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Old 11-05-2009   #3016 (permalink)
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While STATE OFFICIALS are not themselves taking samples (I suppose they could train Staties to do it during traffic stops), ER's and clinics all over the state are indeed confirming cases of H1N1. Currently, mandatory reporting of positive swabs is in place.

In regards to false negative flu swabs, the problem is not the test, but the technique of the person gathering the sample. When done correctly, obtaining an accurate flu swab specimen is very uncomfortable for the patient. Many are unable (or unwilling) to tolerate a full insertion and swabbing. In other cases, health care workers are hesitant to fully insert the swab for a sample.

Since the treatment is palliative, it does not really matter. You still treat the symptoms as best you can because there is little else that can be done.
Of the swabs. Which only confirm (at a 70% rate) that it's a type A virus. Possibly higher if the test is performed fully and correctly, right? 100% confirmation of H1N1 comes from some other test, correct? I think it's a blood test, if memory serves me correctly (I was walked through the whole process after I returned from Mexico in April with a pain in my chest- muscular- nothing flu related). THAT's the test the state doesn't want any more of. The swabs are still being done on every suspected flu case that hospitals and doctors see. I'm not sure if these are being reported to the schools, but I think they might be.
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Old 11-06-2009   #3017 (permalink)
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In all the government advertising

on getting your H1N1 immunization; there is no mention of % of effectiveness. I've been trying to keep up with the latest information available. Weeding out the misinformation is a challenge.
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Old 11-18-2009   #3018 (permalink)
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Just wondering if there is a frenzy to get the shot over there. In Toronto everyone is in disarray. My friend in Chicago says its not crazy in his city. So it is not the same everywhere.

I'll be heading to Playa with 80 people in January so just wondering what the overall status is over there.
No one I know really talks about it much here in Playa. I dont scour news papers for Swine flu articles, but I also havent seen any, and I do read the local rags.
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I haven't heard anybody talking about it here much anymore. I guess those they were going to get it already got it. THe media says that there could be a 2nd wave of outbreaks. I think I will skip the H1N1 vaccine..but still trying to get the regular flu shot...none to be found anywhere around here.
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Been there done that...

My husband and I just opted to get the flu and get it over with - recovering nicely and we will be down in 3 days - flu free and ready for fun!
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H1N1 shots available now....

in Ontario for everyone; not just people with underlying medical conditions. Got ours today!

I think everyone has to judge for themselves; whether they choose to get the shot or not. If you have a compromised immune system, it's a no brainer.

Ready and waiting for January 20th.
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The reason why the govts of Canada and the US talk about the swine flu so much. Is that pushing their sociolist agenda they have to make the flu a big deal. So that we think that the govts are doing something for us. In actuality they're not doing a thing for us.
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My husband and I just opted to get the flu and get it over with - recovering nicely and we will be down in 3 days - flu free and ready for fun!
Hear, hear! Same with us. Been there, done that (actually still recovering) and ready for vacation.
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Old 11-19-2009   #3024 (permalink)
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Now that's a different twist on things....

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The reason why the govts of Canada and the US talk about the swine flu so much. Is that pushing their sociolist agenda they have to make the flu a big deal. So that we think that the govts are doing something for us. In actuality they're not doing a thing for us.
and they are spending millions of dollars on the vaccine to further their agenda.
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Hear, hear! Same with us. Been there, done that (actually still recovering) and ready for vacation.
If more people thought and acted the way you do we'd all be better off.
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Hear, hear! Same with us. Been there, done that (actually still recovering) and ready for vacation.
I'll 3rd that! It's been a week since the outbreak in our house and recovery is well on it's way. Both of us were affected, Don had it first and was worse off than I, he had every symptom and felt like he was going to die ... I on the other hand only had a head cold and a bit of a dry cough. We kept positive about it and we're happy it happened weeks in advance of our trip. The vaccine is not even "available" to us yet as we haven't fitted any groups criteria.
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"It was another variation of the flu. Yet for our patients, it seemed so different, so unusual, so scary -- that the emotions took off well out of proportion of the disease."

The toll, while devastating to the families of those who died of H1N1, has not matched early projections of as many as 90,000 flu-related fatalities in the U.S.

H1N1 may have killed as many as 17,000 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an average year, about 36,000 people die from seasonal flu-related causes, according to the CDC...
The whole thing is an interesting read, and an interesting look back on the... level and type of reaction, as well as some info re the future. If anyone's interested.

H1N1: Pandemic was emotional as well as physical - CNN.com

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