Have you had your H1N1 flu shot?

@Pose123 (21662)
Canada
November 27, 2009 6:19pm CST
I decided not to get the H1N1 flu shot, although most people I know are getting it. In my neck of the woods, I'm not hearing much about the percentage of people that are getting it in other parts of the country and almost nothing about other countries. Can anyone tell me what's happening in the US? Are people everywhere turning out in droves to get this or is the percentage very small? With something like 250 deaths worldwide, it doesn't appear to be such a big pandemic after all. Is it true that seniors are a low risk group and just how safe is the vaccine anyway? I understand that some doctors are speaking out against it because they say that there hasn't been enough research done, what have you heard about this? If the vaccine is as safe as we are being told by our governments and health boards, I would rather see the more at risk groups get the shot first and feel that most seniors are probably immune to it anyway. Do you know of any deaths or severe reactions as a result of getting the shot?
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@Robyn28 (384)
• Canada
28 Nov 09
I had to get it done because of being pregnant, there's some people who's immune system is weakened such as elderly and pregnant women and young children, I used to work in the health field until being pregnant meant I wasn't allowed to work in my field. From where I'm from lots of people are getting it health care workers first. A lot of people are getting sick from it I think it's a wise choice to protect yourself.
@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
28 Nov 09
Hi Robyn,Thanks for your comment and advice. Blessings.
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@priscy25 (71)
• Canada
28 Nov 09
I have not taking the shot yet, I heard people get complications when they take them so I want to wait a while. I am also not in the risk group so I want to wait.
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
28 Nov 09
Hi priscy, Thankks for shsring and I'm hearing the same thing. Maybe I'll have it later. Blessings.
• Canada
28 Nov 09
Hi priscy25 There is a lot of talk going around, a lot of unsubstantiated rumours. Here where I live 6 people have had bad reactions from a particular batch of vaccine. Myself I have had the H1N1 flu shot, so has my son, my daughrer in law, my little granddaughter and some of my friends. I am happy to tell you no one that I know personally has had a bad reaction.
• Canada
30 Nov 09
I'm glad to hear that some people have actually taking it and not had any bad reactions from it, I must tell you it gives me some hope 'cos all I've been hearing have been the bad effects of the shot. Though I still want to wait a while I certainly will not say no to taking it now if it were required of me to do so. Thanks
@jdyrj777 (6543)
• United States
28 Nov 09
Im in colorado and they are saying only at high risk people are getting the shots. As far as i know. I do not plan to get it. When it was going around in the 70's i got one. They say the people who got one then have more immunity now. I have heard some bad stories about some people who did get them. Autisum in children. My daughters family didnt get them either. They were ill with a flu but unknown if it was the H1N1. They didnt go to the doctor because they were not very ill. I also got ill for a 24 hr period.
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
29 Nov 09
Hi jdyrj, I don't believe that I'm in a high risk group and also I'm not sure of the long term affects that it will have. I'm a healthy person and don't feel that I need it anyway. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
28 Nov 09
Well, I had the vaccine because I work in the Health Department as a interpreter ,and I deal with migrate workers all the time ,so I felt that I needed to protect myself. Many people are vaccinating themselves ,so the H1N1 is under control at this time in the U.S.
@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
28 Nov 09
Hi Mirita, Thanks for sharing as I value your opinion. Have you heard of any bad reactions from the shot? Blessings.
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
29 Nov 09
So far we haven't heard of anybody having any bad reactions to the vaccine ,so it appears to be very safe.
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
28 Nov 09
Yes I did have the shot but it had no ill effect or anything. It didn't make me feel any different. I am curious why people refuse the shot.
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
28 Nov 09
Hi Grandmaof2, Thanks for sharing and I'm pleased that you had no effects from the shot. I hope that everyone will have similar experiences.I was a bit concerned because it came on the market so quickly and did some research and found that a number of medical doctors felt as I did and were refusing the shot themselves as well as advising others against it. As I am healthy and not in one of the groups considered to be high rick, I decided not to have the shot. Blessings.
