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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

H1N1 Is Back

Posted by on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Welcome back, panic. We've missed you since 2009, when H1N1 was declared a "national emergency," turning legions of us into the kinds of people who wash our hands raw and open bathroom doors with paper towels.

Six have died of H1N1 in Washington state in the past two weeks and an infectious disease specialist at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital in New York would like to remind you that H1N1 can be fatal to "young adults who would not be otherwise vulnerable."

People have been killed by and hospitalized for H1N1 in Michigan, California, Texas, Oregon, Utah, and North Carolina.

If you're looking for a flu shot near you, try this vaccine finder by ZIP code. (The link is to a King County Public Health site, but the ZIP code search function connects to a national database.)

Fun fact—when it comes to swine flu, we're more dangerous to the pigs than the pigs are to us:

"Although in the early stages of the swine flu pandemic there were worries that humans would catch the virus from pigs, this has so far not been documented and pigs and other animals have not been involved in the current spread of A/H1N1 influenza in humans," said Dr Vahlenkamp, "However, with the increasing numbers of human infections, a spill over of this human virus to pigs is becoming more likely. The prevention of human-to-pig transmissions should have a high priority in order to avoid involvement of pigs in the epidemiology of this pandemic".


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I've already had it because I was fucking stupid and didn't get my shot at work. Don't be me, it sucks.

If you have the symptoms, do your best to get to a doctor, Tamiflu is amazing shit. Yes, it cuts down around two days of recovery time, but it's the worst two days.
Posted by Solk512 on January 7, 2014 at 10:38 AM · Report this
Still waiting for SARS to wipe us all out.
Posted by Chali2Na on January 7, 2014 at 11:15 AM · Report this
Knat 3
I open bathroom doors with paper towels whenever possible, regardless of whether there's some new national panic. I work with too many disgusting and thoughtless individuals to do otherwise.
Posted by Knat on January 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM · Report this
It's nice when the flu vaccine accurately predicts the worst strain. Way to go CDC infectious disease experts!
Posted by wxPDX on January 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM · Report this
Eastpike 7
Just a heads up to anyone looking for a flu shot- If you have insurance, it's almost always free, but you have to go to a doc to get it. I was able to walk in to Sweedish family medicine and I only waited about 10 minutes. Pharmacies charge a lot more, up to $30. Don't get gouged, get poked! Oh, and as indicated above in comments, H1N1 is preventable by this vaccine!
Posted by Eastpike on January 7, 2014 at 2:42 PM · Report this
raku 8
So sick of the irresponsible journalism about the causes of swine flu and bird flu. It's clearly caused by humans mistreatment of animals for meat in confined, unhealthy spaces where these diseases grow and mutate quickly.

No, you won't catch swine flu from a pig in a petting zoo, because there isn't a global social network of pigs flying from CAFO to CAFO. But to be 100% clear: people who eat cheap meat are causing these pandemics and deaths. Blood is on your hands.
Posted by raku on January 7, 2014 at 2:58 PM · Report this
FYI, last year's flu vaccine also had H1N1 in the mix.…
Posted by ChefJoe on January 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM · Report this
sirkowski 10
Got my free shot in Soviet Canuckistan.
Posted by sirkowski on January 7, 2014 at 6:31 PM · Report this
@7, Bartells took my insurance and they used a tiny needle that didn't even hurt.
Posted by jt on January 7, 2014 at 6:44 PM · Report this
Knat 13
@8: Always great of you to show up in a tangentially-related thread to give another airing of your tired screed. And that you provide absolutely no links to attempt to substantiate your claims is always appreciated.
Posted by Knat on January 9, 2014 at 7:50 AM · Report this

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