• Are you on the fence over whether or not to get a flu shot? Think you don't need one? Here is a good article from NPR

    Asked by joanocean on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

    Are you on the fence over whether or not to get a flu shot? Think you don't need one? Here is a good article from NPR

    Think You Don't Need A Flu Shot? Here Are 5 Reasons To Change Your Mind

    There are a lot of misconceptions out there about the flu shot.

    But following a winter in which more than 80,000 people died from flu-related illnesses in the U.S. — the highest death toll in more than 40 years — infectious disease experts are ramping up efforts to get the word out.

    "Flu vaccinations save lives," Surgeon General Jerome Adams told the crowd at an event to kick off flu vaccine awareness last week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. "That's why it's so important for everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine every year."
    https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/10/01/652140517/think-you-dont-need-a-flu-shot-here-are-5-reasons-to-change-your-mind

    33 Answers from the Community

    33 answers
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      I have COPD, if I get the flu, it could turn into pneumonia or some other nasty thing.
      I dread going to the doctor's office or other medical facility because of all the hacking, sneezing, coughing people there. I was there the other day for a test & wished I had a haz-mat suit.
      This morning it feels like a cold is trying to start even though I bathed in hand sanitizer & soap and water.
      Flu shots save lives, all our compromised, weakened and not so strong bodies.
      Please do be a brave girl or boy & get your shot.

      over 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I hope they guessed right this year about what strains are most likely to be here. I am hit or miss on getting flu shots. Didn't get one last year because it wasn't seeming to help most people, but did get one the year before. I'll at least intend to get one this year.

      @Molly72, can't you get a flu shot at the Walmart or the local drug store? Around here, it seems like everyone offers them.

      over 1 year ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Molly, last year I had to be in a PCP's office and it was like you describe. Snotting, sneezing, germ covered kids running all over the place, coughing on everyone and everything, and a few adults that looked like they were in bad shape. I was scared to death I was going to get something from being around them. Donna and I will get a shot real soon. We got ours last year at a Walgreens Pharmacy and there weren't any sick people running around, I think that's a better choice for us.

      over 1 year ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      We just got ours from Walgreens. A short wait with no sick people around - we were escorted into a small private room. $0 copay and zero hassle. I started taking the flu shot when I was diagnosed with cancer 4 years ago.

      Anyone in active treatment should ask their oncologist which kind of shot to get and if their blood counts are in the right range. My oncology center gave me mine.

      over 1 year ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      I already got mine in my doctor's office, a nice clean office with few patients, and no sick kids!
      But I have to go to other medical facilities for different tests and that's when I run into all the sickies!

      over 1 year ago
    • Songwriter's Avatar
      Songwriter

      Start taking Vitamin C in the powder and start with 5,000 mg.....a few times a day but stay near a bathroom AND take a few Olive leaf extract a few times a day. Two different docs disagreed with what I should do SO I just decided not take it. We have compromised immune systems already. Good Luck.

      over 1 year ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      They are coming in to our office to shoot us up with the flu vaccine tomorrow. Before I started treatment, I asked my oncologist if I should get the flu vaccine -- it was a rather stringent YES. And when I went to my PCP, she also wanted to give me a pneumonia vaccine. After a quick call to my oncologist, that was a yes, too. She really wanted to give me the whooping coughing, but I had run out of arms, and she didn't wanna double stick me. So tomorrow for me...

      over 1 year ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I always get the flu shot. Never again want to get the flu (once in a lifetime is enough).

      over 1 year ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I get a flu shot every year.

      over 1 year ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      My oncologist told me to get to gettin' and go get one! So they acted like it was a big deal that I get one, so since then we try to remember to go get one. It's one of those things that you just put off, like going to get something done, that you really don't want to but know you should, so maybe you will, when you get around to it. So now, we go, just as soon as I get time, Donna and I are going!

      over 1 year ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      I had never gotten a flu shot until I was diagnosed with cancer. All of my doctors told me that I definitely should get one, and I have been getting one every year since. I also started making everyone in my house get one at that time.

      over 1 year ago
    • Dltmoll's Avatar
      Dltmoll

      Every time I check in at the registration desk at my cancer center the first question I'm asked is whether or not I've had my flu shot. They're pretty adamant about it. Unfortunately, i had mine at Rite Aid, where they gave me the regular shot rather than the senior shot, telling me afterward that it was all they had been sent this year. Never again. From now on it will be my PCP's office.

      over 1 year ago
    • fiddler's Avatar
      fiddler

      Vit. C does NOT - I repeat, does NOT prevent sickness, it helps us to get over the sickness sooner.

