BurnettGunner wrote:What are your chances of dying from the flu, even if you contract it? I have never known an otherwise healthy person who has died from the flu. Whenever I get the flu I feel like I'm going to die, but I'm too pickled to actually die.
Nobody knows for sure and you won't likely die of the flu, you will die of something else that happened because you got the flu. You may not have realized that being too pickled has wore something out as it eventually will or you just aren't as young as you used to be and then the flu opens the door for complications related to a problem that was not diagnosed to get you.http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/us_flu-related_deaths.htm
CDC does not know exactly how many people die from seasonal flu each year. There are several reasons for this. First, states are not required to report individual seasonal flu cases or deaths of people older than 18 years of age to CDC. Second, seasonal influenza is infrequently listed on death certificates of people who die from flu-related complications. Third, many seasonal flu-related deaths occur one or two weeks after a person’s initial infection, either because the person may develop a secondary bacterial co-infection (such as bacterial pneumonia) or because seasonal influenza can aggravate an existing chronic illness (such as congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Also, most people who die from seasonal flu-related complications are not tested for flu, or they seek medical care later in their illness when seasonal influenza can no longer be detected from respiratory samples. Sensitive influenza tests are only likely to detect influenza if performed within a week after onset of illness. In addition, some commonly used tests to diagnose influenza in clinical settings are not highly sensitive and can provide false negative results (i.e. they misdiagnose flu illness as not being flu.) For these reasons, many flu-related deaths may not be recorded on death certificates. These are some of the reasons that CDC and other public health agencies in the United States and other countries use statistical models to estimate the annual number of seasonal flu-related deaths. Flu deaths in children were made a nationally notifiable condition in 2004, and since then, states have reported flu-related child deaths in the United States through the Influenza Associated Pediatric Mortality Surveillance System.
Really, the most likely death will not be you, but any old people in your life.
The MMWR study also found that during seasons when influenza A (H3N2) viruses were prominent death rates were more than double what they were during seasons when influenza A (H1N1) or influenza B viruses predominated. In addition, the study confirmed previous findings that about 90% of influenza associated deaths occur among adults 65 years and older.
Getting drunk off your ass, driving home is almost never a problem, almost. Same with the flu. You will probably be fine and you probably won't pass it on to kill grandma or someone's baby, probably.
If you are 100% sober, driving home is almost never a problem, almost. Same with the flu. You will probably be fine if you dont' get the flu shot and you probably won't pass it on to kill grandma or someone's baby, probably.
That's not an argument for drunk driving or not getting the flu shot because neither guarantees your safety or the safety of others.
There are far more flu deaths than drunk driving death, so which is more important to reduce?
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