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If it smells like a pig, do we have to make a joke about it being pork?

Now that the swine flu has become an issue, is there a way to see if the "pig odor" part of the stimulus bill and such a joke on the media for a few days might have contained money to study things like containing swine flu outbreaks? [more inside]
posted by katyjack on May 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Swine Flu Fallout

Swine flu: I have just returned this weekend from the Yucatan Peninsula Coast, Mexico. I feel fine and I am not concerned that I have contracted "the Flu". But here's my concern: [more inside]
posted by sequin on Apr 27, 2009 - 16 answers

I need a table of deaths by state due to flu in 1918!

Where can I find a state-by-state breakdown of deaths in the 1918 flu pandemic in the US? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Apr 14, 2009 - 4 answers

Heal me, Hivemind!

I'm unbelievably sick, probably from running around in the freezing rain. What can I do to get better by tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Mar 13, 2009 - 36 answers

Go to work or stay home?

Flufilter: It hit me like a freight train on Friday-went to the doc, and yes, it's the flu. My question for the hivemind is this: Do I try to go back to work tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Mar 1, 2009 - 15 answers

How can I not get the flu?

How can I avoid getting the flu? I have gotten spooked by a couple coworkers who got SICK from the flu, which they caught from their kids, and I am very intent on avoiding the same fate (trouble coming out of both ends). Short of covering myself in saranwrap and lysol, and then hiding in an ICBM silo, what do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by allen8219 on Feb 23, 2009 - 21 answers


Is there any utility to this quasi-germophobic tic I've developed? [more inside]
posted by The Straightener on Dec 31, 2008 - 16 answers

How to baby the flu

How to help a baby with the flu? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Dec 24, 2008 - 16 answers

What's causing the yucky taste?

I have a cold, and my mouth tastes yucky. What specifically is happening? [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Jul 4, 2008 - 8 answers

Why is my nose numb after the flu?

I've had the flu for a few days, but woke up with something totally new to me: my nose is numb. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by waxpancake on Mar 27, 2008 - 3 answers

tea, soup, sympathy and what else?

It's official: my girlfriend has the flu. Give me ideas of things I can do to help and comfort her while we ride this thing out.
posted by palegirl on Feb 28, 2008 - 27 answers

Help me breathe!

Can you help my nasal congestion? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn on Feb 17, 2008 - 10 answers

This flu tastes terrrible

I am on the trailing edge of a bout of flu, and I have a persistent bitter taste when I drink any fluids. Doesn't seem to be there when I eat things, only drink them. Has anyone else experienced this? When do I get my taste-buds back?
posted by mzurer on Jan 26, 2008 - 9 answers

i think i turned cubist for a sec there.

sometimes out of nowhere, my sense of physical orientation gets all messed up and i feel like i'm crooked. huh? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme on Dec 29, 2007 - 13 answers

Damn the flu!

I'm sick of the flu. What will speed my recovery? [more inside]
posted by Smalltown Girl on Dec 26, 2007 - 16 answers

Flu with no fever???

You're not my doctor, but please help diagnose me! I have what seems like it might be influenza, without a fever-aching joints, extreme fatigue, chills, no running nose or other cold symptoms. It's Sunday, doc is closed, and I really would like to figure this out before Monday. [more inside]
posted by purenitrous on Dec 23, 2007 - 11 answers

Healthy bunny! Healthy me!

Will I give my new bunny the flu? [more inside]
posted by honeyx on Dec 4, 2007 - 7 answers

Help figure out what this disease is!

My lady friend has been sick for a year, and nobody can figure out what's wrong. Has anyone had any experience with this kind of sickness? [more inside]
posted by omnipotentq on Sep 28, 2007 - 46 answers

Bee Sting Allergy or Coincidental Flu?

I need inside information from the "hive" mind. Did a bee sting give me flu-like symptoms, or did I just get an unrelated virus on the same day as the sting? More inside: [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Jul 14, 2007 - 6 answers

Healthy Dry, Sick Humid

Feeling better in dry conditions and sick in humid places: common? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 28, 2007 - 11 answers

What's Up With My Flu/Cold?

Medical Advice/Common Sense Filter: This is my second week of having pretty serious flu symptoms. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on May 13, 2007 - 13 answers

What the hell was wrong with me?

Does the famed "24 hour bug" really exist, and if so, what is it? [more inside]
posted by Mavri on Apr 25, 2007 - 6 answers

Palliatives for the common cold?

An elementary question: I've got a cold. What remed(ies) should I take to feel better? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Feb 20, 2007 - 41 answers

Youth and the avian flu

Reasonable explanation why most victims of avian (and 1918) flu epidemic were young. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc on Feb 6, 2007 - 13 answers

I just want to feel better.

Last Thursday I was diagnosed with the flu. Sunday I was diagnosed with a sinus infection. Today is Monday and I do not feel even the slightest bit better. Help! [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Jan 22, 2007 - 14 answers

Homesickness at home.

Nasal congestion on waking... A few possible causes, but a lot of them are ruled out. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jan 13, 2007 - 13 answers

Why should homemade oral rehydration solution not be boiled?

