Post # 1
Are any bee’s getting a flu shot. Its vital that diabetics get one. But I have never had to before. I heard it gives you a touch of the flu. Is this true to those who have got one before? I just want to do everything I can to be healthy. Thanks bees!
Post # 3
I get them every year. I don’t get sick from them anymore, maybe at first a little bit but I just loaded up on Vitamin C and Echinacea and didn’t feel bad for long.
Post # 4
I work at a hospital. I am REQUIRED to get one this year, the new policy is that our employement hinges on it. Last year we had to wear a mask while in patient areas if we didn’t have one, the year before it was completely optional with no masks or anything.
Honestly, I’ve never had any significant difference in sickness on the years I’ve gotten it versus not gotten it. If I wouldn’t get fired, I wouldn’t get it.
Post # 5
I will definitely be getting one (I am a nurse so we have to, but I would get one either way!). For the flu vaccine there is the shot (not live virus) and the intranasal/nose spray (live virus). As a diabetic, you should not get the intranasal one, so you will be getting the shot. Since the virus is killed, you CAN’T get the flu from the shot. There are minimal side effects (swelling or redness at the injection site, a low grade fever, or aches) but nothing like getting the flu!! From what I have seen, any side effects are very minimal.
Here’s some more info if you want: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/flushot.htm#whatarethe
Post # 6
I always manage to catch the flu before the vaccine comes out, lol.
Post # 7
You do not get the flu from the vaccine not even the nasal one even though it’s considered a “live” virus vaccine. The problem is it takes up to 2 weeks to be in your system and effective and you can get sick from anyone during this time. Varicella the chicken pox vaccine is live, you don’t get pox from it. I’m a nurse (did pediatrics before and nothing but vaccines all day) but it’s not required in our facility but I’m still not sure. This years vaccine has the h1n1 in it and I really don’t want that vaccine, didn’t get it last year. I’m very uneasy about it still!
Post # 8
Thanks so much for all the information ladies!
@linguo42: Its out right now in my area. 🙂
Post # 9
As a nurse I can tell you that you cannot get the flu from the flu shot. It is not a live virus. Now if you are already coming down with something, it might enhance that a little but more (at least that is what we have seen in our Pediatric patients) but it does not cause you to get sick. I absolutely recommend it since I see alot of patients really il with the flu every year 🙂 And I HAVE to get it :p
Post # 10
In the [children’s] hospital I work at, people that work in certain departments (departments with patients with compromised immune systems) cannot get the nasal vaccine because they say it could make the patients sick.
People that work in non-patient-care departments; such as departments that may be giving tours to new employees, cannot be in patient areas for 2 weeks after getting the nasal vaccine. They can be in those areas before the vaccine, and if they get the shot, but the nasal vaccine makes them off-limits for 2 weeks.
Post # 11
Never got one to my knowledge (unless my parents did it when I was child) but as an adult, I refuse to. I’ve never developed the flu so I don’t see the point.
Post # 13
I am definitely getting one. My mother had the flu two years ago and my brother-in-law had it the year before her. The true upper respiratory flu is much more serious than a bad cold. They were both sick for nearly two weeks. I’ve honestly never seen my mom that sick before. And as a grad student, I can’t afford to be “out of commission” that long!!
Post # 14
Never have, never will.
And I work in a hospital as well.
Post # 15
Thanks ladies for all the info, again! 🙂
Post # 16
@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: I’m in medical research, at a large Tier 4 hospital – so we have patients and research areas integrated. Even though most of my work is on mice, I do have tons of patient contact and do interact with them as much as mice.
We literally get lined up like cattle and injected. We had to get the h1n1 vax before it was avaliable to the public. I’m required to get the flu vaccine every year, no questions asked.
I actually participated in a research study that tested this years’ flu vaccine that had h1n1 added to it as well. It didn’t react, so in our area at least – everyone is getting a 2nd dose of the h1n1 vax when they get their seasonal flu shot.
And you won’t actually get sick with the virus they are using – your immune system might react a bit and you’ll feel a little sick, but nothing bad.
The MMR wax on the other hand… I was sick for 3 days!