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  •  Influenza can kill, and not just way back in 1918 (14+ / 0-)

    I often heard the story of how my great-grandmother's young cousin died of the flu in the 1918 outbreak. I heard it when we'd go to the cemetery, because young Samuel Harris was buried there next to his mother, Matilda. Samuel was twelve years old.

    Despite vaccines, and other advances in medical technology in the last 94 years the flu can still kill you. Now, I know that the efficacy of a flu shot is less than 100 percent, and that it is based on the predominant strain of flu for a given year, and that it takes about two weeks to work after you get it if it's going to work that is, but to me if I weigh possible bad reactions or the fact that it might not work against the fact that I might die if I get the flu, I'll take the shot.

    My partner has been in the ER twice this week. He has the flu. Just sayin'.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 03:39:39 PM PST

    •  My father was sixteen..... (8+ / 0-)

      ....and in an army hospital in England being treated for wounds when the 1918 epidemic occurred. There were fifty people in his ward. Twenty-five of them died.

      "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

      by sagesource on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 04:04:40 PM PST

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    •  Hope your partner feels better soon! (1+ / 0-)
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      commonmass

      Did he get the vaccine? Not meaning to pry or be critical or anything, but just scientifically interested in a data point.

    •  My mother-in-law was orphaned (2+ / 0-)
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      commonmass, OhioNatureMom

      She was born in 1917, and in 1918 her father (in his 20s) died in the influenza epidemic and her mother then went insane with grief and spent the rest of her life in an asylum. My MIL was raised by her grandmother.

      My mother almost died of whooping cough as a toddler in the 1920s.

      Much of the increase in life expectancy in the US is due to not losing children to infectious diseases. My feeling is, if you don't want to get vaccinated, don't. (I try to avoid it, but will do it when convinced it's a real risk. I did get a flu shot this year.) But don't tell other people it's dangerous, and don't put your children at risk.

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