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!)
EDIT: and by "add" I mean concur.. lol I fail at reading
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
and yes im an hour from boston
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Will be more prepared than ever for the show than the previous year. XP!!!!!
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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I had no problems with the transdermal, way better than the intramuscular one! :-D
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Iron Guard & sanitizer FTW.
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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.
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.
Not necessarily: cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2012-2013.htm#peak
Ok, last warning. This is not a debate thread.
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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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.
Some info on the vaccine for this season: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/vaccine-selection.htm