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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:25:25 PM
... whether for yourself or your kids, and you don't usually get them:

Has the epidemic of flu this season changed your mind? Have you gotten a flu shot or gotten them for your kids when you usually don't?

I'm just curious if this season has changed anyone's mind on the issue.

(I've never had a flu shot and still don't plan to get one).

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:27:53 PM
Nope, hasn't changed my mind. The only people I know who have gotten sick with the flu, are people who got the shot.

DH has a cold now, first time he's been sick in ten years.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:29:37 PM
Nope. Dh, myself, and our three dds have never gotten the flu shot. I cannot remember the last time any of us had the flu. Actually, I don't think my kids ever have and it's probably been over 20 years for me and dh.

I haven't heard of anyone in my area with the flu...just regular old colds and viruses. I don't see myself ever getting the flu shot unless I am required for work which could happen in the future since may end up working in a hospital setting.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:30:23 PM

(I've never had a flu shot and still don't plan to get one).


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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:30:43 PM
Nope....never had one...never will. I make sure I take my vitamins each day, keep my hands washed and wipe down the desks in my classrooms daily.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:31:30 PM
Nope. The flu has made the rounds at work & I have been just fine. I had a head cold after Christmas, but no flu.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:31:35 PM
Not really addressed to me, but for the record I've had a flu shot every year for 10 years and never had the flu and never had any type of reaction to the shot.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:32:02 PM
I got my first cold this winter, yep you heard me right, first cold ever. I get coughs and sore throats, but never a cold that knocked me out and forced me to stay in bed. Then when I recovered and was always paranoid about feeling dizzy and passing out so I thought I might get my first flu shot. I went to safeway and cvs, they were both out. I've since forgotten about it. Winter will be over soon. lol


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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:34:20 PM
dh, dd & I have NEVER had a flu shot & never had the flu. It's not that I don't believe in them it's just that I don't think they are necessary. The current flu season hasn't changed my mind.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:34:51 PM
Nope. I've never gotten a flu shot and have had the flu once in the past 18 years.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:35:59 PM
Nope. No flu shot here (ever), and no flu for any of us.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:36:00 PM
DH, DS, and I all get the shot, but I've noticed on Facebook that some of my friends who didn't feel they needed to get the shot are either getting it now out of fear of the flu, or they got the flu and regret not having gotten the shot.

BUT that's just people who didn't feel a need to get the shot. The people who are against the shot for other reasons are holding firm, it seems. (Via my unscientific FB observations.)

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:36:29 PM
No and no.

I know 6 people, personally, who had flu shots and still got the flu. What's the point?

DS (5) had flu last year (confirmed by nose swab test in pediatrician's office). He took no meds and was completely fine 24 hrs later. It wasn't a big deal.

I had flu starting Monday (yes, confirmed). I took the homeopathic med oscillococcinum and was better Wednesday. Again not a big deal.

I personally believe in weighing the risks of the disease versus the risk of the vaccine when making decisions about each individual vaccine available to me and my children. In this risk benefit analysis, the flu shot just doesn't make sense to me.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:38:27 PM
The flu hasn't hit my house. Knock on wood. I will not get a flu shot. I've had 2 flu shots before and each time I got the flu. So never again.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:39:32 PM
I've never had one. Don't recall ever having the flu either, although maybe I had it once as a kid.

Last week, my oldest stepdaughter babysat a little boy who was diagnosed with it about 2 days later. About 2 days after that, my stepdaughter was sick and the flu test was positive when I took her to urgent care. 2 days after that, my youngest stepdaughter felt sick. took her to urgent care and her flu test was negative, but they gave her tamiflu anyway in light of her sister having it.

this morning there was a story on the news that a young girl who died this week from it. i think she was 13 and she had some underlying medical conditions. they also said this is the 3 death this year from the flu. the way people talk, you would think 1,000s had died.

i'm not worried enough about it to go get a shot. i have been in education for over 15 years and interact with lots of people. i am not good about taking vitamins consistently. i guess i just don't get sick that much and when i do, it just a cold or something.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:40:26 PM
I have never gotten the flu shot, but I'm not opposed to it. I have never had the actual flu. DS#1 is terrified of needles and refused to get the shot. He got the flu a few weeks ago and was miserable. His entire office was sick and his boss told them to stay away until they were better. I think he will get the shot next year.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:40:38 PM
Hasn't change my mind and won't. None of us in my house have gotten sick with the flu and I can't remember the last time any of us did. I have several co-workers and their families down with the flu and they got the shots. Just proves to me...not going to do it. I attribute a lot of it to eating 'clean'...not a lot of processed foods.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:41:03 PM
Nope, never have never will.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:41:09 PM
no, it has not.

