Is there a flu outbreak in your area? - page 4

Are you experiencing a flu outbreak in your area? There seems to be a lot of news about this lately. Please share your experience below. ... Read More

  1. by   xoemmylouox
    It's horrible here too. We are running out of the vaccine so there is a mass panic by patient's and families. I just want to put myself in a bubble.
  2. by   AN1202
    Yep-- NW Chicago suburbs. The hospital has been pretty packed since just after Christmas-- a lot more flu (mostly A) and pneumonia as a complication. We've even had a lot more PCT(CNA)s and RNs call in sick this year-- and this was the first year the flu shot was mandatory for employees.
  3. by   shamrokks
    Florida - It's so so, alot of people sick...not necessarily a flu outbreak. I need a flu shot for school and I usually don't get one but I'm kinda glad I'm going to this year.
  4. by   morte
    Oy! Karen, you might be better served letting the fever do its job.....
    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    48 Flu patents in one of our ERs last night.

    My staff been sick with Flu and URI going temp was 103 today, no cough, so I'm working from home 2day, forcing fluids, acetaminophen, chicken soup and taking naps.... checking in @ AN during rest break.
  5. by   NerdyNikki
    Major outbreak of the Flu here in Chicago. Any visitor with symptoms of coughing,runny nose etc. are not allowed in.As a bedside nurse in the ICU, our beds are overflowing with these cases. Many are intubated and going back and forward in respiratory failure.
  6. by   olddragger
    Thank you OP for breaking this down and for providing the culture reports.

    This is one thing I was afraid of. First of all I am so sorry so many people are sick with this stuff. God speed.
    Second--when you hear of influenza/flu prevention-- what do you hear---yep thats right--GET THE FLU SHOT! Well, thats just wrong.
    Different strands are causing a lot of this outbreak it seems and one cannot constantly outguess mother nature--even for the limited protect this years influenza vaccination is suppose to provide. I know there are more reasons than just the flu shot but my reasoning is this.
    What I wish I would hear on TV , radio, internet etc etc is how to best protect yourself from getting Influenza. Yes, the influenza vaccination can be a small portion of protecting yourself, but there is much more to it--as we all know. Those parts--we hear little about and to me they are more important. I have actually had people tell me they can't get the flu because they have had the influenza vaccination.
    And dont get me started on

    On second thought I do wonder if the aftermath of Hurricaine Sandy is somewhat to blame?
  7. by   squidbilly
    The CDC has reported that this year's flu vax is 62% effective. Apparently this falls in line with past vaccines, which have been between 50-70% effective. So why is the CDC now calling this year's flu epidemic? 7.3% of deaths last week were a result of influenza or pneumonia, just above the 7.2% threshold that defines an epidemic. I wasn't aware that an epidemic is defined by deaths, not active diseases.

    Flu reaches epidemic level in U.S., says CDC | Reuters

    Flu cases down in some areas; child deaths up -
  8. by   netglow
    Quote from olddragger
    On second thought I do wonder if the aftermath of Hurricaine Sandy is somewhat to blame?
  9. by   tracyooo1
    Yes, lots of flu going on around here, I have a URI right now, no wonder with all my patients coughing in my face!
  10. by   cmbuckley
    Why are people going to the ED with Flu like symptons? Unless you fall in to a specific group ( <5 >65 years of age, pregnant or have a comorbidity stay home nothing to be done. All that is happening is people with other emergencies such as broken bones/lacerations/head injuries/heart attacks/strokes are being exposed.
  11. by   madwife2002
    Yep here in NE Ohio-some of the hospitals are in desperate need of staff
  12. by   NurseKis
    I am losing weight, already lost 10 because of that flu. It is like a flu with vomiting, and nausea... Its horrible. I was in ER this morninng because I fainted (i did not know) I am still here... Oh man....
  13. by   Garethaus
    Quote from netglow
    I wonder why you come to a nursing forum and post? I understand you are against immunization, but, your posts do not reflect any kind of nursing or medical knowledge/education that would afford you the ability to coherently comment as part of a nursing discussion. You might find more consumer advocate oriented forums to post.
    That's pretty insulting in a casual way. Oh dear, what nursing intricacies should I be mentioning to confirm I should be part of your precious club, precious? As it happens, I'm a student in Nursing.