(Closed) Flu Shot!

posted 11 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Are you getting the flu shot?

    I already got it. I get it every year!

    I plan to get it

    I'm not sure

    I never get it

    Other (explain)

  • Post # 17
    206 posts
    Helper bee

    Got one last year and getting one again this year bc my company provides it.

    Post # 18
    900 posts
    Busy bee

    My dad is a doctor.  Every fall, there will be a day when I go home to my parents and open up the fridge and there is a syringe and a vial staring me in the face.  This year he got my reluctant fiance, too.

    Post # 19
    7081 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    This year there are 2 flu vaccines.  The seasonal flu vaccine contains several strains.  Here is an outtake from the FDA website for this year’s seasonal flu vaccine:

    “The vaccine for the 2009-2010 seasonal influenza contains:

    • an A/Brisbane/59/2007 (H1N1)-like virus
    • an A/Brisbane/10/2007 (H3N2)-like virus
    • a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus

    There is always a possibility of a less than optimal match between the virus strains predicted to circulate and the virus strains that end up causing the most illness. Even if the vaccine and the circulating strains are not an exact match, the vaccine may reduce the severity of the illness or may help prevent influenza-related complications.”

    The second vaccine is to the H1N1 pandemic strain.  I plan to get them both, as I am exposed to lots of sick kids on a daily basis. 

    Post # 20
    14181 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I never get one. I’m not exposed to people on a regular basis (ok i work in a cube and we all stay home when we’re sick!) and i sanitize my house. It’s not required by work. Plus, who knows what strain I’ll end up getting if I do get sick? I live life on the edge, can you tell? =] I never seem to get more than a 24 hour flu bug anyways and I bounce back pretty quick

    Post # 21
    815 posts
    Busy bee

    Getting mine this week at work.  It’s the first time I’ve had one.  I probably wouldn’t do it if they didn’t offer them here.

    Post # 22
    1064 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I have never got one except with the wedding coming up, I am trying to avoid it if possible, so I got one this year.

    In regards to the H1N1, I would strongly advise against getting that shot. My mom is a nurse and she went to a meeting, basically a room full of nurses, where the head nurse asked how many people were going to get that one. Not a single person said they would. There has been no testing, it’s been rushed through, no one knows just how safe it actually is. I would really consider doing your homework if you are thinking about getting that one.

    Post # 23
    7081 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    Britshining- I’m sorry but there is testing for the H1N1 vaccine.  I think it is crucial to be informed as to the reality of the situation and not spread misinformation.  In this case misinformation could lead to the death of a child or pregnant woman, perhaps.

    This vaccine has been tested. Some of the testing has happened right here in the Seattle area! Preliminary results are available:

    Early results suggest 1 dose of H1N1 vaccine may be protective

    Robert Roos * News Editor
    Sep 10, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Preliminary clinical trial results suggest that pandemic H1N1 vaccines made by Novartis and CSL Ltd. will provide protection in adults with just one dose, raising hope for a less difficult immunization program than has been anticipated.
    Preliminary results for the two vaccines were published online this afternoon by the New England Journal of Medicine. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has ordered supplies of both vaccines, along with doses from three other companies.
    Federal officials have said they expected that a two-dose regimen of the H1N1 vaccines would probably be necessary to generate an adequate immune response to the novel virus. The first doses are expected to become available in mid October.
    In an editorial accompanying the vaccine reports, infectious disease expert Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH, called the findings welcome and reassuring.
         She noted that a one-dose schedule doubles the number of people who can be protected with a given amount of vaccine, and it also means that vaccinees are protected sooner, since a two-dose regimen typically involves doses spaced 3 weeks or more apart.

    Link: http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/swineflu/news/sep1009vaccine.html

    From the CDC website:

    Will this vaccine be made differently than the seasonal influenza vaccine?

    No. This vaccine will be made using the same processes and facilities that are used to make the currently licensed seasonal influenza vaccines.

    Link: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/public/vaccination_qa_pub.htm

    Post # 24
    234 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I have never gotten the shot and when I get sick, or my daughter does, we stay home and clean like there is no tomorrow.  We have been very lucky that we are able to kill anything if we just catch it right when it starts.

    I may change my mind once we have another kid, but for now, we, too, live life on the edge.


    Post # 25
    4381 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

    I got the regular flu shot because I have an immune system disorder and so it totally fails. However, the lovely flu shot that I got gave me some pretty bad symptoms for 4 days or so. My torso was SO itchy and broke out into hives, I had a mild fever, congestion, and generally felt like crap.

    Hopefully it’ll help in the long run though.

    Post # 26
    2560 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I am a nurse, and I work with infants, so I get mine every year.

    I am also a high-risk health group as I lost a chunk of one of my lungs due to a tumour in my thoracic cavity.

    Every nurse I work with is planning to get the flu vaccines (both the seasonal and H1N1) this year. I have seen 2 babies become brain damaged due to their mothers contracting H1N1, and one of these mom’s die from H1N1 … it isn’t worth messing around with.

    Post # 27
    250 posts
    Helper bee

    I never get a flu shot and so far I have never had the flu ::knock on wood::

    As for the H1N1 flu shot, I have read what is in it and I am not comfortable having it injected into my body.  No one knows what the long term effects of this vaccine are, and that is not a risk I am willing to take. 

    Post # 28
    7081 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    The long term effects are the same as the regular flu vaccine mncrk…  This is the same formulation as regular flu.  It’s just that there are two different proteins that it is protecting against.

    H stands for hemagglutanin and N stands for neurominadase.  These are proteins found on the surface of the flu virus.  Each year the flu mutates and changes the proteins on it’s surface (to evade our clever immune systems)… so each year new proteins are included in the vaccine to reflect the circulating strains. 

    The H1N1 vaccine is no different than any other flu vaccine.  In fact, it would have been included in the regular seasonal vaccine, but it was discovered too late in the season last year for inclusion in the vaccine.  Please click on the links that I’ve provided to understand how flu vaccination works.

    Some flu myths and answers:



    Post # 29
    473 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’ve never had one before, but I’m getting a flu shot this year. I don’t have time to be sick!

    Post # 30
    2365 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I’ve never gotten the flu shot … and I’ve only had the flu (if that’s even what it was) once in my life. I don’t really get sick ever … it would be my luck that I get this shot and I become ill.

    Post # 31
    250 posts
    Helper bee

    Hmm…  Mrs. DG, is it not true that this vaccine contains mercury and squalene.  I personally am not comfortable having something that has been link to Gulf War Syndrome shot into me.  Maybe I have been misinformed but I don’t want either of these things in my body if I can help it.

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