EDIT TO ADD DISCLAIMER: It is NOT my intent to use this thread as an alarmist/fear spreading panic thread. Influenza is unfortunately a common,
yearly viral illness that kills around 30,000/yr in the US alone. Rather, I want to us ATS as a resource for us to track the flu and what
type/symptoms/severity are common for this year. Let's try and keep the tone as non-dramatic and realistic as possible please!
There have been some members requesting a flu tracking thread, but were unable to manage a thread themselves. Since I had a thread going last year
for the H1N1 and am just now getting over an illness myself, I thought it was a good time to begin!
SO. Here we go. Let's try and keep this short/scientific and first-hand with locations. I will start us off:
Location: NW Washington State/USA. My 15 yr old son was hit hard with flu-like symptoms. Started as an upper-respiratory illness with severe sore
throat and sinuses. Brief low-grade temp. It lasted for almost a week and he seemed to get better. A few days later it hit him harder with a high
temp (103), body aches, upset stomach and a cough. The other symptoms got better but his cough worsened. He was daignosed with pneumonia after being
ill for almost three weeks. He went on a Z-pack for 5 days and has now almost fully recovered after a month of illness.
I became ill about a week ago. Sore throat, low-grade fever (I never get high temps) fatigue and cough. I almost went into doc for the cough but
took 30,000 vit D3 for several days and I seem to have turned the corner.
This illness swept through about ten friends of my sons between youth group/football and school. A couple ended up with pneumonia. It seems to last
2-3 weeks at least with a high fever/aches/resp. symptoms. Secondary bacterial infections such as ear infection/sinus infection and bacterial
pneumonia seem common.
I have heard that at both our elementary and high school there is a high illness absentee rate. At our local ER (where I work) there is an increase
of visits for similar symptoms.
I recomend high doses of vitamin C, Vitamin D and B vitamins, as well as lots of fluids and rest. Hand washing is KEY. See a doc if you develop a
deep cough that is productive with a high fever....or always if you ever have difficulty breathing.
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