Ouch! Does this year's flu shot hurt more?

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    Oct 28, 2011 6:53 PM GMT
    Nope, my partner & I had no adverse reaction to the flu shot in the US, almost 2 months ago. A reminder not to miss yours!

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  • Plazma1

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    Oct 28, 2011 7:27 PM GMT
    It always hurt me in my arm. I then started asking for it in the behind and have never hurt since!

    Trust me its a good bit of advice if you ever get pain when lifting your arm after a shot.
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    Oct 28, 2011 7:35 PM GMT
    Plazma1 saidI then started asking for it in the behind and have never hurt since!


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    Oct 28, 2011 8:49 PM GMT
    I always ask for it in the behind, but it still hurts.
  • michaelf2011

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    Oct 28, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    It's the same shot as last year. The same strains kept going around. I did the nose spray one year. that was horrible I couldn't go to work for 2 days. I will gladly take the soreness of the shot over that anytime. I read that the shot was recently approved for sub-Q injection. Not really available yet, but that should cut down on the soreness.
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    Oct 28, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    this was the first year Ive ever gotten one, arm was 'tender' for about 2 days, but nothing really. glad I got one because one of my best friends has already had viral pneumonia and the flu at the same time...nice huh?
  • rnch

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    Oct 28, 2011 10:00 PM GMT
    even with the inept delivery of the local wagreen's pharmacist; it didn't hurt for anymore than 3 seconds.
  • rnch

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    Oct 28, 2011 10:04 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    rnch saideven with the inept delivery of the local wagreen's pharmacist; it didn't hurt for anymore than 3 seconds.
    I love pumping myself with a syringe.


    thanks to years of at home allergy sticks (and a couple of "suppliment" cycles) i can get myself better injections than most "professional health care workers" can do!



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    Oct 28, 2011 10:24 PM GMT
    I am grateful every day for my immunity.
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    Oct 28, 2011 10:56 PM GMT
    The first flu shots in the 1970s used to give me mild flu symptoms for about 2 or 3 days, and make my arm sore. No longer, it's like nothing.

    True story: in the US Army we had to take mandatory annual flu shots. And my office staff were dragging their feet and making excuses to not go over to the hospital on their own.

    Finally I had enough, because it was an Army-wide order, not to be ignored, not by me and not by them. So I ordered a large passenger van to report outside my office.

    "OK, you're all getting in the van, and getting your flu shots," I commanded without warning, closing my office. You should have heard the complaints, but they had no choice. The direct order of a Field Grade Officer could not be refused.

    And I told them that if they behaved they would all get ice cream as a reward. So we went up to the hospital, and everyone got his or her shot, me too, with me personally overseeing it, every one of them. And then I had the van drive off-post to a popular civilian ice cream stand, and I bought every one of them whatever that wanted, at my personal expense.

    They liked the treat, but they also understood the humiliation of needing to be given ice cream like little children. They never dared defy me again, nor refuse their flu shots, not while I was their boss.
  • rnch

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    Oct 28, 2011 11:00 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said...They liked the treat, but they also understood the humiliation of needing to be given ice cream like little children. They never dared defy me again, nor refuse their flu shots, not while I was their boss.



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  • FitGayDoc

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    Oct 28, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    I get the flu shot every year. This year it DID make my arm hurt more than usual!
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    Oct 28, 2011 11:28 PM GMT
    NakedBudd saidI always ask for it in the behind, but it still hurts.
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    Oct 28, 2011 11:29 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    BAMF saidI am grateful every day for my immunity.
    I think it's the Jew in us. We never get sick.
    What? Its the knishes!..
    Eat moar Knishes!
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    Oct 29, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
    I never get those damn shots because I don't trust what they're made from. I never get the flu.
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    Oct 29, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    Got my flu shot last week thru the private ambulance company for which I work..

    Turns out, according to the nurse, the vaccine is made up of a 'cocktail' of flu strains that TPTB believe will be big this year.

    strains from Australia, Asia, Europe, and the States..

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  • darryaz

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    Oct 29, 2011 3:42 AM GMT
    Mine didn't hurt any more than normal (got it in the arm) but I felt a little "high" for a couple of hours afterwards.

    Of course I did stop at Starbucks on my way to the doctor's office - maybe it was just too much caffeine.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 29, 2011 6:47 AM GMT
    We both don't get the shot and don't get the flu. I got the shot 8 yrs ago and it was the only time I got the flu 3 weeks later to the date--suckedicon_exclaim.gif However, I do think if you're really young over 65 or immune suppressed you should get oneicon_idea.gif
  • rnch

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    Oct 29, 2011 11:10 AM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    Trollileo said
    BAMF saidI am grateful every day for my immunity.
    I think it's the Jew in us. We never get sick.
    What? Its the knishes!..
    Eat moar Knishes!



    will a "bagel with a schmear" suffice?


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  • nanidesukedo

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    Oct 29, 2011 2:37 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI never get those damn shots because I don't trust what they're made from. I never get the flu.



    They are safe. Remember, the shots aren't just for you...they are for your friends and loved ones.
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    Oct 29, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    nanidesukedo said
    Scruffypup saidI never get those damn shots because I don't trust what they're made from. I never get the flu.

    They are safe. Remember, the shots aren't just for you...they are for your friends and loved ones.

    SCORE!!! And for all the general public, so that you don't become a "Typhoid Mary" and leave scores of the sick in your wake. It's the same reason we get mandatory vaccinations for other diseases, that prevents their spread, and lowers the medical costs for all of us, and the strain on our shared medical facilities.

    It's a matter of community responsibility & duty. Forget the typical "it's all about me" gay attitude and consider that it's all about US. And if I pass you on the street, or rub elbows with you in some public shopping, eating or drinking place, and you've got the flu and my shot doesn't work well enough, you may have killed me, given my age and frail health. Do try thinking about others, and not always ME, ME, ME. But rather, US, US, US.
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    Oct 29, 2011 3:16 PM GMT
    It's the luck of the draw. Sometimes it will hit a tactile corpuscle just right and hurt like a bitch. They're supposed to let the alcohol AIR DRY too, otherwise that can make it sting. We did a senior drive by flu shot (you want fries with that?) at my clinical hospital this week, and did each others too. It didn't hurt but I'm still feeling the side effects two days later.

    Better than getting the actual flu and being out for two weeks, I guess.
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    Oct 29, 2011 3:22 PM GMT
    I got mine back in September! Me and my bf both had symptoms after though. Later found out my younger sister had the same experience. But I'm glad it's over and done. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 29, 2011 3:34 PM GMT
    I don't need any government-issued mind-control micro-bots in my veins.

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    Thank you very much.


    But, really, I've noticed no correlation between flu shots and lack of flu. I have however done some clinical trials, and I have a 100% tried and true method for NOT having a bruised arm and feeling sick and lethargic for a day or two. I'll take my chances without the shot.


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    Oct 29, 2011 3:59 PM GMT
    I haven't had a bruised arm for many years, though I sometimes did in the 1970s & '80s. And felt sick, slight flu symptoms, for a few days. No choice, flu shots were (and are) mandatory in the US Army.

    That is almost entirely in the past now. My flu shots for 20 years have been virtually nothing. I don't understand all this empty drama.

    CALLING ALL MEN! CALLING ALL MEN! Do we have any men in this thread? I'm beginning to wonder... icon_confused.gif