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Old 04-13-2018, 04:30 PM
 
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No tests are 100% accurate. Neither are doctors. Part of life.
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Old 04-27-2018, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Update: Now, more kids have died this year than in 2014-15; 151 so far. Total that year was 148.
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm
Another update. 160 pediatric deaths to date. Very sad.
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm
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Old 04-27-2018, 01:13 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Isnít there a simple test for flu? Iím no doctor, but the one you had the bad fortune to get should have known that you dont just throw antibiotics at a person unless you are sure.
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Old 04-28-2018, 05:03 AM
 
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Isnít there a simple test for flu? Iím no doctor, but the one you had the bad fortune to get should have known that you dont just throw antibiotics at a person unless you are sure.
and just because they're thrown, doesn't mean you need to catch them.

Sadly, patients run the healthcare business and if the patient demands antibiotics, you give them antibiotics. Super Bugs be damned...as long as the patient is happy and will give rate you positively on a survey.
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Old 04-28-2018, 10:13 AM
 
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Isnít there a simple test for flu? Iím no doctor, but the one you had the bad fortune to get should have known that you dont just throw antibiotics at a person unless you are sure.
Its really not that simple. I've had children who have developed a strep infection after testing negatively for strep. Practicing as a physician involves clinical judgement as well as simply giving tests to a patient. If a patient has a bright red sore throat and a temperature, it may be good clinical judgment to start them on an antibiotic even with a negative strep test. The tests are not infallible. Flu will generally get better on its own with bed rest and plenty of liquids. A strep infection will often not get better on its own. In this case, the kid got better and that is what is important.
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Old 07-10-2018, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Yup. Not to mention there are plenty of NEGATIVE strep tests that are subsequently sent for culture and come back positive. Then would you be mad she went three days WITHOUT antibiotics based on a test that is known to sometimes be unreliable?

Until late in this flu season, your daughter would not have fit the CDC recommended group of people to get Tamiflu anyway. Part of the reason they are now in the last couple of months recommending it is to curb the spread.

And all this media hysteria of people dying is just that. Hysteria. Yes. Some young people died of flu. This happens every single year. More kids died in the 2014-15 season and people are all freaked out by this season thanks to the media. Great.
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Update: Now, more kids have died this year than in 2014-15; 151 so far. Total that year was 148.
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm
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Another update. 160 pediatric deaths to date. Very sad.
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm
From the same source as above, now 176 pediatric flu deaths. In a couple months, maybe even next month, docs will start getting their vaccine for the fall/winter 2018-19. Get your kid a flu shot, and get one yourself while you're at it.
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