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2009/07/16 16:20:52 (permalink)

Swine Flu - How is it in your area ?

   It all seems to have kicked off big time here ! 
   
    A week or so we get a letter from my little lads school , saying there has been a reported case  -  First I had heard of it in our area , I then looked on t'nternet to see if there was anything in the news about it , and I found no mention of our school , BUT reported cases in another 3 local schools . 
        Two days later , Me youngest daughter comes in with a letter saying her college has a case  , and then my eldest daughter comes in with a letter saying that the School where she works has cases ! 
         The day before yesterday , my wife was at our local health centre , and the have now stopped taking ANY appointments other than emergancies , and there are signs saying that all suspected swine flu cases will be dealt with over the phone and (if required) Tamiflu will be issued to your home !  ...all the while she was there , the phones were ringing constantly and the staff were all repeating the same robotic script (suggesting that all calls were Swine Flu related  
     
        Today , Just spoken to a gym member , he rang the health centre here (not my local one) and they told him to come to the health centre and wait in the car park !! , then a woman in a mask came out to him , and gave him a mask  - then led him into the health centre through a side door ,   into a cordened off room ,  there he saw a Doctor (also in protecticve clothing  , mask etc)    - who gave him a letter to get Tamiflu from his local chemist  (not a prescription)    
       It really is like someting out of a Sci fi movie  [:D)   - The lad I spoke to is convinced he HASN'T got swine flu -  but the didn't even examine him , simply gave him tamiflu  ! 

         I usually get whatever is going around , and for the last couple of weeks I have had a chesty cough   -  but not felt flu-ey at all , I like to think I have had it and dealt with it well ,  .....,but I reckon I'll be proved wrong on this before long ! 

     Whats the situation in your area ? 

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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 16:25:49 (permalink)
    Seems to be quite prevelant my way.... a few local-ish places hit the national news. We have had 1 case at my work and one of the physios here had had a client who's got it.

    It's been recommended for a week or so now not to go in to you GP if you think you have symptoms. They've assessed enough in person now to be fairly confident that they can diagnose over the phone and if you have the known symptoms there is little chance of it being anything else.

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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 16:27:19 (permalink)
    i have every symptom of it now but im convinced its just normal flu but i dont know , dont want to go to docs either

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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 16:33:40 (permalink)
    At work, there are 5 suspected staff cases and 3 confirmed students, across different campuses.  My manager's boss put forward a proposal the other day to the top dogs about supplying each and every staff member with personal hand sanitiser provisions and also putting the hand sanitiser in public areas for all to use, including the students.  This was sanctioned within a day, which is unheard of, for any large spend to be agreed as quickly as that!   Also I think the cleaning frequency and standards are to be upped.
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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 16:34:31 (permalink)
    I've been off work for good few weeks, well i'm just on hol's. but app there's a load in work off with it - large call centre. although it seems a bit of a band wagon to be honest for people to self cert for 5 days...

    Next town on had 2 cases, so does seem around my end. and my mate says he's got it. and nearly everybody on facebook around my end with the sniffles are convinced they have it... i doubt its as bad or so much of a pandemic etc, if thats what there doing. handing out tamiflu like smarties then adding you as a stat...

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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 17:00:10 (permalink)
    Havent really heard of anything near me (in Kent).

    Its stupid that anti-virals are being given out for just anything. Still plenty of viruses and bacteria going around, people have to understand any illness isnt just going to be swine flu.

    I still think a lot of it is being hyped up by media coverage. 29 deaths in the UK from the 100,000's who have had it isnt a big statistic.

    I'd be more worried about getting pneumonia as a problem from the virus and my asthma.
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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 17:08:10 (permalink)
    Im really worried.
    So far this week far more people have died who dont have swine flu than those who do. I currently dont have it, so Im worried!
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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 17:14:42 (permalink)
    My lil nephew has been confirmed today with it. He had been feeling a bit ill all week and docs were reluctant to confirm it  :(

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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 17:34:40 (permalink)
    It's more likely to affect either the really young or the really old, or people with other health problems.

    The government have warned that deaths this winter from Swine Flu could be between 19,000 and 65,000.
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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 17:39:56 (permalink)
    The government have warned that deaths this winter from Swine Flu could be between 19,000 and 65,000.


    I seem to think we have been here before http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/21/pandemic.warning







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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 17:41:53 (permalink)
    currently the death rate is 0.4% - this is expected to actually be an awful lot lower because of the amount of people who only have mild symptoms and havent realised they have even had it.
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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 18:20:39 (permalink)
    its rife where i am , at work been a few cases , we have been issued with sanitizer for hands and disenfectant wipes for the keyboard and mouse

    im from the midlands where quite a few cases are already
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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 18:36:31 (permalink)
    The virus is real.  Whether Baxter (or someone similar) released it deliberately in order to profit from it, is speculation.

    The virus is real.  I believe I am battling with it as I type.

    The fear of it though..   well...  that's something else entirely..  through fear they keep us in our place.
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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 18:36:32 (permalink)
    ~20 cases at the school my Mum teaches at, I'm getting worried.
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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 18:38:34 (permalink)
    dementia

    The government have warned that deaths this winter from Swine Flu could be between 19,000 and 65,000.


    I seem to think we have been here before http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/21/pandemic.warning


    Precisely....  This flu is about Gilead (Tamiflu) and Baxter profits and keeping us fearful and controllable.

    It probably has been released deliberately.  That's my gut feeling.
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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 18:44:09 (permalink)
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    The government have warned that deaths this winter from Swine Flu could be between 19,000 and 65,000.


    I seem to think we have been here before http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/21/pandemic.warning


    Precisely....  This flu is about Gilead (Tamiflu) and Baxter profits and keeping us fearful and controllable.

    It probably has been released deliberately.  That's my gut feeling.


    If this theory ever gets proven correct, I hope it is handled outside of the law (let's face it, the law is a complete waste of time!) and everone involved, killed.

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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 19:55:49 (permalink)
    i dont realy understand the hysteria tbh, for the vast magority of people the symptoms are mild and basically harmless.uncomfortable yes but relativly harmless, no need to panic imo.
    mind you it does take some of the pressure off the fact most countries are now skint.

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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/16 22:11:57 (permalink)
    a lot of people have it, a lot of people are confusing it with hayfever, a lot are just confused from what i see

    i have a lot of the symptoms and liek to think im a pretty hard workign person but lets be honest i wouldnt be able to get up and get to work then do an 8 hour day at work if i had swine flu

    gettign out of bed would be where it stopped
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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/17 04:24:34 (permalink)
    its in my gym lol
    2 of the girls that work there just got back from mexico and they had to get a check. it was in the local news paper front page that it in our gym n all this stuff, then another bloke was in  a class talkin to this women and she said her son had it lol.
    so my mate wont go gym now
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    Re:Swine Flu - How is it in your area ? 2009/07/17 06:53:40 (permalink)
    my sis works in the local health centre, and AFAIK there haven't been any cases yet.

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