Hello friends. Lucky me. I spent the entire night in the uncomfortable ER waiting on tests for a very high fever and loss of strength. Got the flue and haven't been out of the house more than twice in two months. The doctor says the flu shot helped reduce symptoms, true, and received tamiflu. Zofran for vomiting. Became dehydrated within three hours. So much so that I was in the fourth IV bag before I vaguely felt normal. Temp 102.8F. As I asked earlier, did you get your shot?
Sent home because he says the hospital has too many sick people for someone like me with a suppressed immune system. Just wanted you all to know that this is a nasty flu this year. Be sure you have the shot so others aren't hurt. We think my exposure was on something brought home from the store. Stay well. I have five days tamiflu. If fever stays down, and congestion does not build, I should recover fine. Of course i do have oxygen at home and that is a big help. Karen
Added 15 Jan 2013:
News says the cough from the flu lasts at least 19 days and that not even many doctors understand this and start using unneeded antibiotics. Ntell your friends to hang in there. Contagion starts one day before symptoms and last another five days or so. Stay home from others for a week to prevent spreading it. A cough goes a good six feet in the air and can stay alive on just about anything, clothes, door knobs, walls, for at least 24 hours. Boy does this stuff want to reproduce. And we thought young adults had a drive!
Added 15 Jan 2013:
Please be aware that more than one flu is going around. The most virulent causing deaths, the vaccine is effective for 62% of these flu exposures for full immunity. The other portion with the shot gets a much milder version. And it is effective on various other flus also going around.
The main focus is on the flu in the news. I was definitely spared a stay in the hospital due to partial immunity. Since there is no way to know if you will part of the 62% newly immune, I see no reason for doubt or hesitation. Making ones children, babies or elderly ill may be a death sentence for them. There is a zero chance of natural immunity to this as it is the latest mutation. Stay well my friends and be wise.