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For goodness sake, when is 'FLU-Season' over with?


Though the flu strikes every year, each season can be different. Researchers behind a new study uncovered some surprising trends about this season's flu.

Wow! Surprising trends! Be prepared dear reader.

The researchers focused on patients who were treated for the flu this season at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina.

This study showed that of the patients who became critically ill with the flu, most of them had not received a vaccination.

The researchers, who were led by Cameron Wolfe, MD, of Duke Medicine at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, looked at patients who were treated at Duke University Hospital for the flu between November 1, 2013 and January 8, 2014.

In total, 55 patients were identified, and the researchers noted that rates of more severe cases increased in recent weeks.

Oooh scary!

Demographic details, vaccination history and the nature of the patients' illness were all explored. The average age of the patients was 28.5 years old.

Most of the patients (87.3 percent) were determined to have the H1N1 strain of influenza, which has also been the most commonly seen strain in other reports across the country this season.

Dr. Wolfe and team found that 40 percent of the patients (22 patients) had to be admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). At the time of the report, three deaths had occurred, and 18 patients were still hospitalized.

Less than a quarter of the patients (23.6 percent) received a flu vaccine at least two weeks before becoming ill.

Maybe they should have taken 2 Flu vaccines then?

The rate was even lower among the 22 patients who had to be treated in the ICU — 9.1 percent of this group was vaccinated. In comparison, 33.3 percent of the 33 patients who did not require treatment in the ICU were vaccinated.

Most of the patients who were vaccinated and still became ill had underlying health conditions, including leukemia, hepatitis C and kidney issues. The same was not true for the unvaccinated patients — they were mostly healthy prior to becoming ill with the flu.

The Flu kills! The Flu kills! Omg! Run for the hills! Head for shelter!

In a Duke Medicine news release, Dr. Wolfe said that these findings support recommendations for flu vaccines.

“Our observations are important because they reinforce a growing body of evidence that the influenza vaccine provides protection from severe illness requiring hospitalizations,” said Dr. Wolfe.

Self Congratulatory Bullshit!

"The public health implications are important, because not only could a potentially deadly infection be avoided with a $30 shot, but costly hospitalizations could also be reduced," he said.

This study had a small sample size and focused on one hospital. Further research is needed to confirm these findings in a larger population.

The study was published online February 10 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. No conflicts of interest were reported.

Well thank God! Someone thought of the children in all of this.

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Doctor Pressure

..is unbelievable. I refused the flu shot (to call it a vaccination is terribly misleading) and the doctor practically called child services because in her words I was putting my daughters "wellness in jeopardy".

I had to remind her that my 9 month old is at home with me all day and is still nursing. Her risk for flu is less than 1%.

As someone who worked for two of the largest pharma companies and marketed a plethora of questionable drugs, I know better than to buy into the hype.


Dont forget to make the stories as emotional as possible:

5-month-old dies of flu 2 weeks before H1N1 vaccine qualification


The Comments are mixed.

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

My God! We may be too late,

My God! We may be too late, we must start jabbing them as soon as the head protrudes through the birth canal!
100% employment and flu vaccination rates should be on the President's list of things to do.

Southern Agrarian

Flu season will be over for you when you start taking

5,000 to 10,1000 IU daily of Vitamin D3 from September thru May (when you don't get enough sun) along with Vitamin K2.

You either won't get flu or if you do, it will be minimal since your immune system will work well.


"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

It's over when the last flu shot has been sold

Wait 'till next year!

55 people sick

22 bad enough to be put in ICU. 3 deaths. It's sad and unfortunate that these people got sick and some died, but the numbers do not justify the hysteria, and certainly do not compel me to take their poison.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift