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January 19, 2013

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Paul

The flu news has been blown out of proportion by the media. See highlighted comment here:
http://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/16ljiq/flu_deaths_reaching_peak_cdc_says/c7x7ult

Also take a look at foreign news sites such as the BBC. If flu is a problem here this year, why is it not an issue for the entire rest of the world?

The media fear mongering is unbelievable. Go to gym! Even if you catch the flu, it will build your immunity.

herculodge

Good counterpoint, Paul. Wouldn't be the first time I overreacted.

jonnybardo

If you're open to natural medicines take elderberry extract and/or Host Defense - which are super mushrooms: http://www.amazon.com/Fungi-Perfecti-Community-Vegetarian-Capsules/dp/B002WJ1BZK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358622627&sr=8-1&keywords=host+defense

Gary

According to CDC, the vaccine we've already received is 60% effective, and is a good match to 91% of the flu viruses analyzed. This is what I've heard on the TV and radio news as well.

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2012-2013.htm#effective

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2012-2013.htm#good-match

herculodge

Perhaps so, Gary, but the Kaiser RN emailed me that work is being done to get a new vaccine for the new flu.

David

Jeff... To add to what Jonny mentioned, I have found that a combo of eating healthy (vegetarian), working out (barefoot running), good sleep, and natural supplements, have kept me flu-free for a number of years. Oh, and never any flu shots! Investing in a good treadmill several years ago, has allowed me to avoid the gym altogether. Add up a few years of gym fees, and the equipment is paid for!

Gary

Jeff - The CDC site doesn't mention anything about a second flu vaccine being developed for this flu season. If it actually comes to pass, please let us know.

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