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Old 01-11-2013, 06:15 PM
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Default The Flu Shot...

I decided not to get one this year. I may regret it, but I have gotten them the last few years and decided to give my body a break. DH didn't get it either, since he only gets it if I pester him into it.

What are your thoughts on the flu shot? Have you gotten one?

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Old 01-11-2013, 06:17 PM
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I don't get it. No reason to. It is much like the bordetella vaccine. It isn't going to cover all flu strains and it isn't 100% guarantee you aren't going to get it anyway. I leave the vaccine for people who are actually going to need the minimal protection it gives, like the elderly and sick.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:22 PM
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I got it this year, haven't had it in several years. I work with young children and I've already seen a lot of sickness this year - I don't want it and I can't afford to get it, work STRONGLY recommended it (they can't force us like some other places I know) so I went ahead and got it yesterday actually.

Oddly enough this is the first time I've EVER had any sort of reaction. But I'd rather be safe than sorry. I don't want THE flu

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Old 01-11-2013, 06:30 PM
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I don't get it, nor do my children or husband. I think its alot like the kennel cough vaccine, it does not cover all strains. I think we over-vaccinate way too much.
Last time that we got the flu shot was in 2005 and that was also the last year that we got the flu..not at the same time lol!
My mother hounds and hounds me about it, but yet she still gets the flu and other illnesses while getting her yearly flu shot. And my kids and I are maybe sick 1 to 2 times a year and its never really that bad.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:32 PM
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I've never gotten it before. I'd rather just eat lots of veggies and plant-based foods to increase my immune system and fight it off naturally if I get exposed. Touch wood, I haven't gotten it yet (now of course, I'm going to get it tomorrow).
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:34 PM
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I've never had one and don't plan to get one. I think we shove too many vaccines at people anyway, and am certainly not going to tax myself with anything else. Certainly not for one that doesn't cover all strains.

My husband does get one yearly, because they offer them at his workplace and he's a follower, lol. He hasn't had the flu any less than I have. (zero for both)
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:35 PM
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Do not get it. figure work will start requiring it one of these years and I will have to then. I have never actually had the flu. I get sick when the weather changes and thats about it.

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Old 01-11-2013, 06:36 PM
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I think it is ridiculous. High estimates are 60% effective, other studies show as low as 1 or 2%
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:37 PM
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I avoid any kind of medication, so I don't get it. I rarely take any medication for headaches, migraines, cramps, whatever. I have a bit of a phobia of it. And shots. I don't like shots. So, it's an all around no-go.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:39 PM
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I don't get it ... Never get it, I have more probs with the cursed Mtn cedar then the flu ... Which is what I think causes my chills & fever the other day, they say its up to 20,000 I hate Mtn cedar I HATE it.

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