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Stomach Flu Stats
updated: Jan 27, 2014, 9:48 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

How many people got, or know someone who got, stomach flu last week? After I rapidly became sick, I heard lots of stories of others getting the same rapid sickness all around the same week. It reminded me of the outbreak on the cruise ships, any connection to those visiting SB? I'm just curious if there are any folks who've noticed the same phenomenon.

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 COMMENT 489607 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 09:57 AM

yup. 3 weeks ago. over a 24hr period, went from well to really sick back to well again.

the sick part was not good...at all.


 COMMENT 489611P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 10:02 AM

I had 3 employees over the last 4 days say they've had it when calling in sick & my cousin had it last week


 COMMENT 489613 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 10:06 AM

Have there been any cruise ships in town in the past week or so to coincide with the outbreak last week? There have certainly been loads of flights arriving and hundreds of buses bringing visitors from all over, not to mention the thousands traveling by car.


 COMMENT 489615P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 10:14 AM

I guess the question you're really trying to ask is about gastroenteritis, because there really is no such thing as "stomach flu". Personally, I don't know anyone and haven't heard of anybody being sick lately except for the TV news stories trying to sell the flu shot.

(Not splitting hairs here, I just want everyone to know that whatever gastroenteritis virus happens to be in circulation, NO flu vaccine will protect against it.)


 COMMENT 489616 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 10:14 AM

Its a virus, there is no such thing as the stomach flu. Its called norovirus.


 COMMENT 489619 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 10:26 AM

My sister-in-law's entire family (four of them) had it and it was BAD.


 COMMENT 489620 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 10:26 AM

Several local senior communities along with hospital emegency rooms were crippled with this outbreak


 COMMENT 489622 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 10:30 AM

I know many people who got it, or something like you are describing, from all around CA. Some people were sick for over a week and many had high fevers that lasted days. Wash your hands and cover your mouths. It is NO fun to be sick!


 COMMENT 489623 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 10:34 AM

Its been going around since November. If you have avoided it, get ready, your turn is coming soon.


 COMMENT 489625P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 10:39 AM

Isn't it interesting that there's NO vaccine for Norovirus, a virus that easily spreads and makes a LOT of people REALLY sick?

Why is this? Probably because Big Pharma can't get away with the scam it pulls with the regular flu shot, i.e., flu vaccines are completely worthless and vaccine makers rely on the fact that most people just aren't going to get the flu even they DON'T get vaccinated.


 COMMENT 489627 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 10:45 AM

One teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in 8oz of water, really helps knock out the germs and keep them from getting a good foothold.


 COMMENT 489628 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 10:49 AM

Ate Rusty's Pizza from Carrillo location Saturday night around 7p, woke up in the middle of the night doubled over in pain...vomiting and diarrhea ever since. Felt a little better this morning, still afraid to eat anything just been drinking water and gatorade.


 COMMENT 489631 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 10:54 AM

We usually eat at home and neither of us has had the stomach virus in a very long time. You never know who is in the kitchen at a restaurant.


 COMMENT 489632 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 10:54 AM

My son became very ill very quickly yesterday, nauseous and achy and now has a high fever and in bed. He had a flu shot in September.


 COMMENT 489637 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 11:14 AM

If it is a 24 hour thing, it is food poisoning.

This other thing lasts at least a week, and several coworkers and their families have had it in Ventura County.


 COMMENT 489638 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 11:16 AM

I know many people who got it who did not share meals.


 COMMENT 489643P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 11:25 AM

wash your hands wash your hands wash your hands. Try your best not to touch your face (eye's, nose, mouth).


 COMMENT 489648P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 11:37 AM

My husband got a flu on the eve of Christmas day, and I got it the day after.

This last week I've had a heck of a cold - and it's been 5 years since I've had one. My husband is just showing signs of it. Varied friends we've cancelled plans with this week have said they know of others with bad colds now. I know OP asked about flu - but colds also seem to be rampant.


 COMMENT 489649 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 11:41 AM

Both my parents had it about a month ago. My siblings in San Diego had it a few weeks ago. I am up in SF and 2 of my coworkers had it last week. It's going around all over the place.


 COMMENT 489653P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 11:50 AM

The surf was up. Of course your employees called in sick. . .


 COMMENT 489654 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 11:51 AM

625....the common cold is a virus and we still have no cure or vaccine for that.


 COMMENT 489656 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 11:58 AM

625 - According to news reports there is a vacinne in the works for the Novovirus that is showing promise in reducing the time frame and severity of the "Hershey Squirts" and other symptoms.

Keep your fingers crossed.


 COMMENT 489660 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 12:08 PM

I got it Tuesday night through Friday, finally able to keep something down Saturday. Sunday all better. That was nasty, nasty, nasty!


 COMMENT 489661 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 12:09 PM

i had it bad and was told to show up at my post or i was fired. wounder how many people i passed it on too.


 COMMENT 489663P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 12:11 PM

Yes, there was in fact a cruise ship here 2wks ago. Another arrives on 1/29, so let's see if norovirus, aka stomach flu spikes up.


