I've never had the flu shot and only had the flu once in my adult life, even though I work with children (and the one year I did get it, I wasn't working or around any kids but my own)
People try to convince me I should get it "especially with the kids I work with", but I am not convinced it is necessary.
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I get a flu shot every year and have not been affected by those shots. HOWEVER, years ago when the swine flu shot was out, like back in the 70s, I got the shot which was given with an air gun. The air gun was so painful, but then to top it all off, I got sick with the swine flu believe it or not. But that was the only time I've been sick from a flu shot. I will continue to get them as long as I live.
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I used to get the flu shot when I was working, with no adverse reactions, because of the high risk population I worked with, but since I've been retired, I have not gotten them. Early in Sept. I got the flu, and it was not pretty. I have never had the flu in my life, and in fact I rarely get sick, but I will get a flu shot now. I do not want to repeat that experience.
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I don't get the flu shot. Almost everyone I know who gets a flu shot gets sick in the week following with flu like symptoms and they seem miserable. It's anecdotal evidence and maybe just coincidental but I'd rather take my chances with the flu. I feel I am relatively healthy and my body can handle a battle with the flu if I do happen to catch it.
Also it is not a guarantee. The flu shot immunizes you against what people believe the common flu strain will be. You may be exposed to another strain entirely and have no protection anyway.
That said, I am not against all vaccines. I think some are necessary and even life saving. I just don't feel the flu shot is either in my case.
Love the ideas in the article!!
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My husband and I don't get flu shots, but I acknowledge that it might be a good idea for some people, especially those in medical professions that involve lots of direct contact with ill and immune-compromised people. The last time I had any kind of flu was about three years ago. I caught H1-N1 from a stupid, selfish massage student who had the nerve to come to AROMATHERAPY class (you know -- passing stuff around the room, breathing on things!) sick, because he didn't want to pay the fee to reschedule. (At least 15 people got sick because of him.) I was only "out" for two days, and I never felt as bad as I typically hear the flu described, but it was a hassle and really irritated me to know how it happened.
ANYWAY, that's not the point -- the real reason I bring it up is that, even if I had gotten a flu shot that year, it wouldn't have done any good, because the common vaccination was not for the H1-N1 strain. And that's one problem I see with flu shots in general: sure, it will protect you against the type of flu they make the vaccine from, but there are other strains, and furthermore, who's to say that you won't be exposed to a particular "season" of the expected flu after it has already mutated enough to not be affected by the vaccine?
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Thanks for this post. I got my 1st flu shot in years last month because I didn't want a repeat of last year - sick off and on for 3 months. Within 2 weeks of getting the shot I got sick! I'll never get another one. Maybe it is time to do like DH says, "Eat more garlic". Well it works for him!! He is rarely sick.
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I personally do not believe in them. Every time Fall roles around I constantly have to defend my position. It never matters to my family that every time I did get a Flu Shot I came down with the Flu that year, yet when I did not get a shot I was not sick all winter.
If you are of the same mind set here is a great article. Top 20 ways to boost your immunity to colds and flu without using vaccines:
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