• Canada
28 Nov 09
Oh OK that does make sense, if you're a healthy person as you said you are then I get that if you did get sick your body would most likely be able to fight. I am extremely not a well person and it was suggested I get the regular flue shot as well as the H1N1, so I did. I just wonder what's next??? Thanks
@emploi38 (27)
• Canada
6 Dec 09
I have decided not to get the H1N1 flu shot because the one we have here in Canada has adjuvant in it. I decided instead to wash my hands regularly, try not to put my fingers in my mouth ( yeah, I do this sometimes), and I take multivitamins. I don't know of any deaths related to the H1N1 flu. I know 2 persons who had the flu though. They told me it was a tough one. Lots of fever and back pain... but one week after they were ok. Be safe everyone!!!
@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
7 Dec 09
Hi emploi, Thank you for your comment and I feel as you do and I also live in Canada. Blessings.
• Canada
5 Dec 09
My husband and I both think all this H1N1 stuff is just a lot of hype, and we just don't get sick that often. We do what we need to to stay healthy, and we are not interested in putting a lot of foreign chemicals into our bodies. We are not going to get the vaccination.
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
5 Dec 09
Hi danishcanadian. Thanks for sharing and I'm with you on this. Blessings.
• United States
2 Dec 09
I got it about a month ago, kind of swindled into it. I get the flu every year, and it is pretty bad. This year, I am pregnant with our first child, and I was told by my OB to get the flu shot because of my history. The flu shot was sold here at pharmacies, and available at the health dept. Although I am pregnant, and my OB recommended it, I had to have a written prescription to get it, which I had to wait until my next OB appointment to get, as the receptionists there is terrible, but hey, it's the US health system, so, what do you expect. Anyhow, after getting the script, I go and try to BUY my shot, and, of course, now they are out. I go to the health dept, and for free they will give it to me, though once I get to the nurse, I am told they only have the live nasal form, (terrible for preggies) but they have the n1h1, and give it to me instead. I had already waited for so long to get the flu shot there, so defeated, tired and annoyed, I didn't stop the nurse when she put the needle to my arm. I have still yet to get the flu shot, they still do not have it, but n1h1 is still available. I have had no reaction to it, but kind of regret doing so.
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
2 Dec 09
Hi UtopianIdealist,Thank you for sharing your experience. Here in Canada it is free for everyone but due to a shortage, those at greatest risk were the first to get the shot. I think most who want it have gotten it by now or at least it's available to them. Blessings.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
29 Nov 09
I got mine this month. My doctor was adement about it because I have a child under 6 months. They called me when they had it in and told me I needed to make an appointment. I think most people are more worried than they need to be, but if you are in the at risk category I think it's worth it to be protected.
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
29 Nov 09
Hi harmonee, Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Blessings.
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
29 Nov 09
Hi Pose I just had mine 3 Days ago as I am on high Risk because of my Illness Here in the Uk the Seniors are also on the High Risk list I had to have the Flu Jab and Swine Flu jab on the same Day I have no Side affects as such only the ones I normally get from my Flu jab every year To me we take a risk with everything, also in my case and others that have the Disability that I have take a risk of either having it or not having it I have not heard of any Deaths due to the Jab
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
29 Nov 09
Hi gabs, Thank you for sharing, I'm pleased that so many have decided to share their experience because It gives everyone an overall view of what's happening. Blessings.
@alex2hl (67)
• United States
28 Nov 09
Everybody in my family had gotten the h1n1 vaccine except for 1 member. Of course... he got diagnosed with h1n1! i would recommend getting the shot.
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
29 Nov 09
Hi alex, Thank you for sharing and there seems to be a lot of people recommenting the shot, but there are also those who feel that the vaccine hasn't been tested enough. I'm not concerned about sore arms but about side affects that may turn up in the future. I sincerely hope that nothing does. Blessings.
@youless (99292)
• Guangzhou, China
28 Nov 09
I think this is a right decision. I don't think having the H1N1 flu shot will completely make you avoid having H1N1 flu. And actually H1N1 flu is not so dangerous. Most people can recover for about a week. I have heard some negative news about having the H1N1 flu shot. To some people, it may be deadly or dangerous. I love China
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
30 Nov 09
Hi youless, Thank you for sharing and I don't believe it's as bad as first reported either. Blessings.