My daughter did get sick just after Christmas. Her symptoms were 'flu-like' but since she fever hovered around 102, but didn't go higher and she recovered in 3 or 4 days we didn't go to the pediatrician to confirm the diagnosis. None of the rest of us caught it.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:44:18 PM
I guess I'll be the lone dissenter.

I am a teacher and in my 17 years of teaching I have never had a flu shot. Last week, I got the flu and it is the sickest that I have ever been in my whole life. Now, my oldest daughter has it and I am praying it doesn't ravage the rest of my family.

I made a promise to myself that from now on, my family and I will get the flu shot. (Now, ask me next November/December to see if I really do it.)

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:45:35 PM
no because I know that I don't always react in the usual way to medicines, I know that I am guaranteed to be really sick if I got one, so I will take my chances.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:47:45 PM
We don't do the flu shots and we never get the flu. This year my 15 year old decided to get the flu shot and guess what?? She is the only one with the flu. LOL

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:48:26 PM
We never get the flu shot in my house, however all 3 kids and myself have come down with it. We never went to the doctor to confirm we had because his office is slammed and he told us to call if the situation worsens. We all had fever hovering around 103 for about 3 days. It was brutal but thankfully there wasn't any vomiting!

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:48:52 PM
Nope, won't change my mind and it certainly won't change dh, who got a flu shot a few years ago and immediately got sick afterward and proceeded to get sick twice more that winter, the sickest winter he ever had.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:49:42 PM
Nope, we don't get them in this house either and we won't. I'm with Scoobers on this. The only people I know that got the flu are the ones that got the shot. I know they say it won't cause the flu, but every single year it's the same thing. There must be something about that.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:51:28 PM
To get the flu vaccine or not is definitely a personal choice and we all should do what we feel is best for ourselves and our families.

this morning there was a story on the news that a young girl who died this week from it. i think she was 13 and she had some underlying medical conditions. they also said this is the 3 death this year from the flu. the way people talk, you would think 1,000s had died.

We have had 3 deaths alone in our little state. Is this just for your state or are you implying that there has only been 3 deaths is nationwide? Because if you are saying nationwide I would say that is certainly incorrect information.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:51:51 PM
I've never considered it in the past just because I hardly ever get sick. The last time I got the actual real flu was when I was in college - about 14 years ago.

I did consider it this year because my company sent out information about how we could get free flu shots at Target that they were paying for, and I knew the flu was bad this year. But I still didn't. I just didn't feel it was necessary for me. I do travel a ton, and maybe I'm putting myself at risk flying in planes (germ factories!), but I think I have a pretty good immune system. I did get a 24 stomach virus a week or so ago, which was rare for me, and it did make me reconsider for a day. (not that a flu shot would have prevented it, but that maybe my immune system wasn't so strong).

If I had kids, elderly or sick people around me, or I was pregnant, I would probably get one. Not for me, but for them.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:52:28 PM
Well I'll say I "believe in flu shots" as in I know they exist LOL

We didn't get them. I had the flu for going on 11 days although my kids rebounded fairly quickly. My MIL who is 90 (or 91 this year) got her shot and was sick since Christmas.

I'm not a believer.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:55:14 PM
no, in fact it's made me even stronger in my "no flu shot stance". They push it more & more each year & each year we hear people screaming even more how bad the flu is.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:57:31 PM

Well I'll say I "believe in flu shots" as in I know they exist LOL

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:57:43 PM
I do not have a clue if this is true or not, but my friend stated that they flu shot was particularly ineffective this year. Something about they didn't 'guess' the right strain or something?

Does anyone know if that's true or not? Just wondering, and I figured since everyone was talking about the flu here, maybe someone would know.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 8:59:27 PM

I got the flu and it is the sickest that I have ever been in my whole life

This is what happened to me and I've gotten the flu shot every year since I got the flu. I really thought I was going to die it was THAT bad.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:00:27 PM
I instituted a rule in our office, if you are sick, you are not coming to work. You don't get to decide. We have 2 people out this week. We are a small office, a bug running through our office could literally shut us down. Everyone has a laptop and can work from home,no need to infect everyone.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:00:41 PM

I do not have a clue if this is true or not, but my friend stated that they flu shot was particularly ineffective this year. Something about they didn't 'guess' the right strain or something?

Does anyone know if that's true or not? Just wondering, and I figured since everyone was talking about the flu here, maybe someone would know.

This is incorrect. 90% of the flu strains being seen are a match for the flu shot given this year.

