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Severe flu season straining the
resources of ERs around the country

Fox News, by Staff

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Posted By:FormerDem, 1/8/2013 6:07:53 PM

With more than half of U.S. states experiencing high levels of flu-like illness -- and flu activity continuing to rise, ERs across the country are seeing a surge in business -- and some are struggling to keep up. Currently, 29 states and New York City are reporting high levels of influenza-like-illness (ILI), and another nine states are reporting moderate levels of ILI. This season, 18 children have died from flu-associated deaths. This year's predominant flu (76 percent) is very similar to a type that caused a severe season in 2003-2004, when the flu shot wasn't a good match and there were more than

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I wonder whether the solar flare drove dust into the atmosphere that is now exacerbating small illnesses. In effect, silicosis.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/8/2013 6:38:32 PM     (No. 9105865)

Yet another dumb article. WHERE is the information?
No where can I find information on whether this year´s flu shot IS or IS NOT protection against the flu strain showing up.
Did the CDC get it wrong again is what I want to know.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Muncssister, 1/8/2013 7:10:49 PM     (No. 9105909)

Perhaps the problem isn´t a massive outbreak but rather an alarming shortage of primary care physicians and the fact that ERs are basically just free minute clinics for minorities and illegals...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: gagolfer, 1/8/2013 7:36:36 PM     (No. 9105930)

I´ve read in several places and heard on a tv medical report this past weekend that this year´s flu shot has been about 60% effective which is an excellent result because there are so many strains of flu. They did hit the mark on the most prevalent strain this year but of course there is no way to protect against all strains.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 1/8/2013 8:21:24 PM     (No. 9105980)

In all the years they have been pushing the "flu" season I have never known of anyone having the flu. Wonder why?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: calgrammy, 1/8/2013 8:22:35 PM     (No. 9105981)

What #1 said.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/8/2013 11:13:19 PM     (No. 9106175)

Government and vaccine manufacturers very cozy. If there weren´t tens of millions to be made on flu shots, we wouldn´t ´t be hearing a peep about any of this.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mamafrog, 1/9/2013 12:32:57 AM     (No. 9106234)

I have had friends die from the flu. Many more have become ill. I got my shot this year, but I am still being careful. It really is not a joking matter.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/9/2013 3:48:52 AM     (No. 9106345)

But, but the goobermint assured everyone that this year the flu shot covered the right flu. Makes me wonder what they put in that flu shot that has hospitals overloaded. The goobermint must have invoked the death panels early, starting with a flu shot loaded with the flu.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rather Read, 1/9/2013 5:40:57 AM     (No. 9106385)

I thought I had the flu yesterday. Fever and aches all over. So I went to my doctor and he said it wasn´t the flu, it was a viral illness of which there are thousands. He told me to drink lots of water, rest and take tylenol. I did. I feel better today and the fever is gone. I suspect that is the case with a lot of the "flu" that shows up in the ER.

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