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Old 01-18-2014, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Since we are in flu season, anyone sick enough to go to the hospital who has respiratory problems or pneumonia will probably be tested for flu. However, since the test may not be positive in everyone with flu, many people will be treated as if they have it anyway if the clinical picture looks like flu. Also, if a specific ER has tested a lot of people and is getting a high rate of positives, they may just skip the test at this point in the season.

Some folks who have been vaccinated will still get the flu, so having the vaccine does not rule out the diagnosis.

You are still saying "probably" and then "probably not" under other circumstances.
That really does answer my question. Thank you.

 
Old 01-18-2014, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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You are still saying "probably" and then "probably not" under other circumstances.
That really does answer my question. Thank you.
Yes, it will depend on the circumstances. Flu is not evenly spread over the country.
 
Old 01-18-2014, 11:26 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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You are still saying "probably" and then "probably not" under other circumstances.
That really does answer my question. Thank you.
I gave you an example of someone who was not tested. His hospitalization was about 6 weeks ago.
 
Old 01-18-2014, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I gave you an example of someone who was not tested. His hospitalization was about 6 weeks ago.
That example had absolutely nothing to do with my question.
I wouldn't expect a test for influenza to be given to somebody presenting with a broken toe.
 
Old 01-18-2014, 12:19 PM
 
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I think what old cold is asking is if a standard universal protocol exists at hospitals to test everyone who shows up at the hospital with flu symptom, for the flu. Is that correct, old cold?
 
Old 01-18-2014, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I think what old cold is asking is if a standard universal protocol exists at hospitals to test everyone who shows up at the hospital with flu symptom, for the flu. Is that correct, old cold?
With pneumonia symptoms and when those people answer ,yes, they have had a flu shot
Believe me, if you present with pneumonia-like symptoms, you are asked if you have had a flu shot.
 
Old 01-18-2014, 12:33 PM
 
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With pneumonia symptoms and when those people answer ,yes, they have had a flu shot
Believe me, if you present with pneumonia-like symptoms, you are asked if you have had a flu shot.
OK, that makes sense. I doubt anyone here will be able to answer though as someone would have to know the standard protocol for testing for every hospital and I can't imagine that anyone would have that information as I'm sure there are variations.
 
Old 01-18-2014, 12:40 PM
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No one on this forum works in a hospital, AFAIK. We are ALL basing our answers on our experience.
 
Old 01-18-2014, 12:51 PM
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With pneumonia symptoms and when those people answer ,yes, they have had a flu shot
Believe me, if you present with pneumonia-like symptoms, you are asked if you have had a flu shot.
All the time? In each and every case? How do you know this?
 
Old 01-18-2014, 12:54 PM
 
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All the time? In each and every case? How do you know this?
Believe you me!
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