• You might think it's too early to think about it, but fall and Flu season will be here before long. Will you be getting a flu shot?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    You might think it's too early to think about it, but fall and Flu season will be here before long. Will you be getting a flu shot?

    36 Answers from the Community

    36 answers
    • amontoya's Avatar
      amontoya

      No way.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Keith59's Avatar
      Keith59

      Yes.....I always do.

      almost 6 years ago
    • KLC's Avatar
      KLC

      No. .. never do. . .many flu vaccination compounds contain mercury. Of course it's a personal decision. . .individuals should consider their current immune system condition and weigh risk vs benefit. Can't believe summer is almost over already ! ! !

      almost 6 years ago
    • KathyA's Avatar
      KathyA

      I usually dont

      almost 6 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      Absolutely. My oncologist had encouraged me 2 years ago to get a flu shot prior to starting chemo.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I had the flu seventeen or so years ago (before my cancer Dx.). The flu was terrible. Since then, I've always gotten a flu vaccination.

      almost 6 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      Yes, I already have a cold. It feels like fall in the north.

      almost 6 years ago
    • MelMom's Avatar
      MelMom

      My oncologist suggested I get one, rather forcefully suggested!

      almost 6 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar
      ld_105

      Yes, and a pneumonia shot too. I asked the oncologist last year and she said get them both. Sometimes I still get the flu even though I have had the shot, it just depends on the strain. I work around teenagers and they get everything. Parents send their kids to school with fevers, sneezing and coughing, what are they thinking?

      almost 6 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar
      HeidiJo

      I did not get the flu shot until after my treatments, my doctor suggested it, and since I seem to get sicker then I used to BC, I thought it a good idea, so I do every year now

      almost 6 years ago
    • schweetieangel's Avatar
      schweetieangel

      I don't usually either.. and my oncologist hasn't suggested it as of yet.

      almost 6 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      My Oncologist told me to be sure and get it each year. We get them at work for free.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Jan1ce's Avatar
      Jan1ce

      i always get one!

      almost 6 years ago
    • ritafaystageIV's Avatar
      ritafaystageIV

      The cancer center I go to gave me one last year, so I am sure they will give me another one this year.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      My situation is similar to Carool's -- I got the flu in Jan. 1996 (along with 20+ people, more than half my department at the time). Ever since then I've gotten an annual shot. However, I'm on chemo through mid-October, so no shot for me until I get my oncologist's approval. My partner wants to get hers at the regular time, so I'll discuss that with my oncologist as well, since I need to avoid people who have gotten flu shots. On the other hand, there's some discussion about shots with live vs. non-live cultures (with non-live cultures being safer), so I want to get the specifics on that.

      almost 6 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      GET YOUR FLU SHOT EVERYBODY! Thousands and thousands of people die in the US of the flu every year it is major killer, and if you get the flu shot you are protecting yourselves against the most common and most aggressive flu out this year!
      Well, that is my opinion and of course I will be getting my flu shot- but having said that, yes mercury is a concern and also live vs dead vaccine- so I only get my flu shot from my oncologist who is very concerned about mercury ( we've talked about it) so he orders from what he believes is that best manufacturer. So that is yes...but.....answer. Get your flu shot, but be careful where you get it. I would say that probably the oncologist is the best person to give cancer patients their flu shots. Just me, but I wouldn't get it at a drug store.

      almost 6 years ago
    • sherrya's Avatar
      sherrya

      Yes, if my oncologist ok's it.

      almost 6 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      BTW- cancer patients are only supposed to get the dead vaccine. At least that is what I have been told.
      But it was the same for me with my Lupus, I was only allowed to get the dead vaccine.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Katndnvr's Avatar
      Katndnvr

      YES by all means!

      almost 6 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Yes, my doctor recommends it.

      almost 6 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I was told to get the shot, but to make sure it was the "dead" one. (Pharmacist laughed at that description!)

      almost 6 years ago
    • Asanayogini's Avatar
      Asanayogini

      Absolutely it is better to be protected , I have gotten one every year, no problems, also pertussis and whooping cough vaccine including one time pneumonia shot and up to date with tetanus. Why take any chances when these vaccines are available. I may even go for the shingles shot as well.

      almost 6 years ago
    • GENMAR47's Avatar
      GENMAR47

      Always get one.

      almost 6 years ago
    • MsMope's Avatar
      MsMope

      Absolutely! I need to get a shingles shot too. Couldn't get the shingles shot while I was on chemo/radiation. I'll have to check with the oncologist when I have my next follow-up visit. Thanks for reminding me!

      There's really great info about the different types of flu vaccine on the CDC website.

      almost 6 years ago
    • junebug0121's Avatar
      junebug0121

      Yes.. I get one every year. 2 years ago, they gave me one while I was in the chair getting chemo.. which I thought was a bit odd.

      almost 6 years ago
    • PaulC's Avatar
      PaulC

      Always do. Did yesterday. Thanks RiteAid.

      almost 6 years ago
    • jenleahlynn's Avatar
      jenleahlynn

      definetly, every year. i did the pnemonia vaccine in my 30's and was told i may need it again later. need to look into it. our kids also do the flu shot through our school. they get flu mist so no needles. i have asthma so i have to do the shot.

      almost 6 years ago
    • TXHills' Avatar
      TXHills

      I never used to and have never had the flu. BUt I get one now, at my oncologist's urging. Research shows that inflammation is a big risk factor for cancer. Having the flu even once can raise your lifetime risk of having cancer. Why take the chance?

      almost 6 years ago
    • Joeyb's Avatar
      Joeyb

      Yes, I will be getting the flu shot this year. Was told by Doctor to be sure and get and that they are usually available starting in Sept. Got flu shot last year for the first time since I had surgery and had my spleen removed. Don't really have much of a choice now.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Liesel's Avatar
      Liesel

      Yes, absolutely

      almost 6 years ago
    • ariez's Avatar
      ariez

      No, I don't take flu shots anymore. I took the first 3 or 4 shots when they first started to give them but stopped after getting really bad colds, and needed to go on antibiotics. So it's on my record that I don't take flu shots and my PCP does not push it.

      almost 6 years ago
    • JoyceD50's Avatar
      JoyceD50

      I get them every year. This year I will wait until the oncologist tells me it's ok.

      almost 6 years ago
    • WISmom's Avatar
      WISmom

      Absolutely will be getting one!

      almost 6 years ago
    • Judt1940's Avatar
      Judt1940

      I've already had mine. I'm not one to get the flu but never take the chance. Plus then you need help and expose others. Got mine at Publix. Easy, walk in, get shot, grocery shop.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Lauraandmary's Avatar
      Lauraandmary

      Yes including everyone living in the same house.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Judt1940's Avatar
      Judt1940

      Remember can't get shingle and flu shots at same time. Told pneumonia shot good for 5 years.

      almost 6 years ago

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