Influenza Shots as prescribed by DOH

Philippines
January 15, 2013 3:39pm CST
I heard from the news yesterday that the Department of Health is giving advice to all Filipinos to take a shot of influenza vaccine. This is because of the wide spread of the said illness in America. I just thought that they are again getting exagerated. America is too from us and the current weather condition is really different from ours. What are your thoughts on this fellow Filipino mylotters?
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7 responses
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
16 Jan 13
I heard that those flu shots are already available here in health centers.. are we exaggerating? not really, i know some parents here whose kids are having influenza right now and if it is free then they should be bringing their kids.
@SIMPLYD (83124)
• Philippines
16 Jan 13
I think even if it's for free or not, jazel we should consider it, specially when we see that our kids are vulnerable to it. It's costlier if they get sick of it.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
16 Jan 13
Right, but i have some who does not care at all
• Philippines
22 Jan 13
My son got his but thatis not free. Like simplyd said, free or not, we should let our kids have the shot for their safety. My son doesn't get any flu since he was born. A slight fever but not resultign into flu.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
15 Jan 13
I heard it from the news too... i think the DOH is doing this because there are a lot of Americans coming to the Philippines... whether for business or pleasure... so for sure the strain might enter our country... and it is quite cold here in our country... so this extra precaution is needed... but then again... i have never had a flu shot in my life... i just take extra care of myself... so i won't get sick...
@SIMPLYD (83124)
• Philippines
16 Jan 13
I agree that it's just one way of DOH, in preventing the Americans who are coming here from spreading good flu. And it's also a precaution to the Filipinos. Luckily, i have a good immune system for the past later parts of the year. I got a flue early 2012, and after that i really took care of my health. I exercise every other day or even everyday when i have the time. I take vitamin supplements 1000 mg of ascorbic acid, vit. E and vit. B1, B6 & 12. I also drink lots of water so everyday i can eliminate my waste. I also eat fruits and veggies. Most of all, i always think positive.
• Philippines
22 Jan 13
According to my son's pedia, havign a shot of flu vaccine is good and the advice of the DOH is great. However, he will still ask his friend from DOH if the vaccine he will give is still the vaccine we had here in the Philippines since most of the flu vaccine will expire on October and the new batch of vaccine will be coming on march. I think taking care of yourself is the best way to prevent you from getting sick. HAving healthy diet is another. Furthermore, now that it is really cold here, we should be take extra care of ourselves.
@mrsuniega (789)
• Philippines
21 Jan 13
well for me I would not get these shots because USA is too far from us. even though there are a lot of american tourist in and out of the country doesn't mean that we take these shots. we have flu here but not as like in the cold countries that is very high risk. DOH is just in to the mix of these issue.
• Philippines
22 Jan 13
You got a point there. One thing we could do is to keep ourselves healthy in order to boost our immune system. In this case, we can avoid getting caught by flu.
@rsa101 (15540)
• Quezon City, Philippines
16 Jan 13
Yeah there seems to be an flu epidemic in US. That is why it is practical to be given flu shot to protect yourself from it. In our office they would usually give this shot during June-July period since it is at this time that Flu is more prevalent in our country. But if you are really concerned you should have yourself a shot since its effective for one year.
• Philippines
22 Jan 13
YEs by this month our son's pedia is advising him to get a yearly shot of flu. Now the DOH is advising to have a shot but according to my son's pedia the vaccine available here in our country now will expire in October and the new batch of vaccines will come around on March. He is still confused if he will give the old stocks to his patients or just wait for the new batch.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
16 Jan 13
I think that it is still better to be aware and be protected. "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure"
• Philippines
22 Jan 13
I agree with you,however, do you think having a shot is a good option? There are other options that can be taken in order to prevent getting flu. On s to boost our immune system so it can fight the virus.
@cupkitties (7473)
• United States
15 Jan 13
A lot of people have mixed feeling on the vaccine. I've heard all kind of mumbo jumbo about it. Personally I have never had any issues with it. Yes, our country is some ways away from ya'll, but they're referring to those Americans traveling over there. They might be carrying the virus and not realize it. Better to be safe than sorry. I think that's all they're trying to get at.
• Philippines
22 Jan 13
I agree with you, It is better safe than sorry. Prevention is still better than cure. However, I heard that the vaccines available here in our country will be expired in october and the newest batch of flu vaccine will arrive somewhere in March. I think I'll just wait for that in case I decided to take the shot.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
15 Jan 13
Well I'm in the US and at my last dr appointment a couple of months ago she asked me since I'm 65 yrs old if I wanted the flu shot. I said no because I never get the flu and so far have been lucky. I did say yes to the pneumonia shot because of my asthma and copd.
• Philippines
22 Jan 13
I just heard that flu is quite widespread there in US now. I asked our son's pedia if it is okay for us to take the flu shots. He said he will still try to ask the DOH personel if it is still okay to gave flu shots because vaccines avalibale here in our country now will expire of October and the new batch is still not here.