Post # 32
I was suppose to get one this past year because of my immune system weakening due to health issues. But I wasn’t required to get one. I think I will get one this coming season though because I haven’t felt 100% since last year health issues. Hopefully getting the flu shot will not make me sick like it did the one and only time I had it. I believe I already had some symptoms of it before I got the shot..
Post # 33
I work in community health care, with seniors and palliative clients. I get the shot, and wear a mask if I feel even a little cold coming on. I think it would be irresponsible of me to risk killing my clients because I didn’t want a teeny needle.
I am also fastidious about hand washing and wiping down constantly touched surfaces in the car and home. When I do get sick, I actually try to think of which germs may have slipped through my system.
Post # 34
I was career military so it was never an option – you were taking the shot. I still get it every year but DH does not. I feel the risks of not getting the shot FAR outweigh the risks of getting it. DS gets one too.
Post # 35
I started getting the yearly flu shot after one particular year at our community hospital. We had 3 people (none older than 45) in the ICU from flu related complications at the same time. One died, one spent weeks in the ICU needing long term ventilation and a tracheostomy, one spent a few days in ICU and went home several days later.
Granted, it was a bad flu year. But I saw enough serious complications in people who were otherwise young and healthy that I started being one of the first in line for flu shots each year.
Post # 36
I always get it. Yes there are risks associated with the shot, but nothing like those associated with the flu itself. Also, as for Guillain Barre – you can also get that after having the flu. (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/guillainbarre.htm). So I don’t really see that as a big reason to not get the shot, personally.
Post # 37
I’ve gotten one the past 5 years, and I’ve never had any side effects other than soreness in my arm the next day. I have a pretty good immune system, but I’m a teacher, and I can’t afford to risk getting sick and miss a week or more of school.
Post # 38
Get it, If your in contact with “patients” they could be sick with a new strain that your body might have a better chance fighting off if you have your flu shot up to date. Plus if you get sick your out of work for weeks of pay.
Post # 39
I get one every year. If I didn’t get the shot and then got the flu I’d be pissed and regret it.
Post # 40
Not sure. I have a sucky immune system and work with kids, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Post # 41
For me, the cons of getting the flu shot (ridiculously, stupidly small chance of Guillain-Barre syndrome, and maybe some soreness in the arm) would would be far less impactful than the cons of opting out of the shot: having to wear a mask around every patient. Especially as a psych nurse, you don’t want them thinking you think they’re gross or germy. That doesn’t build rapport and can diminish trust.
I get the flu shot every single year. Last year when I worked with kids, I know for sure it saved my ass because a really terrible flu was spreading around all the kids and many of the faculty, and I was one of the only adults that didn’t get it.
Post # 42
The flu is the worst, so I get the shot as soon as I can every year. I live in a city, take public transportation every day, and work on a college campus, so I’m constantly surrounded by lots of people. The risks of having the flu seem worse than the minimal risks of vaccination, so for me it’s a no-brainer.
Post # 43
I am a pharmacist – I get my flu shot every year and started about 10 yrs ago. I am also a licensed vaccinator and can adminster the vaccine to others.
I get mine every year for 3 reasons.
1. I got H1N1 in 2009 (when it wasnt covered by the vaccine) and it was the WORST illness I ever had. I couldn’t even get off the floor and my mom had to feed me ice chips for like a week. Terrible. Therefore, I do anything I can to prevent getting the flu in the future.
2. I used to work in a hospital ICU. I saw people MY AGE die from the flu, including a pregnant woman (the fetus also died). It was a HUGE reality check. You think it won’t happen to you, but I have clear evidence that it DOES happen to people like us. Very frightening.
3. There are people who are at high risk for complications (elderly, newborn infants, immune compromised) – these people may not be able to get a vaccination themselves. I feel its my responsibility to prevent their exposure thru herd immunity (aka my vaccination). I would feel awful spreading influenza to a tiny baby.
Unless you have a medical reason to not get the flu shot, I would strongly urge you to get one. Even if you have never had the flu before, it just takes once. And you could die. I’ve seen it.
For those with concerns, please read: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/misconceptions.htm
:::steps off soapbox:::
Post # 44
No, numerous doctors have told me NOT to. I’m in the small minority who had a bad reaction and suffered long term from it.
Post # 45
I have never gotten a flu shot and I’ve only had the flu once. When I asked my GP about them, he said that honestly, it’s not that effective with new strains of flu. Like, if I got the flu shot in 2013, it would really be effective for the strain of flu in 2012 and a few years prior. The flu is a constantly mutating virus. All of his 8 nurses got the flu shots, and 5 of them still got the flu.
With that said, if my job required one, I’d get it. I have nothing against them, I just never felt compelled to get one.
Post # 46
My work offers them for free and we both get one every year. It’s easy to say “I never get the flu” until you actually have it and can’t pick yourself up off the floor. The risks are very minimal.
they do adjust the vaccine every year to try and be as effective as possible.