Has the Flu bug hit your area? It has in Oregon

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Eugene, 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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@Tampa_girl7 (21253)
• United States
17 Jan
I haven't heard of anyone recently getting it.
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@toniganzon (39808)
• Philippines
17 Jan
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.
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@rina110383 (21964)
17 Jan
Yes, I get them every year.
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@LadyDuck (117995)
• Switzerland
17 Jan
Half of the population has been hit with flu here. I only have a cold, a bad cold, but there is nothing you can do to stop a cold.
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• Eugene, Oregon
17 Jan
Were vaccinations recommended there?
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@LadyDuck (117995)
• Switzerland
18 Jan
@JamesHxstatic Yes, the vaccinations are free here and highly recommended. In fact most of those who are sick got the flu shot.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Jan
@LadyDuck I think that the vaccine has worked pretty well here for those who got it.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
19 Jan
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.
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• Eugene, Oregon
20 Jan
Mumps! Amazing. I suspect that is because people resist getting vaccinated their kids when they are supposed to. That ignorance can cause a lot of problems like this.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
20 Jan
@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.
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• Eugene, Oregon
20 Jan
@RichardMeister I had a fairly mild case in first grade as I recall. I guess there are different strains (like flu) and better vaccines are needed.
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@DeborahDiane (15851)
• Laguna Woods, California
19 Jan
@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.
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• Eugene, Oregon
20 Jan
It is a great precaution to take. I haven't missed one since the flu got me ten years ago.
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• Laguna Woods, California
21 Jan
@JamesHxstatic - You are smart to keep up those flu shots!
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• China
17 Jan
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.
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• Eugene, Oregon
17 Jan
I am glad to hear that there are no cases there. Are vaccinations offered?
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• China
18 Jan
@JamesHxstatic Here free vaccinations against flu are offered and My granddaughter has been vaccinated.
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@SIMPLYD (74766)
• Philippines
17 Jan
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 .
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• Eugene, Oregon
17 Jan
That is a very good thing!
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@SIMPLYD (74766)
• Philippines
18 Jan
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@hostessman (6922)
• Tucson, Arizona
17 Jan
we are not bothered much by the flu however my wife and I get the shot every year
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Jan
It seems a good precaution to me.
@PatZAnthony (11726)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
17 Jan
Most we know do not get flu shots, but also don't get sick. No colds or flu for them! Could it be that they are all very health conscious and mainly eat vegetables and fruits as much as they can? Not sure-
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• Eugene, Oregon
17 Jan
Perhaps, or perhaps they avoid crowds, airplanes, doctors offices and places with high risk of exposure.
@teamfreak16 (34942)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
17 Jan
I get them at the VA every year, but this year I spaced it out.
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• Eugene, Oregon
17 Jan
Well, let's hope you did not need one this year.
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17 Jan
The Flu has been in West Virginia's northern panhandle. I was vaccinated and luckily did not get it myself but several of my family members did.
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• Eugene, Oregon
17 Jan
I hope that they all recovered well.
@TRBRocks420 (60536)
• Banks, Oregon
17 Jan
I have never got one. I did get the flu pretty awful last year though.
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• Eugene, Oregon
17 Jan
Once was enough for me. The shot is painless.
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@RasmaSandra (12323)
• Riga, Latvia
17 Jan
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.
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• Eugene, Oregon
17 Jan
I haven't even had a cold since I got that flu about ten or so years ago. We are not exposed too much, though Anne does go to docs' offices fairly often.
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@just4him (88711)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17 Jan
I haven't heard of any outbreaks, but it wouldn't surprise me. I can't have the flu shot.
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@celticeagle (113958)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Jan
I get a flu shot every year now. That's a lot of cases of flu in your area. Flu is an awful thing. I find no significant numbers of flu outbreaks in my area.
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@theBlock (2478)
• United States
17 Jan
@JamesHxstatic I hope the flu bug over there gets squashed very soon! I get my flu shot once a year ... just in case.
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@franxav (3617)
17 Jan
Yea, it usually comes in summer in our area.
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• Pamplona, Spain
12 Feb
Plenty of Gastric Flu going around for the second time already quite awful too.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Feb
I think it has calmed down some here now. I am glad I got a shot.
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• Pamplona, Spain
12 Feb
@JamesHxstatic Hoping it has calmed down here too as its bad enough being far out and the nearest Chemist is miles away as well.
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