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Posted: 04 October 2013 06:43 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Anybody have feedback on whether it is a good idea to get flu shots? Its that time of the year again in the mid Atlantic where places are promoting free flu shots. I normally don’t get them, and have gotten the flu once in the past 5 years.

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Posted: 04 October 2013 07:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Personal choice in my opinion. I don’t get them. I just don’t trust the pharma companies and don’t feel like pumping God knows what into my body. I can understand why old people etc. Do.

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Posted: 04 October 2013 07:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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coda vex - 04 October 2013 07:50 AM

Personal choice in my opinion. I don’t get them. I just don’t trust the pharma companies and don’t feel like pumping God knows what into my body. I can understand why old people etc. Do.

Thanks Coda, exactly why I don’t get them either. I don’t trust what is in them. I try really hard to keep my hands clean all season.

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Posted: 04 October 2013 09:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I get one every year…started when I went into the Army in ‘96. I’ve never experienced side effects…and I have yet to get the flu. I trust the flu shots more than I trust the water from my tap.

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Posted: 04 October 2013 08:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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From what I understand, each year, they take a guess at which strain it will be and only give the vaccine for that particular one. If it’s the wrong one, then it offers no protection. While working at JHU, we got free shots. I did it for 3 years, but haven’t done it for the last 3. I haven’t had the flu since long before I started working there. Personally, I don’t really think you need them, but as Coda mentioned, I understand why some people get them. Avoiding sick people and eating healthy will go a long way to providing the same precautions as the shot, IMO.

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Posted: 05 October 2013 05:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Ran across this today: http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/flu-vaccines-sold-by-marketing-fear-not-because-they-work-bmj-report/ (WFS)

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Posted: 06 November 2013 07:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I’m really on the fence about this too. I’ve been against it for years, no love for pharma in this house BUT, last year both of my children came down with the flu and it was awful. At that point I sucked it up and got one. I think if you have kids, it may be a somewhat safer choice??? I don’t know really. Haven’t gotten one yet, but I’m leaning towards yes for all of us this year. There is only so much clean eating, vitamins, Lysol and rubber gloves can do.

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Posted: 06 November 2013 10:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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My basic feel is that if you have contact with many people throughout your day or have kids in public schools its a good idea to get the flu shot.
Also of course the elderly or those with already compromised immune systems should really consider it.
If you don’t have kids and aren’t around a lot of people during your day, it might not be worth it for you.
Immunization is all about the herd. As a group; citizens of any city, county, state, etc we are all safer when most if not all are immunized, this doesn’t say anything about the individual.

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Posted: 03 May 2014 07:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Murph99 - 04 October 2013 07:59 AM
coda vex - 04 October 2013 07:50 AM

Personal choice in my opinion. I don’t get them. I just don’t trust the pharma companies and don’t feel like pumping God knows what into my body. I can understand why old people etc. Do.

Thanks Coda, exactly why I don’t get them either. I don’t trust what is in them. I try really hard to keep my hands clean all season.

+1 to “I just don’t trust the pharma companies and don’t feel like pumping God knows what into my body.”

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Posted: 03 June 2014 03:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I’ve never had a flu shot and don’t really see the point in getting them. However, I’m not around many people to even think about getting it.

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