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Flu Shot - do you get it?

Re: Flu Shot - do you get it?

Posted by Peanut on Nov 17, 2019 4:32 pm

I get my flu shot every year for quite a number of years now.  I get for it for two reasons, first and most important I have asthma, second because I work in healthcare I get it to protect the people around me.  This year my big reason was because of starting chemo.  There is so much misinformation out there regarding the flu vaccine.  The vaccine is a dead virus meaning it is impossible to get the flu from the shot.  Second, the flu is a respiratory illness and the shot doesn’t cause weeks of vomiting, diarrhea or even fever and muscle soreness.  If you have any of those you have a virus that coincided the immunization.  A few people may feel off for a day or two after their shot but should be minor and go away with Tylenol.  Yes, you can still get the flu if you have been immunized b/c the virus mutates or it is one that isn’t covered in the vaccine.  Three years ago I was diagnosed with influenza type A and I was immunized but you know what?  I only had a fever and aches joints for about a week.  Others I knew who were sick that year were flat on their back in bed for weeks!  I breezed through and watched Netflix and was back to work with no lingering problems.  The flu shot is the best defence we have and while it’s not perfect it does offer some protection.  If you put it this way it makes sense to choose the vaccine over nothing:  If I told you that you have a 60% chance of winning big at the casino versus not playing you have a zero percent chance of winning.  Would you choose to play or not play?  I choose to play because my odds of being protected are much higher than not getting vaccinated.

Peanut

Re: Flu Shot - do you get it?

Posted by SpeedyStill on Nov 17, 2019 8:37 pm

I have had the flu shot for as long as I can remember and it has worked for me. So I would recommend everyone to do the same. Make sure you first check with your Doctor or a Pharmacist who is familiar with your health background.
SpeedyStill