Originally Posted by mbjerkness
I thought I was just getting a cold, But it has been five days, I feel awful, I still have a fever, chills, cough, and every part of my body aches. I have had the flu shot every year for the past 16 years. Because I have lung problems. I didn't think I could get the flu. Now my 17 year old daughter also has it, She has also had the flu shot every year, She also has lung problems. The two people in our family, that are high risk have the flu. Well back to bed for me.
Sorry you are sick
It does sound like the flu, but flu season is supposed to be late this year. But when you get fever, chills, body aches, those are more in line with a flu than a common cold.
Flu shots don't protect you from all flu, and their effects are not life long lasting, which is why you need to get a flu shot every year.
Flu vaccines are created based on last years flu strains as well as a prediction of anticipated flu strains for the year of that particular flu vaccine. However, it's still possible for you to get a flu, but not one of the flus that you are being vaccinated for for that year. If you don't get a flu shot, your body is susceptible to all of the flus that season because flu viruses are constantly mutating.
We are not getting flu shots here until early November. I didn't get one last year, and I was sick for 5 weeks in March with a flu. I'm definitely getting one this year, along with a pneumonia shot.