View Full Version : The Flu... (call for help to all lab heads)
Have ya'll seen this shit on the news? All these kids dying from this Flu? Well, we have it hella bad over here and like 15 kids have died in my city alone....
Anyway, i've been trying to get my babygirl a flu shit, and EVERYWHERE is out of the vaccine......... so i'm calling out to lab heads....
If you can find ANYthing online about available flu shots in Colorado Springs CO, i will forever be in your debt.... thats real.
12-08-2003, 02:51 PM
Flu shots are wack, I got one in october and I just got sick a few days ago. Flu shots are just a certain strain, and only work against that certain strain. They only give out the shots in october so its probably to late for your child.
Id say keep your child away from public places where that flu could be around and make sure she gets proper vitamins everyday.
I hate getting sick, I get sick a few times a year and it always takes alot longer for me to get over it than my friends. damn immune system
at least im not coughing up blood this time
Peace and good luck staying away from those nasty germs.
I guess they've matched the vaccine to this specific type of flu..... but yeah, we slacked and now have to be all fearful and shit..... regardless if it works or not, it's just another precaution... and you can never have enough of those. But yeah, for now.... were delaying her start in daycare, and basically just keeping her home...... but still... kids are dying and shit.........
12-08-2003, 04:10 PM
ive never had a flu shot but my grandma i think gets them every year, my mom got one i think last year and something crazy happend to her arm, it looked all bruised and shit. fuck the flu, i think ive had it before when i was in highschool and i had to stay in bed for days, i think i got it the same time i had mono, so it was extra bad. i have a really low immune system and i can get sick pretty easy so i always take vitamins and i usually stay pretty healthy, i also eat organic veggies mostly and no meat, i think people can get viruses from meats. but im not a doctor or a scientist so dont listen to me.
12-08-2003, 05:09 PM
you can get the nasal inhalant flu vaccine but it is more expensive. i heard that it is avalible, but i don't know. i think what happens is that they feel alittle sick then their temperature shoots to like 108 or something and they have a seizure. if you isabelle gets sick monitor her temp and if it gets to high drop her in an ice warm bath. no joke, str8 jacob's ladder tactics.
hope she doesn't get sick
12-08-2003, 05:18 PM
its not the flu... its a more sophisticated version of sars
reach for the sars
12-08-2003, 05:28 PM
Doctors take action on flu shot shortage (http://www.cnn.com/2003/HEALTH/12/08/flu.ap/index.html)
(AP) -- With the nation's supply of flu shots dropping rapidly and at least 13 states facing an unusually severe flu outbreak, doctors are urging healthy people to opt for a nasal-spray version of the vaccine and save the traditional one for children and the elderly.
"If you're healthy, you have two options: Please take the option that the other folks can't have," said Dr. William Schaffner of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
The nasal spray is recommended only for healthy people ages 5-49, and doctors began pushing it as an alternative to the traditional vaccine Friday, after the two makers of flu shots in the United States announced they have run out and will not be able to meet a surge in demand resulting from fears of a particularly bad season.
Nevertheless, the companies said people who have put off getting their shots may still be able to find them, since distributors and doctors' offices may still have some left.
The companies, Chiron and Aventis Pasteur, together made about 80 million doses of the injected vaccine, which ordinarily would be enough to meet U.S. demand.
"Because of the recent outbreak, we've seen an unprecedented surge of vaccine orders late in the season," said Len Lavenda, an Aventis spokesman. "As a result, we have now shipped all our available supplies."
"It's all been shipped out," said Chiron's John Gallagher. "We began shipping in August. It's all gone at this point."
The companies said they cannot make more vaccine this year, because the process takes four months. By that time, the flu season would be over.
The nasal-spray alternative is FluMist, a more expensive, inhaled version of the vaccine. Its maker, MedImmune Vaccines, made between 4 million and 5 million doses this year. Spokeswoman Jamie Lacey said that as of Nov. 18, the company had sold 400,000 doses, and "there is still a wide supply available."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that in a typical year, between 70 million and 75 million Americans get the shots, and the record is 80 million.
