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OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: January 11, 2013 03:34PM
Hardly a word before Wednesday. All of a sudden we are in the midst of a vast flu epidemic on every possible outlet? (Yes, there was a spike last week, but it has been building for quite some time.)

Since this a real disease and hence a real story (not the usual celebrity garbage) I think the question should be: Why didn't anybody in the reportage game tell us about it before?

I think that is irresponsible journalism.
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Re: OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: Uncle Wig
Date: January 11, 2013 03:43PM
I heard plenty about it before Wednesday. I heard about it weeks ago when they were saying this would be a nasty season because of an especially tricky virus, and I've been hearing about it ever since. Which is why I got a flu shot yesterday, and I live in AZ which is one of the few states not reporting an epidemic.



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Re: OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: srf1957
Date: January 11, 2013 03:46PM
News reporting is not about giving you info. They could get better ratings by concentrating on the shootings with minor side blurbs to other items. With the last 2min segment on the latest feel good or humorous daily incident.
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Re: OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: decay
Date: January 11, 2013 03:47PM
oh, i see why it's been labeled an "epidemic" (a word often thrown about in the news today).

[www.reuters.com]

(Reuters) - Influenza has officially reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 7.3 percent of deaths last week caused by pneumonia and the flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

That is just above the epidemic threshold of 7.2 percent. Nine of the 10 U.S. regions had "elevated" flu activity, confirming that seasonal flu has spread across the country and reached high levels several weeks before the usual time of late January or February. The other region, the Southwest and California, had "normal" flu activity last week.

This year's flu vaccine is 62 percent effective, scientists reported on Friday in the CDC's weekly publication.

That is considered "moderate" effectiveness and means that almost four in 10 people who receive the vaccine and are exposed to the virus will nevertheless become infected. It is line with the effectiveness of previous years' flu vaccines, which typically range from 50 percent to 70 percent, Dr. Joseph Bresee, chief of the CDC's influenza division, said in a telephone conference call on Friday.

Tens of thousands of Americans die every year from flu, even in non-epidemic years. The CDC in its report did not give a total number of deaths due to flu.



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Re: OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: srf1957
Date: January 11, 2013 03:56PM
Next up will be WHO declaring a pandemic.
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Re: OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 11, 2013 04:15PM
haters gonna hate



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Re: OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 11, 2013 04:30PM
It's just a bad cold... right?



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Re: OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: January 11, 2013 04:32PM
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Paul F.
It's just a bad cold... right?

Channelling aretack? ;)
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Re: OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: January 11, 2013 04:52PM
I'm with Uncle Wig. I've been hearing about it for couple weeks now. Maybe the OP needs to watch a different channel.

This kid looked like the picture of health and he he passed away 12/29/12. Another one taken way before
his time, this one brought me to tears when I heard about last week.
[www.cnn.com])

Google will show many of the deaths:
[www.google.com]



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Re: OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: stephen
Date: January 11, 2013 05:33PM
My dad seems to have it for the second time. He's an ex-doc and can get overconfident. I'm really pushing him to be vigilant and in touch with his doc.
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Re: OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: January 11, 2013 05:44PM
The big deal is that Wednesday the CDC sent out an official notice of the epidemic.

I was visiting my asthma specialist when the clinic received word. My nurse practitioner immediately asked if I, and my family, had already gotten out flu shots.



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Re: OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: Grumpyguy
Date: January 11, 2013 06:14PM
One of my employees friends lost their 4 month old baby to the flu on Tuesday.

[www.wlwt.com]



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Re: OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 11, 2013 06:28PM
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freeradical
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Paul F.
It's just a bad cold... right?

Channelling aretack? ;)

Nope....



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A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca c. 5 BC - 65 AD
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Good is the enemy of Excellent. Talent is not necessary for Excellence.
Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Re: OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 11, 2013 07:00PM
this is not a time for a Kiki....



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Re: OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: davester
Date: January 11, 2013 08:42PM
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Paul F.
It's just a bad cold... right?

I'm not sure whether you're joking or not, but no, flu is not a bad cold. It's a completely different illness.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 11, 2013 08:45PM
Davester...

Yeah... I knew that...

grinning smiley



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A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca c. 5 BC - 65 AD
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Good is the enemy of Excellent. Talent is not necessary for Excellence.
Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Re: OT: Suddenly the news guys discover a flu epidemic?
Posted by: $tevie
Date: January 11, 2013 10:41PM
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NewtonMP2100
this is not a time for a Kiki....

You need someone to lift your needle and put it back down because you are STUCK.



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