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OneTampa:
Links:

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/health&id=8941037

http://www.shelbynews.com/articles/2013/01/03/news/doc50e4aa82d6513833551932.txt

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

WillyWump:
I saw a piece on this tonight on one of the local channels. The south is being hit really hard, San Antonio is getting it pretty bad.  A local doctor said it appears to be a strain not included in this years flu shot (which had 3 strains in it).

a 17yo High School boy died in Dallas from the Flu (complications of) 4 days after entering hospital. http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/denton/student-dies-from-flu-complications-185381211.html

Jmarksto:

--- Quote from: WillyWump on January 03, 2013, 08:58:46 PM ---a 17yo High School boy died in Dallas from the Flu (complications of) 4 days after entering hospital.

--- End quote ---

How sad...

I also saw this research article that found that pozy's do better with four times the dose of flu vaccines - although if the vaccine doesn't have the strain I would imagine "size (or volume in this case) doesn't count".

http://www.medpagetoday.com/HIVAIDS/HIVAIDS/36683

tednlou2:
What explains the higher levels in the south?  Lack of healthcare, which means many will not get vaccinated?  Thinking the vaccine causes the flu, due to lack of health education?  Thinking living in warmer climates means you don't need to worry as much as those in colder states? 

Iggy:
For me it was much earlier...   

I'm in Charlotte and had it in mid-late November as did most of my office (through mid December).

It hit me on a Tuesday after work.  I went to bed early and by morning I was unable to function - was couch ridden for about three days.  The next two days I could at least get off the couch but felt physically drained.  The day I came back to work there was an article in the local paper about the South being hit hard and early by the flu.

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