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would you get a free flu shot -- or not(14 posts)

would you get a free flu shot -- or notmaximum15
Oct 9, 2002 8:46 AM
My company is offering free flu shots this year. Never had one, never felt the need for one. Don't get sick anywhere near as often as my coworkers who never exercise. But hey, what can it hurt? Any opinions?
re: would you get a free flu shot -- or notPaulCL
Oct 9, 2002 8:55 AM
I am getting one. My freebie comes in 6 weeks.

All it takes to get sick (to get the virus) is to shake someone's hand, grab the wrong door handle, get sneezed on, etc.... Unless you are immunocompromised in some way (elderly, already sick, on chemo, etc...) , get the shot. The side affects are minimal. As you said..."hey, what can it hurt?"

Since I have three kids in school and a doctor wife (who brings all the diseases home, but never gets sick), I get the barfs at least once a year. It sucks. In the last ten years, only one winter did I not get sick. Before kids, I never got sick.
Had one every year for 5 years...Eager Beagle
Oct 9, 2002 8:58 AM
Get 'em free at work. Don't hurt, no side effects, not had flu/much of a cold since I've been having them.

Bit like advertising though - hard to measure the actual effect.
You have kids. Get it. (nm)look271
Oct 9, 2002 9:16 AM
Keep your hands clean and away from your face. No flu. (nm)czardonic
Oct 9, 2002 9:48 AM
So true...and a few morePaulCL
Oct 9, 2002 9:56 AM
1. Wash your hands with soap and HOT water many times daily
2. Keep your hands out of your mouth, eyes, nose, ears..etc
3. Don't use public drinking fountains. Might as well let people sneeze on you!
4. Again. Wash your hands after shaking someone's hand, touching handrails, doorknobs, countertops, etc...

All sounds real anal, but a little bit of prevention is better than praying to the porcelin god at 4 am.
Last I heard...PsyDoc
Oct 9, 2002 11:03 AM
...there was a study that looked at flu transmission that showed people are more likely to catch the flu from physical contact (e.g., shaking hands, etc.) with an infected person than if that person drank from the same cup as you did or sneezed on you. The study did not indicate that you could not get sick from drinking from the same cup as an infected person or having such a person sneeze on you, but that you were more likely to get sick from physical contact with an infected person.
Can I GIVE the flu shots? Get the dart gun! -nmSnowBlind
Oct 9, 2002 9:59 AM
Never...Matt Britter
Oct 9, 2002 12:02 PM
The sickest I have every been was from a flu shot. I have not been sick from the "flu" in 5 years. Like the above posts said, just wash your hands during the day.
-- or not (an FYI)funknuggets
Oct 9, 2002 1:18 PM
There are lots of conflicting theories about the flu shot. My wife, a nurse, is convinced they are not worth it. She estimates that approximately 10% get sick from the shot (not necessarily the flu, but there are a variety of potential side effects), and another 35% get the flu even if they had the shot. I guess the main issue is that the vaccine manufacturers make the vaccine to try and cover the CDC Predicted flu strains for that year. It does not mean that it covers ALL strains or the fact the the CDC may be wrong. However, the CDC states this:

"When the vaccine and circulating viruses are antigenically similar, influenza vaccine prevents influenza illness among approximately 70%--90% of healthy adults aged <65 years. Vaccination of healthy adults also has resulted in decreased work absenteeism and decreased use of health-care resources, including use of antibiotics, when the vaccine and circulating viruses are well-matched."

From the CDC:
The 2002 recommendations include five principal changes or updates, as follows:

-The optimal time to receive influenza vaccine is during October and November. However, because of vaccine distribution delays during the past 2 years, ACIP recommends that vaccination efforts in October focus on persons at greatest risk for influenza-related complications and health-care workers and that vaccination of other groups begin in November.

-Vaccination efforts for all groups should continue into December and later, for as long as vaccine is available.

-Because young, otherwise healthy children are at increased risk for influenza-related hospitalization, influenza vaccination of healthy children aged 6--23 months is encouraged when feasible. Vaccination of children aged >6 months who have certain medical conditions continues to be strongly recommended.

-The 2002--2003 trivalent vaccine virus strains are A/Moscow/10/99 (H3N2)-like, A/New Caledonia/20/99 (H1N1)-like, and B/Hong Kong/330/2001-like strains.

-A limited amount of influenza vaccine with reduced thimerosal content will be available for the 2002--2003 influenza season.

So, I guess it is a matter of preference. Make sure you are not allergic to egg proteins or thimerosal. Im still not likely to get one...
How can you be sure whether or not it works?Kristin
Oct 9, 2002 1:31 PM
Its the same delema with allergy medication. I take Claritin, but still get attacks, and I always wonder whether or not the Claritin is working. But I'm afraid to stop taking the pills and find out it was.

I got a flu shot once. That afternoon I developed a sore throat that lasted about 4 hours then went away. I still had to take a day off that year for some sort of bug. Did the shot work, or not work? My doctor says it does work, but only protects you against one seasonal bug. There is no garentee you'll be exposed to that bug or won't pick up another. If its free, can it hurt? Well, I guess it can...for about 4 hours.
How can you be sure whether or not it works?S-U-B
Oct 9, 2002 4:24 PM
the problem I have is that the public blindly believes anything that the medical profession throws at them. No one stops to think about side affects - which all vaccines and medications have even though you might not be aware of it. Money is the driving factor behind most vaccinations, that is why companies are trying to come up with a vaccination for anything they can think of because they know the general public are sheep, and they will follow the heard. Who would have thought that over the counter cough syrup would cause strokes and kill people? nobody, but they were all pulled from the shelves a couple years ago for that reason. We should not be putting foriegn chemicals into our body unless it is life or death, and the flu will not kill you, but the vaccine might. I am a doctor, I have seen the research and statistics. educate yourself.
I believe in 'emjtolleson
Oct 9, 2002 5:56 PM
My first year in Denver (the first time I've lived in a place with a serious "flu season") I got the bugger. That's all I needed to make the decision to get the shot each fall. Never had a bout of the flu since then.
Get the shot.katie1
Oct 10, 2002 6:02 AM
I work in a hospital so I get the flu shot every year. Side effects from the shots are minimal. The only thing I notice is being a little more fatigued that day.