I keep reading headlines about the widespread flu outbreak through out the country, but I don't know a single person who has had it. Perhaps it's worse in the Midwest and the east coast? Was just wondering how many on this board have had the flu or have family members with the flu. If so, did it seem particularly bad?
I am getting over the flu currently, my boys both had it last week, and now my SO is showing signs. We live on the east coast in Maryland. They are advising people if you have it to stay home for a few days, we've been home for 2 days.
I jsut took my oldest to the doc today here in town. My oldest and youngest have a stomach virus (fever, throwing up, ect). I asked (as I always do), whats going around. He said that we have a nasty upper respiratory infection (viral) going around, but no one has tested positive for the flu so far in our town. In the next small town over, there have been two positive tests, and in the next town past that maybe half a dozen. So its here in the valley, but not an epidemic yet.
Guess there have been a few positive cases of whooping cough this winter as well, but nothing widespread.
I had it before Christmas and both my boys got it and yes, it was bad. By the time I was seen by my doctor, I had passed the optimum window to received TamiFlu and it took me a good 2 weeks before I was feeling back to myself. As soon as the boys were symptomatic, I called their pedi and got TamiFlu for them both, which shortened the duration.
Luckily DH was away on a short deployment, so he didn't get it.