Pray you catch the flu early

Discussion in 'Survival & Emergency Preparedness' started by millerized, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. millerized

    millerized millerized

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    Now, before you go all crazy on me, read a bit.

    Best we catch this now and get over it, while hospitals are staffed, availability of equipment and testing labs that are not backlogged and we get a shot of immunity to this stuff.

    Give it a bit more time if this catches, all of the infrastructure will be maxed out, you won't be able to do much more than go home and it'll have mutated to a real killer.

    But, no, I'm not running out and kissing pigs or sick people at work. But I am praying, that if I'm gonna get sick at all, that I do it sooner rather than later.
     
  2. Gary in AL

    Gary in AL Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I'm not going to pray that I catch the flu, at all.
    Gary
     

  3. Wisconsin Ann

    Wisconsin Ann Happy Scrounger

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    We're ready for it!
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    Seriously tho....we talked about it some, and decided that we won't go into a lockdown this Spring. This flu is mild in it's current form, and easily treatable. We won't go around hugging and kissing folks trying to GET it, but won't avoid work or shopping, either. If we do start feeling poorly, we'll stay home, wear a mask if we have to go out (to avoid spreading whatever we have), and treat the illness with respect. :shrug: That's about all we can do with it. Hopefully, those that DO get the H1N1 will have built up some immunities to the swine flu type viruses in the future :)
     
  4. Ernie

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    In the 1918 flu pandemic, people caught it in the spring and thought, "No big deal" but then when it came around back in the fall it had mutated to become something stronger and enough to throw off their antibodies. THEN the people started dying.

    You don't build up immunity to the flu. That's why people get it every year. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different strains even within the same type. It is constantly mutating, and even if you do have the right antibodies for the right strain in your body at the right time then sometimes it simply multiplies so fast that your body can't keep up the defense, particularly if you've been weakened by something else recently, or are suffering from poor nutrition.

    Saying that you can build up your immunity to it is like saying you can build up your immunity to gunshot wounds by shooting yourself with smaller calibers for awhile.
     
  5. stanb999

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    That would be intresting to watch tho... :D
     
  6. Marilyn

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    Oh Ernie, you make me laugh. Thank you
     
  7. Riverrat

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    Saying that you can build up your immunity to it is like saying you can build up your immunity to gunshot wounds by shooting yourself with smaller calibers for awhile.


    I like that Ernie.....Great analogy! and gave me a good chuckle...Thanks.
     
  8. Wisconsin Ann

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    well, I hate to start a fight...but you DO build up immunities to various strains. That's why we can survive the flu. It's a different strain most year. Yes, they mutate. BUT ....

    It's also why they're so freaked out by this one. This is based on swine virus. We have NO immunities to the swine virus because it's so so rare in the human system.

    You can't build up an immunity to the new strain..but a mutation is BASED on the one you got last year, for instance. It has some of the same genes in it....IF you already have antibodies that recognize that gene (or that part of the virus) they can begin the attack and surround the virus making is easier to kill it off.

    It's simple immunology. Same thing with any germ out there.

    The immunity that is built up is also one of the reasons that the pandemic of 1918 eventually died out. people built up an immunity. It's why flu doesn't get everyone sick. You can have some of the virus in your system and never know it because your own body has the antibodies to fight it.

    I do realize that getting the strain once will not necessarily protect you from a mutation of the same strain. BUT it does give you some antibodies and Tcells that may recognize the virus if it attacks again. What I'm saying in my original post is that we're not going to go into panic mode and just stay home at the moment. If we get the flu, we'll fight it and fight transmitting it to anyone else.
     
  9. where I want to

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    The virus can mutate to be less deadly too- a virus that changes not to kill its host will spread more successfully than one that kills off it's host.
    My mom told about my grandfather who was isolated from the family when he came down with the Spanish flu in 1918- but none of the rest of the family got it. A lot of chance involved too.
     
  10. Ernie

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    The reality is somewhere between the middle of what Ann is saying and what I am saying. If you get a particular strain of the flu then your body will have some antibodies against it and a better chance of fighting it off than if you had none. However we don't know how many strains of this there are or how fast it will mutate.

    Mostly I'm trying to dissuade anyone from taking the OP's advice and going out to deliberately expose themselves to this.
     
  11. hintonlady

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    Let me get this straight, I have to worry about zombies, infected flying pigs and now ....... MUTANTS.:eek::stars::help:

    Do you prep the same for zombies and mutants?




    I shook my magic 8 ball and it said:
    Signs point to yes. :D
     
  12. stanb999

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    You have been here entirely too long to not know how to combat Mutants...

    It takes garlic and natural spring water put into a Super Soaker. We all know that.
     
  13. virtualco

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    Not for me. I caught something first of Feb. and thought I was going to die. Severe chills w/fever, joint and all over aches, stomach stuff...