@agv0419 (3027)
• Philippines
28 Nov 09
First batch of H1N1 vaccine is available here in the Philippines but I'm sure it is very expensive. We don't give so much attention to it because the strain of H1N1 is much weaker here compare to US and other countries. Only the rich can afford it and the government can't give it for free to all of us. Unlike in other countries the vaccine is for free.
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
30 Nov 09
Hi agv, Sorry to here that the vaccinn is not free there, everyone should have the choice.Blessings.
@luxin66 (20)
• China
28 Nov 09
i am not to get the H1N1 flu shot, either.
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
30 Nov 09
Hi luxin, Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
@snafushe (794)
• Canada
28 Nov 09
I have not had the h1n1 vaccine nor do I approve of it. It hasn't even been around long enough to be FDA approved, or tested on a certain amount of generations. I have also heard about the many terrible things they have put in this shot like uranium and horse pee. It's disgusting. My friend and her mother both got the shot in their arms, and their arm's we're sore/infected for many weeks after. There's been cases of people dieing from the vaccine or else being paralyzed from it from an allergic reaction to it. My advice, DON'T GET IT.
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
30 Nov 09
Hi snafushe, Thank you for sharing and for your advice. I have also also heard such things. I hope our doubts are wrong. Blessings.
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
28 Nov 09
Hello Pose. In our country the government is taking some actions to protect people from getting infected with the swine flu by carrying out the plan firstly in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai where there are more people for the H1N1 flu shot. Also some other cities are also adopting the flu shot, but so far it has not reached our small town or city yet. If it comes, I will follow the flow, but I think that it should be safe to have this flu shot as it has been tested before its being put to use. I wish it would come to our town soon before the arrival of winter vacation when everyone will be on a travel to their hometown for the holiday. Take care, my dear friend.
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
30 Nov 09
Hi williamjisir, Thank you for sharing and my big concern is for the long tern effects of the vaccine. I hope that my fears are unfounded and that everyone who has the shot are fine. Blessings.
@fiazio (735)
• India
28 Nov 09
Hey, The h1n1 was spreading like crazy here, city pune, India and many of the kids here were gone due to it. At our time, they were giving shots only to those who had symptoms of the flu So i didn have it
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
30 Nov 09
Hi fiazio, Thanks for sharings. Blessings.
@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
28 Nov 09
I haven't gotten my H1N1 shot, the reason is, I've already had the swine flu a month ago, so I didn't think there was any point in getting the vaccine if I've already had it. My doctor told me that mine was a mild case, and since I've already had the flu shot, it helped me not to get it too bad, she gave me some antibiotics that I took for a week, then I was fine. She did tell me I was contagious and to not be around people and stay home, then after I had it, my husband got it, he got it worse than I did, he missed two weeks of work. I keep hearing things about it too, that it doesn't work and they haven't tested it enough yet. In the state I live in we've had 21 deaths and 7 of those were children, I think its worse on people who have weak immune systems.
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
30 Nov 09
Hi walijo, Thanks for sharing your views. Blessings.
@mcat19 (1357)
• United States
28 Nov 09
From what I know, it's perfectly safe. It is only being given to children and pregnant women so far around here. Seniors are not at as much risk as it is thought that they have some immunity already. I got the shot for the regular flu, but not this one. I haven't decided yet what I'm going to do if and when it becomes available.
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
28 Nov 09
Hi mcat, Thank you for sharing and I really hope you're right about it being safe. Blessings.
@cream97 (29164)
• United States
28 Nov 09
Hi Pose123. I have had the flu shot, which was the seasonal flu shot. I have to take my kids next month to get theirs. I am kind of scared to get the H1N1 vaccine. I have heard that people get sick off of the spray that goes up their nose. I am unsure about the shot. I am a little skeptical about getting a spray splattered up my nose. I am even afraid to let my kids get it too. I have some paperwork that the lady at the Health Department gave me. It explains everything about the seasonal flu shot, and both the H1N1 shot and spray.. But I am still not convinced. I will find out more information before I decide to get it.
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