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Do you get the flu shot?

Old 10-05-06, 12:54 PM
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Do you get the flu shot?

They are offering free flu shots at work today..

I never get them because usually it gets me sick (I know it's an amazing coincidence that happens to most people), and because people get them and get the flu anyhow. I know the flu shot is basically an educated guess as to which strain will go around but it's just not worth it to me.
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Nope.
Old 10-05-06, 12:57 PM
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I dont' anymore because every time I had one in the past, I got sick. Usually when I don't get one, I don't get sick.

My Dr swears that there is no way the traditional Flu Shot actually caused me to be sick, I argue that it is way too much of a coincidence.
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I don't volunteer to get stuck with needles.
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My workplace offers them for free - I always decline.....
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whats the big conspiracy theory about flu shots? Tracking devices? Government testing?
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Yup, I get em' free through work... One year I didn't get one and I got the flu, bad. So, I started the getting the shot. Of course, I had one last year and still got really, really sick. So...
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I figure I dont need it at this point so I decline...Im sure when I get older, it may be a good idea, but for now I just pass.
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Never have, probably never will.
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If they're free, I get them. If not, no.

I rarely get sick anyways.
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I never have. I think I'm suposed to now since we'll be having a baby around in 3 weeks or so. Our doctor told my wife that anyone who will be around our baby on a regular basis should probably get them. Obviously that includes me.

So I voted "no" since I typically do not. But I will likely get stuck pretty soon when I find a place offering them.
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When I was in school, I always did. Not anymore. With or without the flu shot, I never get the flu. I rarely get sick at all; got sick just twice in the last 12 years.
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Originally Posted by namja
When I was in school, I always did. Not anymore. With or without the flu shot, I never get the flu. I rarely get sick at all; got sick just twice in the last 12 years.
Be careful around swimming pools.
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One winter about 8 or 9 years ago was really nasty for me. From October to March, I had the flu twice, strep, bronchitis, post-nasal drip, all the good stuff. I don't think I was completely healthy 4 weeks total in that 6 month period. For several years after that I got the shot and never even had so much as the sniffles the entire time. Haven't gotten one in a while and although I get colds from time to time, I've been able to avoid being really sick. I always mean to make an appointment with the doc to get one, but I'm much too lazy. By the time I get around to it, the only shots left are earmarked for kids and old folks. The supermarket near me also offers flu shots, but I'll be damned if I'm going to stand online for an hour just to have some untrained chimp stick a needle in my arm.
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I once got the flu shot because I didn't want my new born baby to be sick because of me...yea that worked well as I was sick frequently until the following summer

Never again will I get a flu shot.
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I work in a Hospital, we get them every year for free. Before I worked here, I usually made an appt with my Dr. to get one. I have had a flu shot every year since 1989.
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I always schedule one of my general check-ups for late October, and my Doc always has the needle ready for me.
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I work around one of the worst kind of disease vectors (high school students) so I get one.
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Absolutely not.
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werent you all the people who were worried about "bird flu"?

36,000 people in the US die each year from the 'common flu' ya know...
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Originally Posted by Save Ferris
36,000 people in the US die each year from the 'common flu' ya know...
How many of these people are old, children, or immunocompromised?
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I dont know, but if just one of them was in the same demographic as you, wouldnt it be worth getting a flu shot?
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Originally Posted by Save Ferris
I dont know, but if just one of them was in the same demographic as you, wouldnt it be worth getting a flu shot?
Since I'm not old, a child, or immunocompromised, no.
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if one person who is the same age/health as you died last year from the flu, is it worth 10 minutes of your time to attempt a prevention?
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Originally Posted by Save Ferris
if one person who is the same age/health as you died last year from the flu, is it worth 10 minutes of your time to attempt a prevention?
Yes, for two reasons.

1) Statistically I have no greater chance of dying of the flu in your scenario.

2) The flu shot isn't even protective against all strains. It's a guess taken months before the flu season starts.

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