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April 27th, 2009, 03:36 PM
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Heather the Mama Duk
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Mostly hype, but a slight threat simply because the flu in general really stinks. Reading about it, it hit me. We had that flu! It's what we had before Fritz and I got pneumonia in March. All the symptoms fit and the likelihood of going into pneumonia fits. I know lots of people who had it at the same time. I really think it was the same flu, but not many people got their strain cultured then because people hadn't died yet. Now people are dying so lots of people with mild flu-like symptoms are getting tested and of course some have that swine flu strain. When we were sick we didn't get tested. We treated it at home and only went to the doctor because we suspected Fritz and I were heading into pneumonia and Adrian had strep, but the doctor just treated those things because that was our issue at the time.

Because this flu seems to go into pneumonia so easily, it is scarier than others, but as long as people stay on top of it, I don't think it'll be totally horrible, at least in countries with really good healthcare systems (i.e. first world countries). The last time there was a swine flu scare in the US the vaccine killed many more people than the flu itself. It turned out to be media hype.

~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 14 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008)
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