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Have You Gotten Your Flu Shot Yet?

 
 
littlek
 
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Reply Thu 14 Nov, 2002 07:23 pm
looks like it peaked, last year, in feb.
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Matrix500
 
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Reply Thu 14 Nov, 2002 10:15 pm
little k...

Yeah. It's weird, though. Once it starts moving through the states, the colors on that map really start changing at a fairly rapid pace. Being on the west coast, I get to watch and wait as it slowly surrounds my area...Yuck!
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bandylu2
 
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Reply Thu 14 Nov, 2002 10:19 pm
Well, now, if it's coming from Asia, wouldn't you think it would hit the West Coast first????
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 14 Nov, 2002 10:23 pm
They're free everywhere in Ontario this year. I'm waiting to have a series of sniffle- and fatigue-free days to get mine. I had one a few years ago (ok maybe closer to 10 years ago) and had a fierce headache - turns out i was too tired so i had a tiny reaction.
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Thu 14 Nov, 2002 10:35 pm
No, and it is way too late I am sick, very sick. Have been since Sunday evening!!!! Tomorrow the doc. Crying or Very sad
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bandylu2
 
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Reply Thu 14 Nov, 2002 10:40 pm
Feel better, Joanne. Sleep and drink fluids and do all those good things.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 14 Nov, 2002 10:43 pm
Drink fluids, eat clementines (that's what i'm doing right now) and get lotsa rest (which i'm about to go do). Take care, JoanneD.
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Thu 14 Nov, 2002 11:03 pm
Thanks Bandy and Beth eh. Have been sleeping almost all day and when awake drinking water, juice. Thank God I made chicken soup before I got sick so I have been nibbling on that but to be honest it is difficult to eat. I planned to get my flu shot at a local pharmacy that I found trhough Phoenix's link for free this week. But I called and they said I have to wait until I am well for the shot.
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Matrix500
 
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Reply Thu 14 Nov, 2002 11:04 pm
Oh, Joanne, I'm so sorry. Maybe it's not the flu, though, and after you get well you can get a shot. When I looked at the influenza activity map (link's on the previous page) I did see that the flu is already in New Mexico and Louisiana, but they haven't updated it enough to see if it's in Texas yet. (You weren't trying to be the first on your block to get it, were you?)

Tell Bean to take good care of you, and get well soon. We'll all be thinking of you.
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Matrix500
 
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Reply Thu 14 Nov, 2002 11:08 pm
That's cool, ehBeth. I wish they'd give the shots out free to the public everywhere. Think of the difference it would make if everyone who could, could and would get the flu shot...Wow!

You know, you can get a flu shot even if you have the sniffles, they just don't want you to have anything more than a slight fever.

Also, something they reported on the local news a while ago, is that if you get a really good night's sleep before you get your flu shot, it's supposed to make the shot a lot more effective.
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Matrix500
 
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Reply Thu 14 Nov, 2002 11:12 pm
Hi, bandylu...

You'd think it would move in the opposite direction, but according to the WHO site, the flu moves around the world with the seasonal changes.
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Thu 14 Nov, 2002 11:16 pm
Great link L'k, will let you all know tomorrow what the doc says. Thank you all again for good thoughts.
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Fri 15 Nov, 2002 04:52 pm
Not the flu not a simple cold, bronchitis and sinus infection. They gave me two shots, one for the flu and one of pneumonia. And a ton of tests. And I must way thank you to Phoenix as I went to one of the clinics listed on the link for flu shots.
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Matrix500
 
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Reply Fri 15 Nov, 2002 06:23 pm
That sounds awful, Joanne, but hopefully you will start to feel better soon. Thanks for letting us know how things went at the dr.'s today.
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Fri 15 Nov, 2002 08:14 pm
Thanks Matrix500 notice I corrected my awful spelling errors.
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Matrix500
 
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Reply Fri 15 Nov, 2002 08:23 pm
Joanne...

Spelling errors...What spelling errors...You're asking me about spelling errors??? I type with a dog in my lap, and half the time his paws are pushing the buttons on the keyboard instead of my fingers! :wink:
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bandylu2
 
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Reply Fri 15 Nov, 2002 09:19 pm
Sinus infections are the pits, Joanne. Cause all sorts of strange symptoms. I once had one and didn't know it -- only symptom was extreme dizziness. After a week of spinning, finally went to the doctor and found out what it was. Now I live on Tylenol Sinus (Long Island does that to you -- they say it's the humidity).

Glad you went and hope you're feeling lots better.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 16 Nov, 2002 12:19 am
bandylu2- When I lived and worked on LI, it was a standing joke in my office. About three oclock, I would walk out of my office, holding my head. I had a splitting headache every afternoon.

Anyhow, I discovered the "cure". I took sudaphed and chor-trimeton every day. I have subsequently stopped the sudafed (it raises blood pressure), but as long as I take the chlor-trimeton as needed every day, I have little problems with headaches.

At one point my doctor gave me some expensive new drug. The c-t worked just as well, and you can get a bottle of 100, over the counter, for a few bucks in Wal-Mart!
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littlek
 
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Reply Sat 16 Nov, 2002 12:29 am
Joanne! That's terrible news! At least you'll now be on the mend. My sister just started antibiotics for bronchitis. I've got a sinus infection going and I am hoping it'll go away on it's own. Beth was right - I seem to get them now every time I get sick - a chronic thing. How does one prevent that from happening?
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Sat 16 Nov, 2002 05:25 pm
My understanding is that once you have bronchitis and sinus infections they are prone to come back especially if you smoke, and I do. Bandylu mentioned Long Island re sinus problems and have to agree that more people in that type of climate get more sinus infection. I never had any of this until I moved to D.C. where it is hot & humid in the summer and cold and damp in the winter and is a similar climate to Long Island. One thing I was taught by an ENT to do for the sinus problem is to irrigate the sinus using a saline solution in the sinus cavities using one of those little suction bulbs they have for babies. You do the irrigation by filling the suction bulb with the saline solution and then gently squeezing the water up into the nose and from there if flows into the sinus areas. The really icky part is when it flow back out. Recipe for saline solution: one cup warm, body temperature, water with one teaspoon of salt.

Today I feel a bit better, but am still pretty sick. I was up early took my meds and went back to bed and just got up about an hour ago. While my chest pain is still noticeable and I feel sick my main problem to day is that both of my upper arms are sore from those shots and were they took blood from my arm. The doc said he will call me on Monday to give me the results of the chest X-ray and I will probably have to wait for the blood work results. They also did a bone scan for osteoarthritis.

The cool thing is that my health insurance will not cover a full physical examination if it is done as a preventative health measure. But this doc did one and because I was sick all of the tests will be covered.

The pneumonia shot only has to be given every five years.
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