I got my flu shot a couple of weeks ago.

@GardenGerty (110913)
United States
November 10, 2007 7:58am CST
While I was at the Doctor's office yesterday, I asked about pneumonia vaccine, and learned some new stuff. At my age (54) working around kids and the disabled, it would be a good idea to get that vaccine. He says I should be sure to get the vaccine for shingles (varicella, I believe) when I turn 60. Shingles is a very painful disease that mature adults often get. You can bet, I will get that one, as well. Are you up to date on your vaccinations?
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
10 Nov 07
I have to be because of my Lungs every year I have to get the Flu jab and 4 years ago I had the Pneumonia one I have to have this one because I had Pneumonia 15 years ago so I am at high Risk I hate them lol but I guess I better let them stab me lol
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@AmbiePam (51033)
• United States
10 Nov 07
I guess I'm a little clueless, I didn't even know there WAS a pneumonia vaccine. I've known so many people who got pneumonia that I figured it couldn't be prevented.
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@GardenGerty (110913)
• United States
11 Nov 07
Pneumonia can be caused by both bacteria and viruses. Bacterial responds to antibiotics, viral doesn't. You get vaccinated against the viral kind. They used to say the shot lasted a lifetime, now, for some people they want it given every year. Getting Flu and Pneumonia shots also seem to cut down on bronchitis for some people.
• United States
10 Nov 07
I never knew there was a vaccine for shingles. I knew about the pneumonia one. My mother gets it. I am aware that people of a certain age and with certain conditions should get it.
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@AmbiePam (51033)
• United States
10 Nov 07
I got a flu shot last week because my doctor said I was high risk. I wouldn't have gotten it even then, except it was free through my insurance. I also got a Hep B vaccine last year because I was working in a children's mental hospital. I was surprised to learn a lot of people have never had the Hep B vaccine, but I guess it is only mandatory for people who work certain places. I think it is mandatory now for kids, but it wasn't for us back then. I didn't know there was a vaccine for shingles. My aunt got that once and she was so miserable. She was 55, so maybe she couldn't have had the vaccine anyway?
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@GardenGerty (110913)
• United States
11 Nov 07
I understand that the shingles will keep coming back when you are stressed, ill or exposed to chicken pox. She should still get it.
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@AmbiePam (51033)
• United States
12 Nov 07
Do you have to be 60? Because she's not quite there yet.
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@AmbiePam (51033)
• United States
1 Dec 07
Oh I know. People check in for heart surgery, but die of pneumonia. The limited action makes hosptial patients very susceptible. Even my aunt who went in for cancer surgey had to blow in that 'thing' (sorry I don't know the word) to keep her lungs strong so she wouldn't catch pneumonia.
@hopejordan (3566)
• Australia
17 Nov 07
hi there GardenGerty so with this flu injection does it really help my friend has it every year and she is turning 50 soon and i am only 32 years old do you think that children should have it too or not? thanks for this discussion
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@GardenGerty (110913)
• United States
17 Nov 07
I feel like it helps me stay healthy. Yes, they are beginning to recommend that children get flu shots. I think you should talk to your personal doctors for the best information for where you live.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
14 Nov 07
I have a flu shot every year. I was not aware of the shingle shot though. That is great. I know so many people who have shingles and it can be very painful.
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@GardenGerty (110913)
• United States
14 Nov 07
I like how up to date my doctor is, I just do not like having to visit him. I was not aware of the shingles shot either, and I consider myself to be pretty well informed.
@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
10 Nov 07
I did get the flu shot 3 weeks ago, and my arm was sore for a week. I also had the pneumonia vaccine, a couple of years ago my dr. also told me that it was a good idea to get it. I never had the vaccine for vaccine, I did not even no there was a vaccine for it.I will have to ask my dr. the next time I see him.
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
10 Nov 07
I wanted to say a vaccine for the shingles .
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@KrauseHome (36340)
• United States
13 Nov 07
I am sure there are many Vacinations I am behind on, and I really need to consider going in and getting a FLU shot, etc. as I am Type 1.5 Diabetic, and have other issues to consider. I guess I will have to remind myself to make an Apt. to go and get this done. Never hurts for me to be on top of things like this.
@rachael5760 (2770)
• Israel
12 Nov 07
The last time I got a flu shot, I live in Jerusalem, I got the flu so bad I was in bed for 2 weeks! I'm not going to get one ever again!!!! But seriously, my husband is a nurse for the Health Ministry, in charge of immunizations. He is getting calls from many schools to hurry and do measles vaccinations this winter. There were a few kids who came down with it because the parents forgot to get all the immunizations. Really. Get vaccinated.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
12 Nov 07
I got the pneumonia shot last year so do not need it this year. I will get the flu shot though as I do every year.. With a depressed immune system I do not take a chance. xoxoxoxo
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@callarse1 (4791)
• United States
11 Nov 07
I don't get those shots since I am still so young and I don't work in a hospital setting nor do I work around younger children. Perhaps if I did I would be getting it every year. You should consider all the benefits and the risks when you get vacines. Some of theme contain things that could be bad for you if you allergic reactions.
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@mailnilu (52)
• Haiti
11 Nov 07
Most government agencies recommended every one above a certain age should get a shot. Still confused if your really need one, I would call your health insurance and check if you need one or eligible for one.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
10 Nov 07
I think it's great that you're getting the vaccines. Especially the shingles one. I've had lots of older relatives that got that and boy, was it ever painful for them! Myself...my cancer dr dissuaded me from getting the flu vaccine. He had a friend of his that became temporarily paralized for a few years after getting the flu vaccine, and he strongly urged me NOT to get it, but the choice was mine. (I opted not to.) I haven't gotten the pneumonia vaccine in a few years now. I'm still without health insurance. I lost that when the divorce was finalized, and I'm 'uninsurable' since I've had cancer until x amount of years go by. (Go figger...take it away from the people who need it lol!) So, I just tend to avoid people who are sick, as much as I can, and try and take care of myself. I would like the pneumonia vaccine again as I had a bout of pneumonia that took 3 months of multiple medicines to get rid of. Such is life!
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