Flu shots - yes or no?

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    Sep 07, 2013 8:59 PM GMT
    So this is kinda embarrassing, but I really can't remember the last time I've gotten a flu shot. You know what I can remember? Getting the flu. Every. Single. Year.

    So this year I'm planning on getting a flu shot, and that's when it hit me: I've never really done research into it. I hear conspiracy theories and ideas that getting injected is very unsafe and can cause your harm, and I hear the other side saying it's safe to go ahead and do it and would be beneficial.

    I've done some googling and both sides of the story seem to at least have somewhat concrete evidence, but the side saying not to get it seems to be more "personal" evidence.

    So yeah... any experience with the flu shots? Does it protect you? Does it make you more sick? Did you get it last year? Did you turn into a pig?
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    Sep 07, 2013 9:08 PM GMT
    Getting the shot doesn't mean you won't get sick. You'll still get sick. But it will not be full blown flu.

    Personally, I've never gotten it. I just think it's weird getting injected with a different flu virus every year. icon_confused.gif
  • MikeW

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    Sep 07, 2013 9:09 PM GMT
    I haven't had a flu bug in a long, long time. (Knocking on my wooden head.) The last time I *did* get a shot, I got the flu. icon_sad.gif One of the worst feelings in the world. So sick I was hallucinating.

    I work retail. When I'm working with the public (or, say, at the gym), I wash my hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. I also take lots more vitamin C in the winter months. Not saying any of this made the difference, perhaps I've just been lucky, but haven't had the flu since I was around age 40.
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    Sep 07, 2013 9:10 PM GMT
    Flu shots are used to propogate homosexuality.
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    Sep 07, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
    I have had a flu shot every year since 1997 and have never had the flu since .

    Ever. (knock wood)

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    My bf is a baby about needles and has skipped it some years - and those years he got the flu.

    (He goes to Bingo a lot where people insist on going to play no matter how sick they are. It is disgusting icon_lol.gif


    I intend to get mine this year too.
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    Sep 07, 2013 9:30 PM GMT
    My husband & I will get the flu shot. We get it for free. I've gotten it for something like 35 years without break. The Army required it.

    The latest strains don't give us any side effects. I had the flu when I was younger, but never since taking the annual shots. For us it's a no-brainer.
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    Sep 07, 2013 10:13 PM GMT
    Import saidFlu shots are used to propogate homosexuality.


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    Sep 07, 2013 11:10 PM GMT
    Stay away from them. Especially something your "government" tells you is safe. Especially if you're in the US. Your government has a history for lying to its people.
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    Sep 07, 2013 11:14 PM GMT
    Never had the flu and have never had a flu shot. However, I have considered getting one this year. I'm a nursing student and will be around geriatric patients, who are more susceptible to influenza than a young person like me. I might transmit the illness to them without actually having it myself.
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    Sep 07, 2013 11:52 PM GMT
    I am seriously considering it. The last time I traveled to the states and returned home, I was sick with a strange flu for about a month.

    I ended up in the hospital and had to get some serious antibiotics. I had traveled to Washington State and took several connecting flights, on my way back, I noticed I wasn't feeling well when I arrived at Miami, but it got worst when I reached Jamaica.

    If you will be travelling a lot, I would get it. Then again, being young and healthy, your body probably can withstand it if you even caught it. Personally, I am not taking any chances, a lot of the airports in the US are dirty, not to mention the aero planes. So personally am likely to get it or some Vitamin C to keep my immune system strong during my travels to the States later this year.
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    Sep 07, 2013 11:57 PM GMT
    I never had a flu shot growing up. and i never got the flu. after joining the military, i'm required to get one every year. i'm personally not a fan. and the mist up the nose...ughhhh
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    Sep 07, 2013 11:58 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidYou know what I can remember? Getting the flu. Every. Single. Year.

    Back when I was young getting the flu meant diarrhea, an upset stomach, and vomiting. It was all in the gut. And you had a nasty fever.

    These days the flu symptoms are nearly identical to cold symptoms; all upper respiratory; cough, sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, etc. But with one big difference: the fever.

