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Do you Get A Flu shot?

post #1 of 64
Thread Starter 
I just rememebered it is family flu shot day, because I have respiratory problems and so does my oldest, everybody needs one, my son gets so upset, this is not going to be a fun night It is easier to take the dogs and the cat to the vet, at least I can put them in a carrier, no way my son will fit
post #2 of 64
No way. Last time I got one I had the runs for like three days.
post #3 of 64
I definately get the flu shot!! Being a nurse, I am exposed to soooo many viruses that I definately feel I need it!
post #4 of 64
Nope, I don't. I have a healthy immune system.
post #5 of 64
I dont. I hope norachelhere reads this thread and takes the hint that she should get it this year!!
post #6 of 64
I don't because I have a lowered immune system.
post #7 of 64
Originally Posted by catcaregiver View Post
Nope, I don't. I have a healthy immune system.
actually, i have an overactive immune system. to my knowledge, i've never had any form of the flu. my mom says she doesn't remember me ever getting it, either. so i don't get a flu shot - waste of pain &
post #8 of 64
I am in the catch 22 group.... I have a immune disorder and can get the flu from the shot( no internasel for me )... Yet I am a caregiver and need to protect mom,.... I have the last few years and one time it gave me the flu
post #9 of 64
I have a flu shot in my fridge LOL but its moms. I dont get one, I dont feel like I need one, but she works at a doctors office so she gets one every year. BUT I do have to get another shot soon for Chicken Pox... fun stuff!
post #10 of 64
Never. I am lucky as I rarely ever get sick, and on the rare chance I do, it doesn't last long.
post #11 of 64
On the whole I'm pretty healthy and usually don't catch things from other people, but since I have a slight case of asthma, I don't take any chances, and I always get a flu shot, every year.

I got my flu shot last Saturday. It doesn't hurt, so I don't know why the children are so upset about getting one. It just takes a second and it's over.
post #12 of 64
everytime i get one, i get sick, so i dont think so this year,lol
post #13 of 64
Yes, I get one every year! In fact I go on Friday for mine. I also get a pneumonia shot every 2 years.
post #14 of 64
I'll be getting mine in about 2 weeks after I finish the course of antibiotics I'm on. Mom got hers this past Tuesday.
post #15 of 64
Yes, I've already gotten mine!
post #16 of 64
Yup! I got mine last Monday It didn't hurt a bit! I had asthma so for me- catching the flu should really be avoided- it always turns into infections/pnemonia/etc when i get it and i've been put in the hospital one too many times to chance it-so i don't risk it.

I plan to get my pnemonia shot soon too. Is it true that once you've had the pnemonia shot (if you're under 65yrs) you do not have to get it again until you reach 65? Does anyone know? That's what the shot nurse told me when i was asking about it while i got my flu shot.
post #17 of 64
Since I don't have health issues that would put me at greater risk, I'd rather leave the available vaccine for those who do. I don't pick up every bug going around, and don't work or live with people who are at risk, either.
post #18 of 64
Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Is it true that once you've had the pnemonia shot (if you're under 65yrs) you do not have to get it again until you reach 65? Does anyone know? That's what the shot nurse told me when i was asking about it while i got my flu shot.
No that's not true! A pneumonia shot is given every 2 years.

I was serverely sick with pneumonia in 2004. So I got a shot in the winter of 2004 and again in 2006. I go again next year for another.

It shouldn't be any different in the USA as it's the same "shot" that is given.
post #19 of 64
No flu shots, they only make me sick.
Besides, better to leave my share for someone in a higher risk group.
post #20 of 64
I did...as a nurse I'm exposed to so many sick people. In fact, we have to sign a waiver to opt out of getting the shot.

Just a little piece of information for those of you who think you get sick from the shot...it's a dead virus...it is impossible to get the flu from it. If after you get the shot, and you get any sort of symptom, you were either going to get it anyway, or it's psychosomatic (sorry, it's fact ).

