Post # 167
@This Time Round: I found information about shingles on the Mayo Clinic website. Here is the link directly to the ’causes’ tab but there is a lot of other information about the virus that causes chicken pox/shingles on their website.
Post # 168
@This Time Round: Anything that can run down the immune system can cause shingles, and yes that includes stress, but it would be a lot of stress, not just the normal everyday stress that most people deal with.
Post # 169
@cmbr: Thanks for saying what I really wanted to say, back on page 2 🙂
Post # 170
@Paiger8: I actually thought the same thing, and in the last year, my Mother-In-Law as well as 21 year old cousin in law both contracted shingles at different times, and were never around each other. I totally thought it only happened to old people who never had pox.
Post # 171
Not too many years ago, one of my girl friends was pregnant with a baby girl. They had tried for years to get pg, and were just over the moon when they got the news. My friends mom was a bit of a hippy, and Sarah was never immunized. She got German measles during her pregnancy, and at 7 months their little girl was Stillborn. (stillbirth can be a complication of German measles, which of itself is a pretty minor illness).
My own children are immunized. To me, the minuscule risk is worth avoiding complications of the diseases themselves. Jmo
Post # 172
@Eight6Eleven: Would you elaborate on why you can’t get behind the flu shot? I’m just curious.
I’m pleased this discussion has continued so nicely as it is interesting to hear reasons from all sides.
Post # 173
@This Time Round: It’s funny you mentioned that because I had shingles at 14 and was diagnosed with lupus at 23. I have no idea at all if they’re related.
Post # 175
My oldest (and only biological child) was diagnosed with autism around age 4 but my fiance’s son (age 5) is sure as hell getting all his immunizations.
Post # 176
Well I am not having kids again but I used a delayed schedule with mine. We started vaccinations at the age of two and spread them out over 3 years and were all ready for school. I think most doctors start vaccinating too early and give them too close together.
As for myself – I never get the flu shot and I have not had the flu in over 15 years!
Post # 177
Whereas I’m required to get the flu shot (as a “healthcare employee”), and I get the flu every. single. year. I don’t study flu, but from what I understand, the flu vaccine is basically considered to be the worst one out there. Neutralizing antibody production is really important for a successful vaccine, and the current flu shot is terrible at producing those.
Post # 178
Thanks to those of you have replied so far to my Question that I posed in Reply # 165 about the correlation between Shingles & one’s Immune System being compromised
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As for the Annual Flu Shots
My understanding that Flu Shots are always a gamble from a science point of view, because it isn’t a “long term” vaccination plan, but rather one that is very time specific against a very PRECISE strain of Flu
Researchers & Doctors are making an educated “guesstimate” on which strain will manifest to be the dominent Flu for any given year
It really isn’t an exact science
That said, there is substantial evidence, that getting the Flu Shot is beneficial for those in HIGH RISK categories… such as Seniors, or those who come into contact with them (thereby spreading germs to them)
Personally, I get the Flu Shot… I realize like I said it isn’t a perfect science, but I do have Elderly Relatives that I LOVE and care about… I don’t want to expose them to anything if I can help it (they too get vaccinated). Mr TTR and I also travel a lot… so I am a big believer in finding ways to protect myself as much as possible when we are away, or in places where standards aren’t maybe as high as here at home. (Besides, lets face it… it would suck to get sick on vacation)
Luckily Flu Shots are FREE in Ontario. They should start soon… we can get them thru our Family Doctors or at a Health Clinic typically October thru December.
Post # 179
@cmbr: It should also be highlighted that most cases of the flu are actually a cold or a virus. It is one of the most misdiagnosed aliments in the western world.
Post # 180
I serriously didn’t know that some people didn’t vaccinate there kids, I don’ mean to offend someone but it never even crossed my mind…
Post # 181
Haven’t read thru all the responses, but i’m in the same boat. bookmarking this for later.