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post #31 of 48
Yup I got one in early September. When you work with the public (in mass amounts) you can't be too careful.

Last year was my first flu shot, and it's the very first year I can remember that I didn't sick at all. Sometimes what you think is just a cold, is actually a low flu.

this year there was a tiny bit of a reaction. just some redness, and itching. not sure if i can blame the slight cold on it...

Emergen-C powder is a god send!!!!! Please try it for your own good. It is my weapon against getting sick.
post #32 of 48
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
^ Just remember the dys sets you up for the possibility of weird reactions to the strangest things. I don't know if you're done any reading about chronic fatigue syndrome, but some think it's just another manifestation of the exact same problem since so much overlaps as far as symptoms go, this includes the weird allergies and sensitivities.
I've read crazy stories of people have anaphylatic reactions to contrast dyes - scary stuff.

I'm lucky in that I tend not to have anything too weird happen medication wise - but I'll have to mark percocet off the lists of meds I can take. It causes some weird symptoms and vomiting. That effectively leaves me without pain control since nothing else touches serious pain. Three meds added to that list in two months, oh well.


And I have had pneumonia before, too, but it wasn't viral in nature. The bacterias (and fungi) that can cause serious infection often normally live in your sinuses. In which case, the sinus washes everyone promotes are an even bigger help then realized.
Not quite following you on that one hon, are you saying that there dyes in the vaccine that you know of?? I'd be interested to find that out!

I've had contrast dye before on about 8 different occassions for different scans/etc and never had a problem from those thankfully. (Now I have heard stuff on some of the medical shows on tv about it causing issues for some people though so I understand what you're saying!)

I'll have to give those sinus washes a go! How often are you supposed to use them?
post #33 of 48
^Not in the vaccines, no. Just mentioning how for some it can cause terrible reactions. In the average population, though, nothing happens.
post #34 of 48
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^Not in the vaccines, no. Just mentioning how for some it can cause terrible reactions. In the average population, though, nothing happens.
Oh, ok I see what you're saying!
post #35 of 48
Yeah i will be getting mine , and phnumonia , i suffer from chest infections and asthma real bad so im in the main catagory or some thing.. 1st choice or some thing?
Jess x
post #36 of 48
Nope. Never had one, never will have one. I even worked in a daycare for 2 years and still never got the flu. I DID get the stomach flu but in the summer and EVERYONE got that. I work in a dental office-my second year here-and still won't get one.
post #37 of 48
Yep, Mom and me will be getting our shote. We Senior Citizens USED to get our shots free but now we have to pay!
post #38 of 48
No I'm not.
post #39 of 48
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Nope. Never had one, never will have one. I even worked in a daycare for 2 years and still never got the flu. I DID get the stomach flu but in the summer and EVERYONE got that. I work in a dental office-my second year here-and still won't get one.
Stomach flu isn't actually a sort of flu - it's gastroenteritis which is usually caused by a virus that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. It seems that "stomach flu" is an American thing - everywhere else it's called gastro or just a tummy bug.
post #40 of 48
Yep. Need to call and make the appointment.
post #41 of 48
Nope, never had one and I very rarely get sick. My friend gets one every year and come down with the flu .
post #42 of 48
I'm not going to have one, I don't need it. I had flu once when I was a child and everyone had it, never since though!
agree about the 'tummy flu', never heard of that, just a tummy bug here!
post #43 of 48
I haven't had a flu shot since the early 70s. My first employer required it, and provided it. Since then I haven't bothered, and I don't remember the last time I had flu. DH on the other hand has had the shot for several years, and most of them he's been laid low for a couple of weeks with flu. Go figure!

I'm healthy, my immune system is good, I'm not in any of the risk groups, nor do I work in health care or any other fields where it's advised. I figure there are lots of people who are more likely to benefit from it than I, so I'll leave it to them.
post #44 of 48
Yep. Been getting it for many years. Still got "the flu" most years...or so I thought. This year I truly caught The Flu (culture confirmed). There is NO WAY I had ever been that sick before, and prior to that, I would have claimed near death flus on more than one occasion. Because of this, I will always take precautions to try and prevent such an illness! Also, I do work in healthcare, and wouldnt want to be a Typhoid Mary of sorts to everyone around me. Just because you never "get" the flu doesnt mean you cant carry it and spread it to others around you...My live in partner wont get one - needle phobia thing...I know him well enough to know that if he ever gets the flu, it will be the last year he doesnt get the shot!
post #45 of 48
I am not sure I am going to. My Dr. told me it was up to me. I would REALLY like to not have the flu while being pregnant, but I also don't want to have a reaction to the shot. So I am torn. I problally wont get it because I HATE needles.
post #46 of 48
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Well, I got my flu shot today. It was quick and virtually painless No weird side effects or anything so far, and thankfully my arm isn't too sore eithor. The one they vaccinated me with was a killed virus.

I'd definitely encourage everyone to research and consider getting it if you think it's right for you. (I have a compromised immune system, so it's definitely safer for me to get it than to not.)

For those of you concerned about it hurting (and keep in mind I do not like shots eithor) it honestly did not hurt- promise!
post #47 of 48
I likely wont unless forced... as my compromised immune system I could get ill from the vaccine just as easy as the actual flu...
post #48 of 48
I work in a hospital, and even though I work in L&D, any pregnant woman get seen on our floor. That includes all of them that come in with the flu.

You'd better believe I'm getting the flu shot, considering a week doesn't go by when I'm not exposed to it.
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