 COMMENT 489665 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 12:17 PM

Wife and I both had it in succession Thanksgiving week. Bad parts lasted 3-4 days, but neither of us were fully healthy again for about 10 days.

I had no vomiting, but wife had both ends.


 COMMENT 489669 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 12:26 PM

Our doctor gave me these tips awhile back, and they've helped: Don't touch the checkout stand at a store. Use a key to type in tour PIN or on elevator buttons. Don't touch doors with your hands, use a tissue. Wipe down grocery carts with sanitizer. Never shake hands or hug.


 COMMENT 489674 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 12:48 PM

My daughter had it - out sick three days, couldn't even keep water down the first 24 hours. Low fever along with it, so we knew it was a virus. Plus she and I had eaten the same things for the past 72+ hours and I was fine...

It's a nasty one. Wash, wash, wash your hands... and wash them some more!


 COMMENT 489679 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 01:05 PM

I think that linking a local flu bug to recent cruise ships that visited, that aren't reporting outbreaks in the news, is sort of a far stretch. These viruses go around like crazy, especially when it's hot in the day and cold at night, it's normal this time of year for sure.


 COMMENT 489680P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 01:05 PM

My mother-in-law was admitted two weeks ago to Cottage downtown for several days with severe norovirus symptoms. She lives in a local senior community where they have quarantined the residents in their apartments. This can be a very serious illness for elders. I understand it spreads both in the air and by touching contaminated surfaces. Wash your hands frequently and wear a mask if you need to be around someone who has it.


 COMMENT 489685 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 01:29 PM

All of our household, including the dog got hit. 24-48 hour thing. Staff at work and family got it. Three of six friends surveyed. This virus seems to have had pretty good market penetration. Thank goodness it's not something truly dangerous. PS: acidophilus caps/yogurt and lots of fluids can help a little to shorten the course of the illness and perhaps keep it more tolerable. PS2: please stop calling everything "the flu." If you get the real flu, you'll know.


 COMMENT 489688 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 01:40 PM

Re: the **flu** vs the official Influenza "Flu". I think everyone understands the difference, it's like calling tissue Kleenex or tape Scotch tape.


 COMMENT 489695 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 02:43 PM

Five people in our family had the bug last Wed. and Thurs. Ugh!


 COMMENT 489701 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 03:01 PM

I had one night, was so awful. Woke up the next day feeling fine. My husband was like "How could you have been so sick last night and now your are fine?" I don't know, quick stomach thing-a-ma-jig that was not fun at all while it lasted.


 COMMENT 489721 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 03:59 PM

Forget the cruise ship paranoia. I've been on two: a Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. Those crew members are beyond compulsive about cleaning. There are hand sanitizing stations everywhere. If a passenger so much as sneezes and then touches a handrail, there'll be some there within a minutes with disinfectant and towels. Throw up problem? A mini HAZMAT team will be there in seconds. Passenger coughs at the buffet table and poof! Curtain pulled down and the food is gone.

Of course none of that will prevent a person who is ill with a contagious bug from spreading it, somewhere, among the other 3,000 people living in close quarters.


 COMMENT 489739 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 04:35 PM

721 - Funny that you mention Royal Caribbean, as one of their ships is right now bee-lining back to home port to get the 600+ violently ill people off the ship so that they can sanitize.

The combination of common eating / lounging areas and air supply / circulation, together with generally out-of-shape clientele, make these cruise ships a viruses wet dream.

But once they step foot off the ship, the risk of spreading the virus goes down exponentially.


 COMMENT 489813 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 06:55 PM

I had the standard flu (no stomach upset but didn't feel like eating and high fever for 5 days and 2+ weeks before feeling back to normal). However, research shows that H1N1 has more stomach upset than the standard flu.


 COMMENT 489817 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 07:03 PM

Yup, it's the tourists fault. Let's ban them and encourage a healthier money source. Like what? Fracking? Too bad we don't have coal to mine or factories to put out crap. I say welcome tourists, you've made SB pretty nice for a lot of years.


 COMMENT 489826 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 07:52 PM

I did NOT get a flu shot...and I have NOT been sick. Those I know, who got sick, had the stupid shot.


 COMMENT 489836P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 08:25 PM

Mild case here; just a queazy feeling. Called docs office this morning about something else and was told they were jammed with folks with gastro problems..... As my old doc used to say "Rest and force fluids."


 COMMENT 489840P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 08:50 PM

OMG blame it on the cruise ship!


 COMMENT 489849P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-27 11:00 PM

Thanks 685. People in general generally call any viral infection "the flu." Influenza is so much worse. And no, there's no "stomach flu," it could be any well-known bacteria, or virus, causing gastroenteritis. Get a stool culture if you want to know if it's bacterial.

Along with gatorade, water, jello & broth, do some research; just check out the CDC page for "food poisoning." I think if you can use edhat you can do that much.

"itis" means inflammation, thus you have gastrITIS, tendonITIS, otITIS, bursITIS, and dozens others, with unknown causes unless it's examined, cultured or something diagnostic is done.
Right now I have nasopharyngitis, also known as the common cold.