    So every year that you thought you had the flu it may have just been a cold if you didn't check your temperature. When you get the flu that fever will knock you for a loop. When you start getting the symptoms start taking your temperature. You'll definitely see it go up if you've got the flu. With a cold it'll stay normal.

    I rarely caught the flu; maybe once every 10 years. Colds, almost every year. But a few years ago I got it and the fever knocked me out and really scared me. Ever since then I always get a flu shot. I'm also a pussy about needles.
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    Sep 07, 2013 11:59 PM GMT
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  • NHLFAN

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    Sep 08, 2013 12:10 AM GMT
    I've gotten the flu shot for quite a number of years and sometimes it works and other times it doesn't. What I believe is that when I do get sick the duration is a lot less to get over it than when I didn't get the shot. I will continue to get it every year.
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    Sep 08, 2013 12:13 AM GMT
    I get a flu shot once or twice a year. I haven't been sick with the flu since the early 2000's.
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:07 AM GMT
    i hadnt had the flu since i was like 37. I never had any shots until I was 49-50. I have had 2 (maybe) I got an anti-pneumonia shot also ( 1 ) ... Last May, I got a lung infection/flu so bad i thought i would die. Not sure if i will this winter or not..
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:47 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidI get a flu shot once or twice a year. I haven't been sick with the flu since the early 2000's.
    Why do you get a flu shot twice...One is supposed to work through the entire season?
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:51 AM GMT
    They can make you sick.The Gvmt is lying.So no way.I speak from experience.Ry
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:52 AM GMT
    Where do y'all keep getting "the government" from? By all means, look at scientific journals that have published research either for or against flu vaccinations, but where do you get off accusing the government of lying in this case?
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    Getting vaccinated isn't about protecting you. It's about preventing you from spreading it to high risk groups such as children and the elderly.

    Also, "personal" evidence is not evidence. It's nonsense.
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    Sep 08, 2013 3:59 AM GMT
    elektrisk564 saidWhere do y'all keep getting "the government" from? By all means, look at scientific journals that have published research either for or against flu vaccinations, but where do you get off accusing the government of lying in this case?


    +1. Also, saying that vaccines are not helpful is patently false. I have only started getting the flu shot recently, and I've never had the flu but my partner is particularly susceptible, for whatever reason. If getting the flu shot could help him from getting sick, why not?
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    Sep 08, 2013 4:09 AM GMT
    elektrisk564 saidWhere do y'all keep getting "the government" from? By all means, look at scientific journals that have published research either for or against flu vaccinations, but where do you get off accusing the government of lying in this case?


    I believe vaccines are regulated by the FDA which sets the primary standard for determining what food and drugs are safe for human consumption.

    Edit: And to answer the OP's question, I get the flu shot almost every year. The years that I didn't were due to my laziness. icon_cool.gif
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    Sep 08, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
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    elektrisk564 saidWhere do y'all keep getting "the government" from? By all means, look at scientific journals that have published research either for or against flu vaccinations, but where do you get off accusing the government of lying in this case?


    I believe vaccines are regulated by the FDA which sets the primary standard for determining what food and drugs are safe for human consumption.

    Edit: And to answer the OP's question, I get the flu shot almost every year. The years that I didn't were due to my laziness. icon_cool.gif


    If someone doesn't trust the flu vaccinations because they are regulated by a branch of the FDA, maybe they should just stop buying food from grocery stores, since that is regulated too.
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    Sep 08, 2013 4:21 AM GMT
    elektrisk564 said

    If someone doesn't trust the flu vaccinations because they are regulated by a branch of the FDA, maybe they should just stop buying food from grocery stores, since that is regulated too.


    Good point. But people will believe what they want to believe...evidence be damned. (Except for anecdotal evidence icon_wink.gif )
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    Sep 08, 2013 5:29 AM GMT
    I'm a guy who has usually contracted flu and bronchitis every single year. Now that I'm getting the flu shots these past 4 years, no more flu or bronchitis. I know the flu shots don't deter every kind of flu, but at least I'm doing all I can to stay well.