Flu shots. Are you getting one? two?

  • silverfox

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    Oct 20, 2009 4:41 AM GMT
    I am definitely not getting regular flu shot....never had one and have never had the flu.
    The swine flu shot I am on the fence.



    How about you? Love to hear the thoughts of some of you medical types out there...whether or not you think we should get shots.

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    Oct 20, 2009 4:47 AM GMT
    I was on vaca for 5 weeks. when I returned to wrk last Thurs i was told it was Mandatory that I get the flew shot or I'd be suspended or be put on administrative leave. So Friday I went to health services and took the shot. Today I was told that it's no longer mandatory and judge overturned the mandate.
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    Oct 25, 2009 7:39 AM GMT
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  • rnch

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    Oct 25, 2009 1:52 PM GMT
    because of health reasons (borderline diabetes, constant sinus issues) and working in a dusty, germ & chemical environment; i have taken the flu shot for the last 3 years and enjoyed no flu symptoms.

    before the 3 years of flu shots i was sick every new years eve, while on vacation time no less!

    i will also take the wine flu shot, when available here in new orleans.
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    Oct 25, 2009 1:54 PM GMT
    silverfox1 saidI am definitely not getting regular flu shot....never had one and have never had the flu.
    The swine flu shot I am on the fence.

    How about you? Love to hear the thoughts of some of you medical types out there...whether or not you think we should get shots.

    You're the wrong age group for a swine flu vaccination. You're too old!
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    Oct 25, 2009 2:09 PM GMT


    hmmm, anyone that contracted that nasty flu in 1957 has a partial immunity to H1N1. IF they contracted it back then.

    At 49 years old SILVERFOX1 hadn't been born yet.
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    Oct 25, 2009 2:25 PM GMT
    As a health care professional I too will be required to get it (or was) until the shortage.
    I find it interesting that most did not trust enough to be the first to get it. Now that there is a shortage everyone wants it.
    Supply and demand or government tactic?

    As for safety I’m still on the fence…being former military I tend to be more paranoid and have never gotten a shot I wasn’t forced to.
  • rdberg1957

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    Oct 25, 2009 2:29 PM GMT
    Dont think it's a government tactic. They are using an old fashioned method of production using chicken eggs. My understanding is because it is a tried and true method which would reassure the public. However, they are having trouble scaling up. I would get the vaccine if it were available.
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    Oct 25, 2009 2:31 PM GMT
    I plan to only get the H1N1 flu shot, I already turned my doctor down on the standard one, since I've only had two in my life and haven't even had a bad cold in 5 years or more. But this new strain of flu has me wanting to protect against it.
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    Oct 25, 2009 2:32 PM GMT
    I learned my lesson the hard way several years ago when I didn't get the flu shot.

    I got it bad and learned a lesson to get jabbed with the flu vaccine every year.

    I got mine as usual.

    About the H1N1 vaccine, it has been in short supply. Hopefully by January there will be more of it.

    Since most of us aren't in the primary group to get it first, I guess we'll just have to wait our turn.

    BTW, if you are allergic to eggs, you can't get it.

    Also, if you deal with the public on a regular basis and not allergic, then you should definitely get both shots.
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    Oct 25, 2009 2:51 PM GMT
    no - never had the flu or the shot
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    Oct 25, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
    Never gotten a flu shot and don't plan on getting the H1N1 vaccine either. I will rely on good nutrition and good hygiene practices.
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    Oct 25, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
    Took the regular one this time for the first time ever. I took advantage during my annual physical and also took a cooties booster to boot.
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    Oct 25, 2009 3:18 PM GMT
    never had flu shots but Quebec is offering mass vaccination for h1n1.
    except they ask for the most vulnerable groups to go first.
    so i'll wait, but will most likely get inoculated.
  • kansascityman

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    Oct 25, 2009 3:59 PM GMT
    Since i work with kids with medical issues, I get the flu shot every year. Contracted the H1N1 at the end of a summer Atlantis Cruise, so don't need that one. It was brutal, tho.

    I know a lot of folks are saying that the flu is not so bad, they can suffer through. That's most likely true, but given the fact you can spread the flu to others who may not be as healthy or strong, please consider who you live with or interact with. Maybe you can power on through easily enough, but perhaps your coworker or loved on won't be so lucky.

    At my job, if you have flu-like symptoms, you may not return to work for at least a week unless you have a doctor's note stating that you do not have H1N1. It may seem extreme, but given the health concerns of the children we deal with, it really is prudent.
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    Oct 25, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    I work in the health care field and I'm not getting either flu vaccination this year. I have limited contact with patients, however this is not my reasoning for not getting one. In the past I have had symptoms of the flu and once I was "out" for an entire week after receiving one.