Does the flu shot really work?

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Did you get a flu shot this season?

  1. Yes

    400 vote(s)
    56.7%
  2. No, I don't think they work

    139 vote(s)
    19.7%
  3. No, they are not safe

    91 vote(s)
    12.9%
  4. No, I have a health issue that doesn't allow it

    21 vote(s)
    3.0%
  5. Other: please explain

    54 vote(s)
    7.7%
  1. gitana1

    gitana1 Verified Attorney

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    I had no side effects from either. So maybe you won't either!!!!
     
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  2. Auntie Cipation

    Auntie Cipation Context Matters.

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    Same for me. I got the first shingles shot in July, had a fever and body aches and exhaustion, spent a day on the couch and it took another day for the fever to disappear and yet another day before I was back to full energy.

    Then the second shot, a little over a week ago, was even worse. Same mostly low grade fever, a day or two of chills and body aches, but this time I also got a welt on my arm and queasiness and a metal taste in my mouth that took a few extra days to go away.

    Thankfully this is one you only need once (set of two shots but not repeated yearly etc).

    Wow, you're lucky!

    I also got my first flu shot this fall and had zero side effects from that.
     
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  3. mickey2942

    mickey2942 Well-Known Member

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    Wow! Interesting. I wonder why we had such a strong reaction. I had such a bad reaction to the 2nd shot, it was awful. Same thing.
     
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  4. Auntie Cipation

    Auntie Cipation Context Matters.

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    I'm not sure, but I seem to remember reading that a strong reaction is good in a way, because it demonstrates that you have a strong immune system? Maybe?

    I asked the pharmacist as he was giving me the second shot and he said that the second shot usually has lesser side effects than the first. Not sure what it means that it didn't work that way for us.

    I also wonder about my getting the second shot about 20 days after the flu shot -- I don't think they would combine effects but -- who knows.
     
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    Thank you! I wasn't familiar with either--I'll check my local libraries!
     
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