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  1. #46

    Flu shot

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    I had H1N1 pneumonia in 2009 and almost died. It left me with brain deficits. I have not been the same since. Get the shot if you can.

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    The one year I let them talk me into getting the shot was also the first time in about 20 years that I got the flu. My doctor and I have different theories on why. He says that it was the worst year in somewhat recent history and I probably would have been even worse without it. I think I got it from sitting in the waiting room with all of the people waiting for their shots, and several had most likely been exposed already (and, of course, there were at least a few there being seen because they did have the flu already.)

    I usually have to be very sick before I'm willing to go see a doctor, or I need some kind of paperwork from him. My biggest reason for it is that I try hard to stay away from people who might pass on anything that will affect what's left of my lungs, and there's almost always at least one person with a hacking cough in the waiting room when I do go in.
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    Do they market and push the flu shot in other countries beside Canada and the US? What are the hospitilization and death rates in other countries?

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    The flu shot is supposed to help you build antibodies against Influenza A (H1N1), Influenza A (H3N2), Influenza B, and 4 other flu viruses. These are the viruses attributed to the most deaths. There are a lot of other circulating flu viruses that affect people that are not covered by this vaccine that are considered to be milder and not life threatening. IIRC, the vaccine is to help keep you from getting the worst of the worst.

    Tamiflu is an anti viral used for treating influenza, including H1N1 in patients who have had symptoms for no more than 2 days. It may also be used to prevent influenza in patients 1 year of age or older. It is by prescription.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Confusion View Post
    The one year I let them talk me into getting the shot was also the first time in about 20 years that I got the flu. My doctor and I have different theories on why. He says that it was the worst year in somewhat recent history and I probably would have been even worse without it. I think I got it from sitting in the waiting room with all of the people waiting for their shots, and several had most likely been exposed already (and, of course, there were at least a few there being seen because they did have the flu already.)

    I usually have to be very sick before I'm willing to go see a doctor, or I need some kind of paperwork from him. My biggest reason for it is that I try hard to stay away from people who might pass on anything that will affect what's left of my lungs, and there's almost always at least one person with a hacking cough in the waiting room when I do go in.
    Same here. When my kids were younger I insisted on their physicals being during summer months. Why go sit with ill people?

    Until I'm sure meds are needed! no sick appts here. Never understood the idea of a child who pukes a few times and parent must get to dr ASAP. High fevers, etc.. I wait until I'm sure there is an infection or medical intervention is needed. Go to dr with flu, pay copays to be told you have flu go home rest and liquids watch for dehydration. Gee thx and you just passed that flu onto who knows how many others....even those waiting in the waiting room to get their flu shot and will then say the shot caused their illness, which I suppose in the end it sort of did?
    Last edited by LookingHoping; 01-10-2014 at 02:23 PM.

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    I actually wish there were a way for doc's offices to have 2 separate waiting rooms. One for those there for an illness and those there for routine check ups, vaccinations, and non-contagious injuries. I mean, it wouldn't be 100% effective, I'm sure, but it would reduce the risk.

    I am always nervous taking my daughter to a routine checkup because there are sick kids there being seen for everything. JMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tawny View Post
    I actually wish there were a way for doc's offices to have 2 separate waiting rooms. One for those there for an illness and those there for routine check ups, vaccinations, and non-contagious injuries. I mean, it wouldn't be 100% effective, I'm sure, but it would reduce the risk.

    I am always nervous taking my daughter to a routine checkup because there are sick kids there being seen for everything. JMO
    My daughter's pediatrician's office does have two sides- a sick side, and a wellness side for routine visits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LinasK View Post
    Yes, me. I got the shot in early Nov., and on Sunday I contracted what I think is a mild case of the flu. I still feel crappy, but it could've been much worse. I've had the full-on flu with nausea and fevers for days! Now I'm mostly just very congested, achy, and weak.
    That is what happened to me the first time I got the shot. Haven't had one since and I haven't had the flu either.

    Hope you feel better!

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    I get the flu shot every year because:

    I have RA and take drugs that suppress my immune system for it. I also have asthma, and a history of pneumonia. While I was growing up, colds and the flu almost always turned into something more severe. Since I have been getting the flu shot, I have had no pneumonia (I also had the pneumonia vaccine) and only 1 case of strep in 3 years.

    4 years ago my mom, my brother and myself all got a horrible case of the flu. I mean, it was really bad. My brother and I eventually got over it, but my mom developed pneumonia and died. Even though pneumonia is the COD on her certificate, I believe that flu led directly to her death. I also believe we had h1n1, as it was a problem in our area at that time. I don't know that for sure, though.

    I have been in college for the past 2 years, watching students drop like flies all around me during flu season. I haven't had the flu once since I started getting vaccinated.

    I also have my son vaccinated. He rarely gets sick, and has never had the flu.

    We've only ever experienced very minor tenderness on our arms. I feel very lucky. Our vaccines are covered as part of our office visit, I only pay $5 per shot.


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    Well, now my daughter left school early today with a bad headache, nausea, and she felt warm, but temp was down. Hope she didn't catch it from me. Being sick sucks!!! I'm still drained of energy.
    This is the year to locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin NamUs MP#876 and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff NamUs MP#6410 and bring them home to their families!

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    I'm an "other". I believe flu shots do work for some people, maybe most people. My doctor insisted for years that I get a flu shot because I was asthmatic and subject to bronchitis as well. This was before Advair which has since made me 99% symptom free. I was also taking prednisone which surpresses the immune system frequently in those days so that was probably a factor. Anyway, after every flu shot, I would get sick as heck with flu like symptoms and an asthma flare up. I finally started refusing the shot, but I haven't had the flu since either. I would never advise others not to take the flu shot, but for me, and I suspect quite a few others, it wasn't in my best interests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LinasK View Post
    Well, now my daughter left school early today with a bad headache, nausea, and she felt warm, but temp was down. Hope she didn't catch it from me. Being sick sucks!!! I'm still drained of energy.
    Update: well it turns out it was only a migraine!! She took an Advil and slept for almost four hours and was good as new!
    This is the year to locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin NamUs MP#876 and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff NamUs MP#6410 and bring them home to their families!

    Parents watch your children. Free-range parenting leads to more child victims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EGirl View Post
    You can't get the flu from the flu shot. It's dead.
    Maybe not, but then it doesn't prevent all flu viruses, so you could still get very sick-my brother and I, two states apart, both got the flu several days (maybe 3) after getting the shot. And there have been lots of cases of Guillain Barre following the flu vaccine. I wouldn't forgo certain vaccinations (smallpox, etc) but I won't get another flu shot unless a doctor told me that getting the flu would likely kill me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tawny View Post
    I actually wish there were a way for doc's offices to have 2 separate waiting rooms. One for those there for an illness and those there for routine check ups, vaccinations, and non-contagious injuries. I mean, it wouldn't be 100% effective, I'm sure, but it would reduce the risk.

    I am always nervous taking my daughter to a routine checkup because there are sick kids there being seen for everything. JMO
    The pediatrician that my kids used to go to, had two waiting rooms-one for well patients, and one for the sick ones. It isn't fool-proof, by any means, but at least it shows an effort to minimize contact between sick and well patients

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