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Influenza Update
Connecticut Department of Public Health – Posted 4/13/2016 Page 1 of 6
Influenza Season, Update for Week 14*
(Week ending Saturday, 04/09/2016)
Key Points
Flu activity has now peaked in Connecticut and in most of the country; it is currently classified geographically in Connecticut as widespread**.
The predominant influenza viruses identified this season are Type A, although an increasing number of Type B flu viruses are continuing to be reported.
The predominant Type A isolates subtyped have been 2009 H1N1.

Statewide emergency department visits attributed to the “fever/flu syndrome” had reached 9.6% and it is currently at 6.3% statewide; 5% is generally considered the minimum threshold when there are elevated influenza-associated ED visits

http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3136&q=410788


This was a hard find. Flu activity is still spiking in some areas in the United States and remains widespread in both California and New York.

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Better late than never - you were not hearing about this on the mainstream media and in few places on the net besides here...

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-11/flu-hits-new-york-hard-as-delayed-outbreak-lays-americans-low

The annual influenza season, which typically peaks between December and February, has picked up strength across the U.S. and is widespread now in 37 states, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. The virus is highly active in the south and west -- normally seen early in the season -- and it also hitting hard in New York and New Jersey.

comment: It is common in reporting the Flu situation in the U.S. to hear "yes it was a lot worse before but now it's better."  When I covered the Pandemic in 2009 New York was highly infected - at one time there were reports of over 500,000 cases. Still on many links this was never put out there and in some cases only dozens of infections were formally declared when there were thousands.

People are still sick and often the current flu comes back. People simply do not have the health care they once did nor the money sometimes to go to ER. Also, in triage, unless they are burning up with fever they are told to stay home and wait - sip.

Still getting reports from New York and other places of people coming down with the Flu and pretty ill.

My thanks to the users and guests here posting their problems with the flu and recovery. It is still not over and more cases are coming of infections of B strains which may mean the vaccine is less effective in some areas.

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Comparing this graph for this year against other years it seems that the effects of the flu season are being felt much later this year than in previous years.  This year's peak effect is after flu deaths had trailed off in the previous two years.   But it overall fatalities of children are still well down.

Graph from http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/ 

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They think the music artist Prince might have possibly died from Flu complications days after he was in the hospital after an emergency plane landing for flu like symptoms *not looking like a hoax so far, will update if it is*. http://www.abc10.com/entertainment/report-death-investigation-underway-home-studio-of-prince/147232410
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I just posted that Hachi! I made a separate post for it, I thought it was important enough, but I didn't see yours first, sorry. I thought it might generate some discussion.

I am still feeling like crap, back to the dr. again this morning, they said it's my asthma this time. Gave me a steroid shot and oral steroids for 9 days. I hate not being able to breathe......
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No, no~ It's totally fine. I was considering making it a separate post, but wasn't sure. I have been extremely congested lately, to the point of needing my inhaler, and my sinuses are so inflamed. Mostly the left sinus too.
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I got inhalers today also, Albuterol and Atrovent, the Atrovent is a rescue steroid inhaler and is the best thing ever. It works better than the Albuterol/steroid breathing treatments I take at home. So I always take those when they offer them to me, actually I always take any prescription when they offer it to me unless it's in my allergy list.
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Originally posted by Penham Penham wrote:

I just posted that Hachi! I made a separate post for it, I thought it was important enough, but I didn't see yours first, sorry. I thought it might generate some discussion.

I am still feeling like crap, back to the dr. again this morning, they said it's my asthma this time. Gave me a steroid shot and oral steroids for 9 days. I hate not being able to breathe......


Know how you feel, Penham. I am still fighting this guy and the cough part. Can't shake the cough.  I have resorted to raw juices and my Magic Bullet Blender and a lot of C.

What is rough is for those who have other health issues which makes it a lot tougher to fight the Flu.

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You know Med, now I'm wondering if I didn't have a mild case of the flu several weeks ago and it's just hanging on, they never did and actual flu test on me and I did have the vaccine, so I would have a milder case. I have been craving juice and salty foods, which I NEVER eat salt, I don't add it to food, I don't eat salty foods, but I have been eating a lot of it lately. And juice, grapefruit juice, apple juice, orange juice, normally I eat a lot of fresh fruit and not juice, but all I want is juice and salty foods.
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I used to use Qvar, but it caused back aches something fierce. Now just using Albuterol. Sinus and jaw pain have mostly subsided, but still congested.
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My daughter uses Qvar.  It was like a miracle drug for her.  Turned her right around when she was sick for pretty much a year straight.  That was 2012.  I tried to wean her off it last year, but she ended up getting walking pneumonia twice within about 6 months of each other.  She hasn't used her albuterol in 4 years.  She's got a little cold right now but very mild.
 
