***As the flu sweeps the USA, offices and classrooms face empty chairs while hospital emergency departments confront overflow crowds.<quoted text>
Another one who bought the whole bait shop, I see. one who can't even spam well.
Oh, and the flu vaccine has always been "DNA based."
By Thursday, there were six deaths reported in Illinois and 18 deaths reported in Massachusetts, and 41 states reported high levels of illness.
Hardest hit: the East, South and Midwest, said Michael Jhung with the Center for Disease Control and Preventions influenza division. The West, Southwest and some parts of Maine and Wisconsin have had very little flu.
Thats small consolation to the miserable. For those who do fall ill, the flu is a stomach-churning, head-burning, cough-wracked, muscle-aching experience. Its particularly dangerous for the elderly, young children and people who have compromised immunity because of other illnesses or chronic conditions such as diabetes or cancer.
The 2013 season is particularly wretched because one of the major strains in this years flu mix hasnt been seen for five to nine years and peoples antibodies for it have waned, said Arnold Monto, a professor of epidemiology and member of the Infectious Diseases Society of Americas Influenza Advisory Group, which works with the CDC.
There are three types of flu circulating in the USA: H3N2, H1N1 and Influenza B. H3N2 is by far the most common and most likely to put people in the hospital with complications. All three are included in this years flu vaccine.
For those who havent been vaccinated, the chances are they dont have antibodies for H3N2. Its been nine years since the 2002-2003 flu season, when H3N2 was in high circulation in the country. That season, about 95 percent of the flu was made up of H3N2.