    It was so bad that I gathered the family around and give wife pin numbers, passwords, etc... just in case.

    It lasted exactly 72 hours, well enough to go to work after that... but it was the most horrible 72 hours I can remember living...
     
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    The spring wave is milder I read than what will follow.
     
  15. Gary in ohio

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    getting it early will not help since there is no vaccine for the current strain, Most pandemics have a high death rate in the 1st group that are infected since it takes people with the flu to make a vaccine . Now the second group is less likely to have issues and it lessens after that. Once the pandemic is declared you will be no testing to confirm you have it. If you dont feel good you get the vaccine or possibly everyone will be given the vaccine.
     
  16. Gary in ohio

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    The WHO is reporting less than 10 deaths (mexico says its in the hundreds) from this flu.

    The standard good old fashion wintertime influenza kills hundreds of people around the world.
     
  17. charisma

    charisma busca la bella vida

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    Actually Gary, most pandemics have the highest death rates during 2nd, 3rd, and any other subsequent waves. This has been true of nearly every pandemic to have ever developed in history.

    During the 1918-1919 Spanish Influenza outbreak there was a smaller Spring outbreak that killed very few patients but did provide some documented immunity to those that caught this "mild version". The infection control doctor in charge in Whitecastle, New Zealand during the Spanish Flu pandemic caught the Spring "mild version" & ended up with immunity to the 2nd & 3rd waves that hit during the Fall & Winter of 1918/1919.

    Moreover, it is historically well noted that the Black Death (the Black Plague) was more virulent and more widespread during subsequent waves of the epidemic.

    The reasons for this are sketchy. Generally, virii will sacrifice virulence (strength) for transmissibility (the ability to jump from host to host more easily). However, occasionally a new virii will pop up that develops relatively rapid transmissibility without having to sacrifice virulence. In every case, the more hosts infected by a virii, the more likely it is to reassort with another viral strain & mutate-- these mutations can result in a less virulent strain being subsequently passed on to others OR it can result in a more virulent strain being subsequently passed on to others.

    The scientists studying this particular strain of H1N1 have about as much of a clue about which way this is going to go as you & I do at this point-- it may level off & then fizzle permanently, it may level off & then come back in a more virulent form next Fall during the "regular flu season" and kill thousends or millions, or it may not fizzle out at all and may become a full blown, high mortality rate pandemic.

    In any case, usually mortality rates start out lower & climb with subsequent exposures to larger amounts of the general population in progressive waves. Is it a good idea to "try" to get the flu now or to "pray" to get it-- I have no idea. I would venture to say that I certainly wouldn't deliberately try to contract it. There's no way to know if your body would be able to build enough antibodies to counteract it should it come back in a more virulent 2nd wave form-- you might be able to, but if the virii's genetic structure changes significantly enough during mutation or reassortment, you might be left with no protection at all as the antibodies you produce won't be able to recognize it anyhow.

    I think this is one of those wait & see how this pans out times.
     
  18. highlandview

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    I wouldn't try to catch it or hope to catch it. People can die from complications of any illness. It is like the people who have chicken pox parties to expose their kids. Kids die from chicken pox secondary skin infections.
     
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    The 10 deaths in Mexico are 10 CONFIRMED deaths. In order to fit this classification, the cases have to have had samples taken prior to or shortly after death and sent to one of a small number of participating laboratories and subjected to a specific testing procedure, the results of which have to match up to a predesignated standard. There have been many more deaths in Mexico, even in the hospitals, from which samples were not taken, or were not sent to those few labs or tested in the prescribed way. Most of these other deaths were the "probables". Just because their samples did not go through the process and system does not mean that they were not due to this current H1N1 virus. I have heard from fairly reliable sources everything from a couple of hundred dead to between 700 - 900 (reported privately by a physician working in a Mexican hospital).

    The good news is that some experts are now saying that this virus is starting to show some differences from the 1918 one, and may well not be as lethal. However, that does not mean that no one will die from it.

    I used this whole scare to motivate me to make sure I closed up any gaps in my pandemic illness preps and to review my plans for such a situation. I am very glad to see that perhaps we have dodged this bullet. However, I will step up my precautions and vigilance again in the fall, when things could get dicey again, and in general will keep a closer eye on the pandemic tracking maps for several months. But for the grace of God, this one could have been very, very bad. There is a small chance that it still may go that direction.

    I surely do not want to be the one who tried to catch it for the immunities only to find that I was harboring some little health problem that when combined with the flu, made me one of the statistics. People die of seasonal flus every day. I won't willingly risk becoming one of them.
     
  20. Ode

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    After watching the new Wolverine movie (another X-men movie) I have decided Adamantium bullets are definitely the way to go versus mutants. If only I could find some...

    :D