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  • cavewoman192003 Jan 11, 10:23 a.m.

    The Flu vaccine is made to combat a range of different types of the influenza virus, not just one. The young and elderly are the most vunerable as their immune systems can not fight the infection as well as others. Washing hands, cleaning surfaces and throwing away used tissue all help increase the effectiveness of the shot. Some seem to think they get the flu from the shot, this isn't possible. If you do get sick it's because the virus was already in your body and just needed the incubation period to show.

  • christinathefern Jan 11, 9:52 a.m.

    FYI the flu vaccine hasn't had a "killed" virus in it for years. Now they use a protein from the virus that will trigger the immune response necessary to protect you from that particular strain. So no, the vaccine doesn't contain the whole virus, or even enough RNA from one to hijack your white blood cells into a virus producing machine. Therefore, the vaccine cannot 'give' you the flu. Read a little more.

  • TriangleMommy Jan 11, 9:46 a.m.

    We don't do flu shots in this house - and that includes our child with special medical needs.

    the shot won't keep anyone from getting sick.

    If you have flu like symptoms STAY HOME. Period. For that matter if you have a Cold, bronchitis, gastroenteritis or other illness - stay home. Stop spreading germs.

  • Banned4Life Jan 11, 9:06 a.m.

    "Flu Shot = Catching Flu" Ignorance = Posting Garbage.

  • rushbot Jan 10, 7:54 p.m.

    Please get a flu shot folks, and thanks in advance.. signed..one of the nc disabled vets

  • chrisnrali Jan 10, 7:42 p.m.

    nuff, well said.

  • Screw WrAl Jan 10, 7:09 p.m.

    If people would keep their snotty nosed, sneezed, whiney kids at home from places of food consumption we'd all have a better wellness rating.

    as for bucking the trend, NC always thinks it leads in that category, but it usually finds out later their reporting/record keeping is as bad as their politics.

    now where's my Nyquil.

  • jblake1932 Jan 10, 6:26 p.m.

    Never had the flu in my life and NEVER had the flu shot. I just take care of myself, stay fit, and avoid being a couch potato. Simple steps if you are not lazy!

  • Hans Jan 10, 5:01 p.m.

    "Never seen such an epidemic. I do hope those that have the flu will get better very soon. Get the flu shot if you have not done so." - charmcclainlovesdogs2

    LOL!

  • moonpie Jan 10, 4:54 p.m.

    It's cause we eat a lot of collards.....

  • wattsun Jan 10, 4:31 p.m.

    Flu Shot = Catching Flu

    A co-worker who has been MIA at work for a few days contacted me on IM this AM and stated they just got out of hospital with Flu and are the sickest they have ever been.

    I said, Let me ask you didn't happen to get a flu shot this year did you?
    Yes I did recently she says, but doctor says its a different strain of flu.
    I immediately went into facepalm mode.

  • raleighlynn Jan 10, 4:29 p.m.

    The media is falsely promoting the flu shot as security against the flu. The truth is, it's a dangerously false security. The injection is a killed flu virus, the nasal spray is a LIVE flu virus. Injections are also full of preservatives and other things that can make you very sick. Your best best is cleaning up your diet, and cleaning up your environment, hands, and using common sense.

  • hi_i_am_wade Jan 10, 4:14 p.m.

    Of course cases are declining in this state! The flu season started early which means it will end early too. The flu shot isn't a bad idea, but you can bet your last dollar that doctors don't push getting a flu shot because it helps prevent the spread of the flu. How can you know which flu strain is going around months ahead? You can't, you can only guess. For most, getting a flu shot isn't a bad idea but at the same time it isn't a necessity like doctors make out.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 10, 3:34 p.m.

    Never seen such an epidemic. I do hope those that have the flu will get better very soon. Get the flu shot if you have not done so.

  • Wags Jan 10, 3:30 p.m.

    As it said in the article, the flu shot does not guarantee that you won't get the flu. It's a protection. Wash your hands and keep them away from your face. Common sense.

  • Hans Jan 10, 3:26 p.m.

    "The evidence so far is pointing to a moderate season, Schaffner and others believe. It just looks bad compared with last year — an unusually mild one."

    Nawww, can't be that. The media and government keep screaming about the state of emergency and how we're all going to die if we don't get our shots that never work. Somebody gets a sniffle and they start screaming they have the flu. Stomach bug - Flu! Sore muscles from actually doing something physical - Flu! Stiff neck from sitting in a chair too long - Flu! (or possibly meningitis).

  • CestLaVie Jan 10, 2:54 p.m.

    "...only 75 percent effective in younger people and even less so in the elderly and people with weak immune systems."

    Therein lies the problem. Most people eat junk food or have VERY poor eating habits their whole lives, from cradle to grave. Their immune systems are junk too; you reap what you sow.

    Had at least 5-7 servings of veggies & fruits today? And I don't mean fried or tomato sauce on pizza or cooked or all the other junk replies people say to cover their lack of intelligence & care on this subject. Most of those servings should be RAW.

    How much sugar or sugared products today to help destroy your immune system? How much animal fat (meat, poultry, butter, cheese, eggs, yogurt, etc.) today? It's all junk. Don't want to give it up? Then be sick.

  • jc4mee Jan 10, 2:33 p.m.

    I got my flu vaccination in October and got the flu 2 days after Christmas.

  • Likestobearrogant Jan 10, 2:23 p.m.

    We were hit with the flu hard a few day's after Christmas. The whole family still has that horrible lingering cough. Husband and son had flu shot, I did not. Husband came down with it first and went to an urgent care that sent him home with antibiotics and nose spray saying it was just sinus/repository infections so we did not quarantine him off and he got worse not better. 3 day's after his visit son fall very sick, very suddenly- he test positive for the flu at his doctor, 2 day's later I fall very sick. I can see how these epidemics happen, since I was the last to come down with it, I was still in contact with some friends, went to the bank, store, ect.. every person I came directly in contact with the 2 day's before I feel sick- all came down with the flu!!! It's a bad season for sure- sickest I have ever been!

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 10, 2:15 p.m.

    It's been hitting "Early" for the last couple months if you look at the headline then.
    My question is how many of these flu cases took the vaccination?,for I feel great and am among the people all the time and I never have taken the flu shot always refuse and never have gotten it.ha ha ha .on against the health freaks.

  • whatelseisnew Jan 10, 1:56 p.m.

    "I'd say 75 percent," said Dr. Dan Surdam, head of the emergency department at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Wyoming's largest hospital. The 17-bed ER saw its busiest day ever last week, with 166 visitors."

    When people show up at ER's with non-emergency problems they should be sent elsewhere unless the particular facility is the only one available within say a 50 mile radius. If they are taken in for a non-emergency problem they should be charged double the going rate.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 10, 1:26 p.m.

    I would love to know how many people contract the Flu even though they received a Flu Shot. My family was vaccinated nearly two months ago. One member of the family was tested this week and has the Flu. Must be a different strain than what was covered in the vaccination

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