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[Health] FLU SEASON
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FLU SEASON
It appears that we are suffering from a virulent flu season, independent of the extremely rare "coronavirus," that is running rampant in many communities. 


Perhaps we need a wiki entry on colds/FLUs and CPAP usage that will serve as a one-stop basic reference and reduce the amount of searching in the archives. Any ideas?

My only suggestions involve: one, daily cleaning of your equipment; two, using a plain expectorant to thin secretions; and most importantly, make sure you are current on your pneumonia shot(s) because most people who experience severe adverse symptoms do so from pneumonia. 

And, of course, avoid contagious people, use masks, and sanitizers, because relapses are frequent given the depressed state of your immune system. 

Be well. 

[For those who want to read the depressing news: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/fluactivitysurv.htm]
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RE: FLU SEASON
Good info and thanks. Some family members already fighting the flu. Cold
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RE: FLU SEASON
Good ideas, srlevine1!

I've get flu shots every year and have had my pneumonia shots. But none of that protects from the common miserable cold that I am currently suffering with.  Cold

Was at the Eye doctor a few days ago.  The waiting room was filled with folk coughing and sneezing.  I should have worn a mask or better yet.... Bag-head
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Get vaccinated, avoid children.  Problem solved. oldman

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RE: FLU SEASON
When prepping to visit my brother's family with the flu, he suggested we get the masks to wear. Some health professional warned most to all consumer grade masks don't help.
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RE: FLU SEASON
I haven't had a flu shot in well over 15 yrs. Been doing fine w/o it. My father was the kind that almost never got sick. I can't remember him being sick with the flu or even a simple cold. 

It's been many years since I've been sick. Every once in a while, I do feel kind of blah, but once I go to bed and get some sleep, it passes. 

My wife keeps asking me if I'm going to get a flu shot this year? I tell her, why should I? I haven't had the flu.  Eat-popcorn
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RE: FLU SEASON
(02-12-2020, 09:47 AM)SarcasticDave94 Wrote: When prepping to visit my brother's family with the flu, he suggested we get the masks to wear. Some health professional warned most to all consumer grade masks don't help.

My physician recommended N95 masks (named because they filter out 95% of small particles) and I found that both 3M and Draeger make acceptable masks at an affordable price. 

Unfortunately, like everything in life, you take your chances because the medical literature is less than definitive on the subject.

Checked with a hematology/oncology infusion lab where people have compromised immune systems and they said masks are better than no masks and they use both N95 and surgical masks per personal preference. They also use surgical gloves and disposable clothes covers for protection.


Quote:Protecting healthcare workers from pandemic influenza: N95 or surgical masks?

Conclusions:

World Health Organization guidelines recommend surgical masks for all patient care with the exception of N95 masks for aerosol generating procedures. Because of the paucity of high-quality studies in the healthcare setting, the advocacy of mask types is not entirely evidence-based. Evidence from laboratory studies of potential airborne spread of influenza from shedding patients indicate that guidelines related to the current 1-meter respiratory zone may need to be extended to a larger respiratory zone and include protection from ocular inoculation.

Quote:Effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical masks in protecting health care workers from acute respiratory infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Conclusion

Although N95 respirators appeared to have a protective advantage over surgical masks in laboratory settings, our meta-analysis showed that there were insufficient data to determine definitively whether N95 respirators are superior to surgical masks in protecting health care workers against transmissible acute respiratory infections in clinical settings. Additional, large RCTs are needed to detect a potentially clinically important difference owing to small event rates. Initial guidelines on preventing acute respiratory infection relied on surrogate exposure data and data extrapolated from the protection of health care workers against tuberculosis because clinical evidence did not exist at that time. Randomized controlled trials conducted in clinical settings represent the most valid information to evaluate the effectiveness of N95 respirators. They are more relevant to real clinical situations and report actual outcomes in health care workers, and therefore they are the best evidence on effectiveness to inform policy-making.

And we all know that some manufacturers will make unsupported claims or provide anecdotal evidence to sell products. 

As far as I can tell, using masks has the added benefit of making people stand further from you than they normally would.
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(02-12-2020, 11:36 AM)Big Guy Wrote: I haven't had a flu shot in well over 15 yrs. Been doing fine w/o it. My father was the kind that almost never got sick. I can't remember him being sick with the flu or even a simple cold. 

It's been many years since I've been sick. Every once in a while, I do feel kind of blah, but once I go to bed and get some sleep, it passes. 

My wife keeps asking me if I'm going to get a flu shot this year? I tell her, why should I? I haven't had the flu.  Eat-popcorn

Either you have a much more robust immune system than most or have just been lucky. I also seldom get sick but regard avoiding the flu shot as a form of Russian roulette. I hope you continue to be so fortunate but hope your example doesn't encourage others to skip immunizations.
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RE: FLU SEASON
I was in the Canadian Armed Forces for close to 30 years.  Every spring we would be vetted for deployability/mobility.  Involved was a review of each member's status with respect to vaccinations.  Naturally, since we were expected to answer the call to deploy to any place on the globe inside of 24 hours notice, we had to be robustly healthy, fit, protected, and motivated.  Part of motivation is the sense that one is in the best possible condition to answer that call.  

Your shingles vaccine, no matter what it is, will only work for you from between 5-8 years, with only the newer Shingrix getting you out to about 8 years.  Zostavax and others were good only to five.  Are you expired?

Your Tetanus and Diphtheria boosters must be redone every 9-10 years, more often over the age of 60.  Are you expired?

Part of the obligation for us in the CF was to get an annual flu shot, which I have kept up since retiring.  If you are helping the aged, you should have a flu shot annually.  You may not be acutely ill, or even susceptible yourself, but you can still be a carrier, and thence a spreader,...just not if you are vaccinated.  That's why the flu shot is a good thing to have.
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RE: FLU SEASON
OK thanks for the info srlevine1. Different grades of medical products for different grades of people.

It makes sense, but it's not necessarily common. Coffee
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