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Saturday, February 10, 2018

The amount of influenza ravaging the U.S. this year rivals levels normally seen when an altogether new virus emerges, decimating a vulnerable population that hasn't had a chance to develop any defenses. The levels of influenza-like illnesses being reported now are as high as the peak of the swine flu epidemic in 2009, and exceed the last severe seasonal flu outbreak in 2003 when a new strain started circulating, said Anne Schuchat, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's acting director. Deaths from influenza and pneumonia, which are closely tied to each other in the winter months, were responsible for 1 of every 10 deaths last week, and that's likely to rise, Schuchat said in a conference call Friday. It gets worse. The death toll in future weeks is expected to grow even higher because flu activity is still rising -- and the number of deaths follow the flu activity.

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"Unfortunately, more deaths are likely to happen," Schuchat said.

"Over the next few weeks, we do expect and it would make sense to see more pneumonia and influenza-related deaths. The people who are likely to die are already in the hospital."

This year's flu could be more calamitous than outbreaks going back decades, but there's no way to know for sure.

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4000 per week x 365 days in a year = 1,460,000 dead Americans.

Sad

Flu shots should be free -- it's not like we as a country don't have the money for it.

Free flu shots HAS TO BE Less Expensive than the accrued hospital costs that we all pay for when it comes to these deaths -- and most importantly, it would save lives.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-02-10 10:42 AM | Reply

4000 per week x 365 days in a year = 1,460,000 dead Americans.

Really?

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-02-10 10:44 AM | Reply

"Free flu shots HAS TO BE Less Expensive than the accrued hospital costs that we all pay for when it comes to these deaths -- and most importantly, it would save lives."

Duh! My God, we do live in a stupid country.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-10 10:45 AM | Reply

4000 per week x 365 days in a year = 1,460,000 dead Americans.

Really?

#2 | POSTED BY REDIAL

Oops - lol

make that ...

4,000 per week x 52 weeks in a year = 208,000 dead Americans.

That's still allot of unnecessary deaths -- and free flu shots would be the right thing to do ~

#4 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-02-10 10:48 AM | Reply

Free flu shots HAS TO BE Less Expensive than the accrued hospital costs that we all pay for when it comes to these deaths -- and most importantly, it would save lives.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-02-10 10:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

Under the ACA, flu vaccines are free if you have insurance. Of course the GOP wants to kill that because poor people don't deserve health care.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-10 12:15 PM | Reply

#4 Plus, flu season is only from October till April.

#6 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-10 12:16 PM | Reply

Duh! My God, we do live in a stupid country.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-10 10:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

No, we live in a greedy country that puts profit ahead of public health.

#7 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-10 12:17 PM | Reply

To "check my privilege:" I didn't know flu shots weren't free. I've had different tiers of insurance coverage and have never paid for one.

I changed coverages mid-2017 so ended up with two shots (and a $15 giftcard lol).

#8 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-10 12:19 PM | Reply

How much is a flu shot if you wanted to get one without coverage... $15?

#9 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-10 12:20 PM | Reply

You think the economic loss of getting the flu is only $15?

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-10 01:56 PM | Reply

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Point is, why not hand out flu shots to everyone for free?
The cost of doing that will be less than the cost of not doing that.
Do you get it? You're a finance guy right? I'm confident you get it.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-10 02:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Jesus told me flu shots will make you a liberal atheist. Scientists are just trying to steal your money and your soul.
Save yourselves. Faith will protect you. Just say no to the shot.

#12 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-10 02:16 PM | Reply

Start calling the flu shot the Obama shot.
#noobamashot

#13 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-10 02:21 PM | Reply

"Free flu shots HAS TO BE Less Expensive than the accrued hospital costs that we all pay for when it comes to these death"

You have this backwards. The flu takes out those already susceptible - ie in hospital already with a weakened immune system. They're already costing a lot. The flu finishes them off quickly and shortens their treatment and lessens the expense. The last critical care bit costs more, but that's going to come eventually anyway.

#14 | Posted by Snowfake at 2018-02-10 10:50 PM | Reply

You have this backwards. The flu takes out those already susceptible - ie in hospital already with a weakened immune system.

Not always.

Severe strains, like the H3N2 circulating now, tends to cause severe disease in those typically less susceptible to severe influenza because it's the immune response that actually causes all the damage/death.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2018-02-10 10:54 PM | Reply

Severe strains, like the H3N2 circulating now, tends to cause severe disease in those typically less susceptible to severe influenza because it's the immune response that actually causes all the damage/death.

That's an interesting tidbit. I did not know that.

#16 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-02-10 10:57 PM | Reply

You think the economic loss of getting the flu is only $15? #10 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Da'fuq? That is the inverse of what I was getting at: that a flu shot without insurance shouldn't be expensive currently, if it is than that should be changed. A preventative vaccine is essentially insurance against the economic loss of downtime due to illness.

#17 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-10 11:09 PM | Reply

" a flu shot without insurance shouldn't be expensive "

Free isn't expensive.
Why don't you want it to be free?

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-11 01:25 PM | Reply

more people would think they're getting a better deal if the price ends with .99

#19 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-02-12 01:29 AM | Reply

4,000 per week x 52 weeks in a year = 208,000 dead Americans.

That's still allot of unnecessary deaths -- and free flu shots would be the right thing to do ~

#4 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-02-10 10:48 AMFlag: (Choose)FunnyNewsworthyOffensiveAbusive

Now the number I'd like to know is how many of those 208,000 actually got a Flu shot and still died from the Flu.

#20 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2018-02-12 02:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#20, you're not supposed to ask questions like that. You're supposed to freak out at this news and just nod your head along with everyone else freaking out over it.

#21 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-02-12 04:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#21 | Posted by sentinel

I know .... I know....

#22 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2018-02-12 04:28 PM | Reply

MAGA

#23 | Posted by squinch at 2018-02-12 06:06 PM | Reply

These flu strains are probably released into the wild by the same labs who sell the shot.

#24 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-02-12 07:44 PM | Reply

I can one-up you on this one Sheeple:

They don't call the flu the "Old Person's Friend" for nothing.

#25 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-02-12 08:04 PM | Reply

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