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The Flu is still widespread in the New England area and several other states.  From numerous reports this is a bad flu and can come back several times. Pretty soon they won't even be reporting it anymore and we will have no idea how bad it is.  This happened last year.

How accurate are these numbers. One thing is for certain, it is from a very limited number of samples and still many are severely ill from this and have not recovered.

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I had another followup appointment at the ENT today and get to start a 4th round of steroids in the past 6 weeks. I just can't seem to get rid of this stuff.
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Me too, Penham. Still congested, coughing and sneezing after almost a month. Nasty bug.
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Originally posted by jacksdad jacksdad wrote:

Me too, Penham. Still congested, coughing and sneezing after almost a month. Nasty bug.


Have you both considered a Flu that you never get over? It may not take you out for a very long time, but it may never really go away. When reading through some of the bioweapon material, there were several viruses that were ruled out as being useful. Types of the Flu over years could really ruin the workforce and the infrastructure. No one - at least very few but me have suggested how dangerous this could be. Some of the enemies, especially those who do not care about remaining holed up for 6 years before attacking might find this highly effective.

What is the follow up reporting for CDC on people who have the Flu and then recover? We have patients with Ebola who one year later start showing symptoms all over again.

This is outside the box thinking and there is no Norovirus season anymore. It is year-round. So if they stop counting cases in May - does it go away until they start in October? Not last year.

In treating Flu it is simply useless to treat symptoms. Most of these drugs have a rebound especially steroids. Antihistamines, cough syrup, aspirin, Tylenol... this won't help.

If the strain is still sensitive you need an anti-viral or a real boost to your immune system.  However a Cytokine storm can kill you.

The answer to the Flu besides vaccination is a cure. The word chronic is like a medical euphemism - like the "loved one" for the dead. Just because something is chronic, doesn't mean it won't take someone out. It can.

Appreciate you comments on the thread.

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Finally got over whatever I had - and got sick again yesterday. Went to work feeling fine, and within an hour I was sneezing with a runny nose that just wouldn't quit. I figured it was an allergy until my temp hit 100. Still got the sniffles and feeling blah, but thankfully the fever has gone away. What the heck?


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Originally posted by jacksdad jacksdad wrote:

Finally got over whatever I had - and got sick again yesterday. Went to work feeling fine, and within an hour I was sneezing with a runny nose that just wouldn't quit. I figured it was an allergy until my temp hit 100. Still got the sniffles and feeling blah, but thankfully the fever has gone away. What the heck?




Jacksdad - None of the people I know as well as myself have gotten over this flu. It is possible a relative of one near and dear to me died from it last week.

Cannot shake the cough even with mega-doses of C - and I was able to best h5n1 and Swine Flu which nearly killed me and my son - but not this one.

It is still widespread in New York and when I called my doctor they want me to come in. The triage nurse said there is something "going around" and it is quite possible this is one of the most poorly reported outbreaks of whatever it is in history.

It simply does not go away and keeps coming back. We near a time when Super-bugs are bringing us to a post-antibiotic era.

As we near the end of May, correct me if I am wrong, they will stop putting out weekly reports while the flu is STILL widespread in New York and Puerto Rico.

What is this? Why can they not put down a widespread outbreak in New York after 6 months of infection?

Are we looking at bugs like Norovirus that never go away and permanently infect a person?

We were having the same problem with Ebola where people were still carrying it a year after they were discharged from the hospital and still contagious.

Could this be the last flu report CDC is going to give us until next October? Let's hope not.

Notice it is still regional in most of New England and Local around the Great Lakes and Sporadic all over most of the U.S. How accurate are these numbers?

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You need to be taking silver and zinc.......a good place to get these are from a place called
CR Supplements.  They are ionic and are easily taken.  At least check it out.
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Originally posted by Max Max wrote:

You need to be taking silver and zinc.......a good place to get these are from a place called
CR Supplements.  They are ionic and are easily taken.  At least check it out.


More people I know have come down with a new Norovirus type Flu and are very ill. It is unfortunate that CDC will stop giving us weekly reports and the only way to track this is for those like myself to do so.

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