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children are dying from this flu.

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Nationally, the percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza viruses in clinical laboratories during the week ending February 4 was 20.9%

February 11th - Week 6

Specimens tested 2,918
Specimens positive 1,732

That is 59.3%

almost 3x what is was last week.

I am amazed no one is posting on this thread. We have a literal flu epidemic sweeping across America and many people are very ill and the is no coverage at all in the mainstream media.




This is terrible. Our mainstream news has turned into reality television and people are more interested in poly-fiction that the outbreaks of serious disease around the world.

Since I have been posting on this since 2009 - almost 8 years in here - I have never seen such apathy with widespread flu. Children are getting this and dying.

And what is worse - is there are much more serious disease things happening around the planet - especially with Avian in South Korea.

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It's interesting this season is so bad considering the vaccine is quite on target when compared to previous H3N2 vaccine preparations. 2014-2015 season was especially bad due to a strain mismatch, but in general H3N2 is more deadly and typically less neutralized by vaccine-derived immunity. We're well on our way to matching that season.

It is comforting, though, that the vaccine is thus far on target. It means you can mitigate this bad season by grabbing your flu shot. It's not as good as last year's vaccine (marginally), though.
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The Flu continues to sweep across the United States with very little, if any coverage in the mainstream media.  We won't know much about this until it is over - how many died - how bad it was - or considering an "effective vaccine" why so many have it and still continue to try and get over it.

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According to the FluView report for the week ending February 18, 2017 (week 7), flu activity decreased slightly but remained elevated nationally. Also, CDC reported five additional flu-associated pediatric deaths for the 2016-2017 season. The proportion of people seeing their health care provider for influenza-like-illness (ILI) has been at or above the national baseline for ten consecutive weeks so far this season. Influenza A (H3N2) viruses continue to predominate.

  • Nationally, the percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza viruses in clinical laboratories during the week ending February 18 was 24.0%.
  • Regionally, the three week average percent of specimens testing positive for influenza in clinical laboratories ranged from 12.7% to 30.3%.
  • During the week ending February 18, of the 8,272 (24.0%) influenza-positive tests reported to CDC by clinical laboratories, 6,506 (78.7%) were influenza A viruses and 1,766 (21.3%) were influenza B viruses.
  • The most frequently identified influenza virus type reported by public health laboratories during the week ending February 18 was influenza A viruses, with influenza A (H3N2) viruses predominating. 

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My daughter is a nurse in one of the hospitals in Jacksonville, FL.  She said that they normally have their influenza patients on 'droplet precautions' but they now have all of their influenza patients on AIRBORNE precautions!  She asked me if I knew of something specific going on - so here I am...getting the news that's not reported in the news!
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