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PLEASE consider getting your Flu Shot before PAX East!

ChorazinChorazin Lancaster, PARegistered User regular
edited January 2013 in PAX East
Boston is currently exeriencing an extremely rough flu season, and the Mayor has declared a Public Health emergency. "Thousands and thousands" of people have the Flu NOW, and 18 have already died, and the flu season lasts through May. Source: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/01/09/dph-18-dead-from-flu-in-massachusetts/

So please, for your sake and everyone else's, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get your flu shot! This year's shot is extremely compatable to combat this strain of the virus, so if you get it AT LEAST TWO WEEKS before the con (it takes two weeks to build full immunity), you should be good to go. Most insurances will cover the shot fully and even if they don't, it's no more expensive than a new video game.

Be healthy so everyone has a great time at the Con, and doesn't go home to a week in bed (or worse!)

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    tvethiopiatvethiopia Salem MARegistered User regular
    this is excellent advice, i know so many people who are very sick right now. i'm getting my shot today!

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    RaughnRaughn Registered User regular
    I normally don't get these things, but you're making a pretty convincing argument. I was already planning to take Airborne to PAX anyway since it sounds like a lot of attendees tend to get sick, but if I can build a super-power against a specific virus that will likely be there, I might as well.

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    VapokVapok Just a Guy. BostonRegistered User regular
    edited January 2013
    I'll add that the Boston Mayor has declared a Public Health Emergency.

    http://www.cityofboston.gov/news/Default.aspx?id=5922

    EDIT: and by "add" I mean concur.. lol I fail at reading

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    RaughnRaughn Registered User regular
    I got mine (and a childish band-aid) from Target today. So, I'm invincible now, right?

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    sassfactor4sassfactor4 Brooklyn, NYRegistered User regular
    I normally get a flu shot but was delaying it this year for some reason. Then I read this:
    http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/summary.htm and it kicked me back into gear.

    Unless you hate science or are allergic to eggs, get a flu shot. Remember they take ~2 weeks to provide immunity. At least stop touching your face, and start washing your hands ;)

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    VegaObscuraVegaObscura Registered User regular
    Got mine in October. Bring it on.

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    jdixon1972jdixon1972 Registered User regular
    Aww, crap. I knew I was forgetting something this year. Usually get it every year, but for some reason I forgot. Gotta rush to the CVS tomorrow morning!

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    sillyzombie666sillyzombie666 massRegistered User regular
    yeah i think im going to get one, i got hit on the 1st and im just finally getting over it, it was once of the worst sicknesses i've had

    and yes im an hour from boston

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    VapokVapok Just a Guy. BostonRegistered User regular
    I was sick for two weeks around Christmas with this nasty bug. The difference in this years flu strain is the lack of nausea. 107 degree temperatures for two days.. not fun.

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    dmautzdmautz Registered User regular
    I have had the flu only once, about 8 years ago and I have never had a vaccination. Maybe I should get one this time.

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    bushisprezbushisprez Registered User regular
    I agree get your shots now to be better safe than sorry. I reading alot of posts on previous PAXs that the flu pretty much finds its way into the convention every year. Most people don't realize how many hands touch the controllers, keyboards, & mouses that you use when your playing the new games coming out at the show floor. Made it a necessity to wash my hands before I ate! ;-)

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    DirewolfDirewolf Boston, MARegistered User regular
    As someone who got the flu at PAXEast last year (started Sat night and lasted for 5 days), I cannot support this enough. And if you live in MA, you should be able to get the shot for free.

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    lunkheadlunkhead Registered User regular
    edited January 2013
    bushisprez wrote: »
    Most people don't realize how many hands touch the controllers, keyboards, & mouses that you use when your playing the new games coming out at the show floor

    This is exactly why I carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with me during PAX. As soon as I'm done touching anything, out comes the bottle. I'm not saying this should be a replacement for the flu shot, more aptly, a second line of defense. It may make me look a little OCD, but I haven't gotten sick at a PAX yet.

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    jdixon1972jdixon1972 Registered User regular
    Just got mine today. Had to check with many pharmacies before I could fine one that had the transdermal shot (freakin' hurts, btw). Even my doc and others in his set of offices didn't have any. Besides, though, I always get ultra paranoid around xmas because I want NOTHING to intefere with PAX!!!!!!

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    earthwulfearthwulf Dad SeattleRegistered User new member
    Aw, the transdermals aren't THAT bad. Full shots leaves your arm sore for a couple of days...

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    xenardxenard Registered User regular
    Looks like most of the places in my area are all out until further notice.

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    paplebon567paplebon567 Registered User new member
    i got it in november and get it every year

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    MalgarasMalgaras Registered User regular
    And don't forget that the flu shot doesn't make you completely immune, and does nothing for all the other crap running around, so practice common sense hygiene and wash your hands often, cover your coughs etc. Your fellow convention goers thank you.

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    ChorazinChorazin Lancaster, PARegistered User regular
    jdixon1972 wrote: »
    Just got mine today. Had to check with many pharmacies before I could fine one that had the transdermal shot (freakin' hurts, btw). Even my doc and others in his set of offices didn't have any. Besides, though, I always get ultra paranoid around xmas because I want NOTHING to intefere with PAX!!!!!!

    I had no problems with the transdermal, way better than the intramuscular one! :-D

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    JerYnkFanJerYnkFan Registered User regular
    I got mine today so I'll be good to go. Plus the plague has been going around my office.

