Flu Shots

@hdjohnson (2981)
United States
August 8, 2009 8:01pm CST
Do you believe you need the flu shots will prevent you from getting the flu? Or do you think you could actually get the flu if you got the shot? I was watching a news report where they were saying that in order to come up with the cure of the flu, they have to inject you with a small version of it in order to come up with the vaccine that is supposed to prevent you from getting the full version of it. I'm a little more like this, if I don't have it, I don't need it and I definitely don't want it. What do you say?
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@erikmama (12935)
• United States
9 Aug 09
I have never had a flu shot myself, but my father got them every year, as does a friend of mine. I don't think it actually gives you the flu, but it can make you sick for a few days. I am planning to get one. I usually do not get to sick, but the last couple years I have. I think it is better to get the shot than to take a chance on getting the flu!
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@GardenGerty (80134)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Aug 09
Secondary infections as a result of the flu can really bring you down. You can develop bronchitis and pneumonia following the flu. I get the seasonal flu shot and I believe it makes me healthier.
@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
Flu shot is really a very weak version of the actual flu, only one among the variety out there. So it doesn't mean we will not get a flu but for sure with not that particular flu variant. We just have to make sure that the variant we have to shot our selves with and our family is the most dangerous one at the time.
@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
10 Aug 09
To be honest I believe they where right at the time, the problem is virus adopt and evolve that leads to another form of cure. Beside we are talking here of flu shot, a completely known lab cultured variant of a flu. For me its a lot better to have a peace of mind than not having a protection at all.
• United States
9 Aug 09
I think that the flu shot can help prevent the flu but not fully protect you because there are so many different strains of it.
@nangel78 (1459)
• United States
9 Aug 09
I have had the flu shot and have never really had any problems with it. They have offered it for free at my employment so I figured it was a good idea and checked with my doctors about it as well.
@cher913 (25899)
• Canada
9 Aug 09
i get a flu shot every year and havent suffered from the flu to any varying degrees and will continue to get this year. i have a poor immune system because i dont sleep well, so anything that will make me more healthier (and its free, too!) why not?
@mimiang (3780)
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
We advocate that for pregnant woman so that their immunity can be transferred to their babies.The babies are easily infected with pneumonia and the shots can help to alleviate it
• United States
9 Aug 09
The flu shot will prevent you from catching the flu you've been vaccinated for, but you could still fall victim to another strain.
@lynnemg (4541)
• United States
9 Aug 09
I have taken the flu shot and it really did help prevent me from getting the flu, but my Dad has taken it a few times and each time ended up with a horrible case of the flu. So, I think that it really just depends on the person's own immune system response to the shot.
• United States
9 Aug 09
I got the flu shot one year and had the worst case of the flu because of that shot. I had never been that sick before that shot or since having that shot. I was told some people have a reaction to the shot which is worse than the actual flu itself. Because basically you are being injected with the actual flu virus. Which in my mind makes no sense at all. If I am getting a shot not to get the flu, why would I let them inject me with the one thing I am trying to avoid getting.
@korki4 (264)
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
Well me and my father took some flu shots and the doctor said it will last 1 year but after 6 months i got sick with a flu! the flu shot does help but it depend on your body if you take care of it! rather than taking the shots i would rather take care of my body which is not expensive than a flu shot
• United States
9 Aug 09
i don't get the flu shot only because every time i do i end up sick with the flu for 2 weeks so i just don't get it plus it don't stop you from getting all the types of flu so whats the point.
@lelin1123 (15647)
• Puerto Rico
9 Aug 09
I have never gotten a flu shot because years ago when my brother was in the Navy he received the flu shot and ended up so sick for weeks with the flu. That told me all I needed to know not to ever get it. So I have been pretty lucky and Thank God I don't get sick to much at all. Maybe once a year but just a common cold.
@Jennlk84 (4220)
• United States
9 Aug 09
I got my first flu shot this past winter. I decided to get it because I was really sick the previous winter and don't have health insurance. I did not get sick ONCE after getting that shot. I haven't been sick in probably a year now!! So I don't know if it was thanks to the flu shot or if I'm just having a really lucky year! lol
9 Aug 09
Actually it is not a hundred percent that if you get a flu shot,you would be free from any flu, it is not...If you are immunosuppressed you will still be infected.Flu can be easily treated by medicating by it's singns and symptoms like the colds,fever and cough.Flu is not fatal unless it is secondary to any present illness or complications occur..So it is not really neccesary to take flu shots
@AmbiePam (42298)
• United States
9 Aug 09
Well, I guess a lot of vaccines are like that. They inject you with a small portion so your body can learn to fight that off, so we'll build an immunity...So that doesn't bother me. Supposedly, I'm at high risk for the flu, but I haven't had a flu shot in about 3 years. I never really got one on a regular basis. I figure the less foreign things I put in my body, the better. But I guess if I had small children I'd want them to get a flu shot. Especially since the school years is about to start. But then again, I'm not a parent.