Far away too close

This morning while I could actually sleep in, the news on the radio woke me up. There is a huge influenza epidemic in Rumania. 100,000 people are ill wiht influenza and an additional 30,000 are ill with pneumonia. Until this year I never knew that influenza isn’t the same as an “influenzal infect” (the flu?), one is a dangerous illness and the other rather harmless. This year it seems the dangerous of the two is making rounds.

It scares me. Not for me as much but for those who are weakened by other illnesses already like my mother. Rumania isn’t right next door but it is still Europe and way too close for my taste currently. I am not a doctor so I have no idea how dangerous all that really is. But if it’s on the news and 100k people are ill and it seems to be a problem, it scares me.

3 Replies to “Far away too close”

  1. You didn’t know the difference until this year? Well the “true” influenza is more serious than an infect (commonly know as “a cold”), but young healthy people will usually not suffer any complications. If you’re concerned, go and get a vaccination – it is officialy recommended for people of over 60 years of age and those who work in a public setting and come into contact with a lot of different people. Since the virus mutates a lot, the shot will only protect you for one season. You’ll have to get a new one each year, which will then give you about 80% protection or so(assuming that you’re exposed to the virus at all). More information can, as always, be found on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Influenza

  2. Yeah and half the people who get a vaccination get ill. I am not getting one, I am not concerned for me as much as for others and no I never really knew the difference ….

    And around 7a.m. in the morning when I am still half-remembering my dreams – means: still sleeping to 80% – everything always looks worse than it is… and now I am going to the pub ….

  3. No, you will not get the illness from the vaccination. While there are different levels of paranoia about side effects in vaccinations, most of the medical community seems to believe it’s quite safe and recommends it. However, the vaccine will not protect you from the common cold, so you can still get the “flu” (but not the real, serious one).

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