Has the flu epidemic hit your family — yet?

The holiday break is over just in time for kids to go back to school and catch the flu.

Georgia is listed under “widespread” according the Centers for Disease Control flu map.

From CNN:

“If you look at the charts that the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) put out on their website, it clearly has gone above that threshold. So we are into what would classically be described as a flu epidemic,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday.”

“The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention flu advisory report, which covers the week of December 23 to 29, suggests that 41 states have widespread influenza activity, which was an increase of 31 states from the previous week. The CDC will issue an update on the flu situation Friday.”

“There have so far been 2,257 hospitalizations associated with laboratory-confirmed flu virus, the CDC report said. Among children, there have been 18 deaths reported during this season. Various state agencies also are compiling statistics on flu-related deaths.”

Here’s the bad news: this is only about week five in a 12-week flu season, according to the CNN story.

Philly.com had a story about apps for your smart phones that help you track the spread of flu. But I wanted to hear what you guys are seeing at your schools – Where is it the worst? Is your school infected? Are bunches of kids out? What about teachers? Are parents being good about keeping them out or are they sending them sick?

40 comments Add your comment

Busy Mom

January 11th, 2013
12:59 pm

I think the stomach bug has been worse here. We all had the flu shot, but I heard on the radio this morning that they have determined that the vaccine has a 60% success rate this year. Doesn’t sound that hopeful to me.

Christina

January 11th, 2013
1:15 pm

Yup, my husband got the flu. We all went on tamiflu because I’m pregnant and we have a pre-schooler and a 1 yr old.

My husband was bed bound at least three days.

Mayhem

January 11th, 2013
1:31 pm

Didn’t we just discuss this????

No the flu has not made an appearance in my home in well over 10 years. We just don’t get sick. We eat healthy, exercise regularly, and wash, wash, wash our hands….

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 11th, 2013
1:48 pm

I am a fan of the tamiflu — I had the flu last year and they prescribed it for me and it really worked!! I have never taken it before and within 24 hours I felt soooo much better!! and I probably started it later into the illness than they say but I didn’t realize I had the flu. I thought I had strep throat and she was like no you have the flu. So call your doctor and see if they will prescribed. It cut it so short!!

This year I have been taking probiotic Pearls for immunity and I think they have helped. i am paranoid because I ran out and I need to go and buy some. If I feel sick I am also taking edlerberry extract which is supposed to stop the replication of viruses and I think it helps too. All were available at Sprouts here which is a farmer’s market with health food area — so probably would be available at a health foods store.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 11th, 2013
1:59 pm

Mayhem — It is epidemic proportions and that’s why we are hitting now.

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FCM

January 11th, 2013
3:14 pm

Yes before Christmas. To the point where I never did bother to decorate the house or put a tree (they were with their Dad for Christmas and we celebrated at my parents & their tree when they got back).

Both children got the fever and chills version…and both got over fairly fast.

I however got the fever chills, the stomach (it was in the office) and then a sinus infection that lead to bronchitis and some kind of gallbladder attack ….but the doctor said that first 2 days with fever and chills was all FLU. It was just that the flu hit the system enough that every other germ could take hold. The cough was the worst (Delsym) but honestly it really got better when the kids left and I could drink 3 fingers of whiskey and go to bed each night.

FCM

January 11th, 2013
3:17 pm

@ Mayhem, we wash our hands often too…found out someone in our office was not and it took about 8 of us down in a week.

I did not allow the kids to go in my bathroom or to touch anything I ate/drank from. I would only let them eat food that I did not prepare. They did great and they did not get it…we are sure that one person at the office is cause though.

Voice of Reason

January 11th, 2013
3:27 pm

Nope, no bugs here.

motherjanegoose

January 11th, 2013
3:38 pm

Nothing here yet. I got the flu shot as did my son. Husband and daughter did not. He never gets sick and she hates needles. Anyone have any experience on the nose spray? I am in way too many random places to take a chance on getting the flu. Children share all sorts of germs and I do not want to get sick.

PS

January 11th, 2013
3:43 pm

I got the vaccine, as did both of our kids. Husband is claiming “herd immunity.” I think everyone in the house has had a cold at some point this winter, but thus far we have escaped the flu bug.

A

January 11th, 2013
3:54 pm

No flu here. The kid gets vaccinated every year, but since I work from home and don’t encounter so many people on a daily basis, I do not.

BShepC

January 11th, 2013
3:59 pm

@motherjanegoose…my oldest son gets the spray ever year b/c he is terrified of needles. so far so good. my youngest can’t have the spray as he has asthma but shots don’t bother him so not a big deal. we are in east cobb and it is rampant over there. Knock on wood that we stay well….

