Has the Flu bug hit your area? It has in Oregon
January 16, 2017 6:20pm CST
We have not been affected, but I was surprised to hear that the hospital beds were scarce because of hundreds of cases of flu. There are apparently fifteen different outbreaks areas in our county. (Statewide is just as bad) The largest local hospital confirmed "255 cases between December 28th and January 9th," according to an article in our local newspaper. All these cases are confirmed by lab tests and there may be many more cases not confirmed . There have been eight deaths since the middle of December, all elderly people. The really surprising thing to me is that just 30 to 40% of the local and state population get vaccinated for flu each year. They are offered at nearly every pharmacy in the state and covered by most medical insurance. I did not get vaccinated for flu for many years, then I got it one winter and came close to needing hospitalization. I get the shot every year now. Do you get flu shots? Have you heard about flu outbreaks where you live?
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Haven't heard of any flu outbreaks for many years now and only my son gets the flu shot annually but never me. I do get sick of flu one every two or three years but nothing serious as to make me land in the hospital. Stay safe and healthy.
• Otis Orchards, Washington
The big news here is an outbreak of the mumps. Even people who have been vaccinated against the mumps has gotten them. Some schools are not allowing any students to come to school for something like the next 25 days unless they can prove they have been vaccinated or otherwise immune to the mumps. Before the mumps news there was talk about a flu outbreak but now the mumps outbreak has taken over the news.
• Otis Orchards, Washington
@JamesHxstatic They gave a rundown on how many had been vaccinated and how many weren't. More than 50% were and they still got the mumps. When they asked a doctor about it he said you can still get the mumps even if you have been vaccinated. But I guess it works for most, just not everyone.
• Laguna Woods, California
@JamesHxstatic - I have had the flu shot every year for at least the past 25 years. When I sold real estate, my firm got us free shots. When I worked at the high school, our district gave us and our families free shots. Now, my insurance covers the shots. I never miss one.
I am shocked at so many people there coming down with flu .I have not been vaccinated against flu ,Here there hasn't been the outbreak of flu for ages except the bird flu that some people got a couple of years ago in some place.
Here , some of my officemates have coughs and colds . One had flu . What i prevalent here is coughs and colds because people are not used to having the cold weather . We are already experiencing a cold weather because of the cold front from nearby countries . No , we don't have flu shots . Flu isn't common here .
• Riga, Latvia
We never talk flu shots and living mostly at home we haven't had the flue in ages so we have been blessed that way. Yes there are many stories of flu outbreaks. Here it is toughest on the poverty stricken and homeless. Hope you can avoid that nasty bug.