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Old 09-02-2009, 11:30 PM
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I have never had a flu shot. I have probably had the flu less than six times my whole life. With the new H1N1 floating around, and with kids in school, I am considering that perhaps I should get the shot.

My kids have never had any flu shot either. They are now in High School. They have had the flu maybe twice in their lives. I know the Swine flu (H1N1) has just killed several children in my state, two not twenty miles from here. From what I understand, one of the poor children had the regular flu then caught the H1N1 flu on top of that. That's what did the child in.

I am being told we should get the regular flu shot NOW and the H1N1 shot when it is available. Can anyone here please offer some insight based on your own experience with the flu shot, and what you think of the new H1N1 vaccine.

Perhaps some of you can tell me some of the positive and negative sided to the flu shot? Is it very risky for my children, who are 14 years old. I don't trust these government people pushing this stuff. However, I am torn between do I or don't I...more so for my children than myself. If I get the shot and have a horrible reaction or even die, oh, well. However, if something should happen to one of my children as a result of me making them get those shots...or if they don't get the shots and then something happens that the shot could have prevented

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Old 09-03-2009, 12:09 AM
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Here's what I know, I don't get a flu shot and I basically never get the flu. For those that I do know that do get the shot, they basically always get the flu......go figure? So you won't be seeing me standing in no line up for a free flu shot, or is that a line up for the flu?
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Old 09-03-2009, 02:16 AM
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No way in HELL i'd let anyone get near me with the swine flu shot.
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Old 09-03-2009, 04:07 AM
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this years flu shot was developed/ manufactured from the actual flu bug of last season, so unless the stain is the same strain, it wont be very effective. you are actual injected with last seasons flu strain in layman terms.

it is at best a very educated guess at what they hope to expect from this seasons stain.
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the swine flu is a flu strain on steriods. the deaths that come from it are typically due to other underlying illness. (alot more deaths occur from the regular flu strain per year, but you never hear about that number)

unless your elderly or a baby ( or work in the heathcare field) ....i'd recommend taking good care of yourself, skipping the shot and be aware of your surrounding.
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Old 09-03-2009, 04:18 AM
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I wish I knew what to do about the swine flu shot, I'm torn. I have never had a flu shot. I got the flu 1 time in my life when I was younger and weaker (5th grade) and I was out of school for 2 weeks (watched all of the winter olympics).
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Old 09-03-2009, 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Cmann View Post
this years flu shot was developed/ manufactured from the actual flu bug of last season, so unless the stain is the same strain, it wont be very effective. you are actual injected with last seasons flu strain in layman terms.

it is at best a very educated guess at what they hope to expect from this seasons stain.
"educated guess" "

the swine flu is a flu strain on steriods. the deaths that come from it are typically due to other underlying illness. (alot more deaths occur from the regular flu strain per year, but you never hear about that number)

unless your elderly or a baby ( or work in the heathcare field) ....i'd recommend taking good care of yourself, skipping the shot and be aware of your surrounding.
Not true, I believe the flu shots contain multiple strains, as high as 12-14 of them. They protect you against a wide range of strains. But if there is a new strain this year then you would still get the flu!
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Old 09-03-2009, 05:22 AM
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there's a lot of misinformation out there about flu shots and vaccinations in general.

read it from the source: http://www.cdc.gov/FLU/protect/keyfacts.htm

we always get flu shots and have NEVER had the flu since we started getting them...at least 10 years running now. The Admiral works in infection control for a hospital; she's read all the studies (here's a CDC summary of a couple if you're interested: http://www.cdc.gov/FLU/PROFESSIONALS...tivenessqa.htm). if you want to play the odds...then get the shot. data proves it is effective despite lots of anecdotes to the contrary.
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Originally Posted by bellsisland View Post
Not true, I believe the flu shots contain multiple strains, as high as 12-14 of them. They protect you against a wide range of strains. But if there is a new strain this year then you would still get the flu!
ok.....let me clarify...i am NOT a doctor! Should have noted that in my original post....or better yet....just should have STFU.
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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post
there's a lot of misinformation out there about flu shots and vaccinations in general.

read it from the source: http://www.cdc.gov/FLU/protect/keyfacts.htm

we always get flu shots and have NEVER had the flu since we started getting them...at least 10 years running now. The Admiral works in infection control for a hospital; she's read all the studies (here's a CDC summary of a couple if you're interested: http://www.cdc.gov/FLU/PROFESSIONALS...tivenessqa.htm). if you want to play the odds...then get the shot. data proves it is effective despite lots of anecdotes to the contrary.
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You are much better off asking your DOCTOR about the pros and cons of receiving any sort of immunization rather than a bunch of people (self included) with too much time on their hands and no medical degree.
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I've never had a flu shot, and I've never had the "Flu". I get a "cold"
every couple of years, but that's about it. Most people when they get
a cold call it the flu because they either don't know the difference or
figure the flu is deserving of more sympathy, which equates to a few
extra days off work.
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I've had the flu once that I can remember. Thought I would die. And I'd had a flu shot that year (1987). Haven't had a flu shot since, and haven't had a really bad cold.
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If you have germ carriers (kids) you have to get them & yourself the vaccine

