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Hi everyone. For the past 2 days my mother has been informing me that there is a deadly outbreak of the Norwalk Virus in hospitals in our area. Does anyone know if there are any websites out there that list which viruses are in the flu vax this year (for Canada)?
 

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I searched the web but can not find exactly what strains of flu virus is in this year's vaccine. But one one site it said <b>"There is no vaccine against the Norwalk Virus".</b><br><br>
I think they don't really want us to know what viruses are in the vax since they only have three strains in the vial and there are about 200 different strains out there and they can mutate easily by the time we get the vaccine.<br><br><b>It is a bunch of bull</b> that's all<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="exclaim"> :LOL<br><br>
Your best bet of keeping your child healthy is to feed him good nutrition, bm is he is still nursing of course, love and respect him, and be patient with him. Make sure he gets enough sleep and NO sodas or fast foods.<br><br>
Tell your mom I am a grandmother too.<br><b><span style="font-size:medium;">And when we were young we never even gave it a second thought whether we would get the flu or not. It was just a part of winter.</span></b><br>
And the flu now is no more dangerous than it was back then.<br><br><b><span style="font-size:large;">The only difference is someone is cashing in on it.</span></b><br><br>
It would be great if she would come to the board and get informed about it herself. <span style="text-decoration:underline;">She really should not get the flu vax either.</span> There is too much aluminum in it and she is in danger of getting Alzheimers from it. Now there is something to worry about, not a little flu.<br><br>
Good luck to you. I am glad <b>you are in charge of your child</b>.
 

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Norwalk viruses & influenza viruses are 2 totally different things. She probably thinks that though because sometimes Norwalk infection is called "stomach flu" so she may have heard that phrase. It isn't usually that big of a deal anyhow. That's all explained very clearly by the good ole CDC:<br><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/gastro/norovirus-qa.htm" target="_blank">http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/...rovirus-qa.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/gastro/norovirus-factsheet.htm" target="_blank">http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/...-factsheet.htm</a>
 

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Norwalk is a completely different virus from influenza. It's a gastrointestinal bug that causes stomach cramps and diarrhea, and is spread by contaminated food or water. It does tend to occur in outbreaks, especially where there's a "captive audience" for it -- cruise ships, hospitals, etc. [edit: posted at the same time as Amnesiac. Didn't mean to repeat what she already clearly articulated.]<br><br>
By the way, this year's flu shot covers A/Fujian/411/2002(H3N2)-like, A/New Caledonia/20/99 (H1N1)-like and B/Shanghai/361/2002. Of the samples that the CDC has characterized this year, all have matched the A/Fujian and B/Shanghai strains.
 
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