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17 March 2008 @ 08:05 am
Flu season! Duck season! Flu season! Duck season, fire!  
For those who don't know, Ali has been down with the current influenza bloom for around the past week and a half. The worst of it has gone, and while her attempt to return to work on Friday was abortive (her bosses sent her home; most of the department was out last week with the same thing), she has returned today feeling merely worn out as opposed to exhausted and nauseous. She did go to see the doctor, but apparently too late to get anymore than good advice. What we didn't realize at the time was that there's actually a point to going in case you think you're contracting the flu.

When I started feeling the early onset warnings, I went to see the doctor to ask after something he'd said Ali was a few days too late to get: Tamiflu. It is not a flu cure nor is it preventative. Rather, it modifies the flu symptoms you'll face while your body handles the invader. I can't say enough for this, having suffered not nearly as badly as Ali did. There was one day where I was around 50%, and that's the day I went to the doc. After that, while I wasn't in tip-top shape, I was mobile, I was able to get things done, and with a little help from some strong dose acetaminophen, I didn't even have much to speak of in the way of fever or body aches.

The flu vaccine is hardly making a dent in the strain that has cropped up around the US right now, according to my doctor's information. If you think you're coming down with it, see a doctor early. You might save yourself a lot of misery.
 
 
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Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on March 21st, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
It stops being generic when it actually applies to us specifically. :)