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Flu Widespread Across N.C.; State Health Chief Urges Shots

Posted February 14, 2008

The flu continues to spread across North Carolina, State Health Director Leah Devlin said Thursday. She noted that it is not too late for unvaccinated people to get flu shots to protect against the disease.

"We don’t know when this flu season will peak," she said, "But we do know that the season can extend until May, so this is a good opportunity to keep you and your family well.”

For the week ending Feb. 9, health care providers across the state reported 5.17 percent of patients had flu-like symptoms, which include a temperature of 100 degrees or higher and cough or sore throat.

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  • Skywatch_NC Feb 15, 2008

    I have a friend who one time was in the hospital with a stomach flu because he got so dehydrated for ie. from it.

  • Skywatch_NC Feb 15, 2008

    I think most of you are confusing what you think is "the flu" with influenza. We've all been sick in the winter...but when I got influenza, I ended up in the ER. I had to take TamiFlu and the doctor gave me a mandatory order to NOT go to class for a week. It was awful.

    I've always thought that there was the flu (influenza) ...the respiratory-type ...and also the other type with the upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea.

  • Lavenderain Feb 15, 2008

    I feel for anyone who gets it, my son had a fever for about 3 days straight, then he got a double ear infection from it, then a perforated eardrum. So, far, I have carried him to the dr 3 times, and he's on his 2nd round of antibodics. Not to mention missing almost a week of work. :( If your sick, people, stay home! LOL

  • ice cream Feb 14, 2008

    I think most of you are confusing what you think is "the flu" with influenza. We've all been sick in the winter...but when I got influenza, I ended up in the ER. I had to take TamiFlu and the doctor gave me a mandatory order to NOT go to class for a week. It was awful.

    So no, the flu shot does not prevent colds, or other viruses. (Not directed at lavenderain).

  • bcc Feb 14, 2008

    I know several people that got a flu shot and still got the flu this year. I've never had a shot, and never had the flu.

  • Skywatch_NC Feb 14, 2008

    At least on average when one gets a flu shot ...and if they still get the flu ...it's less severe ...if that's any consolation.

    My folks and I get a flu shot every year.

  • wakeresident Feb 14, 2008

    I've gotten the flu shot once. That was the only year I got the flu.

  • notthemama Feb 14, 2008

    Do you want any of the following vaccine constituents in YOUR bloodstream?

    Ethylene glycol (antifreeze)

    Phenol, also known as carbolic acid (this is used as a disinfectant, dye)

    Formaldehyde, a known cancer-causing agent

    Aluminum, which is associated with Alzheimer's disease and seizures and also cancer producing in laboratory mice (it is used as an additive to promote antibody response)

    Thimerosal (a mercury disinfectant/preservative) can result in brain injury and autoimmune disease

    Neomycin and Streptomycin (used as antibiotics) have caused allergic reaction in some people.

  • tarheel1980 Feb 14, 2008

    I recommend the flu shot for everyone. I have had one for the last ten years and haven't had the flu once.

  • peacebee Feb 14, 2008

    I took the shot as well...and got the flu a month later. I heard that this flu shot was fairly ineffective this year. I have had the shot 3 times in my life...and other than those times, in the last 30 years...that is the only times I caught the flu.

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