This time of year again! We have been building towards it over the last few months and did their best to prepare our own family, and I know many of you have done the same thing. It’s cold and flu season and there is a good chance that someone in your home will get sick. We already had a bout of pneumonia and put in the time we helped Thomas recovered, keeping him out of preschool to prevent the possible spread to other people, and as far as the rest of us have managed to avoid catching anything. But it was early in the season, and we were realistic. On average, the children will have a year (!!!), and anyone with children who go to school are familiar with how quickly everything spreads from one kid to the entire class. It went rough and we were early in the season.
Over the holidays and especially in the last few days I’ve begun to see more and more discussion about the disease, both in social media and fill my inbox on a variety of platforms. Many people who classify their illness as the flu, some noted that they had shot at them this year. But is that what it is
Let’s take a quick recap of what that looks really like, and compared with ordinary flu
symptoms usually begin 1-4 days after exposure. In a healthy adult usually lasts 2-10 days, and may last longer for children and the elderly, and for people with underlying health problems. Here are the symptoms of the common cold:
FLU OR COLD
There are many misconceptions about what the flu is, and the term is often applied to gastro disease ?. However, especially respiratory diseases and flu symptoms can be very similar to what you experienced with the cold, although it can be much more serious. Here’s a quick comparison of the two, taken from:
* Information on the top of this page are taken from. If you have further questions, please talk to your doctor. Links to other government Even pages can be found on the page.
So, to the original question. I got a flu shot -? Why am I sick
There are three things that may happen
1) It is most likely not influenza, but other bugs .. Many diseases present with flu-like symptoms, but it is something else. We can only know for sure through laboratory confirmation and are usually only done in cases of the most severe – usually when someone is hospitalized or through an autopsy, but some doctors will test during a visit to the office or urgent care. When we received the results of Jude I questioned why testing is not done more routinely flu and was told that many diseases present with flu-like symptoms, and unless the case is very severe causes of symptoms does not change the treatment.
2) Second chances are, it is a strain that is not covered by your flu vaccine. shot made with the strains most likely to affect the population based on global trends flu activity each year. Children and seniors are recommended to receive the quadrivalent shot contains two A and two B strains, while most adults a healthy, low-risk receive trivalent with two A and one strain of B. A, such as H1N1 and H3N2, is the strain that caused the pandemic, while the B strain is less productive, but much more serious in children and the elderly, so that a higher rate of death and hospitalization. You may have all contracted the strain that you are not immunized, but there is no way to tell without laboratory confirmation whether it was the flu.
3) Least likely but still a possibility, you may have failed to develop immunity. Jude is an example of this. He has shot last December and contracted influenza B in May, and died hours after waking up with a slight fever. My other two also got quite ill, but recovered quickly enough. They were not tested for influenza at the time, but given the results of the autopsy Jude we knew it was a strong possibility that they also got the flu. We can not know for sure. We know that even if you get a strain of influenza that has been immunized, you may experience symptoms much more severe than you would have without a shot. A total 90-96℅ pediatric flu deaths in children who are not vaccinated, for example. Flu vaccination is not a guarantee, unfortunately, the same as other vaccines. There will always be people in society who fail to develop immunity after their vaccine, but because of the level of vaccination for those who are sicknesses are much higher, they benefit from herd immunity. This is not the case with influenza. Only 1/3 of Ontarians and only 20% of our children received the vaccine and so when people – like Jude – who received their vaccine but fail to develop immunity comes in contact with influenza, they are just as vulnerable as they would have been otherwise. This is why our personal choice about flu vaccinations have a greater impact than just our own personal health. We affects everyone around us when we decide whether or not to take part in public health, and we make a choice about whether or not we want to put the people around us at greater risk.
If you are sick of this season, whether with the flu or other infectious diseases, here are the steps you can take to help restore
See a doctor if your symptoms get worse, or if you are in a high risk group
high group-rISK :.
I can not emphasize it enough. Did you get a flu shot or not, if you are sick, if you have these symptoms, stay at home. Just stay at home. Do not inflict this on the people around you. I know it’s uncomfortable and it can feel impossible to take a day off for illness – you or your child – but the yield potential of exposing others to the disease you destroy. Someone went to school sick in the spring and most of the kindergarten class fell ill. Jude died. This might not seem serious to you, but it can be deadly for others. Avoid contact with other people until you are at least 24 hours fever free without medication. Treating a fever with Tylenol and sent to schools is not acceptable.
I know it’s hard. But I can tell you from experience how much it is difficult for someone you love die from preventable diseases. Do not let this be your family, and do not let your family be the reason that other people’s family lost someone.
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