Do You Take Flu Shots?

by minimus 46 Replies latest jw friends

  • Jim_TX

    No. I do not take a flu shot. The last time I did was when I was a teen and my mom succumbed to the panic being spread about the Hong Kong flu epidemic.

    I usually do not get the flu - but if I do, it is no worse than those people who do take the flu shots.

  • jgnat

    james_woods, you might just be a veritable Typhoid Mary.

    I checked out the Influenza Surveillance Network and it appears that there is only a 5-6 month lag on the most likely strains.

  • james_woods

    Five to six months lag? Nobody gets a flu shot more than once a year...and the question is whether they picked the correct strains that year.

    All I am saying is that I understand how it works and what they are trying to do - but that I am somewhat skeptical.

  • minimus

    Nobody gets shoulder flu either.

  • Theocratic Sedition
    Theocratic Sedition

    My insurance has a significant deductable that can be satisfied without paying by doing a handful of certain activities, one of which is getting the flu shot. If not for that deductable I'd probably disregard the flu shot.

  • mrsjones5

    No, nor anyone else in my family. My kids and I rarely get colds and none if us have had the flu.

  • Chariklo

    I have it every year. I used not to, but a few years ago I was very ill, so now I do.

    My oldest daughter got swine flu right at the beginning of that outbreak. She'd been on a train journey, and we reckoned she'd caught it like that. She was incredibly ill, nearly died, and that left me in no doubt.

    Last year, I had no ill effects from the flu jab. This year, I got a bit poorly afterwards, and for about a week it was like a mild dose of flu. I'd rather have that than be really ill.

  • jgnat

    My sister is a family physician, minimus. I ran through the typical flu symptoms, and afterwards I couldn't raise my arm. It took several years to recover.

  • minimus

    I don't disbelieve you, gnat. I just never heard of that.

  • LisaRose

    Some times the flu mutates and the vaccine is not as effective, but I heard that this year, the vaccine is spot on. I had to go to the doctor for something else, and they pretty much forced me to get it. I got sick earlier and I think I already got this flu, but just in case, I let them do it.

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