ARE YOU GETTING A SWINE FLU SHOT?

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    Nov 23, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
    My partner & I were at our doctor's this Monday morning for a blood draw, prior to scheduled appointments, and they told us they had the H1N1 swine flu vaccine. So we both got it.

    The last thing either of us need right now is to get the flu, but I know there are questions & doubts about the vaccine in the US. What are your thoughts, and what have you done, or plan to do about it, whether in the US or elsewhere?
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    Nov 23, 2009 7:41 PM GMT
    Can't get it unntil next week. I'm not in a high risk group factor.
  • BizzQuik

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    Nov 23, 2009 8:02 PM GMT
    I am not sure if I will get it or not. I am not high risk. Also I got the flu and so I am assuming it was swine flu since seasonal flu hasn't hit in Oregon yet.
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    Nov 23, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
    Still not available in minnesota. the only people that can get it are under 8 years old or very elderly.
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    Nov 23, 2009 8:08 PM GMT
    I'm a health care provider so I got it.
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    Nov 23, 2009 8:11 PM GMT
    I'm not getting it.
    From what I've read and been told..

    More people die each year of the common cold compared to H1N1.

    The vaccine has not gone through stringent testing and is still relatively new.

    Most of the people who have actually had deaths from H1N1 already had health complications and or were elderly/children with compromised immune systems.

    When I look at some of these facts and the amount of media coverage this 'terrible' epidemic has received... I come off with the impression that this is just a craze and/or there are people who will benefit a lot from this - namely the producers of the vaccine.

    Then again, I never get the flu shot... soo... yah... Eat well, Sleep well, Exercise a lot... all great alternatives in my books.
  • Sebastian18

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    Nov 23, 2009 8:11 PM GMT
    I'm a health-care provider as well so I had to get it. I'm still waiting for the super-powers to kick in after all the hype I'm hearing about mercury poisoning and what-not. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 23, 2009 8:31 PM GMT
    costaki said...More people die each year of the common cold compared to H1N1.

    Whether that's true or not, my own concern is more a matter of feeling sick as a dog for a week, much worse than a common cold, and having my entire routine disrupted. Since you're in school, I would think the interruption of your studies would be a big concern, and your exposure risk on campus might increase your chances of getting it.
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Nov 23, 2009 8:41 PM GMT
    I took five hours ago (the Norwegian health administration made the vaccine available to the general public as of today, through the municipal governments; risk groups were priortized for the vaccine a couple of weeks ago).

    I had no good reason to not take it and good reasons to take it: to not take my chances on the disease, to not be a possible carrier that infects others should I have come down with the disease, and to show that the vaccine is not dangerous.
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    Nov 23, 2009 8:45 PM GMT
    No. It hasn't been properly tested. I think you'd be crazy to get one with so little info. to back it up.

    Besides, several friends have already had H1N1 and not one of them thought it was terrible. Most thought the regular flu was much worse.
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    Nov 23, 2009 8:50 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    costaki said...More people die each year of the common cold compared to H1N1.

    Whether that's true or not, my own concern is more a matter of feeling sick as a dog for a week, much worse than a common cold, and having my entire routine disrupted. Since you're in school, I would think the interruption of your studies would be a big concern, and your exposure risk on campus might increase your chances of getting it.


    Yeh. I do not enjoy being sick for a week or more... definitely not enjoyable and leaves me feeling unproductive. However, what is the trade off? There are plenty of precautions a person can take to prevent getting the flu... precautions that many of us do not make. It might be worth getting the shot if you are just coming off another cold/sickness/injury and you immune system is compromised.. I personally just do not 'feel' like its a good decision, I just don't trust it yet, it's all very new... and as I said, I think that there are people who are really just capitalizing on H1N1
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    Nov 23, 2009 8:50 PM GMT
    I had my shot on 12 November as I have severe asthma.

    I came down with H1N1 on 14 November. I was off work for a full week and the first 2-3 days was awful. Body aches ten times stronger than the worst DOMS, and my chest was so congested I couldn't sleep for more than about 3 hours at a time.

    I'm not sure what Tapper's friends consider "terrible" but I can definitely testify that H1N1 does not fit my description of a good time.

    It was a full two weeks before I was back to my normal self.

    That said, if I had it to do over I still would have got the shot. I'd obviously already been exposed by the time I got the immunization, it was just bad timing.
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    Nov 23, 2009 8:53 PM GMT
    Tapper saidNo. It hasn't been properly tested. I think you'd be crazy to get one with so little info. to back it up.

    Besides, several friends have already had H1N1 and not one of them thought it was terrible. Most thought the regular flu was much worse.



