Post # 1
- Wedding: January 2017 - Speakeasy on State
Hi Bees! I have never gotten a flu shot before nor have I even wanted to consider one… but with a winter wedding…. I am wondering if it might be a good idea? My work is offering them for free. I feel conflicted, please help!
Post # 2
I get one every year because as a teacher, I’m exposed to all kinds of germs. I’ve never gotten the flu (have been getting flu shots for about 7-8 years), but I like to safe guard myself mostly because I don’t want to miss a bunch of work. I’ve never had adverse reactions to the shot either. Are you prone to illness?
Post # 3
I get a flu shot every year. I got married in August so no I did not specifically get one for the wedding. Is there a reason you are against vaccination?
Post # 4
why would you not get a flu shot? yes, you should absolutely get one, every single year. the flu is not “like a cold but worse”. it is absolutely horrible. some people die from it. and even if you did get the flu and pull through fine, you could pass it on to somebody weaker who might not be able to fight it off so well. get an effing flu shot.
Post # 5
Meh. Do you get sick often? I’ve never got the shot, but rarely get sick. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it kinda thing for me.
Post # 6
I am pro-vaccine, so I would say get it to protect yourself regardless but especially just in case for your wedding.
Post # 7
I have to get a flu shot because I work in a hospital lab however I am pro-flu shot ever since I came down with it in college and landed myself in the ER after collapsing trying to walk up a flight of stairs. You don’t want Influenza. It is not just a bad cold. It makes you extremely fatigued for weeks after you are over it and I had a fever of 102-104 for a solid 7 days. Do yourself a favor and get your vaccine as far in advance of your wedding to build up your immunity in time. And yes I know the flu shot is not 100% but its better than nothing IMO. For the record, I’m not a generally sick person and I have no underlying medical conditions that predispose me to getting more sick. It’s honestly just not a fun thing to have.
Post # 8
I end up feeling under the weather for about 2-3 days when I take mine.. but it’s preferable to ending up with influenza for 2 weeks… possibly followed by complications like pneumonia.. like that one time. I won’t be skipping the shot again personally.
Post # 9
This. I had a patient once who skipped the flu shot and ended up in the hospital for multiple weeks with severe pneumonia and eventually a collapsed lung and water on the heart. This was a young, otherwise very healthy and fit individual also.
Post # 10
As a nurse who has taken care of young patients my age (20-30s) who have died from influenza, I encourage you to get he vaccine asap. It does not make you get the flu despite what others say, as it is not a live virus. You’ll protect yourself for months! 🙂
Post # 11
It’s not just about us. Although the fringe benefit of getting a flu shot is that it can help prevent you from getting the flu, the important thing is that it can help increase herd immunity for those who cannot get the flu shot themselves and may be very vulnerable if they did get the flu.
As an RN , unfortunately I know that there are many people out there who simply don’t care enough about other people to do their civic duty.
Post # 12
I mean I wouldn’t think to get a flu shot specifically because of my wedding, but if they were going free at my work then yeah, why wouldn’t you?
Post # 13
I always feel a little sick for a few days after getting a flu shot- I’d hold off if you don’t get them yearly and know how you’ll react.
Post # 14
I have had Influenza A and B in back to back years in HS. Have gotten my shot every year since. Since then, I had parainfluenza once (which is like influenza’s sucky step cousin twice removed). I can say I am pretty happy not dealing with influenza again.
I know some people say they had the flu from the shot. True influenza does not compare to what they say they had. Also have had some people say they still got the flu, but again, most of what they say doesn’t compare to bad influenza. My parainfluenza sucked, but it didn’t put me totally out for over a week.
Post # 15
I’m with you, I don’t believe in the flu shot. But, then again, I have family members who got narcolepsy from the swine flu shot, which in turn lead to having to drop out of college and no longer being able to drive. The link has been proven, it’s an autoimmune reaction that the vaccine triggered. Flu shots protect against swine flu as well so, unless someone was able to guarantee that that component is very different from Pandemrix, there’s no way I would get a flu shot. Ultimately, vaccines are good because of they lead to herd immunity and that’s why governments push for them but, sometimes, they have adverse effects.