Also, flu is fever, body aches, headache, chills, chest pain, cough. There is no such thing as "stomach flu"...that's a misconception. So if you have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, that's not influenza.
post #21 of 64
I got mine this year....the first time in a long time.
post #22 of 64
Everyone I've ever known has gotten sick after getting a flu shot, so I refuse to get one.
post #23 of 64
I've only had the flu once during a bad year and when I had my first and only flu shot. So, I think the flu shot got me sick for the three days I was in bed.
post #24 of 64
My work gives free flu shots to employees and their spouses, we got ours two weeks ago. I also just received a check for my unused sick days from last year. I rarely use sick days, I get the flu shot. I've never gotten sick after the shot and there is plenty of vaccine this year, so please don't NOT get one thinking about others, there's enough for every one.
post #25 of 64
Thread Starter 
just got home from getting our flu shots, my son didn't freak out as he usually does, what a relief over for another year
post #26 of 64
I don't get the shots unless they are required by law. I'm afraid of needles going into my own skin. ._.
post #27 of 64
Last time I got a flu shot I got the flu seriously. I haven't had a flu shot in 7 or 8 years and only once did I get the flu. My excuse for that was the place I worked at. The ventilation system had dark things coming out...you could see the black on the ceiling tiles.

when I worked in that building that was the most I was ever sick in 2 years since I was a kid. Most of us were sick though and the landlord or management didn't do a thing until we moved offices...however no one put things together until we moved.

Oh and I suppose I should knock on wood

*knock knock*
post #28 of 64
I've been getting one for years because I have problems with allergies.

Though the flu shot may not prevent getting the flu, it should reduce the severity of the symptoms.
post #29 of 64
Originally Posted by HopeHacker View Post
I got my flu shot last Saturday. It doesn't hurt, so I don't know why the children are so upset about getting one. It just takes a second and it's over.
Kids? I get upset about needles which is half the reason I'm not getting one!!!!

I've also got a good immune system and never get the flu - I only get head colds and they rarely last long.
post #30 of 64
Yep, got mine yesterday. I never used to get the flu, until about 2 years ago. It was awful, and I have NO desire to repeat the experience!

The weird thing is: my dr's office didn't make us pay for the office visit! I've never heard of that before. I had to pay my $5 co-pay last year.

I think everyone who is medically able to receive a flu shot should get one. I'll tell you why: the world right now is at a very high risk of an Avian Influenza ("Bird Flu") pandemic in the next few years. This type of influenza has NO vaccine; and NO cure, and about a 50-60% fatality rate. Yes, only about 400 people in Asia have died in the past 10 years; but, historically, we're are far overdue for a major flu pandemic, like the 1918 "Spanish" Flu pandemic, which may have killed up to 100 million people over the last part of 1918 through 1919. All this virus needs to do is mutate again, to enable easy human-to-human transmission (which is thought to have happened in 2 circumstances since 2004). And flu viruses LOVE to mutate/reproduce; they make bunnies look like amateurs. The WHO (World Health Organisation) website says we're at stage 3 of 6 stages to a pandemic; the next stage would be easy human-to-human transmission, and that's when the fun begins for humankind. It won't be pretty, should that happen.

No, the seasonal flu shot will not prevent nor help Bird Flu. But, my theory is: they can both circulate at the same time; theoretically, you could (though it's unlikely) have both at the same time. Or, more likely, you've just survived one, only to have the other flu take advantage of your low resistance--and THAT could kill you.

I'm not trying to whip up panic (oddly, this word is the root word of "pandemic"). But, I wish more people would read up on the Avian Flu threat, and educate themselves, and prepare for it. The theory is that, should this happen, it will sweep through in 3 waves, as most pandemics do, over 1-2 years. This means a great deal of the workforce will either be dead, or too sick to work. This means not only the paperboy/girl, but also those folks who run the electric plant, public water, truck drivers who deliver our food to stores, you get the idea. Please take this into consideration, and think seriously about stocking up sensibly, so you and your family can live comfortably should this happen. Even if you and your loved ones escape this flu, the social infrastructure most likley will be severely impacted for quite some time.

I hope I haven't scared anyone. I'm just laying the facts on the line for you to think about. You DO have control over this situation, if you plan for it now, so you don't need to be scared.

Flu Wiki is an excellent forum of "flubies" (such as myself), who research Bird Flu, and discuss it--TONS of excellent info over there! (Make sure you get into the "new" forum, not "Old Yeller", which is the old version (named as it has a yello background).

Stepping down from the soapbox now...
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