(Closed) Flu Shots: Yay or Nay?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Will you be getting a flu shot?



    Not sure

  • Post # 107
    2432 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I will definitely get one this year. I work in an acute care unit in a psych hospital, so we see plenty of people without health insurance and many who are homeless. So, I’m more at risk of catching the illness, and I would like to do my part in keeping my patients healthy. I work within the psychology unit, but I think the psychiatrists, nurses, and techs heavily advocate for everyone in the hospital to be vaccinated. Nothing wrong with herd immunity!

    Post # 108
    766 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    got it! had to for school and potential employers. I could opt out but then I’d have to sign a waiver and wear a mask.


    I had a slight fever later in the evening after I got it but was good as new the next day!

    Post # 109
    216 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I personally do not get mine every year.  I don’t get sick very often, and I don’t need a virus injected into me to possibly really make me sick.  No thanks!

    Post # 110
    188 posts
    Blushing bee

    I think it’s important to remember that even if we have a great immune system and rarely get the flu, we could still be carrying it around and passing it along to others (who may not have such strong defenses). As a student nurse, I especially do not want to pass anything on to patients who are likely already immunocompromised.

    Post # 111
    2278 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I always get the flu shot because of my chronic health issues.

    Post # 112
    2493 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I also have to get the shot or wear a mask. I got the shot. Wearing a mask isn’t worth the hassle- talk about annoying to wear and a pain to explain to patients! I’ve never had any side effects from the shot, just some soreness at the site. I know a lot of people who get more systemic symptoms, though. Some of my coworkers are opting to wear masks out of protest (this is the first year they will make us wear masks if we don’t get them) so we’ll see how that goes for them Undecided

    Post # 113
    3044 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Fiance & I got the flu shot in 2011 and neither of us got the flu. We skipped it last year & Fiance got the flu TWICE & I got it once from him. We just got the flu shot last night because I refuse to go through that hell of nausea again.


    Post # 114
    2571 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Despite hearing various “conspiracy theories” about the government putting x, y, and z in flu shots (my FB feed is littered with this…), I always get mine when my work offers it. I had the flu as a small child, and it destroyed my hearing. I’m not messing with this illness again.

    Post # 115
    1784 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I got mine yesterday and although my left forearm is red, hard, warm and sore for a few days it’s nothing a few Motrin won’t fix and I think it’s worth it. It will be gone in a day or two and I don’t need to miss work for a week+ because I got the flu. I also work in healthcare, though, so I’m around sickness often.

    Post # 116
    9815 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Never had it and I have had no desire to.  I have never had the flu.  I don’t get colds.  I don’t get sick.  I’m not even very good about washing my hands after touching computers, door knobs, public things, etc.

    I feel my immune system is already pretty amazing so I’d hate to mess with it.  I don’t like unnecessary medications or shots.

    Post # 117
    11231 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’ve never had it and have never needed it. I have a really strong immune system (but am totally screwed when it comes to allergies!) and I don’t think that I’ve ever gotten the flu. Father-In-Law got the shot last year and ended up getting a different strain of the flu and was out for weeks, so that was hilarious and awful. DH has to get the shot for school (healthcare program), and will have to when he gets a job. I don’t work in healthcare or around children/elderly, so there’s no impetus for me to take time off and spend the money to get it (sorry, guys). If it were offered through mine or DH’s employer (for free), I’d be more likely to get it, though (or if it was required, obviously). I’ll probably start getting it either this year or next year, though, since I don’t want to carry anything to pass to DH. Maybe I can get it from MIL’s employer for free.

    ETA: Unfortunately, I do have a history of bad reactions to shots, but I’m sure they’ve improved since I last had one.

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