Flu shot anyone?

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Flu shot anyone?

Rossie Rossie
Flu shot signs are up everywhere, do you get vaccinated every year? Some people snicker about the shot, what about you? I'm a true believer of the flu shot, my family have been getting ours every October for the past six years, and we get sick less often.
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
*snicker* I don't believe in flu shots!
SaMiKaY , PropertyOfPotter , padmeamidala , ZenaidaMacroura , Howells , Yaoi Pervette (deleted) , ToyTimeTim , Shellz31 , Ninja Wolf , SiNn , Ghost , Beck , mandiegk , Ansley , GenderSexplorations , FaerieLove , ellejay , dv8 , darthkitt3n , emiliaa , married with children , TameTemptress , GravyCakes , Jul!a , idunshire , Valentinka , emilia , unfulfilled , Ash1141 , Cream in the Cupcake , MrWishyWashy , deltalima , MidnightStorm , Rod Ronald , subwayrailings , Anne , HannahPanda , leanright69 , FallFire , Loriandhubby
40
I get vaccinated every year.
Kissaki , jg19 , Peggi , Antipova , RonLee , Kindred , oldhippy , Sunshineamine , newfoundlust , LikeSunshineDust , PassionQT , Rockin' , yw2 , SneakersAndPearls , Zandrock
15
I only get the shot if it's a very bad year.
pinkcupcakes , A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople) , Lummox , Lady of the Lab , Bethy Cassatt
5
Others, please explain.
sktb0007 , alliegator , Peggi , Ms. Spice , Tuesday , Lucky21 , P'Gell , Kkay , Wildchild , Illumin8 , Gluesnffr , Cat E. , Kat and Aaron(aaron) , GONE! , AHubbyof2SexualMinds , Bill220 , TheirPet , Allstars316 , Sunny Meadows , Falsepast , Freyja9
21
Total votes: 81 (80 voters)
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09/03/2011
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PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
Never gotten the flu shot, and I've never had the flu!
09/03/2011
SaMiKaY SaMiKaY
I never have believed in the flu shot...

My grandma got it one year and almost died from it.
09/03/2011
padmeamidala padmeamidala
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
Flu shot signs are up everywhere, do you get vaccinated every year? Some people snicker about the shot, what about you? I'm a true believer of the flu shot, my family have been getting ours every October for the past six years, and we get sick ...
I don't get the flu shot although many people think that I should have. I worry about the effects from it.
09/03/2011
Kissaki Kissaki
I get one every year largely because my work provides them free of charge. Otherwise if I had to shell out some cash for it, I'd be less inclined to get one.
09/03/2011
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
I've never had one, and I've never had the flu. I haven't had so much as a cold since 2005. I don't get sick even when everyone around me is ill. I don't know why, but I sure am not complaining!
09/03/2011
sktb0007 sktb0007
I voted "other" because I don't snicker at them.. I don't get them annually, and I don't get them based on if it is a bad year...

I typically just get them if the opportunity arises... When I was on campus at college, they were giving a flu shot for free, so I got it.

If I was in the doctors office and she offered it to me, Id take it.

But I never go out of my way to get them.. I'm weird I suppose lol
09/03/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Never have and never will. I have never felt the need to get one.
09/03/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I don't bother with that even though it's all totally free over here to go to the Dr! I don't get colds, flues or any other kind of viruses so what's the point.
My immune system is strong enough - contrary to the smoke the media tries to blow up our ass about using anti-bacterial soaps. To them I LMAO!
09/03/2011
alliegator alliegator
I've gotten the shot once because I was going to be traveling a lot. Otherwise, I'm not in a high risk group so I don't see the point.
09/03/2011
Peggi Peggi
I've been vaccinated every year except for two years...this past year, and a couple back. The first time I didn't get the vaccination I was one of the "lucky" ones who ended up with Swine Flu. Then last year, didn't get it and ended up with the flu again and missed almost 2 weeks of work because it turned into something worse when I wasn't treated fast enough.

Sooooo I think I'm going to continue to get vaccinations, if for nothing else, because even if they haven't actually helped and it was coincidence, I'd rather keep that coincidence going
09/03/2011
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by Peggi
I've been vaccinated every year except for two years...this past year, and a couple back. The first time I didn't get the vaccination I was one of the "lucky" ones who ended up with Swine Flu. Then last year, didn't get it and ...
It's better to be safe than sorry.
09/03/2011
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by padmeamidala
I don't get the flu shot although many people think that I should have. I worry about the effects from it.
I think the "shots" are safe, it's the "FluMist" that you have to worry about. One year the shots were in big shortage and my husband took the FluMist, and he went down with a really nasty flu right after, kids are all right with the FluMist though.
09/03/2011
SiNn SiNn
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
Flu shot signs are up everywhere, do you get vaccinated every year? Some people snicker about the shot, what about you? I'm a true believer of the flu shot, my family have been getting ours every October for the past six years, and we get sick ...
no way in hell will i
09/03/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
Last time I got my flu shot I got the flu immediately after. Like the same day. It was miserable. I think Ill skip it this year.
09/03/2011
Ghost Ghost
Quote:
Originally posted by PropertyOfPotter
Never gotten the flu shot, and I've never had the flu!
I've never had a flu shot since I was a little kid, and also have never had the flu.
09/04/2011
slynch slynch
They come yo my workplace and give us free flu shots if we want them. I get the shot almost every year.

