Flu Season is Here – Are You Prepared?

Looks like we’re getting slammed by a pretty hard flu season this year.

I know some folks don’t like to get flu shots and that is certainly your choice.  Me?  I get one every year.  About fifteen years ago I remember I got a flu shot and and the rest of my family didn’t.flu

Then one of the kids came home with the flu and passed it around to everybody else.  They were completely laid out for a week and I was sure I was next, but I never even got the sniffles.  That made a believer out of me.

Last night I was talking to my brother-in-law and he’s absolutely convinced that if you get the flu shot you’ll get sick, but that’s never been my experience.  He avoids them like the plague and like I said, that’s his right.

So, how do you know if you have the flu?  Here are some symptoms straight from the CDC:

Influenza Symptoms

Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue (tiredness)

  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

The flu is bad enough for most folks, but if you’re over 65 or pregnant you’re at risk for complications that can lead to death.  Children are also particularly vulnerable to the flu.

Prevention

Check here for information about vaccination if you’re inclined to go that route.

Wash your hands!

Stay away from the sick if possible.

If you’re sick… stay home!  Man, I hate going to work and the guy or gal in the next office is hacking away and blowing germs all over the place convinced the place would fall apart without them.  Guess what?  It won’t!  If you’re sick go home.    If I get sick ’cause you came in spreading disease everywhere when I get better I’m gonna think about kicking your ass.

What if I Get the Flu?

Again, right from the CDC website:

  1. Stay at home and rest.
  2. Avoid close contact with well people in your house so you won’t make them sick.
  3. Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent fluid loss (dehydration).
  4. Treat fever and cough with medicines you can buy at the store.
  5. If you get very sick or are pregnant or have a medical condition that puts you at higher risk of flu complications (like asthma…), call your doctor. You might need antiviral medicine to treat flu.

There you have it.

Questions?  Comments?

Sound off below!

-Jarhead Survivor

40 comments… add one

  • irishdutchuncle January 14, 2013, 7:37 am

    except for the sore throat, and the fever, that sounds like a pretty normal workday to me.

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  • Templar January 14, 2013, 8:57 am

    Go home, drink whiskey until it doesn’t hurt any more.

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    • Yikes! January 14, 2013, 1:14 pm

      That reminds me. I need to build a SHTF still… like the one on MASH.

      Are those illegal in New York? Everything’s F#$@!ng illegal in New York.

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  • Jason January 14, 2013, 9:21 am

    Read an article the other day that you can reduce your chances of getting the flu by 50% simply by washing your hands.

    I have never gotten a flu shot because I read that a microscopic government tracking device is injected into your skin at the same time. It’s true because the National Enquirer & Yoda’s blog had a feature article about it.

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    • Yikes! January 14, 2013, 1:16 pm

      The enquirer is ridiculous. The government tracks us with IPods and Cell phones.

      The flu shots are for mind control.

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  • Joe Dirt January 14, 2013, 9:40 am

    My choice of weapons against the flu are Mucinex and antibacterial baby wipes. The common area the sick person and healthy person uses is the bathhroom. Wipe down the door knob, the sink and toilet handles after the sick person uses it.
    If you’re the sick person try not to touch much stuff while your sick. If you’re the healthy person wipe off everything the sick person touches.

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    • Jarhead Survivor January 14, 2013, 12:13 pm

      I knew a guy who would go home and drink a bottle of whiskey and get under the covers with as many blankets as he could find to “sweat it out.” Don’t know if it worked, but he was drunk a lot.

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      • Joe Dirt January 14, 2013, 12:47 pm

        I have tried similar cures. I feel better for a while, then wake up with a hangover AND the flu.

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        • Yikes! January 14, 2013, 1:41 pm

          Moderation, Grasshopper. Just drink a six-pack of Sam adams, take an aspirin and make chicken soup:

          1 whole rotisserie chicken
          800 cloves of garlic
          a bunch of maitake mushrooms (they’re magical)
          a pile of chopped up kale
          some carrots
          some potatoes
          some vidalia oinion
          some yellow onions
          some rutabagas and turnips
          some sweet potatoes
          some water
          whatever else is lying around

          Good to go!

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          • Jason January 14, 2013, 8:44 pm

            You are good to go alright or maybe that’s all night.

