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I think I have the flu

post #1 of 15
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I thought I was just getting a cold, But it has been five days, I feel awful, I still have a fever, chills, cough, and every part of my body aches. I have had the flu shot every year for the past 16 years. Because I have lung problems. I didn't think I could get the flu. Now my 17 year old daughter also has it, She has also had the flu shot every year, She also has lung problems. The two people in our family, that are high risk have the flu. Well back to bed for me.
post #2 of 15
It wouldn't hurt for the two of you to go to the doctor Monday if you're both still sick. Flu tends to turn into respiratory infections for me - except for last time, I got a weird sinus infection.

As for flu shots, they guess at what will be the most prevalent strains that season. The influenza virus mutates, so nothing is perfect.
post #3 of 15
I hope you get to feeling better soon. I've never had the flu so I cannot really give any good advice about it. One of my friends had it last year and was in the hospital for a week or two with it so I would make a doctor's appointment to check it out.

I was about to say what Strange Wings said. There are about 3 different flu strains (I think, but there might be more) each year and researchers try to pinpoint the one that is going to be most common/more virulent and make a vaccine out of that one. Even if you get a flu shot, it's only going to protect you from that one strain and not the others if you come in contact with it.
post #4 of 15
^ They don't pinpoint just one. It's generally three or four that heavily hit Asia that are put into our vaccines. With last year, one strain was covered, one mutated, and I think the third one wasn't even a problem here? And another strain that was a problem wasn't included - I could be a bit off on the details since it's been several months since I've read or watched anything about the last flu vaccine.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
^ They don't pinpoint just one. It's generally three or four that heavily hit Asia that are put into our vaccines. With last year, one strain was covered, one mutated, and I think the third one wasn't even a problem here? And another strain that was a problem wasn't included - I could be a bit off on the details since it's been several months since I've read or watched anything about the last flu vaccine.
Thanks for setting me straight I knew I wasn't totally right haha.
post #6 of 15
for you feel better soon!......
post #7 of 15
Lot's of feel better vibes coming your way....

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by mbjerkness View Post
I thought I was just getting a cold, But it has been five days, I feel awful, I still have a fever, chills, cough, and every part of my body aches. I have had the flu shot every year for the past 16 years. Because I have lung problems. I didn't think I could get the flu. Now my 17 year old daughter also has it, She has also had the flu shot every year, She also has lung problems. The two people in our family, that are high risk have the flu. Well back to bed for me.
Sorry you are sick It does sound like the flu, but flu season is supposed to be late this year. But when you get fever, chills, body aches, those are more in line with a flu than a common cold.

Flu shots don't protect you from all flu, and their effects are not life long lasting, which is why you need to get a flu shot every year.

Flu vaccines are created based on last years flu strains as well as a prediction of anticipated flu strains for the year of that particular flu vaccine. However, it's still possible for you to get a flu, but not one of the flus that you are being vaccinated for for that year. If you don't get a flu shot, your body is susceptible to all of the flus that season because flu viruses are constantly mutating.

We are not getting flu shots here until early November. I didn't get one last year, and I was sick for 5 weeks in March with a flu. I'm definitely getting one this year, along with a pneumonia shot.
post #9 of 15
I hope you get to feeling better soon
post #10 of 15
So sorry to hear you aren't feeling too well. Hope you feel better soon!
post #11 of 15
I hope you and your daughter feel better really soon
post #12 of 15
If after 5 days you are still this sick, get thee to a doctor. An extended fever can damage your brain, not to mention other organs we tend to depend on too live. Go see the doctor. for good health
post #13 of 15
I have my first Flu injection this year...next Monday afternoon!

Hope you and your Daughter feel better soon
post #14 of 15
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The fever has broke. I am feeling much better. other than it feels like someone it sitting on my chest. My Daughter is feeling about the same as me. If this heavy feeling gets any worse, I think we will go to the doctors tomorrow.
post #15 of 15
Glad to hear both you and your daughter are feeling a bit better...Here are some more healing vibes coming your way.
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