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Enduring sickness: Flu season wasn't normal this year

watch out for the flu bug!
watch out for the flu bug!
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Last week, KFDX News Channel 3 reported that 35 states were affected by the flu. Today, during the evening broadcasts at five and six, they reported that five more states were hit. Wichita County reported during that time that the first death was reported, a middle aged man died from the flu so far.

What was so unusual about that ? Normally it was the very young or elderly that were hit with the flu first. According to these news programs, this year, it was the people aged 40-60 that supposedly in good health were being hit the hardest. The most common form of the flu was similar to the H1N1 strain found in 2009 also known as the P H1N1.

In order to avoid the flu one should have:

  • Gotten a flu shot
  • Washed their hands
  • Stayed home when ill
  • Used an antiviral within the first 48 hours of flu-like symptoms.

One should’ve seen a doctor if their flu symptoms had :

  • Fever above 100 F (38 C), though not all with the flu had a fever
  • A cough or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea (most common in children)

Proverbs 18:14 (NIV) said:

14 The human spirit can endure in sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?

Luckily, no one in my immediate family has had the flu, just a severe sinus headache in which my mother coughed and blew her nose a lot. A few of my church friends reported these severe sinus problems last Wednesday and needed antibiotics to clear their infections. Instead of shaking hands it was recommended touching elbows. It was also recommended using antibacterial hsnd sanitizer when no soap was available.