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 Post subject: Nasty outbreak of flu in Haute Vienne
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:01 pm 
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Didn't realise it was quite so prevalent, but speaking to a client today, explaining how ill OH had been recently with "real" flu; I was told that on the local radio recently there was an article about how the flu had mutated (again), and the worst cases were in Haute Vienne - including St Yrieix.
OH doesn't reckon he's been that ill since childhood. Was bedridden for several days - temperature, sweats, hallucinations, the lot. Then, being an asthmatic - it went straight onto his lungs. He's still not 100% two weeks later....

I think it's definitely time we got signed up for the annual flu jabs - apparently they adjust the vaccine each year to try and keep up with/outwit the mutations.

So, anyone in Haute Vienne/Limousin - extra vigilance needed in those germ-ridden shops folks!

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The jabs are only €6 a pop. It's worth picking some up and either do it yourself or on the next visit to the doctors.


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The jabs this year are calculated to be 25% effective, as one of the strains the bods chose has mutated. At the appropriate time, I decided not to have mine (free as I'm over 39) as I had da cold. It's a bit of a lottery.

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I guess it's worth it for OH, as "man flu" is sooooo much worse than "woman and child flu"! :-

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Be very aware with flue jabs, Mami and I have had one every year for a long time, I have never ever had a reaction, however Mami started to get one several years ago, becoming worse each year and last winter was quite ill, so much so that when due for this winter she talked to our Dr who said that more and more are getting a reaction and advise her not to have a jab in the future.
Since, on talking to family and friends both here and in the UK we find that a lot have had the same reaction.
It seems that its the carrier of the vaccine which is causing the reaction.

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 Post subject: Re: Nasty outbreak of flu in Haute Vienne
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 3:15 pm 
I wonder how many Dr's actually have it themselves. My guess would be that it is quite low.


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I took aged Mama to the Doc for prescription renewal last week, on the day when Doc just does renewals & checks & stuff, by appt. It was standing room only in the waiting room. Doc said she'd had to take in more people 'en urgence' cos of all the grippe & the gastros etc

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Doctors' waiting rooms have to be the worst place for picking up bugs :(


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That's where all the sick people hang out, I wish they'd gather elsewhere

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 Post subject: Re: Nasty outbreak of flu in Haute Vienne
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Bayleaf wrote:
Didn't realise it was quite so prevalent, but speaking to a client today, explaining how ill OH had been recently with "real" flu; I was told that on the local radio recently there was an article about how the flu had mutated (again), and the worst cases were in Haute Vienne - including St Yrieix.
OH doesn't reckon he's been that ill since childhood. Was bedridden for several days - temperature, sweats, hallucinations, the lot. Then, being an asthmatic - it went straight onto his lungs. He's still not 100% two weeks later....

I think it's definitely time we got signed up for the annual flu jabs - apparently they adjust the vaccine each year to try and keep up with/outwit the mutations.

So, anyone in Haute Vienne/Limousin - extra vigilance needed in those germ-ridden shops folks!

My missus gets it free as she's asthmatic, I pay. Never had a reaction, and never had the flu.


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Blaze wrote:
Doctors' waiting rooms have to be the worst place for picking up bugs :(


Indeed! I half wondered if that's where OH picked up the bug when he was collecting a migraine prescription for me a few days before he fell ill. He was quarantined during his illness - with me disinfecting in his wake whenever he came out of his pit! :lol: (Anyone who has visited my house knows that's not normal behaviour! :- )

The other main culprits are quite likely pin machines in shops - yuk! It makes me go OCD just thinking about it ......

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 Post subject: Re: Nasty outbreak of flu in Haute Vienne
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Bayleaf wrote:
The other main culprits are quite likely pin machines in shops - yuk! It makes me go OCD just thinking about it ......


Can you get flu through such contact? I thought it was airborne.

I guess if someone sneezes on a touchpad and then the droplets of snot could get onto hands and then into a mouth. Yes, yuk!

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There's a higher than expected death rate currently in the UK , which experts think maybe down to the flu virus thats prevalent being particularly nasty in the over 75s

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I'm saying nowt! Neither of us has have ever had the vaccine.
But had flu many times in our younger years.
Having said that, I've had this cough bug since mid Dec.


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Not sure if same applies to French vaccines . .

Flu vaccine given to millions in the UK barely works

A warning has been circulated that the main strain of influenza has mutated since the jab was prepared

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 Post subject: Re: Nasty outbreak of flu in Haute Vienne
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Sounds like it's a bit of a lottery then ..... a few may be protected by the vaccine, or coincidentally they haven't been near any contagious people! I didn't get the flu that OH got struck down with (and we kept away from the Dr, but it was nearly a hospital job). I've not had a flu jab for years.

OH still isn't 100% - I think he's got laryngitis now. :(

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Bayleaf wrote:
I guess it's worth it for OH, as "man flu" is sooooo much worse than "woman and child flu"! :-



Bayleaf- apparently there is some truth in that men suffer from ‘Manflu’ :D

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/m ... -hear.html

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I'm saying nowt! Neither of us has have ever had the vaccine.
But had flu many times in our younger years.
Having said that, I've had this cough bug since mid Dec.


Yes Patf I have the jab every year but----As I reported here before Mami came back from the UK with her 92 year old pa in the beginning of December bringing with them the viral like cold/flue bug then passed it on to me, takes about a month to six weeks to go but your still with a chesty cough, since then loads here and back in the UK have told us they have the same symptoms, seems its all over.

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Bayleaf- apparently there is some truth in that men suffer from ‘Manflu’ :D

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/m ... -hear.html


:lol: That cheered OH up - but he said I didn't have to laugh quite so much when I suggested that he must be an Alpha Male! :lol:

Papi -yup, he's still under par .... similar symptoms to what you say.

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Bayleaf wrote:
old_boots wrote:
Bayleaf- apparently there is some truth in that men suffer from ‘Manflu’ :D

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/m ... -hear.html


:lol: That cheered OH up - but he said I didn't have to laugh quite so much when I suggested that he must be an Alpha Male! :lol:

Papi -yup, he's still under par .... similar symptoms to what you say.



For years I've been very careful as one of the reasons I left the UK in 87 was I'd suffered from one of the builders illnesses--Bronchitis for many years and was told by my Dr to go to a better climate. since living in SW France I have only have suffered twice and that’s when the weather has been just like the UK in the autumn. This virus although not as bad has been very near.

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