 COMMENT 489865 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 07:16 AM

I did not get the Flu shot, and I did get the Flu, aches, fever, congestion, sinus infection requiring antibiotics, tired, have still not recovered fully after 3 weeks.

Does that disprove the I don't get the flu shots I don't get the flu theory? Or am I the exception that proves the rule?


 COMMENT 489873 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 07:40 AM

Why do these things always devolve into a few people trying to prove:
A. that they know more than the rest of us about medical conditions or whatever (like nobody else knows how to google things or read)
B. everyone else (besides them of course) are "sheep-le" under the thrall of "big pharma" and some government conspiracy
C. We sheep don't even know what "the flu" is D. Oh yeah, don't get vaccinated, because it doesn't work
E. blame it on tourists, immigrants, out-of-towners,....etc


 COMMENT 489887P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 08:34 AM

I just got it yesterday!


 COMMENT 489895 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 08:53 AM

One must be careful about connecting these intestinal illnesses to a particular source. The incubation period can differ between viruses as can the response from person's immuno-systems which also may differ from one person to another. The infection or exposure may have occurred a day or two (or even longer) before any symptoms show up.


 COMMENT 489900 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 09:01 AM

I had it for 8 days (week ago Sat to this last Sunday) and it was no bueno. For those that have seen Bridesmaids, I unfortunately was Maya Rudolph on Saturday and every time through the week that I thought I was over it I went a running again. BRAT diet didn't help, just was in less misery when it hit. No vomitting, just nausea. Hubby and baby were both fine so initially thought it was food poisoning.


 COMMENT 489912P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 09:33 AM

I got it yesterday and had taken the flu shot. Doesn't cover this norovirus. I also take several swigs of cider vinegar in water during the day on a regular basis, this didn't stop it.
It's a mean one. You just had to ride it out (or let it ride you out).


 COMMENT 489925 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 10:02 AM

My 9 year old daughter had it Saturday night. At school Monday morning 7 kids were out and the teacher asked how many kids got sick during the weekend and everyone but 2 raised their hands. Luckily the stomach flu for her was very quick. She threw up once and was sick for about 6 hours after that.


 COMMENT 489936 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 10:25 AM

Poor personal hygiene, poor cleaning/sanitation in homes and public places....disinfect your phone and if you transport kids remember to wipe down the surfaces in the car or van. If you can break the 'transmission' cycle you can keep it at bay.
I'd second 669's suggestions. It isn't stomach flu it is a virus - norovirus, salmonella, e coli....transmitted thru sneezes, coughs, poor personal hygiene and touching contaminated surfaces....wash your hands folks, dry them on a single use disposable towel....send your infected employees home, keep your kids out of school...


 COMMENT 489948 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 10:53 AM

I blew chunks in the kitchen sink too. This thing is no joke. Chicken soup helped a lot.


 COMMENT 489962 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 11:09 AM

The claim that vaccines are worthless is a dangerous science-denying lie. Because of it, there's a whooping cough epidemic in the U.S.


 COMMENT 490108 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 04:58 PM

962-some vaccines work most of the time...like the one you mentioned, and some are hit and miss. The flu vaccine is hit and miss...and unfortunately it has become endorsed by many who think it is a cure, when in reality it is only minimal protection. Read the website...look at all the exclusions, that is why some of us dont get a flu shot..it just doesnt work much of the time, and it has bad side effects...you really cannot lump a flu shot in with other serious illnesses, the reasons employers want employees to get the flu shot is to keep them working, so that production is high. It isnt a fear of death thing, like some of the "real" vaccines. I wish we had a better way to distinguish those that are needed to save lives and those that are of convenience. The flu shot is definitely one of convenience


 COMMENT 490195 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 11:02 PM

Flu vaccines are formulated yearly based on the types of influenzas circulating worldwide (or in the opposite hemisphere). They can be pretty effective if you are exposed to one of the strains in the vaccine or one closely related. The 24 hour illness being discussed is not influenza, and a flu vaccination would not protect a person from it.

962 - the whooping cough vaccination was changed to an acellular formulation due to the high rate of adverse reactions to the whole-cell vaccine. Recent research indicates that the acellular vaccination will protect people vaccinated with it, but makes them into "carriers" of whooping cough for some weeks after if they are exposed to the illness. So, the researchers concluded that vaccinated people actually have been spreading whooping cough and that the resurgence of whooping cough was primarily due to the change in formulation, not fewer people being vaccinated.


 COMMENT 490228 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 08:25 AM

This is a common norovirus. Not a flu. No vaccine for it yet, but the best way to prevent this is to simply wash your hands! Especially before you eat! Wash themm! That's how it spreads; contaminated surfaces or other people and your mouth, eww. People are contagious for up to 3 days after from their POOP (GROSS) so wasshh youurr haaaands! Bleach and Lysol Brand III spray kill it. However, the virus itself is usually harmless and is gone quicker than the common cold. Seriously people, wash your hands!! An old wives tale says grape seed extract pills and grape juice help prevent it...makes your stomach too acidic for the virus to survive.


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