Flu Shot,Yes or No.


Anglewings
on Nov 08, 2014 @ 08:22 pm

Just wondering if all you Chicks are getting the Flu Shot this Fall or if you already had it?I use to get it but,every time I ever did,I got sick enough after to be Prayed for.I have not had one this past four years and I don't think I will be this year either.When I don't I'm o.k. and when I do,I get really sick.It is a tough decision to make because I don't take it very lightly and don't know what to do in the next month.Anyone out there have the same decision to make as I do?
 


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Icesis
No on Nov 08, 2014 @ 09:23 pm

I do not! I do not enjoy needles to begin with, and I don't like getting injected with a virus to build an immunity to it... meaning I get sick. :(
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busymomaof2
Yes on Nov 12, 2014 @ 06:51 pm

I live in a house with little children and a husband who has an immune compromised system due to Ulcerative Colitis. I have parents who are older and a father who has survived 6 heart attacks. He can't afford to get sick either. I get a flu shot to protect the people around me. The flu shot is not of the same serum year after year and is of the strain that WHO believe is going to be the worst stain of the season. It is tested vigorously prior to being released to the public.
I personally believe that your timing of getting your flu shot might also have a factor into why people get sick. You should be in good health at the time of injection as your body is fighting off the side effects and the flu itself. If you are already suffering a cold or something else your body is already run down, it doesn't have the upper advantage to fight. Think of getting your flu shot as the following; a wrestler is going to fight a better match in the first round than a wrestler who has already fought 12 rounds.

Think of the flu shot this way, you are getting a flu shot to help out those who don't have an immune system that can fight off the flu themselves. Babies, seniors and the comically ill, would all be classed under this category.
Good luck in your decision and may you be filled with good health in the year to come :)
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TashaCat
Got it today... on Nov 12, 2014 @ 07:13 pm

I was very hesitant about regular flu shots - besides really disliking needles but there were two things that convinced me to take the flu shot. One - the virus they give you is inert. It's impossible to catch the flu from it. If you've been exposed before the shot and you are in the incubation stage, then you will get the flu. The shot actually takes about 10 days to give you protection... and it will protect against only the viral strain they choose (as the most likely to become the most communicable one - and yes they can guess wrong). So, you can't get sick from it. Secondly, there are other 'illnesses' that can hitch a ride on the flu virus... and it's those I want to keep myself safe from.

The flu is worst in the young, old, and immune-compromised - and can be deadly. My parents need to get it as the virus can be exacerbated in their systems.

Airplanes, transit lounges, hospital or doctor's office waiting rooms, subways... all petri dishes for the flu because it's so easy to spread even by those with no symptoms yet. YUK! BTW the pharmacist today told me that this year's shot is the the same viral strain as last year.
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glumbumble
depends on Nov 13, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

I've never gotten it personally, but it is more to protect the young and old around you to whom the flu could be more deadly. So if you don't live with kids or the elderly, I wouldn't worry about getting it. I'm 34 weeks pregnant and have been debating getting it later since my baby will be born in prime flu season. But I'm not really a fan of taking vaccines that haven't been fully proven as effective and have no real research as to the long term effects since it hasn't been around that long.

I wish these kinds of things weren't necessary, and they wouldn't be if people would learn to cough into their arms and cover their mouth properly when they sneeze. Eliminating hand shaking would help too I think. So many people don't wash their hands. I'm in the habit now of always washing my hands when I get in from outside. And use plain soap and water, not antibacterial stuff. The latter just promotes super germs. And a hand sanitizer does not do the same job as soap and water.
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lee2004599
Flu Shots on Dec 05, 2014 @ 06:41 pm

I am not a believer in getting anything unknown to me injected into my body, I think that the flu shot may be good for some, but I personally do not believe in them
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anonymosus
Flu vac on Dec 05, 2014 @ 07:21 pm

This is definitely a life saver. Out in the woods of Connecticut I caught whooping cough from the gym the old people go to and pneumonia due to my lungs being damaged and then couldn't get rid of it. Imagine if I had gotten the flu that year. I had taken an airplane trip to visit relatives and recovered in an arid environment. Thanks Lord for flu vaccines. Especially for travellers that need them !
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Onimiki
I can't get it on Dec 08, 2014 @ 02:53 pm

I'm allergic to eggs so I can't have the flu shot... I think I would if I could though
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chrissyann123
Flu Shots on Dec 09, 2014 @ 01:36 pm

No I don't I was a PSW for 27 years and I had to have them to work in some nursing homes and hospitals. I really don't believe in them personally.
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Radar Lover
not this year on Dec 10, 2014 @ 08:10 pm

Normally I run to the Doctor's office when they start releasing the shots. This year I was on the fence. Our family of six have yet to get the shot. Ironically, no one has been sick or had the sniffles longer than a day or two. Normally we would have been sick for weeks. Then the circle starts from family member to another.

So far, if this season remains as it is I think I will continue to keep passing on the shot.

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bioscisweetie
YESSSS! on Dec 10, 2014 @ 10:42 pm

I have been getting flu shots for the past 9 years. I get it every year because I interact with a lot of clients and I see my elderly parents frequently.
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