Have You Prepared For The "Flu" And Do You Get A Flu Shot?

by minimus 191 Replies latest jw friends

  • ohiocowboy

    Shirley, I've been having some issues with my teeth, so I will check into the grapefruit seed extract. Thanks for the heads up!!!

    Hope all is well

  • straightshooter

    I have received the flu shot the last 2 years. I did not receive the flu during this period so far. I am fortunate that I very rarely got the flu in the past. I have absolutely no idea why. The only reason I started getting the flu shot was because my employer offered it free and I am now at an age the CDC reccommends should get a shot.

  • minimus

    i'm fatigued today but i didn't sleep well last night.

  • ShirleyW

    Hey OC - Also look up White Oak Bark, referred to in quite a few articles as "A Dentist's worse nightmare", as in they wouldn't have much of a business if folks used it.

  • NeverKnew

    I made a terrible non-jw error.

    My jw friend was pressuring me to get my shot (which I have no aversion to). I believed it to be a teachable moment for WT quotes of concern and now he is considering not getting one ever again. If this man dies of the flu, can I just tell you how I will feel?

    In the 20s it was barbaric... Currently its a matter of conscience.

    sick cult....

  • NeverKnew


    Im really beating myself up over this.

  • mamochan13

    I've had the flu shot in other years, but I'm divided on whether it's good or even necessary. Pharmaceutical companies stand to make a lot of money when the whole population is convinced they must get a flu shot.

    I'm also concerned about research that has linked the flu shot with increased likelihood of getting another strain of flu. A Canadian study found this to be true of H1N1.

    There are certain high risk groups that may need a flu shot, but I don't think it needs to be a matter of course for everyone.

    That said, I got the flu this year and it was nasty - but in recent years I seem to be catching things from my grandchildren, even though I take care of my health in general.

    Interesting tip about grapefruit seeds and white oak bark, Shirley. I think there is a lot of validity to many of these natural remedies, especially when they have been used traditionally or in other cultures for centuries.

  • perfect1

    I had this years SUPERFLU.

    It was hell.

    No amount of handwashing would have saved me.

    I had such feverish sweats the bed was soaking wet.

    I thought I was dying.

    Especially bad for people with respiratory problems as it is all in the upper lungs.

    I stayed home for many days to protect the others.

  • jgnat

    A flu vaccine costs about $25 a shot.

    "But the costs of vaccine production and distribution pale in comparison to the economic toll of people getting sick. The total economic costs of influenza in a single season in the U.S. -- accounting for both health care costs and lost productivity -- are somewhere around $870 billion, according to the CDC survey."

    "Canadian province of Ontario, where flu vaccines are free to anyone over the age of six months. A 2010 study of the program in the journal PLoS Medicine found that it was more cost-effective than programs in other provinces. Though the universal flu vaccine program cost about twice as much as a targeted program, it reduced influenza cases by 61 percent and mortality by 28 percent from what was expected and cut health care services costs by 52 percent." - that's no small potatoes.

    Would Obamacare benefit from a 52% reduction in health care costs?

    Lowering Flu Shot Costs

    Behavioral Responses to Epidemics

  • Dagney

    I've been thinking about this very thing.

    I have never had a flu shot and I am old. I don't get the flu, and rarely sick. But everytime a season hits like this I worry.

    I still don't know what to do. A co-worker just went to Walgreens to get one since he is flying to NY today.

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