      IMO anyone over 60, especially if they've had cancer, or someone who recently completed chemo/rads should seriously consider getting a flu shot every year. Immunity starts in the gut, so be good to the gut, but that's a long-term plan and may not help in the short run.

      over 1 year ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      Sorry,I don't want or need one

      over 1 year ago
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      When I saw my Primary last month I got my flu shot. I asked him if it would be the 65+ shot and he said that this year he would recommend the other one. He explained why in detail, however, I can't remember what he said.(Surprise, surprise!) Their waiting room is always full of people, both adults and children. I go in masked and the receptionist unlocks the door to the back and I wait in his office reading my tablet until they have a room open and cleaned. They are good about keeping me away from the waiting area.

      over 1 year ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar
      ChicagoSandy

      Yup--I get a flu shot every Oct. like clockwork (once I turned 65, switched to the high-dose Fluzone version) because I'm asthmatic. (I also keep an emergency Tamiflu stash). But I also stay current on my other 60+ appropriate vaxes: Shingrix, Prevnar 13, Pneumovax, TDaP. I take public transit often and fly several times a year. And every 6 mos. when I see my oncologist and go to the chemo suite for my Prolia, I am around chemo patients who themselves are highly compromised. I get my shots at pharmacies (Walgreen's, CVS, Mariano's, Target). The only copay I've had was for Shingrix...and a few months later Medicare sent me a reinforcement check.

      andreacha, did your doc recommend against the Fluzone because the regular (lower-dose) one is "quadrivalent" (4 strains) rather than "trivalent" (the 3 most likely this season)? Wish Fluzone was quadrivalent.

      Pauline, I can understand your not "wanting" a flu shot, but what makes you think you don't
      "need" one? Do you live alone in the middle of nowhere and never leave the house or encounter other people?

      My 33-yr-old son neglected to get his shot last year because like most millennials he thought he was invulnerable, and when he got the flu it hit him suddenly like a ton of bricks. Fortunately, I was able to give him the first Tamiflu pill from the family stash w/in an hour of diagnosis & 2 hrs after onset, before he could fill the 'scrip the Urgent Care doc wrote him. You might not be that lucky--Tamiflu is expensive and there are shortages during flu season.

      over 1 year ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      ChicagoSandy It was mandatory when I worked and once my primary doctor talked me into it.The year she gave it to me I was sick for at least 2 weeks.Medications seem to not work for me and I lately stopped all my pills for my IBS,others and even vitamins and not as sick as I use to be even though I have quit a bit of other problems there.I just heard for the first time that someone has the same problems with medications.Maybe it's just the way it is with some of us.I don't have all the answers,but I'm not walking around with the virus feelings anymore.

      over 1 year ago
    • MariePierre's Avatar
      MariePierre

      I had the Guillain-Barre Syndrome in 1976 after childbirth of my daughter. I've taken the flu shot regularly and became sick with the flu once for three weeks. I took it recently (Fluzone High-dose 2018-19 SYR) at Rite Aid. I was sick with a fever for 3 days. The days that followed, I had headaches and joint pains. I had a brother in a nursing home, and the literature given to him read not to take it if there is a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. I had already taken it. I'll be sure to mention that to my PCP before I take it again.

      over 1 year ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar
      ChicagoSandy

      Guillan-Barre is possible but very rare. (Less common than even a bowel perforation during colonoscopy, which occurs once in every[phone number redacted] cases). A personal (not family) history of Guillan-Barre should be a contraindication to the stronger vaccines.

      Those who think they got the flu as a result of the flu shot either had already been exposed to and caught the flu before the shot's full immunity could kick in, or whose immune systems were so sensitive that they reacted to the antigens in the shot very strongly (evidence of the process of developing immunity)--but would thereafter more quickly develop an even stronger immunity if exposed later that season. 3 days of fever and several days of headaches & joint pains are strong reactions--but are not the flu itself. (It was the same reaction I got from a Zometa infusion--in either case, the immune system rebelling until the antigen has been overpowered and immunity developed). Those symptoms are not contagious.

      The flu itself is far, far more serious and deadly--it can lead to secondary infections (either viral or--in those with already low resistance--bacterial infections that would normally have never manifested) that can kill even healthy young people. The shot doesn't kill. And it doesn't spread flu viruses.

      over 1 year ago
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      ChicagolSandy - I believe you are right as to what my doctor said about the shot. I've always (since 65) had the high dose and I've had him as my PCP for about 6 years. So if he felt the 65+ wasn't for me this year, I just go with his recommendation.

      over 1 year ago
    • whirl's Avatar
      whirl

      I too got the flu one year after getting the immunization.

      I took my son to see our GP Nurse Practitioner last year. She said the moment she walked in the room with a person having the flu, she could tell whether they had had the vaccine or not.

