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  • Ranger Hoot
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    Ped stop....first three Q's

    You have a license?

    You on probation or parole?

    You have pig flu, by chance?

    So far, only one person has had the ba**s to answer with...

    Well now I do...pssst.

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  • NORCOCOP
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    My 2 and 4 years olds are ecoverign from it fine, it is not as bad as the normal symptoms they get with the flu. Just a little cough and REALLY high fever with out meds. We gave them some IB and Tylenol and all was well. I was worried but now realize the hype is just like all the other crap the news media pushes. My wife and I have not caught it and are fine, and we have not done anytihg out of the ordinary to avoid it. I do feel for those who have and will lose loved ones, but I still would rather take my cahnces than pump more crap into my system. I get sick every time I have had a flu shot and they swear its not possible, puh lease. I have not been sick since I was a kid unless I had the shot so go figure...

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  • DAL
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    4 H1N1 Deaths in Idaho

    Considering Iadho's small population, this is a large number

    02:06 PM MDT on Monday, October 19, 2009

    KTVB

    BOISE -- Health officials say swine flu may be responsible for four deaths in eastern Idaho over the weekend, including a teenage boy.

    A 15-year-old freshman at Hillcrest High School died Sunday. The boy had flu-like symptoms was taken to the hospital on Oct. 15 in respiratory arrest.

    An investigation and autopsy are underway to determine the role H1N1 played in the teen's death. Other medical conditions may also be a factor.

    "Although most cases of H1N1 influenza recover without medical attention, this is an unfortunate reminder that all flu viruses can be deadly. We must continue to be vigilant in preventing the spread of the H1N1 influenza and seasonal influenza. We anticipate that we could see more illnesses and deaths from H1N1, which is now widespread in our communities," said Richard Horne, Director of Eastern Idaho Public Health District.

    Meanwhile, two other deaths are confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus. That brings the total swine flu deaths in Idaho to four.

    One of victims is 61-year-old male from Bonneville County. He is the first Idahoan to die of the virus without any underlying health conditions.

    A 43-year-old man also died and the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls confirms he was positive for H1N1.

    A woman in her 50s, also from Bonneville County, died from flu-related symptoms.

    We have been told underlying medical conditions contributed to her death.

    Health officials believe H1N1 played a role in her death, but additional tests are being done to confirm that.

    None of them received the H1N1 vaccine.

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  • mac266
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    I got a flu shot through the Army Reserves...but that was a week after recovering from H1N1.

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  • ramseycl
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    Originally posted by willowdared View Post
    Because no one has any anti-bodies to a brand new strain, so the chances of large numbers of people being ill all at once is the biggest concern.

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    Actually, here is an excert from the information we got from the hospital. Im an EMT and we have had to do a lot of reading about this.


    The population over 50 seems to have more resistance. There is an assumption that due to earlier H1N1 outbreaks such as in the 70 this age group developed some resistance to it, plus people over 50 have been more likely to have flu shots, where as young people are assumed to be more healthy and in less need of flu vaccines.
    Last edited by ramseycl; 10-19-2009, 08:53 AM.

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  • willowdared
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    And to address the whole issue of those deaths related to other conditions....if the people around them stay healthy, you reduce their risk of exposure.

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  • willowdared
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    Originally posted by yellowreef View Post
    Look, it is tragic that anyone is dying from this, especially children. I do believe however that this is being portrayed a lot worse than it is. No one freaks out about the regular flu, yet it is somehow the end of the world that there is a new strain. I don't get it.
    Because no one has any anti-bodies to a brand new strain, so the chances of large numbers of people being ill all at once is the biggest concern.

    So, instead of thinking about just yourself getting sick, perhaps being in bed for 3 to 5 days...consider your entire family being so ill you can't get up for 3 to 5 days. Do you have other family that can come by to make sure you and your kids are fed and hydrated?

    There's already been one school that closed because so many kids were sick....so even if your child is fine, someone may have to miss work to stay home for about a week. Now, multiply that by say....half (or more) of your staff not being able to come in because they, or someone in their family is sick.

    Somewhere between "no big deal" and "the sky is falling" is "educated and cautious."

