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reply to post by opopanax
May I ask: Where (geographically) do you live?
What is it really then, if it's not 'Actual influenza'? (I'm in the USA.)
It should be pointed out that the nasal spray uses a live virus and as a result can cause a mild case of the flu.
our flu shots have been preservative and thimerosal free.
"Having the flu" seems to be a catch-all term for being sick for some people. Sometimes they will even claim that antibiotics "cured" them of the "flu," which really makes no sense (antibiotics, of course, target bacteria, not viruses like influenza). People with flu-like symptoms may be suffering from anything from the common cold to gastroenteritis ("stomach flu" - not actually influenza caused by an influenza virus).
Formaldehyde is used to inactivate bacterial products for toxoid vaccines, (these are vaccines that use an inactive bacterial toxin to produce immunity.) It is also used to kill unwanted viruses and bacteria that might contaminate the vaccine during production. Most formaldehyde is removed from the vaccine before it is packaged.
Can you point us to some info to tell "just sick" from "THE FLU"?edit on 11/5/13 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)
Generally speaking in my experience if you had a fever and body aches, it knocked you on your rear for at least a week, and at some point in there you were pretty sure you were gonna die... it was probably the flu.
People always think they get the flu and don't. The flu is a serious illness that hospitalizes many. If you can talk on the phone, text, play on the computer, etc., you don't have the flu.
Unless you went to the hospital or your doctor and had a test to confirm, you don't know what you had, and are being completely irresponsible.edit on 5-11-2013 by nixie_nox because: (no reason given)
Can you point us to some info to tell "just sick" from "THE FLU"?
If some people 'get the flu' from getting 'the flu shot' (as I did), and others get the shot, and NEVER get the flu, all, in my mind, that really proves is what medicine has been saying for YEARS:
EVERY PERSON RESPONDS DIFFERENTLY.
It's your immune system going nuts thinking you're being overwhelmed. It releases cytokines in response and they make you feel like hammered #. But it's not an infection by what you just received. It's a generic "OMFG! Retaliate!" response. You're designed to hole up somewhere and rest in response, in order to conserve energy while your body fights off the infection. Or, in the Army, you go run 10 miles and puke like a goat because you're miserable and running a fever.