    Ditto! One of my roommates was diagnosed with H1N1, he's fine now. I know two people who have been diagnosed with it - of course the diagnosis itself is a precarious thing.. since so many of the symptoms are similar to the common cold... I'm sure many people with common cold get diagnosed as having H1N1
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    Nov 23, 2009 9:09 PM GMT
    Tapper saidNo. It hasn't been properly tested. I think you'd be crazy to get one with so little info. to back it up.

    Besides, several friends have already had H1N1 and not one of them thought it was terrible. Most thought the regular flu was much worse.


    Definitely agree with you!

    As well, some of my friends have gotten the swine flu and they've gotten rid of it much fast than the regular flu, so I don't think its as bad as everyone makes it to be.

    Just make sure you take care of yourself. There's a lot of things out there you can do to boost your immune system and prevent any kind of flu.

    Also, I dont know if any of you have heard the story of the Redskin
    Cheerleader that got the vaccine shot and 10 days later was diagnosed with Dystonia. It's a real shame... icon_sad.gif

  • hallyhallo

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    Nov 23, 2009 9:12 PM GMT
    i'm getting it since the risk of side effects seem to be very small.
    it is possible to get the shots now in Germany
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    Nov 23, 2009 9:16 PM GMT
    I spoke to my Doctor a few weeks ago, he said he wasn't going to have it and couldn't advise his patients to do so as he didn't feel though he had enough information about it.

    His advice was, get books and cans of soup ready, if you get catch it, get in bed, read books, eat soup.
  • IdkMyBffJill

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    Nov 23, 2009 10:14 PM GMT
    Yes - both H1N1 and seasonal - next Thursday.
  • Celticmusl

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    Nov 23, 2009 10:32 PM GMT
    I've gotten so many vaccines and so many shots over the years that I have so many antibodies floating around I don't think one more will fit.
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    Nov 23, 2009 10:35 PM GMT
    the more research you do on the swine flu vaccine the less likely you will want to receive your shots



    the smarter you get the less drugs you will take


    but my message to the uneducated populous, get the vaccine... u deserve it
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    Nov 23, 2009 10:59 PM GMT
    track_boi saidthe more research you do on the swine flu vaccine the less likely you will want to receive your shots

    the smarter you get the less drugs you will take

    but my message to the uneducated populous, get the vaccine... u deserve it

    Please share your research with us.
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    Nov 23, 2009 11:23 PM GMT
    I got both the seasonal and H1N1 shots and had no problems what so ever. I am in the high risk category with a weak immune system and a chronic condition.
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    Nov 23, 2009 11:37 PM GMT
    I got both. I do research at a hospital so I was able to get it, and I did. But the only reason I got it is because I'm in one of the CDC's high-risk groups. I'm on immunosuppressants for Crohn's disease and if I got the flu I'd probably end up in the hospital, which would suck.
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    Nov 23, 2009 11:38 PM GMT
    I'm a large advocate of people seeking out information for themselves, to understand where the information is coming from and to know the source of what ur learning.

    I will on the other hand will give you a couple of places to start if you feel interested in looking it up. and if your really really interested shoot me a PM.

    and before you waste your time with my "research" I'm a healthy foods advocate, I'm big on whole raw organic food and over the last year or so i've had great intrest in the topic of the swine flu and have wasted entirely too much time looking up stuff related to the topic intead of wasting my time studying for my engineering degree lol

    but yeah, a couple of names you might want to google along with swine flu are

    Dr. Mercola
    Sean Croxton
    Dr. Blaylock

    Another thing to look up would be how vaccines work and whats inside a vaccine.

    Check out the growing number of SIDS(sudden infant death syndrome) cases that are popping up as vaccination reactions instead of simply inevitable natural causes

    Studies are also starting to show that un-vaccinated children are much healthier on a broader range.

    Also you might want to check out numbers like how many people in the US die from the seasonal flu vs swine flu in the last year?

    Why don't the experts on such influenzas vaccinate themselves and their families?

    there is alot of evidence out there that supports the hidden agenda of the pandemic but keep in mind I'm a 20 year old with no professional medical background

    Out of what I've seen and read I am not going to get vaccinated. Vaccines do work, so like I said, I encourage the public to get them but not the people i care about.
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    Nov 23, 2009 11:39 PM GMT
    No way.
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    Nov 23, 2009 11:41 PM GMT
    track_boi said...I will on the other hand will give you a couple of places to start if you feel interested in looking it up.

    This is not an Easter Egg hunt. This is a serious subject. Do you have links to specific information to share or not?