I personally will always get one, but the flu lands me in the hospital. I can't take that risk.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:01:13 PM
Unless I or one of my children has an underlying condition or a compromised immune system, I will never get a flu shot. I got one in my life. In my adult life I have had the flu twice. Both mild cases. I have 4 children and none of them have had the flu. Unless that changes, I rely on natural immunities.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:03:05 PM
I don't really have any issue with the flu shot, I just find them unnecessary.

When I worked retail as a teen, my employer required us to get flu shots and paid for it. So I got them. No big deal.

Now that I have to pay and take time to do it, nah. I haven't had one in probably 12 years. I've been sick once -- the year everyone got the Swine Flu. I got that. A shot wouldn't have prevented that.

Also, I don't know anyone who's had the flu this year.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:06:38 PM
Well, here is the thing...if you ever have a case of the real deal, the classic flu with a fever of 104 plus, chills and sweats all day long, and every muscle in your body hurts, and you cannot even get out of bed, you will always, from that day forward, get a flu shot. And what's worse than the flu symptoms are the complications...pneumonia. I came down with Brazilian Type A flu and wanted to be shot and put out of my misery. Next I was sick and on antibiotics for weeks due to Bronchitis. And yes, there can be some side effects from the flu shot, mainly fatigue, sometimes resulting in catching a cold perhaps, but you cannot get the flu from the shot itself. Just wanted to share. Oh, and the flu is the most contagious thing in winter next to the Norovirus (which causes the vomiting and diarrhea). Both of them mutate.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:12:42 PM
As a child, I got the flu shot every year (and I cried every time) but I was never sick. Then I moved to Florida and for 18 years no flu shot and no flu. Back in the north for the past 14 years, a flu shot about half of those (including this year) and the only year that I had the flu was one that I did not have the shot. Now, we have had the stomach flu several times but that is not the type covered by the shot. My dh hasn't had the shot except for one year in the past 14 and including this year (no shot) he has had the flu about 8 of the years. I do believe in the shot.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:13:01 PM
We did get our first this year. I never held a strong opinion against them, but this year the news caught my attention.

I had my first flu experience in 2008 and it was certainly not fun. It still took this many years for us to get the shot.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:14:06 PM
I will not be getting one, not because I "don't believe" in them, but because it has been advised that I not receive one due to the severe reaction a family member had in the past.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:15:23 PM
I got the flu shot for the first time ever this year.

A friend has a baby who came home from the NICU with a weakened immune system. I help out with the baby occasionally so for my friends piece of mind I got the flu shot and a pertussis booster.

I think that there is often a shortage of flue vaccines and so I choose to not get it in order to ensure supply for those who need it. People with compromised immune systems, their families and caretakers.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:20:19 PM
No. We're healthy and the flu hasn't hit our house for years. I think I'm going on 20 years flu-free.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:20:22 PM
I got my first ever flu shot this year.

I've never had the flu, which is why I've never felt I'd needed the shot in the past, but I was diagnosed with Lupus last year and my rheumy advised to get the shot. I held off for a while, but when I heard that the strain that's going around here is very serious and IS the one in the vaccine, plus the fact I have to fly to TOronto next week, I went and got the shot a couple weeks ago. No side effects, so I guess I'm glad I got it, just in case.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:23:05 PM
I get it the shot sometimes and my kids have always gotten a flu shot. None of us have ever had the flu. My dh did not get it this year and he's currently recovering from the flu...but none of the rest of us are sick.



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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:27:57 PM
No my position has not altered.
I have been DILIGENT about washing my hands ... and thoughtful about keeping my hands off my face.
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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:29:18 PM
We don't get the shot, but last week I was second guessing myself on not getting one for my son.

He went home from school this week with a fever and will have been home most of the week. I don't think it's the flu, but I may give the doctor a call tomorrow. He is doing fine with Motrin.

My DH said that I would have blamed the shot if I found one for him last week.

I haven't had one for over 25 years and it was the year I had the flu.

I wonder if we try to be more careful since we don't get the shots.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:30:51 PM
Nope. Hasn't changed my mind. Won't change my mind until the efficacy gets a lot closer to 100%... and that's a long way away.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:31:26 PM

this morning there was a story on the news that a young girl who died this week from it. i think she was 13 and she had some underlying medical conditions. they also said this is the 3 death this year from the flu. the way people talk, you would think 1,000s had died.

There have been over 50 reported pediatric deaths alone. Far more than 3 people have died of this flu.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:33:42 PM
We normally don't get them, but decided to have our boys get them this year because our youngest goes to a busy daycare that's germ central. Really hoping it works!


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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:35:58 PM
I have elderly parents who are in my home a couple of times every week. I feel like I owe it to them and to my baby who is too young for flu shots to do everything I can to decrease the probability that they get sick in a way that could kill them.
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