  • ORRN on LI January 14, 2013, 10:12 am

    Wiping down surfaces with antibacterial agents can be helpful, though read the fine print that says it must stay wet for longer than you are willing to stand there and keep it wet. I am forced to use antibacterial soap at work, but in my home I do not use anything antibacterial, not only does it kill bad stuff, it kills your own normal flora (which is better protection than any bug killer in a bottle.) Washing with plain soap and friction is the best defense. All the germ gel moms I know have the sickest kids. Get this also about the flu shot, my employer is now going to deduct money from our paycheck if we do not get the flu shot, personally, I think the whole flu shot thing is money for the big Pharm Companies, and the govt goes along with it because they are in their pocketbooks. Just my paranoia flaring up again there…..

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    • Jason January 14, 2013, 11:00 am

      Funny, a nurse in Minnesota I believe just got fired from the hospital she worked for, for 24 years for NOT getting a flu shot.

      I hate to say it but agree with your thoughts about Big Pharm. Maybe paranoia is contagious :-)

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  • S.Q. Whrill January 14, 2013, 11:05 am

    For the last 10 years I got one and was fine. I laugh at others who don’t and get the flu the government know where I am any way

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  • Teller January 14, 2013, 11:10 am

    2 words….GOVERENMENT AGENT.

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    • Jarhead Survivor January 14, 2013, 11:39 am

      Government Agent? I don’t follow.

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      • Yikes! January 14, 2013, 1:21 pm

        It’s a guy who works for the government… a G-Man, if you will.

        Wait. he’s talking about a GOVERENMENT AGENT. I think that’s like a carburetor.

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        • irishdutchuncle January 14, 2013, 5:27 pm

          nah, I think he means the “Teller” is going to tell on us.

          I get told on all the time…
          anyway that’s the chance we take speaking up anywhere. My BIG Mouth has gotten me in trouble my whole life. (big surprise eh?)

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          • Yikes! January 14, 2013, 11:20 pm

            Discretion is the better part of valor.

  • Ray January 14, 2013, 11:41 am

    My wife is doing her clinical rotation (ONLY 300hrs.left) So yeh, flu shot’s a must.Taking care of the munchkin is hard egnough healthy.

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  • gat31 January 14, 2013, 12:15 pm

    l took a flu shot (required at work) once and was sick as a dog for 2 weeks. (lost my job for being out too long) Never took another one, haven’t had an issue since.
    First sign of a sniffle l go buy a raw onion and quarter it and set them around the house.Clears us right up within 36 hours.

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    • Jason January 14, 2013, 12:23 pm

      That is the strangest thing I have ever heard Gat, does it really work?? How often have you done it?

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    • Yikes! January 14, 2013, 1:22 pm

      Flu shots cause unemployment.

      Onion fumes cure the flu.

      Duly noted.

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    • Jarhead Survivor January 14, 2013, 2:54 pm

      Hey gat31 – I looked that up on the ‘net and found it rife with onion lore. Eventually it led me to Snopes.com which had this to say: http://www.snopes.com/medical/swineflu/onion.asp

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      • Jason January 14, 2013, 4:01 pm

        Maybe you are supposed to eat a whole raw onion & your new found breath will keep people at bay for at least 20 feet. Even the flu bug will seek friendlier targets.

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  • j.r. guerra in s. tx. January 14, 2013, 1:49 pm

    Personally, I don’t believe in the shot. My most recent experience – my wife was diagnosed with full blown flu (body / head aches, major fatigue – the real thing) and my two kids and I had no problem with it. It was Christmas vacation for wife and kids so they were together all the time – I was out week and a half with them – no flu.

    I’ve only had it once in my life, when I was a child – pretty memorable, felt like someone was on top of me holding me down when I rose out of bed. Totally sucked.

    A lot of people we know who get the shot have a reaction of some sort, mainly getting pretty sick (not flu). To me, not worth it.

    Consuming cut onion and minced garlic when you feel ‘something’ coming on – bad breath beats sickness by a long shot. And it keeps the sick away from me – ‘nother plus, lol. 8^)

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  • smokechecktim January 14, 2013, 2:17 pm

    its simple, wash your hands often…keep your hands away from your mouth(easier said then done) and get the damn shot. No matter how much you wash, the little critters are floating around in the air 24/7. With the shot you may still get the flu, but it will be much milder.

    God gave you a soul
    Your parents, a body
    Your country, a rifle.
    Keep all 0f them clean

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  • Michael January 14, 2013, 6:06 pm

    I work in healthcare so the flu shot is mandatory for me.

