Getting the H1N1 Vaccine?

on Oct 14, 2009 @ 10:40 am

Are you planning on getting the H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine?

I hardly ever get the seasonal flu shot, so my first instinct is to say no. I don’t want a vaccine that is so new that the long term effects could not possibly have been tested yet. I am scared to inject myself with something that is so new and controversial.

On the other hand, would I rather get H1N1? I rarely get sick which is how I can justify avoiding the seasonal flu shot, however this year I have already been sick twice since school started. If I can get a cold so easily, who says my immune system is prepared to deal with H1N1 without the vaccine?

The other important question is, if you are getting the H1N1 vaccine, are you planning on getting the seasonal flu shot as well? Some provinces have said they are only going to give out the H1N1 vaccine this year, while Ontario is giving both.

What do you ladies think? I’d like to make an informed decision, but this whole topic seems so confusing…

21 Replies

personally on Oct 14, 2009 @ 02:51 pm

I am not getting the H1N1 or the seasonal flu shot this year. I normally do not get the seasonal flu shot so I am just applying that to the H1N1 flu shot as well. Mind you, I have already had the flu this year as well and am recovering from it now.

I am choosing not to... on Oct 14, 2009 @ 07:08 pm

I've decided not to take the shot for the H1N1 flu because I've heard that it is dangerous and just overall do not think I need it. My boyfriend's Mom is a nurse at the hospital and she was asked to take the shot to help influence it onto others but she didn't either for the same reason as myself.

NOOOOOOOO on Oct 14, 2009 @ 10:53 pm

NO WAY....too dangerous.

I'm just getting over the (likely) H1N1 bug! on Oct 14, 2009 @ 11:37 pm

I had a wicked flu this last week and am just recovering now. It turns out I was exposed shortly before, and as the CDC says (on their website) that the vast majority of flu cases in the US are likely H1N1, I'm assuming that is what happened to me. My husband and 2 of 3 kids were also affected, but I had it the worst.

I have to say - it was not much worse than the regular flu. I have never gotten the shot, and was considering it this time because of the scare, but caught it before the vaccines even arrived in my hometown!

The bottom line (according to the CDC): most people will have a "normal" flu experience. Only those in the risk categories should be truly concerned, or if you develop worse-than-usual symptoms.


nope on Oct 15, 2009 @ 11:07 am

Nah, no need to, really. As mamaluv noted, its no worse than the regular seasonal flu. I don't fall into any of the high risk categories and rarely get sick, so I'll just take it as it comes.

make-up junkie
won't be getting it on Oct 16, 2009 @ 11:31 am

Haven't gotten the flu shot in years and definitely don't want to take the H1N1. Just skeptical especially if long-term effects haven't been tested. My aunt is a nurse in California and is saying that it is mandatory and if they don't take it will either be fired or get no salary...she doesn't want to take it so we'll see if hospital will be sued by her and other health workers protesting...

vaccine on Oct 16, 2009 @ 05:37 pm

I would rather take tamiflu to treat the h1n1 flu if i get it than toget the h1n1 vaccine.If you google swine flu you will see what happened in the seventies when they came out with the swine flu vaccine.People were paralyzed,killed and got guillian-barre syndrome.This vaccine was barely tested if it all.Girls that had the hpv vaccine,some were killed from it also.Do not take things as they tell you,do your own research before getting a new vaccine.

yep on Oct 21, 2009 @ 09:24 pm

I am getting the H1N1 flu shot.

The annual flu shot is for a strain that is suspected to be rampant. I always get the flu shot. The flu can kill you.

I had a flu so bad 2 years ago, I couldn't even pick the phone up. I slept on the floor in the bathroom; naked; for 4 days. Even swishing water in my mouth made me vomit, I actually thought I was going to die on Christmas day.

I work in health care, and I have a constant flow of patients from in hospital and out of hospital all day every day. Most of my patients don't wash their hands after using the toilets. I know this for a fact. Women and Men. Think of what men touch when they use the rest room. No thanks. That's another story.

My advice to those not getting the flu shot: no shaking hands, washing hands before and after eating, using washroom, touching other people, using public facilities (wash for 30s), etc, don't be afraid to phone in sick if you are actually having symptoms because spreading the flu isn't nice :(


Ali de Bold
Good advice, badfish on Oct 21, 2009 @ 09:33 pm

"My advice to those not getting the flu shot: no shaking hands, washing
hands before and after eating, using washroom, touching other people,
using public facilities (wash for 30s), etc, don't be afraid to phone
in sick if you are actually having symptoms because spreading the flu
isn't nice"

Thanks for your advice and perspective, badfish. It's great to get your opinion from the inside. How gross about so many people not washing their hands? Why??

How to know if what you have is the flu or just a bad cold on Nov 03, 2009 @ 07:55 am

My husband was really skeptical about whether I and our youngest had H1N1 a few weeks back, because we didn't go to the doctor. We had been exposed to proven H1N1 cases a few days earlier and after reading on the CDC's website about the symptoms I was convinced that what I had was a flu virus. Whether it was actually H1N1 or not is debatable, but nearly every health authority agrees that H1N1 almost the only flu virus in circulation right now. Chances are, if you have the flu it's H1N1.

It was the worst flu I have had in a while, and after reading about the child mortality rate I was genuinely afraid for my son. Thankfully, he had a much milder case than I and we are both long back to normal. The vaccination didn't reach my home town before we were infected, but I think in retrospect I would have had them vaccinated. We've all now been exposed multiple times and no one else has gotten sick, so I *think* we're in the clear.

I found this great resource on WebMD, a checklist to determine if what you have is a cold or a flu. After reading through, it's so clear that I had a flu - I had every single symptom.

Ladies, I normally hate vaccinations and have never taken the seasonal flu shot. But it really is a whammy of a flu and you should not make this decision lightly. I think the hype on both sides is really overdone. As always, your common sense should be your guide.

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