Dr. Julie Gerberding, the CDC head, said that this year more people than usual got flu shots in October and November, and there is unusually high interest in December.
Short supply not unusual
The CDC said it is not unusual for supplies to run short this time of year, as health care providers stop giving vaccinations. The agency said it is working to locate supplies that can be sent where they are needed.
"What we are telling people is there is still vaccine in the pipeline, although we are not sure how much," Lavenda said. "People who want to get a flu shot this year should not wait any longer. They will have to be persistent."
In Colorado's El Paso County, health director Rosemary Bakes-Martin said her agency hoped to order 2,000 doses this week but could come up with just 500 from suppliers.
"The story they're telling us is that they weren't expecting this shortage, that they were hit with increased orders in the last week," she said.
The sudden late demand for flu shots was triggered by reports of an especially bad flu season, especially for children.
The outbreak was particularly intense in Colorado, where within the past month, more than 6,300 people have been infected and at least six have died. All the dead were under 16 years old.
Colorado is one of 13 states with a widespread flu outbreak, the highest designation given by the CDC. The others are Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
The flu also is being blamed for the deaths of three children in Texas and one each in Oklahoma and New Mexico.
In Nebraska, doctors' offices are using up their supply, and the Lancaster County Health Department became the first department in the state to run out of the shots Friday.
The department has given more than 7,500 doses to the public, and so far hasn't been able to obtain more, its director Bruce Dart said.
"People are realizing that this winter has the potential to be very bad and they're trying to find access to the flu shot wherever they can get it," said Dr. Richard Raymond, Nebraska's chief medical officer.
Even before this year's deaths, there were signs this could be a bad flu season. Some parts of the country were hit hard a month earlier than usual, and doctors are seeing the A-Fujian-H3N2 strain, part of a class of flu viruses that caused severe outbreaks in the United States in the 1990s.
Even though health officials urge people to get their shots, it is still not clear how effective they will be against this strain, which is somewhat different from the three that this year's vaccine is designed to combat.
12-08-2003, 05:34 PM
scare tactics work real good on americans.
12-08-2003, 06:50 PM
but the flu is ever-changing its makeup, that why vaccines dont always work. i prolly gonna go get the spray, wouldnt hurt, i cant afford to miss nemore scoo....
12-08-2003, 08:08 PM
Originally posted by amanda
fuck the flu
"yea..fuck the flu"
15 kids dead in colorado spring????
i thought there were only like 4 kids in the whole state that have dies???
btw....i have 12 inches of snow....FUCK
12-09-2003, 12:39 AM
Originally posted by seak247
btw....i have 12 inches of snow....FUCK
So do I, but that's a different topic for a different day...
you so funny:D
I was gonna say, how am i supposed to get a 16 month old to snort some liquid up her nostril? It ain't happenin....
Anyway, i guess the Safeway in Castle Rock (about 20? miles from here) will have some on Thursday.....
seak: Yeah, my mistake... i thought it was 15 here in town, but i guess it's like 10 in the entire state. And i don't know why i find that shocking, i'm sure a good 10 or 15 kids die annually from the flu every year anyway..
^yea 9 kids dead, 2 more dead but not confirmed with the flu....
anyways your girl will be fine:D
12-09-2003, 09:28 PM
Well, it looks like I've come up with the flu today. I missed the Aesop Rock show because of it but I doubt it'll escalate to anything real serious though.
*knocks on wood*
12-11-2003, 09:51 PM
More flu vaccine on its way (http://www.cnn.com/2003/HEALTH/12/11/sprj.flu03.flu/index.html)
"Priority should be given to people over the age of 65, children ages six months to 23 months, anyone with a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, women in their second or third trimesters of pregnancy and people who come into contact with high-risk individuals, such as health-care workers, he said."
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