Post # 1
So since it was brought up briefly a few times in the vaccines thread and I view the annual flu shot as very different from shots like the MMR, Polio, and HiB vaccines, I wanted to have a separate thread to see people’s thoughts on the annual flu shots.
I’ve never gotten a flu shot. There are tons of different strains of the flu. The flu shot only covers a few of those potential strains. You could still be infected by any of the others, even with a flu shot.
Also, the influenza virus is constantly mutating (more so than the majority of other viruses). Even though they try to predict what the most common strains for the upcoming year will be, because it takes so long to develop, test, and get approval for the flu shot, the strains that the shot covers are the forms of those strains from a year or two ago. Those strains have quite likely undergone multiple mutations since that time, quite possibiliy rendering the flu shot completely useless against them.
Personally, I would only get a flu shot if I was in a high risk group (pregnant and/or raising young children, elderly, chronic condition making me more suscesptible, etc).
So Bees – what do you think?
Post # 3
yeah, I tend to agree with you. I voted “never,” but I have in the past, and I’m not completely opposed to it.
Post # 4
I don’t get one usually, but I have in the past when I was teaching little kids.
Post # 5
I never get them. I have a very strong natural immunity to flu, I think. I’ve only ever had it one time (at a time of high-stress and extreme exhaustion) and I never caught swine flu even after living in close quarters with 4 people that got it.
BUT, I got one today. Why? Because I’m pregnant and that makes me high-risk for it. Pregnant women can get the flu MUCH worse than normal people and my doctor strongly advised me to get it. Both DH and I will be getting pertussis boosters when the baby is born too. A lot of cases of pertussis are passed from parent to infant, so I don’t want to take that chance.
Post # 6
I work in a hospital so I have to get one every year. Makes it easy, because I don’t have a choice! They just opened up the clinic today and of course I’m procrastinating but I imagine I’ll get it this week. I never got one before working in a hospital because I just never really thought of it. Now that I take public transportation to work everyday though I might have been more likely to get one because people are constantly coughing and sneezing all over the place.
Post # 7
I’ve never gotten one, but I would if I were part of a high risk group.
Post # 8
I never have (not even as a kid), but if I ever become part of a high-risk group in the future, then I probably will.
Post # 9
Nope… Never had one, and don’t plan on ever getting one… even when I worked at the hospital.
I saw more co-workers out with the flu shortly after getting the vaccine then co-workers out that didn’t get it. (just the observation of our department)
Post # 10
I voted other. I don’t usually get one, but I wouldn’t be opposed to it, for whatever reason.
Post # 11
I got one once and I regretted it. My arm was bugging me for days. I don’t normally get the flu anyways.
Post # 12
I have to get them for work, but I’ve gotten it every time it was offered to me. It kinda seems like why not – even if it only gives me say 70% protection against the flu, I wouldn’t turn it down. I’ll admit I’ve never sought it out though, but I would if I had kids or anything.
Post # 13
I get one every year because my work offers it for free, all I have to do is walk down the hall. If it wasn’t that convenient, I probably wouldn’t get one.
Post # 14
I have to get them for work or wear a mask from now until May whenever I am with patients. I would not get it this year because I feel very strongly against the H1N1 vaccine which is included in the flu shot this year. I also know atleast a dozen people that got sick this year after getting the flu shot. yes, I know you don’t get the flu from the shot, I believe it is the preservatives in it.
Post # 15
I do not, have not and will not. My extreme needle phobia coupled with the low effectiveness of this vaccine due to the nature of the flu have me avoiding it.
I would, however, consider the nasal spray version if I were in the high risk category.
Post # 16
I have never gotten one before, but now that I’m working in a hospital, I’m considering it. I have all month to get it done along with my annual PPD.