SC reports first flu case

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South Carolina has its first lab-confirmed case of flu, and Georgia has already had a couple of people of hospitalized due to flu, the state health departments said today.

Georgia reported two hospitalizations, both in persons over age 50, and no deaths for the week of Oct. 10-16, the latest report, spokeswoman Ravae Graham said.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Bureau of Laboratories confirmed it has a case of influenza A H3-type strain from a sample taken from a child in Richland County. The state has to send it to the lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine whether it is the H3N2 strain expected to circulate this year that is included in the vaccine, DHEC spokesman Jim Beasley said.

Both states are listing their flu status as sporadic, the next level of activity up from no activity, based on the number of people who showed up at clinics with influenza-like illness.

Influenza experts had wondered whether the pandemic influenza A H1N1 virus that predominated last flu season would “crowd out” other flu viruses, as has happened after past pandemics. However, evidence from the flu season in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as a few cases in the U.S. over the summer, showed the H3N2 virus was continuing to survive. That is significant, health officials have said, because H3N2 seasons usually see higher levels of severe outcomes, such as hospitalization and death. Of the very small number of samples tested and antigenically typed by CDC so far, the number of influenza A viruses were roughly split between H1N1 and H3N2. Both were included in this year’s vaccine.

“It just reinforces why it is we encourage folks to get vaccinated,” Beasley said. “The vaccine right now is matching up very well. And it is still by far the best way to prevent the spread of the flu.”


Reach Tom Corwin at (706) 823-3213
or tom.corwin@augustachronicle.com.

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msitua
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msitua 10/21/10 - 01:20 pm
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Run for the hills!

Run for the hills!

msitua
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msitua 10/21/10 - 01:28 pm
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The Age of Autism-Mercury,

The Age of Autism-Mercury, Medicine and A Manmade Epidemic-by Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill-sept. 2010

The majority of flu vaccines contain 25-50 micrograms of thimerosal(mercury). At least ask first if it does if you are going to vaccinate. Single vial does should not have but a trace(which can also be dangerous) amount of thimerosal, but better than the above amount which is way more than the safety allowable amount in our water .

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TrueVoice 10/21/10 - 01:41 pm
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Check out this link before

Check out this link before you line up with the rest of the cattle for your flu shot.

http://www.nutrition-health-supplements.com/flu-shots.html

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soldout 10/21/10 - 01:46 pm
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Also check out

Also check out drtenpenny.com. Some doctors believe flu is a natural process to detox the body preventing more serious diseases down the road. Flu is easily fixed with naet and per CDC has few deaths each year. The immune system gets weaker as we get less vitamin D from the sun and eat more sweets and drink less water as the weather cools down. God gave us four seasons a year and didn't include a flu one. If someone is forced to take a flu shot, naet can be used to see if you will have a negative reaction to it. Some nurses were tell they had to have one are face higher insurance rates. Funny; I thought women had control over their bodies and could kill their unborn baby if desired but don't have the control to avoid taking a flu shot. Let me make sure I have this right; okay to kill a baby but not okay to avoid a flu shot.

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soldout 10/21/10 - 02:16 pm
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A recent study came out in

A recent study came out in the October 2008 issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine saying the vaccination against the flu appeared to have no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits during two recent flu seasons for young children. The researchers concluded that "significant influenza vaccine effectiveness could not be demonstrated for any season, age or setting".

Also a Group Health study found that vaccination does not protect elderly people against developing pneumonia (the primary cause of death resulting as a complication of the flu).

There has been no decrease in deaths from influenza or pneumonia among the elderly with the increase of vaccinations from 15% in 1980 to 65% now.

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Cadence 10/21/10 - 04:14 pm
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I got a flu shot (I also got

I got a flu shot (I also got vaccinations against polio, smallpox, tetanus, Whooping Cough, Etc during my life) No side effects. No flu. Grateful that I live in a time where medicines exist to prevent serious illnesses and treat the ones I might get. Don't be superstitious. Get a flu shot. (and take your vitamin D every day)

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