It was absolutely among the worst flus I can personally remember having, and staff at the hospital were openly saying it was the worst season they can remember having in a long time.
I was sub-par for over a month, started feeling better then down hill again over night. A lot of people at work had time off.
Also had the flu shot.
My understanding was that the flu vaccines use inactive bits of the flu viruses selected for the vaccines.
I don’t understand how inactive bits of a virus can cause infection?
There aren't any larger rooms, and being out in the open disrupts other workers.
I have an immune system issue, and am happy to be remote and avoid most of this exposure
* ie, not scheduled medical appointments
* Limit alcohol intake - binging lowers your immune response and makes you more susceptible to viruses.
* Eat a lot of different foods, in moderation.
* Keep hydrated throughout the day - alcohol, coffee and softdrink (soda) will dehydrate you.
* Remember basic hygiene - get in the habit of washing your hands all the time. Sneeze into your elbow (sigh, yes there's arguments around this too). You don't have to be a germaphobe (sp?).
I've got a routine down now for when I start to get sick. As soon as you feel like you're getting sick (how do you know? take time to note what you feel like when you're healthy. Note the differences):
* Stop all caffeine/acohol intake. Seriously.
* Hydration like crazy: 2L plus of water, plus some hydralyte once/twice a day
* If I'm coughing: ventolin several times per day (as per dr's orders)
* Sinus rinses (I don't like neti pots, there's alternatives) twice daily
* Nasonex in each nostril twice daily
* Sleep. Lots of it.
* Go to the doctor ASAP and get them to diagnose it. Sometimes they will say "wait a week!" other times it is anti-b's / other stuff.
* Get time off work. Depends on work. But, its a bit of a no-brainer when we've had as bad a flu season as we've had.
1) I think not having kids might play a part, as every parent of young kids I know always seems to be catching stuff from them. Edit: maybe the stress of having young kids also plays a part.
2) I don't think it's the food I eat as I eat a pretty poor diet, but I do wonder if it might be the amount of food I eat as it's relatively little (I'm at the low end of the healthy BMI range), and scholar seems to have a few studies relating constant CR to a better immune system.
3) I'm a lifelong public transport user. One the one hand people say this might help build up the immune system but it doesn't quite fit with 1).
4) I avoid touching stuff like public door handles and taps.
5) Obligatory Simpsons explanation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI0euMFAWF8
If I feel a little off, I'll take Vitamin C and Lysine as early preventive measures. The rest of my healthy habits are quite subpar. I exercise frequently, but I eat garbage and I sleep even worse. Averaging about once a year in being sick?
(I wouldn't be surpirsed if the "anti-vaccination" rhetoric, which was playing-up a lot in those years, might've also mis-informed some families about the benefits of flu vaccination.)
Anecdotally, there did seem to be a very large number of sick people around this year (even now, in spring) although I’m sure 99% of the cases weren’t flu proper.
I got sick 3 or 4 times. I got the flu vaccination a couple of months before all this really took off. I guess that confirms the flu vaccine caused me to get sick (sarcasm).
Should we vaccinate after? Or maybe now when it is still going?
You might have the flu and not know it and it could be deadly to someone else.
I've had this thing for long enough that it owes me rent. Fever for 3-4 days and now like 2-3 weeks of hacking crap up. Worst sick I've had in years.
Breaks down phlegm -> Reduces throat irritation -> Reduces coughing -> Reduces spreading.
Once the phlegm is under control, it's much easier to figure the rest out.
Legislative solutions include making it easier to administrate the vaccine (Doctors try and keep the monopoly on this, requiring appointments and $)
It's also a classic issue of the vaccine for healthy individuals can be seen as more a community benefit so subsidising the cost and/or requiring it in high risk areas like old age homes.
Not running out of vaccines would also help, as happened in Australia this year - https://www.smh.com.au/healthcare/flu-vaccine-shortage-amid-...
Also, I (doctor) give the vaccine for free (government stock). The vast majority of patients that come to our clinic get it done by the nurse and the patient isn't seen by a doctor so we can't even get reimbursed by Medicare for the service. Our nurse's time is donated by the practice. The room is donated by the practice. The vaccine is donated by the government.
But sure, let's make blanket complaints about how doctors are holding everyone's health for ransom.