My First Hand Experience
I am finally emerging from my bed after at least four awful days with the Flu. It started on Friday. I woke up and felt pretty normal, maybe a little sore but I figured it was from skiing the previous day. I only had my "regular symptoms" that most of us with small children suffer with from December to April. A little bit of a stuffy nose, a dry scratchy throat but nothing too noticeable until about noon and then it became apparent that this was not just a little sniffle. It was like I got hit by a ton of bricks and haven't slept for a week. I left work to go home to rest and then I started to get a fever and chills. I went to the urgent care on Saturday morning and it was confirmed. Flu , type A. The nurse practitioner told me type A is usually a little worse than B and that she is seeing more A this season. I don't remember the last time I had the Flu and I received my Flu shot this season but I can confirm that Flu A is awful and your going to want to do everything possible to avoid it.
This higher prevalence of Flu A is also true for Hopkinton. One of my duties as public health nurse is to monitor and investigate communicable diseases for our town and Influenza is one of them. Since last week, Hopkinton has had about 4 new cases pop up. The information I receive are only laboratory positive cases so it does not account for Flu positive cases determined by the rapid flu test like myself. Cases of Influenza are on a rise in the entire state and I would like to remind those that are not vaccinated that there is still vaccine available and it is not too late to protect yourself and your family. Influenza can be deadly, to date there have 18 deaths in Massachusetts this Flu season.