MA

January 11th, 2013
4:26 pm

No flu here. We don’t get the flu shot. I am allergic to the embryo they use. My college daughter had bronchitis and pneumonia during the break. She was very run down with it. I take Zicam(the dissolvable kind) at the hint of a scratchy throat and believe it works every time. We also drink lots of hot tea. Our pharmacist told my daughter to try emergenC. She bought some when she went back to college. We shall see if it works.

MA

January 11th, 2013
4:28 pm

Oh, and: wash, wash, wash, and wash your hands some more. We taught our kids to sing “Happy Birthday” quietly while they wash.

Georgia

January 11th, 2013
5:20 pm

Happy Birthday’s not enough time to kill germs on hands. It takes at least an Auld Lang Syne or even a 99 bottles of beer on the wall to kill all the germs, and if you’re not going to get them all, then why bother washing at all? Have a dirty hands contest at your neighborhood school and save E. coli the trouble. Dont forget the sandwiches…

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 11th, 2013
7:05 pm

MJG — Walsh did nose spray this year as needles were freaking him out. So we’ll see. Everyone else did shots. Girls had to do shots cause are asthma prone — they won’t do spray for those kids.

CC

January 11th, 2013
8:09 pm

@motherjanegoose, Who enjoys a shot? It’s irresponsible not to have your child vaccinated because they do not like needles.

Misty

January 11th, 2013
8:31 pm

Family member just retired from CDC and they mentioned that it works for up to 60% of the time since there are different strains. So far, none here. My husband and I were going to go get the shot but at this point, I’ve been so busy and I need rest so I’m hoping to get it, lol. At this point, my immune system is low so I’m sure I’ll catch something.

motherjanegoose

January 11th, 2013
9:32 pm

@ CC…you are correct but my daughter is almost 21 and so I am not going to force her to do it. She is not a child. Son is almost 26 and in the Pharmacy. He has had his and also administers flu shots. He told me to check who might carry it but does not think our insurance willl cover the mist. I would like her to have it, either way. No fun being sick.

Tiffany

January 11th, 2013
9:36 pm

Please, everyone who has not gotten their flu shot…do so ASAP! People are dying from this…don’t take a chance on yourself or loved ones getting sick! All the hand washing in the world won’t help you if some sick person standing next to you in line at the store, ect suddenly coughs or sneezes into the air you are breathing. You also risk spreading it to others should you become sick. Publix and CVS have the shot…just walk in!

Tiffany

January 11th, 2013
9:42 pm

The public health centers have the shots for a lower cost than the commercial places. I think they may have the mist as well.

Observer

January 11th, 2013
10:24 pm

Have never missed a flu shot since 6 visiting relatives (plus me and husband) had flu at my home 15 years ago at Christmas. 8 people at my home w/flu on Christmas morning. We were a hospital ward. We all missed the birth of an immediate family member. We laugh about it now. However, none of those 8 has missed a flu shot nor had the flu since.

CC

January 11th, 2013
11:14 pm

@motherjanegoose, Sorry, after reading your intial post I assumed you had little ones….

usually lurking

January 12th, 2013
10:22 am

Paid for procrastinating in getting my shot – had flu in November – down for 6 days. The vaccinated members of the household did not get sick. Even if you’d had flu, get vaccinated after you recover so you are protected against the other strains.

catlady

January 12th, 2013
10:23 am

I had the flu in January-February 1988. It was awful! I did not feel well enough to go to the hospital, and none of my children were old enough to drive. It felt like the atmospheric pressure was bruising my body. My teeth hurt. My hair hurt. My tongue hurt. I called each of my children in and said goodby to them. I prayed for death.

My neighbor sent me a jar of soup she had made from end-of-the-garden vegetables. I dragged myself into standing and warmed it up and ate and–I immediately began to recover! The effects were long-lasting, however. I was still coughing 5 weeks later. At that point I decided I would always get the shot.

Another of the effects of this bout was I started putting up 2 dozen quarts of organic end of the year vegetable soup. I give my kids several quarts each year as “medicine” in case flu hits their families, and I guard mine like it was money.

If you ever want to read something truly funny about the flu, read the story about it by the guy from Miami, Dave Barry. You may hurt yourself, laughing, if you have ever had the flu. If not, you will think it all hyperbole, until you yourself have the real bad flu.

Jessica

January 12th, 2013
11:16 am

I think we often forget the role of nutrition in keeping our families healthy. If you eat ‘real’ food (real veggies, real fruits, healthy sources of protein, etc.) your immune system will be better prepared to fight off the germs you encounter. You probably won’t get sick as often, and when you do come down with something it probably won’t be as severe. On the other hand, if you live on fast food, sugary cereals, and soda, you are undermining your immune system.