Best $30 investment ever
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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post
there's a lot of misinformation out there about flu shots and vaccinations in general.

read it from the source: http://www.cdc.gov/FLU/protect/keyfacts.htm

we always get flu shots and have NEVER had the flu since we started getting them...at least 10 years running now. The Admiral works in infection control for a hospital; she's read all the studies (here's a CDC summary of a couple if you're interested: http://www.cdc.gov/FLU/PROFESSIONALS...tivenessqa.htm). if you want to play the odds...then get the shot. data proves it is effective despite lots of anecdotes to the contrary.
I, a retired scientist type engineer very sleptical of pills and the medical industry, would get it if it was made available to me. I think I got one other flu shot - maybe 2 - I don't remember. I would encourage the high risk group folks in my family to get it.

Good health to you and your family - Wash hands often and stay hydrated and well rested
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Old 09-03-2009, 05:26 PM
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ive been getting it yearly because my co. offers it. does it help? i dunno. i havent gotten the flu (knock wood). but i was in mexico the last week of april when the swine broke out. we were fine, but it was an interesting week. we just werent really getting good info. so, scary enough. we flew back to hollywood fl for a few days and as soon as we got there heard hollywood had one of the first cases in fl. my gf is a and sanitizer freak. we went to a bunch of stores and they were out. finally found some in a cvs and she bought up the rest. was just kind of an eerie feeling. i thought it was following me...
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Originally Posted by SweetD View Post
You are much better off asking your DOCTOR about the pros and cons of receiving any sort of immunization rather than a bunch of people (self included) with too much time on their hands and no medical degree.
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Old 09-05-2009, 03:16 AM
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Well, folks. First let me thank everyone that replied for their input, thank you. I went ahead and bit the bullet. I got the "regular" flu shot yesterday. As I stated, I have never before had the shot. I spoke with the pharmacist, as well as my doctor. I decided to do it.

Within two hours of receiving the shot I felt like I hadn't slept in a year! I came home & laid down. I told my daughter to wake me up in "an hour" if I happened to fall asleep. She woke me up, but I couldn't get up. I had ZERO energy. Later that night, around 10 P.M or so, my whole body felt like I had a mild case of the flu. My joints hurt (more than their usual 24/7 aches & pains) and I still had no energy. All I wanted to do was SLEEP.

I woke up this morning about four o'clock. I feel MUCH better. The flu like symptoms are gone, and I feel well rested and ready for another day of whatever the good lord has planned for me

Now, my biggest dilemma, do I take the kids for their flu shots? My doctor says yes. My paranoia says no...I just don't know

I also asked my doctor about the Swine Flu shot. He told me he knows nothing about it...YET. Meaning, since they haven't started pumping it into our people yet, he could not honestly tell me much about the side effects, etc.

The pharmacist, on the other hand told me that China is ALREADY giving the shot to their people. He said currently the shot is given in TWO doses. He said the CDC is currently trying to get it to where it will be available in just one shot instead of two.

I asked him if the same manufacturer of the vaccine being used in China would be the same for America. He said yes. So, that's where it's at, based on what I have been told. See ya.
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If you have germ carriers (kids) you have to get them & yourself the vaccine

Best $30 investment ever
Agreed. My wife works at a large hospital in DC. She is not a nurse but ALL employees are REQUIRED to get a flu shot this year. I'm getting one too, just to be safe, as is our 6 year old. From what I have been told by doctors is that you are more likely to get HN1N1 after you have become ill or have some sort of immune system issue from something else, and not necessarily from the flu either.

I will say this though, for what it's worth, when I lived in Naples I got a flu shot and within 2 days I was struck with the flu!
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Old 09-05-2009, 06:17 AM
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I will say this though, for what it's worth, when I lived in Naples I got a flu shot and within 2 days I was struck with the flu!

From what I have been told, it takes about two weeks for your body to build up immunity to the virus AFTER you receive the shot...so my guess is that you either had already been exposed to the flu prior to the shot, or directly after the shot.
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Old 09-05-2009, 11:51 AM
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More people die every year from the normal flu then from the swine flu. Why would I allow the government to experiment on me?

Bad enough they inject the members of our military with all sort of drugs.

Personally I'd stay away.
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