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JenTheSchoolRN is a BSN, RN and specializes in School nursing.

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Just sent a kid out last week because I was concerned about pneumonia. Diagnosed with type A, did have bronchitis on top of it. 

I did a flu clinic this fall for my staff ~40% of the staff went and got vaccinated.  I don't have any data yet about flu impact there yet. 

The vaccine is impacting severity I'm noticing with the students. Kid I sent out last week - no vaccine. Another student the week before - also type A, vaccinated and back on their feet (with doctor clearance) after missing 3 school days. 

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I am seeing Type A from those who have reported. Mostly just getting calls from parents keeping their kid out with the "flu" but no doctor visit...

Right now I have strep going around my kindergarten group. 

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CanIcallmymom has 4 years experience.

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On 1/22/2020 at 10:14 AM, ruby_jane said:

Several (vaccinated ) staff out now with type B..... It's going to be a long haul.

Apropos of nothing, when I got vaccinated this year I felt like a truck hit me. It's not live so that wasn't it....and then I realized that maybe one of the strains in the vaccine is something my body has seen before? I mean...I'm one where I never react to the attenuated flu vaccine. When I had the nasal spray with the live attenuated I really felt it!

That happened to me with last year's vaccine. That night, I had a low grade 100-degree temp and it lasted less than 24 hours. I wonder if it was the strain of flu that I had caught the year before. I was sick for 3-4 days that time, working in the ER then. 

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BostonFNP has 9 years experience as a APRN and specializes in Adult Internal Medicine.

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2 hours ago, CanIcallmymom said:

That happened to me with last year's vaccine. That night, I had a low grade 100-degree temp and it lasted less than 24 hours. I wonder if it was the strain of flu that I had caught the year before. I was sick for 3-4 days that time, working in the ER then. 

This is just your immune response to the vaccine; it's a good thing, your body has recognized the proteins in the vaccine and is responding with antibodies. 

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tining has 26 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nurse.

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Now we have

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BostonFNP has 9 years experience as a APRN and specializes in Adult Internal Medicine.

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On 1/22/2020 at 10:47 AM, MHDNURSE said:

I'm in MA and am seeing mostly A so far.  Interesting.  And I agree, parents are not necessarily reporting it. I am sure there were several over the holidays who had it and no one mentioned it to school.  

I'm also in MA, adult primary care/internal med. We started early this year with fluA and this past week I've seen three cases of fluB. I've seen more flu cases so far this year then all of last year! 😬

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We are seeing both. Unfortunately, some providers treat without swabbing, so we don't know for sure. Several patients have been vaccinated.

10 minutes ago, tining said:

Now we have

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Same symptoms as influenza, so we would never know!

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I have 400 k-4.  I average sending home a couple of kids per week.  Last week, I sent home over 20 (8 in one day).  I know most of those won't go to the dr.  But some kept sending them back after a couple of days and I kept sending them back home, cause they were obviously ill.  They were here long enough to continue the spread.  The poor K kids got it the worst.  Of last weeks wave, 5 parents to call to report A, this week, 3 reported A.  Come on, weekend....

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I have not had the flu shot this year,. But hearing reports on tv about how many deaths from the flu, I think I'm gona go get one today.

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Cas1in72 has 26 years experience and specializes in school nursing/ maternal/child hospital based.

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On 1/22/2020 at 10:01 AM, SaltineQueen said:

Where are you at?  I'm in northern Indiana, too! (you can PM me if you want...or not tell me if you don't want 😂).  We're seeing a lot of B in our school, and several more home with flu symptoms that they either haven't been to the doctor or they just haven't told me.

So am I ( Northern Indiana) !!  We have a major onslaught of Strep Flu and a very nasty GI bug.  Im back from being out for 3 days myself.  

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Uhhhh, how do I send you a pm thru this site?  Don't mind giving the world general location info, but I'm not gonna tell y'all where my hometown is, love ya dearly tho....😘

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MHDNURSE has 21 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Pediatrics, Community, and School Health.

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So I commented last week that mostly A here in MA but now I am suddenly seeing a lot of B.  My poor colleague's 5 year old son had Flu A three weeks ago and now has Flu B 😞 And their whole family got the flu vaccine.  It's a rough season for sure.

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