Flu shots

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
October 11, 2008 1:29pm CST
who should get a flu shot?the elderly; those over 50; children age 6 months to 5 years old; pregnant women; people with chronic disease. But apparently the message isn’t getting through about pregnant women The latest data from the a CDC health survey show that less than 14 percent of pregnant women between ages 18 and 44 actually got a flu shot during the 2006/2007 flu season. Did you get a flu shot while pregnant? Do your kids get them?
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I had one flu shot in my life.. but 4 pregnancies. I never get sick, and really didn't want the flu shot, but they made me take it... guess what? I got the dang flu!! Last winter my 2 year old got the flu shot. Like me, my children never get more than the sniffles and occasional cough. Well a few weeks or so after his flu shot he got so sick, he had a fever of 105. I had to rush him to the ER and was told he had the flu. None of us have ever gotten the flu when we didn't get a shot... so I'm staying away from the shots this year.
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I am allergic myself. So I can't go near them. Found that out the hard way.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I have never had a flu shot. My son has never had a flu shot. My daughter got one last year only because when I was at the health department getting her immunizations they asked me if I wanted her to get one and they did not charge me for it.
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@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
12 Oct 08
I'm not sure who should get it and who shouldn't these days. I have had the shot before and still got the flu. We do not have any insurance right now to go and get a shot.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I'm wayyyyyy over 50 and my Dr said I shouldn't get the flu shot, and explained why in my case I shouldn't. I didn't get them back when I was pregnant either. I did get them every year when I was working with a nursing service, but each and every year I still got the flu. Flu shots only protect you from certain strains of the flu virus, and just because you get one does not mean you won't get the flu (you just won't get the variety that the shot covers.) I tend to stay away from those who are sick and I haven't had the flu in 3 or 4 years. That's hard ersmommy being allergic to it! I imagine it was no picnic for you the way you found out about it.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I nor my husband ever get the flu shot. I know we should but we just never did. I think elderly especially should get it and the very young. I don't know many people who do get it.
• United States
13 Oct 08
While it may not be the most rational choice, I do not think my son will be getting Flu shots until after he is three years old. There is some possibility of Autism and.. although the risk may be low.. I feel the risk from flu is less than the risk of autism. It is a difficult balance that parents have to determine for themselves. In the end, you have to choose what makes you feel emotionally best.