shot or no shot?

@savypat (20246)
United States
October 3, 2010 2:44pm CST
Time for flu shots. Each year I read the pros and cons of getting this shot. I usually end up getting one, being close to 70 years I know I don't want the flu. Last year we didn't get them, they just were not available and we lived very carefully, we were well and didn't get the flu. I don't know what is right or wrong, but I have not gotten the flu since I started taking the shots. Of course I no longer work with the public or am exposed to children so that alone may account for my health.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Oct 10
I'm not getting one, but then my immune system tends to be on overdrive...
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
6 Oct 10
Well, several years ago I used to work at one of our local hospitals and they did offer free flu shots for their employees, but that didn't really mean anything to me because I didn't want to get the flu shot. In fact, in the two years that I worked there during flu season, I never did get the flu. That said, my honest thought on the situation is that you should go with what you feel comfortable with, if you feel more comfortable getting the flu shot, then that is what you should do. However, if you think that you will be okay without it, I wouldn't really worry about it.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
6 Oct 10
I have never been against immunisations as a rule and my child has received all the children’s required injections since she was a baby but in regards to the flu shots I decided against them because when she had them last she had a rather bad reaction which scared me! I had mine too at the time and I was fine but watching my daughter suffer has put me off. My parents get flu shots every year and they have always done well so it is a personal choice.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
4 Oct 10
Hi savypat, There is always a choice to be made and so far I've never had the flu shot and thankfully haven't had any really bad colds or flues. I decided not to have the H1N1 last year as well. Maybe I'm taking too big a chance but I probably won't have it this year either. Blessings.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
4 Oct 10
The only time I ever had a flu shot, I got so sick I may as well have had the flu. That was over 20 years ago and I've not had one since. I don't believe in taking those shots. The average person who maniacally washes their hands, sanitizes everything and takes every measure possible to keep germs away is destroying their immune system by keeping it away from everything--it is never used, it has no enemies to develop antibodies against and when they do fall ill, it can be very serious because the immune system has been weakened. Maybe when I'm your age I will change my mind but in the meanwhile I'll let my immune system work its little butt off to protect me. I haven't been sick for years.
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@sender621 (14956)
• United States
4 Oct 10
Getting a flu shot can be an important precaution in goood health care. It might seem like a waste of time to you. It is always a good choice to accept the flue shot when it is offered. It can mean a world of difference to how you feel.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
4 Oct 10
They provide the shots where I work at every year. I usually get one. I didn't get the one for swine flu though. I don't know if I'm getting that one or not. I am in close contact with people plus my children go to two different schools. I have been lucky enough not to get the flu since taking the shots but it is still possible even though I do get a shot.
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@greenline (14864)
• Canada
4 Oct 10
Yes, I take flu shots every year. I would not feel safe at all if I hadn't had the flue shot, especially when going on long trips overseas. It is advisable to take the shot every year at this time.
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@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
3 Oct 10
Well I have to have to have the shot every Year as they do not want to risk me getting the Flu and I have to be honest I ave always been prone to the Flu so it might be better that I let them give it to me every Year lol
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@ravend (661)
• Malta
3 Oct 10
I refused to get one myself. I got ill with swine flu, and up till now I have a lot of side ffects such as eccessive allergies - so I definitely reccomend it.
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@Joman122 (118)
• Canada
3 Oct 10
I think all flu shots have a tiny bit of the flu virus that you are trying to not get. With that tiny bit,your body becomes immune to it. However, if you have a weak immune system that can't handle the tiny bit of the virus, then maybe you will become sick. I'm no doctor but I learned this in health class.
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@bwaybaby (904)
• United States
3 Oct 10
I'm not. I'm a little strapped for cash, don't like needles, and don't particularly see a reason for getting it. I generally don't get the flu. I've gotten colds in the past few years, but never the flu. I figure why not let people who need them get them- those who are more likely to have complications with the flu, that is.
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Oct 10
hi savypat I just got mine last week as I was at my doctor's anyway so asked if they had the vaccine so got the shot. Whenever I get the shot I go without any cold or the flu but the year I miss I get the double whammy the flu and bacterial bronchitis and get sick as a dog. yuck so its the shots for me. I am also a diabetic so my immune system is shot too.
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• United States
3 Oct 10
I will never get a flu shot again, I got it for the first time 2 years ago and I have never been so sick in my life. I thought I had pneumonia and I was hospitalized for 2 days. Sure, it might not have been the vaccines fault, but I'm not taking my chances again.
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