      We had a dear friend lose their daughter in her late 30's to the flu a couple of years ago.
      It makes you stop and think.

      over 1 year ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar
      ChicagoSandy

      Unless you are a hermit, the possiblity of spreading the virus--with serious or even fatal results--should give you pause if you are choosing not to get vaccinated. It's a matter of responsibility.

      over 1 year ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      https://youtu.be/Rd6u5Los-VM
      They can alter your DNA with a Flu virus vaccine

      over 1 year ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      I'd be curious to know if the illuminati have their children and grandchildren vaccinated. Do they themselves get flu shots? Shingles vaccine? Other such Big Pharma crap being pushed on us?
      What seniors need us a good dose of Jesus. They are now the highest populace to be infected with STD's including AIDS and herpeI found this video that was shared on fb interesting.

      over 1 year ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      Pauline, I have moderate COPD & I probably ( says my doctor) got it from methotrexate, a chemotherapy drug used in both cancer and Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment. I dread being around sick people, especially those with colds & lung infections as there is a good chance that I might pick up some nasty infection that sometimes turns into pneumonia. (Or worse.)
      Several years ago, while returning from vacation on a plane, that happened and I wound up in the hospital, and I certainly do not want a repeat of that episode because someone thinks pneumonia vaccines are "anti-Christian" or can alter DNA.
      Please consider the rest of us, who need protection, and as Chicago Sandy so succinctly said,
      "It's a matter of responsibility".

      over 1 year ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I always get a flu shot (as I said above). I will get one soon. I did want to pass along this info, related to what MariePierre wrote here: Two friends took the Fluzone High-dose vaccine. Soon after, one friend felt flu-like symptoms for 45 minutes (yes, only 45 minutes!). Another friend felt so ill for three days after the vaccination, she almost went to the hospital (she's fine now). Btw, neither friend is immune-suppressed.

      These reactions are probably rare. Still, when I go to my primary care doctor I'll ask about this possible side effect, and I may take only the regular flu shot instead of the Fluzone.

      over 1 year ago
    • whirl's Avatar
      whirl

      I believe the hi dose vaccine is a live attenuated vaccine. I have a very sick son with MS no way would I expose him to that one. just mine opinion
      this is what I found
      "No, the virus is not alive in the flu shot. However, the CDC notes, “Unlike the flu shot, the nasal spray flu vaccine (also known as the 'live attenuated influenza vaccine' or 'LAIV') does contain live influenza viruses, but the viruses are attenuated (weakened), so that they will not cause flu illness"
      Still I will not get that one..”

      over 1 year ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      The one my friends got was injected, not sprayed nasally. Here's Mayo Clinic info on Fluzone:

      "Fluzone High-Dose is an injected flu vaccine formulated for people age 65 years and older. Like other flu vaccines, Fluzone High-Dose is made up of the three flu strains most likely to cause the flu during the upcoming season. The high-dose vaccine, however, contains four times as much flu virus antigen — the part of the vaccine that stimulates the immune system — as regular Fluzone and other standard flu vaccines."

      I'm going to get a shot, but I'm not sure if I'll get the Fluzone or the regular, even though I'm 70. Will ask my primary care doctor.

      over 1 year ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar
      ChicagoSandy

      Sorry, but FB videos are not legitimate sources of information. Seniors are nowhere near the largest segment of the population with STDs, much less AIDS. "A good dose of Jesus?" That is a blatant insult to anyone here who is Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or any other religion. (Oh, and tell that to devout pastors & nuns who got cancer). And IMHO, Christians have no business dictating even to other Christians what to believe or how to pray.

      Illimunati? You actually BELIEVE that conspiracy-theory b.s.??? I'm not going to waste my time arguing with people who get their "news" from social media and YouTube.

      And yes--I am urging my son to get his flu shot this year, especially after he got slammed with flu last year. (And now that the upper age limit has been increased to 45, I told him he and his girlfriend should get the HPV vax Gardasil-9 as well). But he is nearly 34 years old--I cannot go to his apartment (he'd have to let me into the building first) and drag him to the doctor or pharmacy, nor should I.

      over 1 year ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar
      ChicagoSandy

      Oh, and because I am 67 & also asthmatic, getting the high-dose Fluzone was a no-brainer. I had almost no side effects, just a little soreness in my arm that didn't even last 24 hrs.

      over 1 year ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      @ChicagoSandy, thank you for saying what you said to Pauline (I didn't want to bother refuting anything said by someone who believes in the Illuminati). And thank you for the vote of confidence about the Fluzone vaccine. I'll take my chances with it, though I'll still see what my doctor says.

      @Pauline, as ChicagoSandy said, you are insulting many here who are not Christian, and probably many here who ARE Christian and respect those who aren't. You may mean well, but your world view should grow to encompass ALL people, including the billions whose belief in other religions is as strong as yours - and those who don't believe at all (yes, there are many of us in the world who are atheists).

      over 1 year ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar
      Whitey61

      Had mine last week, if your over 65 it is a stronger dose, you will be asked your age before administered.

      over 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      For the longest time, I would be flu-ish for a little while after I got a flu shot. Or, at least, I ran a low-grade fever, felt terrible ... But, it always passed in 2 or three days. The last time or two I got a flu shot, I did not feel bad. I don't know if it depends on what's in a particular vaccine that affects me or if my immune system was stronger... (With all of the immunotherapy I have had, it should be super strong.)

      over 1 year ago

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