So, for the last two weeks, my family has been pretty sick. It first started out with my older daughter getting sick, then my younger daughter, then my wife, and now me. At first, I thought we were just catching and passing around a cold, but dude, this is no “cold” that’s going around, it’s a pretty bad flu. Check this out, according to the CDC:
However, 103 (45%) of the influenza A ( H3N2 ) viruses tested during the week ending February 12 are most closely related to a newly emerged strain of H3N2 that has been named A/California/7/2004. This strain of H3N2 has been selected for inclusion in the 2005-06 northern hemisphere vaccine.
This explains why my youngest daughter, who was the only one in our family to get a flu shot this season, got sick with the rest of us. If we were “lucky” enough to be exposed to this new strain that wasn’t part of the flu vaccine, it makes a lot of sense.
This flu will kick your ass — high fevers, dry wheezing cough, dehydration, nasal congestion, fatigue and muscle aches. My nose has been running non-stop for the last few days — it’s like there’s a slug masturbating in my sinuses or something. Frankly, I’m just sick and tired of being sick and tired. I want this to stop.