    By the way, a 5 year old (with no underlying medical problems) just died today from H1N1 here in San Diego.

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  • TexasAggieOfc
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    Not getting a flu shot (I passed on the city's offer of a free shot). Not getting a pig flu shot. Standard precautions are the rule of the day, and also have some masks and gloves in case we back EMS up.

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  • KapsFB
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    Unless you wake up looking like this, you've got nothing to worry about.

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  • yellowreef
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    The deaths of another 19 children and teenagers from the new H1N1 virus were reported in the past week around the country, including two in Maryland, pushing to 76 the number of fatalities this year among those under 18, officials said. It was the largest number of pediatric deaths reported in a single week since the pandemic began in the spring.

    "These pediatric deaths seem to be increasing substantially," said Anne Schuchat, who heads the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

    While most of the children who have died have had other health problems that made them particularly vulnerable, such as asthma, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, 20 to 30 percent were otherwise healthy, Schuchat said. In other words, 70% to 80% of the children that died did so from complications related to very serious pre-existing conditions, which the regular flu could have also exascerbated for all we know.

    Between 46 and 88 children died from the seasonal flu in each of the past four years, so the fact that so many have already succumbed is disturbing, Schuchat said. In other words, the 76 deaths reported have not surpassed the regular flu numbers.
    Look, it is tragic that anyone is dying from this, especially children. I do believe however that this is being portrayed a lot worse than it is. No one freaks out about the regular flu, yet it is somehow the end of the world that there is a new strain. I don't get it.

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  • willowdared
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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...=moreheadlines

    The deaths of another 19 children and teenagers from the new H1N1 virus were reported in the past week around the country, including two in Maryland, pushing to 76 the number of fatalities this year among those under 18, officials said. It was the largest number of pediatric deaths reported in a single week since the pandemic began in the spring.

    "These pediatric deaths seem to be increasing substantially," said Anne Schuchat, who heads the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

    While most of the children who have died have had other health problems that made them particularly vulnerable, such as asthma, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, 20 to 30 percent were otherwise healthy, Schuchat said.

    Between 46 and 88 children died from the seasonal flu in each of the past four years, so the fact that so many have already succumbed is disturbing, Schuchat said.

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  • yellowreef
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    Originally posted by YankeeWhite View Post
    While working at an ECp - entry control point - the other day we had a woman come through driving a big pickup. Checked her ID - valid, no concerns - and handed it back. After saying 'proceed' she looked at me and said " Officer, you may want to wash your hands." I of course, thought she was being a smart a&&, but maintained my professionalism anyway.

    " Why is that maam?"

    Deadpan, she blurted " I have H1N1." Looking closer at her arm, sure enough she had two pieces of med tape on one arm where shots might have been recently administered and a hospital wrist band on the other. My partner and I damned near shat ourselves and fought over each other into the latrine. Of course, where was no soap.

    I informed my commanders that I had been exposed to the aforementioned lovliness and they laughed, thinking me joking. I've since called the base OCCMED clinic and am waiting for a response, hoping to get some sort of shot.

    This happened about seven days ago. Now I have a lump in my throat and generally feel sick. I certainly hope its coincidence.

    If not.......well, here's hoping
    At least you found out right away. About two months ago I did an extensive interview with a subject in a small room, surely breathing the same air, and photos ad evidence back and forth. Three days later I get a call saying that "by the way" that subject had H1N1. No need to freak out, it's the flu and it does have a lower mortality rate than the regular flu. In any case, I didn't contract it so it can't be that contagious.

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  • Dinosaur32
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    No problem with those, other than health care professionals who do not want to get shot. But for those of us who have underlying conditions (like my diabetes) I think a talk with your doc is in order. You deal with enough sickly scum as it is.

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  • willbird
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    I know a couple medical professionals in a couple big cities, they are seeing H1N1 as being LESS deadly than the common flu, and they are not even testing now to see exactly what flu you have, they just treat it like any flu.

    Bill

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  • az4code23
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    I got the regular flu shot; however, I don't plan on getting the H1N1 shot. Got my regular flu shot free from the county.

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