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And now because of the US, they're ramping up the media stuff here in Australia. The health officials have been on radio, TV, in the newspapers saying that based on the US, we're apparently in for it, so get your flu shot in March now instead of May (peak flu season here is June-August).
I'm sorry in advance because this is a doofy off topic question.
Does it sound as weird for you to think of winter being nov-feb as it does for me to think of it as being march-aug?
Why wasn't elderberry on the list? I'd take elderberry first for treatment over many of the items on that list.
There's quite a few more studies available. Not to dismiss the other remedies, but my first go to would be something that does have a bit of published evidence behind it that it is effective.
Well, as I'm Canadian and only moved to Australia three and a half years ago, it's probably not as odd for me as for the locals. Still, the season reversal thing takes getting used to. Christmas in the heat of summer. Mid-winter is July-August. Ack. And despite what some new migrants think when they move here--that there will be fewer colds and flus because many parts of Australia don't get that chilly (comparatively speaking), thus we're not super bundled up and can still get a decent dose of natural vitamin D--it's not quite true. July and August are similar to a northern hemisphere January and February, with all the rampant URIs. It is tough here in July to spend enough time in the sun for that vitamin D boost when the wind's blowing a gale and there's lashing rain.
I got it this year because I'm pregnant and it's a bad flu year. I got it every year for my nephew who lived with me for 9 years, he has asthma and is at higher risk. This year he moved in with his mother, didn't get the flu shot, and got the flu. He was sick as a dog, poor boy and had all sorts of complications. I say that people with higher risk factors should get it, but generally healthy people with healthy immune systems don't really need it.
Nope! And EVERY person I know who go the flu shot (including a friend who bragged about being one of the first out there to get her whole family vaxxed, including her 6mo son so that they wouldn't get the flu)...well they all got the flu. Bad. Those I know who *gasp* didn't get the shot?! (Myself and family included) - No flu here or there! DD and I had a little 3 day sniffle around xmas, so I increased our vitamin intake and we were no worse for the wear. DH had a close frined with severe complications and guillain-barré syndrome from the flu vax - I think I'll pass! And I'm sorry but when I was pregnant I was even more vehemently oppsed to getting the shot! I've never had a flu vax before, and I never will, and certainly not while pregnant since NO studies have ever been done on pregnant women to prove that it is truely safe the way they claim it to be.
If this was to me, yes they all ran out to the ER to get tested and all were positive.
I thought it was too - seems pretty unlikely that they would all have gotten the flu, but they did! The one with the 6mo even thought that by send him to stay with her mother for the week he'd be spared - nope. Of course she didn't send him away until after he'd been exposed so at that point there was really no chance he was getting away without it. DH works with the "cream of the crop" as fas as unheathy goes (firefighter in the city) so he's constanly exposed and I'd say I have a fairly high chance of being exposed working for a town municipality with constant contact from the public, but so far we've been fine - in spite of living with an 'epidemic' in our state.
It sounds like many of you at least had a choice whether to vax or not vax, give standard or mercury-free. First of all, when I spoke to our pediatrician, she said they have to give whatever vaccines they get sent from the state. Many offices and clinics I spoke with in upstate NY (where we lived when DD was born) and in CT are pretty much the same. I cannot specify a certain brand of vaccine. I would have no choice of giving my DD a mercury-free one.
Secondly, in CT, it's become a law for children in school/daycare to get one. Even though we do vaccinate my DD, she was on a delayed schedule and I had no intention of ever giving her flu shots. We have a very good pediatrician who wrote a letter to the school, but it was not accepted. She HAD to get it in order to stay in school. I was not happy about it.
I'm in CT and plan to file religious exempt.