This afternoon MacGyver and I went to town. He needed medicines and we needed to go by the Doctor’s office for that. I elected to wait in the car. It was raining and nasty. The parking lot was not full. This is really unusual I thought as I waited for him to return.
Are they busy? I asked as he got into the car. No. He replied. But, I guess they were Sunday. While I was waiting for the nurse to bring the script I asked the receptionist if they had been busy. Our Doctor is in a clinic that is open 364 days a year from 9am to 9pm. Which makes visits wonderful because often he is there on Sunday’s. The little girl replied with a definite yes! He said. Sunday she said, they were busy all day, and they had 38 confirmed cases of flu/H1N1. Every time the door opened, she said, we were spraying the Lysol.
I’ve not really taken any of this H1N1 to serious. I’ve heard and seen some of the new’s reports and I was rather surprized when he told me the number of people they saw Sunday with Flu/H1N1 symptoms. So I said to him do you think we need to get a shoot this year? Every time I get a flu shoot, I end up sick. He replied. He seems to be very adamant about not getting one. But, he is a cancer survivor. That concerns me and he is 56. After our discussion, I realized it was going to be hard for me to convince him to get a shot.
After hearing that people have waited in lines for hour’s – My Tornado Alley – if I were to convince him to get one, and he had to stand in line for hour’s it would be horrible. Since I pushed the issue. If he get’s the flu/ H1N1 with or without the shot, the whole thing could turn out to be really horrible. If he get’s the flu and gives it to me, well I have asthma and I’m on the list too.
Here is a list from the CDC.
The 15-member panel of doctors, scientists, vaccine experts, public-health officials and a citizen representative came up with five core populations they believe should receive the first wave of H1N1/09 immunization. These include pregnant women, people living in households with babies under 6 months old (since infants cannot be immunized, they must be protected by preventing illness in those around them), emergency medical personnel who are likely to be in contact with infected patients, young people between 6 months and 24 years old, and nonelderly individuals who have underlying conditions, such as asthma, respiratory illness or a compromised immune system, that put them at higher risk of flu complications
I feel like we should be in Vegas!
When we got to Walgreens I purchased some hand sanitizer in spray form. Fit’s in your pocket or purse. I gave him one for the truck and said, Well, let’s just take a few precautions.
Below is a list that my buddy Judi sent me. I’ll share it with you. Pass it on and are you getting a shot?
|Fever||Fever is rare with a cold.||Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100��F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.|
|Coughing||A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.||A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes called dry cough).|
|Aches||Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.||Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.|
|Stuffy Nose||Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.||Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.|
|Chills||Chills are uncommon with a cold.||60% of people who have the flu experience chills.|
|Tiredness||Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.||Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.|
|Sneezing||Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.||Sneezing is not common with the flu.|
|Sudden Symptoms||Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.||The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.|
|Headache||A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.||A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.|
|Sore Throat||Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.||Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.|
|Chest Discomfort||Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.||Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.|
The only way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to spread the awareness.