Why should homemade oral rehydration solution not be boiled? [more inside]
posted by oats on Dec 12, 2006 - 6 answers

Under pressure

I think I have the flu. Should I stay in bed or run 5K?
posted by four panels on Dec 11, 2006 - 15 answers

Flu shot = Arm Ache!

Flu shot arm ache: Any way to make it go away? [more inside]
posted by sirion on Nov 17, 2006 - 10 answers

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Pregnant women are advised to get the flu vaccine. Pregnant women are also advised to avoid mercury. The vast majority of the flu vaccine stock available in the US contains thimerosol. Should a pregnant woman get vaccinated with a flu vaccine that contains thimerosol? Does your answer vary depending on the stage of pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Oct 10, 2006 - 26 answers

I'm a snot factory, help!

Why is it I seem to get head colds so easily? [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Oct 4, 2006 - 35 answers

Corporate Pandemic Planning

Corporate Pandemic Flu Planning: I'm looking for model corporate planning guides that our company can learn and borrow from. The best I've found so far is this 3M Corporate Planning Guide -- and want more of the same. I'm not looking for general information (like CDC Checklists or HHS Plans). I want something produced by a corporation to meet business continuation planning needs. So either something like this 3M plan, or some type of template like it. My email address is in my profile, if that's helpful.
posted by nancoix on Aug 15, 2006 - 6 answers

'Health is not valued till sickness comes.' - Thomas Fuller

I need to strengthen my immune system. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Apr 14, 2006 - 25 answers

Can I suffer through a fever and expect to get better sooner?

If a fever is the human body's response to pathogens, does taking medicine to bring down one's fever increase recovery time? If this is true, is it true of all medicines that treat cold/flu symptoms?
posted by Mayor Curley on Mar 21, 2006 - 11 answers

The Mormons and roaches will outlive us all...

In light of the US Govt dancing around the 'S' word, help me build a small stockpile preferably with recipes or a cooking list and any general advice about stockpiling... [more inside]
posted by unixrat on Mar 20, 2006 - 13 answers

Can you take your own temperature without a thermometer?

Can you take your own temperature without a thermometer? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus on Mar 4, 2006 - 10 answers

Bird Flu Vaccine?

Bird Flu Vaccine Are we safe? [more inside]
posted by malhaley on Feb 13, 2006 - 4 answers

How do you and your significant other deal with one of you being/getting the cold or flu?

How do you and your significant other deal with one of you being/getting sick (cold/flu/etc)? Does the sick one make any attempt to avoid getting the other sick? If so, how?
posted by sdis on Feb 7, 2006 - 22 answers

Tissues and Irritated Skin?

How do you avoid irritated skin around the nostrils when you have a cold? [more inside]
posted by cm on Jan 23, 2006 - 31 answers

How can I end my chronic illness?

How can I end my chronic illness? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky on Jan 16, 2006 - 17 answers

Your best sickness prevention methods:

Let's hear your method for preventing colds and other sicknesses! [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Dec 5, 2005 - 66 answers

Is the flu vaccine worth it?

Is there a good reason for a healthy, relatively young person to get a flu shot? [more inside]
posted by Sully6 on Nov 18, 2005 - 51 answers

Avian flu != Regular Flu?

Is regular flu vaccine effective against the avian flu?
posted by blue_beetle on Oct 22, 2005 - 12 answers

Grab bag of symptoms

Under the weather... [more inside]
posted by Rothko on Oct 3, 2005 - 23 answers

Online pharmacies a scam?

Are online pharmacies a total scam? I'd like some tamiflu, but don't want my doctor to think I'm a tinfoil-hatted drug-seeking nutso. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2005 - 9 answers

Tips for working while sick?

Any tips for getting through a day at work while feeling flu-ish? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jul 6, 2005 - 14 answers

Bird Flu Pandemics

I just read a wire story stating that, "hundreds of thousands of people may die and one quarter of the work force could be absent if Britain were hit by a bird flu pandemic said." How seriously should we be worried?
posted by trinarian on Mar 22, 2005 - 22 answers

Surviving the Pandemic

Assuming the Avian Flu pandemic become reality within the next year or two, what preparations should a rational first-world citizen undertake? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Mar 4, 2005 - 33 answers

My nose is bleeding

About three weeks ago I had a nasty cold. Headache, congestion, nose running 24-7. Since then, I wake up every morning to blow my nose out, thick, green, blood speckled mucus having accumulated there. This morning I blew my nose and afterwards a fresh stream of blood poured out. I've never had a nosebleed in my life nor have I ever stuffed any junk up there. Does this warrant a visit to the doctor? ps: I'm not a hypochondriac, it's just that I've never been sick.
posted by jsavimbi on Feb 28, 2005 - 23 answers

How does contagion work with the cold and flu?

Cold/Flu Contagion:

1) Is there any truth to the rumor that "once you manifest symptoms, you're no longer contagious?"
2) If you're recovering from one illness, are you more or less suceptible to others? eg: If I've just gotten over a cold, is my immune system weak and susceptible to strep throat? Or is it on high-alert and likely to protect me better?
3) Following on number 2, why don't more people get multiple viruses/bugs at once, or in rapid sequence? Anecdotally, it seems that most people enjoy an interval of good health after recovering from something. Is that true?
posted by scarabic on Feb 16, 2005 - 4 answers

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