Misty

January 12th, 2013
3:49 pm

@ Tiffany,

Those who are dying are usually the elderly, the very young babies, and those with compromised immune systems. I agree with Jessica.

Tiffany

January 12th, 2013
4:51 pm

Misty- so what is your point? I agree with you and Jessica. However, if you think that good nutrition alone will prevent the flu so you don’t need a shot, you are completely fooling yourself. Good nutrition and plenty of sleep always helps to keep you healthier, but it does not replace the need for vaccinations. Also- any age person could catch the flu and it could go from bad to worse in a day or two. Have you not seen the horrible stories on the news? It is not just the elderly and babies- but they are at a higher risk.

Jessica

January 12th, 2013
7:11 pm

@ Misty and Tiffany, I didn’t mean to suggest that healthy eating is the only thing we are doing to keep healthy, just that it is an important and overlooked factor.

We actually got flu shots this year. I’m not entirely comfortable with vaccines in general, but sometimes the protection they provide outweighs the risk.

Tonya

January 12th, 2013
8:03 pm

Nope, not one of the 4 members of my household has gotten it. We all got the flu shot or mist. Nevertheless, the couple next door has 4 children and so far 2 of their children, the husband, and the wife’s mother have all had it. None of them believe in the flu shot because it made the wife sick once.

Mother of 2

January 12th, 2013
9:43 pm

No flu here. We all got the flu shot and are crossing our fingers and washing out hands!

Math Teacher

January 13th, 2013
6:46 am

Nope. I have had my typical one sinus infection and one cold for the year. I rarely get the flu shot, but I’m blessed with a really strong immune system or something – I have had the flu exactly three times in my life. Once as a child, once in college, and once as an adult. I never never never run fevers (have had strep diagnosed with no fever – the doctor was shocked but I insisted on the test) so perhaps my body chemistry is just strange and I don’t react to the flu bug the way others do. But I’ve also been a high school teacher for 15 years and so exposed to every virus out there. In the four years I’ve known my husband, he’s been sick exactly twice. I guess we’re just lucky.

TwoAndCounting

January 13th, 2013
3:02 pm

Yes, a few weeks ago and we are still in recovery mode. I’m actually sick of being sick. I was sick on Christmas day and couldn’t enjoy the day with my children or visiting family. I was feeling better by New Year, but didn’t want to go out. My body still has not recovered, but I think we all feel better than we did a few weeks before Christmas.

nelson

January 13th, 2013
4:31 pm

Yes, the flu hit my family of 1. It was an absolute disaster, almost. headache, fever, chills, nausea, gastrointestinal, cough, congestion, hallucinations, weakness, somnanmbulism. Went on for days and finally abated with highpowered antibiotics that knocked my socks off. Couldn’t eat, dehyrated. And if that was not bad enough, no one called and asked me how I was.

Mayhem

January 14th, 2013
8:30 am

Sorry Tiffany – I refuse to get a flu shot. I haven’t had one in over 20 years, and I have NOT been sick in a very long time. Last flu shot I got was in 1993….

TiredofFools

January 14th, 2013
8:34 am

A friend of mine and her husband both got the flu shot and both got a bad case of the flu. This is the 4th year it’s happened to them – some people never learn. What’s wrong with people??? If you take about 40,000 i.u.’s of Vitamin D-3 every day during flu season, you’ll boost your body’s immune system WAY up and won’t have to wonder what it was that was in that vaccine.. I’ve been doing this for 8 years and have never had the flu (or anything else). Injecting a virus, dead or otherwise, into your body to keep from getting sick (unsuccessfully a lot of the time) is just plain moronic !!! Get on the internet, do your own research and stop listening to the talking heads who are merely parroting information from people with blinders on!

Kat

January 14th, 2013
8:36 am

Terrified of needles? What about tetanus shots and having blood drawn and such? If you can do that, then get the shot. My seven-year-old “mans up” to shots. But, better to at least be protected however you can manage it.

joe

January 14th, 2013
10:15 am

I got it Dec 20-28, but was another full week until I felt back to normal and not so darn tired. Fever, body aches, chills, night sweats, mouth blisters, really bad cough…everything but sinus infection crap. I did lose 10 pounds however…nice bright side!

Not A Mom

January 14th, 2013
1:57 pm

Tired of Fools – I guess you’re tired of yourself? You clearly know better than everyone at the CDC (forget all of those pesky scientists and their doctoral degrees – we should all listen to “Tired of Fools” and his/her internet research.).