    The concern with healthcare workers is that we’re working with people that might have compromised immune systems and could get a lot of other people sick. A sick nurse at a doc-n-the-box would make a pretty flu version of Typhoid Mary.

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    • Michael January 14, 2013, 6:09 pm

      would make a pretty GOOD flu version of Typhoid Mary. I really need to get a new keyboard.

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  • Jarhead Survivor January 14, 2013, 9:09 pm

    Checking in from the emergency room. My daughter had a norovirus last week and threw up for three days straight, which left her dehydrated. She’s at the end of her IV and we’ll be going home soon.

    Man, does it suck when your kid is sick and has to have IV’s and stuff like that! I’d rather get ten IV’s than see the little ones go trhough that.

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    • Pineslayer January 14, 2013, 10:15 pm

      Jarhead, hope your daughter is back to driving you crazy soon. I had to hold my 5 year old daughter down once while the nurses injected her eyebrow with Novocaine to stitch her up. Her screaming and thrashing was enough to almost make me past out and I have seen much worse. When your kid is hurt, it is the worst thing. Good luck.

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    • Jason January 15, 2013, 9:01 am

      The child is innocent & scared & really depends upon mom & dad – that is what makes it heart wrenching. A few months ago my now 20 year old son called me at 3 in the morning in a panic because the flu had gotten the better of him & he ended up in the hospital as well. It doesn’t get much better as they get older my friend.

      I pray that she recovers quickly & it doesn’t hit your other little one or your family.

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      • Jarhead Survivor January 15, 2013, 9:39 am

        Thanks guys. The IV did the trick last night. She had a good nights sleep and woke up this morning and was into everything driving me crazy just like Pineslayer said. It was great to have her feeling good again. I just hope we don’t have to go through something like that again any time soon!

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        • smokechecktim January 15, 2013, 12:24 pm

          when you kids get really sick or hurt its the most horrible feeling for a dad! Your supposed to care for them and at that moment you are helpless. When they are litttle they just dont understand , even when its just a cold. Glad he’s home and safe with mom and dad!

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    • Ray January 15, 2013, 1:27 pm

      Yeh we had that 2 weeks ago, sick for like 6 days YECK!! The Munchkin was pitifull but didn’t need an IV thank GOD!!!! NOTHING ON EARTH is worse than the sound a sick child makes ‘Cept maybee that hungry newborn cry, just no way a normal human can sleep hearing that. Make ya want to pick ‘em up and make it better. There is nothing worse that a sick/hurt baby( isn’t that everything under 12 to a dady?)

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      • Jarhead Survivor January 15, 2013, 2:43 pm

        That’s right. Nothing worse than your child in pain and not being able to do anything about it. Luckily she seems to have come around, so we’re all thankful for that.

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  • wilson January 14, 2013, 9:33 pm

    Virus grown in eggs with a dash of mercury….YUMMY.

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  • j.r. guerra in s. tx. January 15, 2013, 1:33 pm

    Glad to hear your daughter bounced back from that stomach virus – I hear its really nasty!

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  • ORRN on LI January 15, 2013, 8:57 pm

    I am very sorry to get off topic here, but I just read a piece on USA news on my iPad about Chrysler building a jeep model over in china for sale there, they expect to be able to manufacture up to 500,000 should the demand rise as they expect. Please correct me or remind me of forgotten details, but wasn’t crappy Chrysler one of the big bail outs back a while ago? Don’t they owe it to US to build them here and keep the salaries here?? Why would we let them pull this? If the Chinese want our cars, we build them and we make the $$$. If I’ve read or interpreted something wrong, please let me know. Has anyone read this same article? Again, I am glad Jarhead’s little one is on the
    mend, and my apologies for the off subject rant, but I had to vent.

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    • Pineslayer January 15, 2013, 9:20 pm

      ORRN on LI, China forces companies to make the products there and give them the tech also, or you can’t sell the products there without huge tariffs. BTW we “tax” their stuff at 2.5% and they tax our exports by 25%, not fair huh? But if companies want to make more profits, they play by those rules. If I were King for a day, I would change our policy to allow the others countries to set the rate, tax ours by 10% and we tax yours by 10%. If no tax by you then no tax by us, there is no such thing as free trade, it is a myth. At some point we need to protect our jobs like the rest of the world does, we are losing at this time, many reasons. Sorry to answer your off topic with more off topic.

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  • ORRN on LI January 15, 2013, 8:58 pm

    That was USA TODAY APP

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