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    kropotkinkropotkin Forum Badge Creator London UKRegistered User regular
    Good advice on the flu shot thing. Also, washing your hands with soap and water before eating as well as every other hour is a good idea. It is way more effective than the sanitisers.

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    macrogeekmacrogeek Registered User regular
    I get the shot every year. 3 paxes, no flu thus far.
    Iron Guard & sanitizer FTW.

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    Agent00Agent00 Tucson, AZRegistered User regular
    Raughn wrote: »
    I normally don't get these things, but you're making a pretty convincing argument. I was already planning to take Airborne to PAX anyway since it sounds like a lot of attendees tend to get sick, but if I can build a super-power against a specific virus that will likely be there, I might as well.

    Just had to put this out there: Airborne is a sham

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    RaughnRaughn Registered User regular
    Agent00 wrote: »
    Raughn wrote: »
    I normally don't get these things, but you're making a pretty convincing argument. I was already planning to take Airborne to PAX anyway since it sounds like a lot of attendees tend to get sick, but if I can build a super-power against a specific virus that will likely be there, I might as well.

    Just had to put this out there: Airborne is a sham

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    Hah, part of me was thinking as much. I think I was hoping for a placebo effect.

    And I have a childish fascination with dissolving tablets. :)

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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    Let's not make this an "argue about what is really the best thing for health" thread. Given the exceptional spread of flu this year, the flu shot awareness is a good idea, but the rest doesn't need to be re-hashed over and over.

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    Red RegexRed Regex Visioneer, Red Foe Games MassachusettsRegistered User regular
    If you get a flu shot at one of the big chains (CVS, Target, etc.) and insurance doesn't cover it, be sure to ask about discounts because most of them have pretty significant ones available if you ask. Showing my AAA card knocked it from $35 to $8, and they listed about a dozen similar ways to get a discount.

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    Cloud25XDCloud25XD Registered User regular
    I was in Boston all day walking around town then at a show a few days ago. I think im good. I was also there for 2 weeks this summer.

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    Cloud25XDCloud25XD Registered User regular
    Also it will be gone by the time Pax arrives.

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    SpicyMeatsSpicyMeats Victoria BCRegistered User regular
    If anyone else is flying out from b.c. (Victoria woot), I went and got mine from a shoppers drug mart and there free with your bc care card (this may be general knowledge but I had never gotten one before and was presently suprised)

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    tortured3tortured3 Registered User regular
    Already got it

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    Agent00Agent00 Tucson, AZRegistered User regular
    Cloud25XD wrote: »
    I was in Boston all day walking around town then at a show a few days ago. I think im good. I was also there for 2 weeks this summer.

    This is irrelevant. There will be tens of thousands of people from far and wide converging in a small area, not to mention fellow travelers going elsewhere on connecting flights. There is absolutely no reason to not get a flu shot other than cost, and it really should be another cost factored into your budget for PAX.
    Cloud25XD wrote: »
    Also it will be gone by the time Pax arrives.

    Not necessarily: cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2012-2013.htm#peak

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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2013
    Agent00 wrote: »
    There is absolutely no reason to not get a flu shot other than cost, and it really should be another cost factored into your budget for PAX.

    Ok, last warning. This is not a debate thread.

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    nimrodblacknimrodblack High Council of Useless Knowledge BostonishRegistered User regular
    Geeking out:
    There is a lot of bad information out there about the flu shot lets be specific. Its based on a protein strand that they believe will be contained in most of the prevelant virus in a given year. There is a lot of work that goes into the building of the vaccine and in a given year it will give you a 60-90% protection rate from year to year. There is a lot of evidence being discovered lately that these proteins are similar among other bugs that are passed around this time of year. So although its not advertised this vaccine is actually helping versus other things as well.

    Think of it like a game. Would you take a +60-90% chance of repelling Debuffs/StatusEffects/and DoTs? I think we all know what needs to be done.

    lots of good info in this thread...washing hands, showering, changing clothes daily....hand sanitizer.

    Also this year there are really good reports coming our from health care providers saying if you do get the flu this year Tamiflu (sp?) is working very well.

    I have lived in Boston for years and travel quite a bit. The Flu will not be over in March. Be smart and stay healthy.
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    Agent00Agent00 Tucson, AZRegistered User regular
    edited January 2013
    I am not debating. I am educating. I feel this is a very important topic and one where bad information should be debunked. If you feel you need to take action, do it.

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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    Like it or not, saying that a flu shot needs to be in someone's pax budget and that there's no reason to not get a shot is absolutely debate territory.

    If folks in this thread would like to debate the potential merits of flu shots, that's a topic for the Debate and Discourse subforum.

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    vttymvttym Ardent Gamer Northern NJRegistered User regular
    I would like to add that to those of you who have already gotten the flu, you should still consider a flu shot - there are 3 dominant strains (H1N1, H3N2, and B) this year, and you likely only picked up one of those. The flu shot will help protect you from all 3, so it helps reduce your chance of getting the others.

    Some info on the vaccine for this season: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/vaccine-selection.htm

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    PoisonPinkFluffPoisonPinkFluff Registered User regular
    I missed my flu shot last year and yes, I cam home from PAX sick and tested positive for influenza. A shot is a good idea. I have never been that sick in my entire life.

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