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        Will get the flu shot next year.

        "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

        by BlueJessamine on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 08:30:19 PM PST

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        •  It's not too late to get this year's (1+ / 0-)
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          And with H1N1 becoming prevalent in all  50 states, even the limited leg up provided by the shot if you catch it within 2 weeks of vaccination will help you fight it with fewer complications. Some hospitals are giving it out for free. Pharmacies all over the country are offering it for a nominal fee ($20, in most cases).

          It's hitting teens particularly hard, so if you've got kids in that age range, get them immunized, too.

          My daughter got hit with it in 2009, and it was a BAD, BAD thing. She's been left lactose intolerant (which we didn't even know could happen - her immune system destroyed the lactase producing cells in her digestive tract) and asthmatic. She had a fever of 104 for 4 days, with unbelievable difficulty breathing as it caused her lungs and bronchial tubes to become inflamed. We were very worried she was going to end up the worst kind of statistic. One of the kids on the soccer team in her class at the local high school died from it.

          Her experience is why I evangelize for the shot so strongly, now. I used to just get it for myself, because I have asthma. Now I insist that the kids get it, religiously, and try to get others to get it, even though it can be a nuisance.

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