(USA) “Just three months into the 2012-2013 flu season, it appears that the United States will experience one of the most severe outbreaks this century. …the Centers for Disease Control suggest that the annual outbreak of flu has arrived earlier, and with more severe illnesses, than at any time since 2003. Only the pandemic flu outbreak (1913) may have produced more illnesses and deaths when this season ends in May.
…hospitals in Chicago are already so overrun with flu cases, they've had to turn patients away from emergency rooms.
Current statistics via States + CDC in the U.S.:
18 flu deaths in children
314 flu deaths in adults over 18
8,785 hospitalizations due to flu as confirmed by testing.”
(Vodkapundit) “If you’re old enough to remember the Swine Flu Epidemic, you’d probably rather forget it. The 1976 epidemic was so serious, President Ford made a big deal of publicly getting his vaccination, and about a jillion doses were ordered up. Then flu season hit and one person died of it. Another 25 people died — of side-effects caused by the vaccine.
This year’s epidemic is worse. I know; I’ve had this thing. I also had my shot, but this year’s shot doesn’t cover this year’s big bad flu. The first couple days were so bad I was pretty much non-functional. The third day was such an improvement, I …have zero recollection of having done any work. It’s like an entire productive workday simply exited my brain.
Thing is, that was exactly three weeks ago, and my voice still isn’t all the way back. My lungs and sinuses keep producing just enough crud to keep me sounding like a cross between Guy Smiley and Jennifer Tilly. And that’s just wrong.
This is one nasty bug, and before you ask — yes, I had a ten-day round of Ceftibuten, which I think is somewhere above azithromycin but below Cipro. Powerful stuff in any case…
This flu gave me a one box a day Kleenex habit for a solid two weeks, and I’m still going through the stuff like, well, tissue paper. I can hardly begin to imagine what it must do to folks who are older or not in as good a health to begin with.
If there’s a message buried underneath all the mucous, I suppose it’s this: Don’t catch it. But if you do, get to the doc immediately.”
(Reb Akiva) Israel was hit with a weaker flu even earlier than the U.S. I caught it and did the 10 day round of Cipro as I started to develop as pneumonia. B”H (thank G-d), all recovered.
In Israel, the government ran out of flu vaccine in about 3 weeks, before I stopped by for one. (After over-ordering vaccine last year, they compensated by under-ordering this year.) Though it didn’t seem to help the number of people out from work, so perhaps the vaccine didn’t include whatever strain hit Israel either.
Teshuva (repentence – reconnecting with G-d), Tefilah (prayer), and Tzedakah (charity – the righteousness of helping those in need) lessen the (negative) verdict.
Washing your hands after touching surfaces in public is a good idea too.