I haven't had the flu since 1999/2000 and I haven't been sick at all since spring 2007.
09/04/2011
MattBryant MattBryant
Getting the flu after a shot is a myth, you do run the risk of getting sick in general since vaccinations weaken your immune system for a while.. very counterintuitive.. i havent had a shot since i was a child and i never get sick aside from wicked nasal drips or once i had food poisoning earlier this year.. despite working with the public for years.
09/04/2011
Beck Beck
I do not take such things. I did give one to my son last year since ped recommended it and he go the flu anyhow. He just go different one than the one they give you shot for. We are not doing it this year. Seems like they are getting a little carried away with all these shots. Ped told us that there is not a live virus in the flu shot it is a dead one and therefore you can not get sick from the shot. However you can still get the flu it just will not be the one flu you were vaccinated for. There are many different flues.
09/04/2011
Ansley Ansley
You couldn't pay me to get a flu shot, I just don't think it is a good idea. I'd rather my body fight it and develop the antibodies necessary to prevent reinfection.
09/04/2011
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
I think the "shots" are safe, it's the "FluMist" that you have to worry about. One year the shots were in big shortage and my husband took the FluMist, and he went down with a really nasty flu right after, kids are all right with the FluMist though.
He probably already had the flu and the mist was taken too late.
09/04/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
i usually won't get it, but i'm trying to be better about it. i have too much shit to worry about this year and to have that on my plate would be a nightmare. i've had the flu three or four times in my lifetime and I've always had to be hospitalized
09/04/2011
Antipova Antipova
I've always gotten them because they've been free at universities. It's less for my own benefit (as much as it sucks to be sick for a few days) but more because I want to stay healthy so that I don't spread disease to the people I care about. The young'uns and the elderly have a much more difficult time recovering from illness, so I figure if I can avoid being a vector for disease, then it's my duty to do so.
09/04/2011
GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
My view is that I have an immune system for a reason so I might as well use it. As a result, I rarely get sick because I've been exposed to many different things.
09/04/2011
FaerieLove FaerieLove
When I was younger my mother demanded each year that I get the flu shot, and every year I GOT SICK. When I was old enough I told I stopped getting them and have had a way better immune system since. In the last 2 years I've been sick twice.
09/04/2011
Tuesday Tuesday
It sounds like some people here aren't understanding how flu shots work. A small amount of dead virus (or something like that) is injected and your immune system then creates antibodies for the non-active viruses injected. So your immune system does work as a result of a flu shot, just like it would if you contracted the flu. You just don't have to suffer through a full blown flu.

Also, each year they choose the five flu viruses they think are most likely to be a problem. But it could be that you become infected with a virus that wasn't in that year's flu shot. It doesn't mean you didn't receive protection for the flu strains the shot was meant to cover.

I'm supposed to have a flu shot every year since I have a damaged lung, but I don't always.
09/04/2011
RonLee RonLee
Some people hold the mistaken belief that the flu shot will provide protection against all cold and flu illnesses. Then, when they catch a cold, will say that they got sick anyway and the flu shot didn't work. Indeed there are some people who have never had the flu but consider a bad cold to be the flu, it is not. As well, there is no 24 hour flu, that's usually food poisoning of one sort or another. Sadly too many people too often hear misinformation masquerading as fact.
I gladly accept the flu shot annually.
09/04/2011
Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by Tuesday
It sounds like some people here aren't understanding how flu shots work. A small amount of dead virus (or something like that) is injected and your immune system then creates antibodies for the non-active viruses injected. So your immune system ...
There are two main types of flu vaccines available. The most common is an injection and is a killed (inactivated) vaccine. You CAN NOT contract the flu from receiving this vaccine. The vaccine contains pieces of the virus that your immune system reacts to and develops antibodies. Then if you are later exposed to the live virus, your immune system is prepared to mount a quicker response. You can, however, experience flu-like symptoms such as aches and fever, just like with any vaccine.

There is also a nose spray vaccine that is a modified live version of the flu virus. What this means is that the virus is alive but weakened. Because this is a live vaccine, it is not an option for those typically at greater risk. You can develop true mild flu symptoms from this vaccine.

People also don't realize that getting the flu vaccine is equally important for those around you as for yourself. Another benefit of vaccination is through "herd immunity." Even if you are vaccinated, you are still at increased risk of contracting it if the people around you are not vaccinated. In this case, it will still have the benefit of lessening the symptoms. Anyone who lives with or is frequently around the elderly, the immune-compromised, or children should get the vaccine to help protect them.
09/04/2011
Lucky21 Lucky21
I haven't gotten a flu shot in years. I hate getting sick from getting the shot, and I am always pretty healthy. Maybe when I start getting up in age a little more, or if I have (another) medically fragile child.
09/04/2011
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
There are two main types of flu vaccines available. The most common is an injection and is a killed (inactivated) vaccine. You CAN NOT contract the flu from receiving this vaccine. The vaccine contains pieces of the virus that your immune system ...
Wonderful clarifications!

I make sure my family gets annual flu shots because my husband catches other peoples viruses easily, so the lesser chance of him getting sick, the better it is. I also don't want my school-age son to get sick often, I don't want him to miss school because of the flu.
09/04/2011
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