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Old 09-10-2018, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Olympia area (for now)
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You can maybe fight off minor bugs with good health.

I am a person in I consider great health. I eat right and exercise and I can go for long periods of time without getting sick. That said, I worked as a teachers aide at an elementary school a few years ago. I got sick a lot. Little germy hands all over everything. I did recover out of a cold very quickly and I do attribute that to my taking care of myself.
But a healthy body can only do so much and it will not fight off a flu bug. You may get better sooner, but influenza will knock you down.
I believe that good health can go a long way in preventing every bug that comes around. As far as the flu, I’ve been around coworkers who had it and didn’t catch it, but went after it early. I’m sure Tamiflu would help if you got the vaccine early, and so would hitting it with all the vitamins, herbs, healthy juices, extra C and extra rest you can manage. I’ve found there is only about a one day window to prevent it from developing into a full blown case. If you give yourself enough support, sometimes it will be a very mild case for a few days, or luckily nothing at all.

 
Old 09-11-2018, 07:44 AM
 
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It is an interesting question to ponder. My husband got the flu one year, maybe ten years ago and I was the one who was taking care of him. I thought for sure I would get it but didn’t. No one else in the house got it either. A few years ago my daughter got the flu and again, I was her caretaker around the clock. I didn’t get it that year either and neither did anyone else in the house in spite of very close and constant exposure.
Asymptomatic, maybe? Although they say that the flu "mutates" all the time, possible that you had the particular strain of the flu in the past and had enough antibodies to it to fight it off? "Get the vaccination, or get the disease". Immunity. If catching measles gives you immunity to measles in the future, why not with the flu as well?

Sorry, I cannot provide links, but I have read articles on both the 1918 and 2009 flu pandemics. In both it seemed to affect children and young adults more than older people. The articles speculated it was because the older adults had lived through previous pandemic similar strains and had developed antibodies to it. Of course, this won't sell flu shots.

Edit: My husband has had the flu several times and I didn't catch it from him. I also worked in public schools and didn't catch the flu from the kids or other staff members. Asymptomatic? Antibodies from previous flues? I am almost 70 and have never had a flu shot.
 
Old 09-11-2018, 09:22 AM
 
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Thank you very much for asking!. I am sorry I can't be longer in my computer. I slept too much this weekend, especially after coming home from office the last friday. I had fever in thursday and friday, I don't have fever at this moment but I am still congested, with mouth sores (usually appears when I am in this situation). Today I went to work, but I left as soon as possible just to get at home and rest at bed. You can call this a cold, I don't know, but I have the same symptoms at least once a year. Now I know that I couldn't stand at office on friday, luckily they allowed me to leave, but I am using my free time to rest at bed. I am starting to feel better, but being congested is uncomfortable.

Glad to hear that you are feeling a bit better.
 
Old 09-11-2018, 11:13 AM
 
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