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Pippy posted 12/31/2013 23:19 PM

A darling beautiful 21 year old girl with everything to live for has died with pneumonia from H1N1. A week before she made a video of playing happily with her dog.

H1N1 is back with a vengeance. Please get your flu shot and wash your hands frequently.

tushnurse posted 1/2/2014 12:03 PM


A loss like that leaves me without words that can comfort. I am so so sorry.

Yes it can and will steal lives quickly.

May her video provide you with peace and warm memories.

(((and strength)))

Deeply Scared posted 1/2/2014 12:16 PM

I just got over having the H1N1 flu. I thought I was going to die.

I've never had a flu shot before in my life and I've never had the flu before in my life but I will probably start getting the flu shot from here on out.

TrulyReconciled posted 1/2/2014 13:53 PM

Shots every year after going through it years ago!

lynnm1947 posted 1/2/2014 15:12 PM

What TR said.

TrulyReconciled posted 1/2/2014 15:55 PM

Helpful hint - the older you get the more you get whammed by it

persevere posted 1/2/2014 21:30 PM

I planned to get the shot today, but then a co-worker scared me out of it. I'm thinking I should still do it even though I usually don't. Anyone???

nowiknow23 posted 1/2/2014 21:43 PM

What scared you out of it, persevere?

I get one every year without fail.

Nature_Girl posted 1/2/2014 22:09 PM

Is H1N1 in the flu shot you normally get? Or do we have to ask for it in addition to the regular flu shot we normally get? I got the normal flu shot a week ago. No one mentioned H1N1.

nowiknow23 posted 1/2/2014 22:13 PM

From the CDC:

Three kinds of influenza viruses commonly circulate among people today: Influenza A (H1N1) viruses, influenza A (H3N2) viruses, and influenza B viruses. Each year, these viruses are used to produce seasonal influenza vaccine.

The 2013-2014 trivalent influenza vaccine is made from the following three viruses:

an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
an A(H3N2) virus antigenically like the cell-propagated prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011;
a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus.

So yes, an H1N1 strain is included in the vaccine.

kickboxer posted 1/2/2014 23:03 PM

I lost a friend to H1N1 in 2009.

She was an otherwise healthy 38 year old vibrant mother of two who randomly fell ill one day and was dead within 2 weeks.

I've never missed a shot since.

myowndystopia posted 1/2/2014 23:08 PM

Had my flu shot. The one perk I get from my employer every year! I had H1N1 last time it came through (even with flu shot but I think the H1N1was an add on later) so since I've had that strain already would I have some immunities to it?

purplejacket4 posted 1/2/2014 23:10 PM

I took care of a 42 year old lady last week who died two days after Christmas. 48 hours before she was fine. I did everything I could do. Her children barely made it up to the hospital in time. It was awful. Please get vaccinated.

Jrazz posted 1/2/2014 23:15 PM

Thanks for the link, NIK. My momentary panic has subsided. DD and I got our shots in Oct. (Crazz will be heading to the pharmacy next week.)

Dreamboat posted 1/2/2014 23:53 PM

I got a shot in Oct thanks to my employer. I asked DD if she wanted one because they are so easy to get now (most pharmacies offer them for $10-$20). She said no (she did not yet another shot) and I did not force it. I wish I had now.

persevere, the only side effect I had was some itching and slight soreness at the injection site for about a day. Nothing else. In fact a tetanus shot is waaay worse! If you are not allergic to eggs and have never had an adverse reaction before to a vaccine then you should be fine and not have any significant side effects. If you have had a bad reaction to any shot, then consult with your DR before getting it

persevere posted 1/3/2014 07:30 AM

My coworker is a bit of a conspiracy theorist, she thinks there are aspects of the vaccination that can cause other issues on the future. I'm going to get it today. thanks.

amitheow posted 1/3/2014 08:05 AM

They are saying it's killed several people in Houston. I did get my flu shot and was paranoid but ... I think the shot is going to protect me.

It's scary folks!

lynnm1947 posted 1/3/2014 08:27 AM

In Canada, we get our flu shots FREE in many neighbourhood pharmacies/drugstores. We don't even need to get ourselves to the (free) doctor's office. So we have no excuse, other than people being afraid of side effects.

lynnm1947 posted 1/3/2014 08:28 AM

she thinks there are aspects of the vaccination that can cause other issues on the future.

Not getting it can cause quite severe issues, too--like..........death.

amitheow posted 1/3/2014 10:40 AM

I've nver had an issue with the shot. It gets red and itchy for a few hours then nothing.

My H got one a few years and came down with the flu almost immediately and it was BAD. but they tell you when you get your shot that you can't have a fever, you have to be in good health. So I think he was exposed before he got the shot and being sick/getting shot made him REALLY sick.

He is convinced the shot did it and won't get another one. I tried to tell him it's not a live virus in the shot, only in the nose mist but he's not buying it. So he never gets a shot.


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