Why did I get the flu… even though I got the Flu shot??

I just read a very articulate article about the Influenza vaccine. I really wanted to write about it here but then realized that this would be pointless if ONE HUGE misconception wasn't cleared up FIRST! Influenza is NOT the 24 hour Flu [which is truly a gastroenteritis caused by a TOTALLY different bacterial or virus] Influenza is characterized by: Fever over 100.4 F (38 C) Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs Chills and sweats Headache Dry, persistent cough Fatigue and weakness Nasal congestion Sore throat 24 hour Flu is characterized by: Watery, usually nonbloody diarrhea — bloody diarrhea usually means you have another bug (shigella) Abdominal cramps and pain Nausea, vomiting or both Occasional muscle aches or headache Low-grade fever The Flu season [influenza] has begun. And…
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When I try and explain what I do for work it comes out all wrong. [caption id="attachment_9" align="alignright" width="227"] Hi, my name is Annaliese![/caption] "I run tests on blood, urine, and... other things I won't mention... things you wouldn't want to talk about at the dinner table." 😝 It makes my job sound undesirable and gives the person who asked the urge to use hand sanitizer! I don't know why I feel the need to simplify and dumb down my explanation! 📈☣️♥️🔬💉 A better answer would be... "I run diagnostic testing on body fluids to help your doctor gather clues in order to diagnose, and treat you!" That's better! I am a scientist. A detective with mad science skills! Because of what I've learned as a Medical Technologist... I can run tests that reveal your blood…
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