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Did You Get a Flu Shot?

We're in the heart of Winter and about half of you have managed to remain healthy this season. Props to your immune systems for protecting you from getting sick, and hopefully you can keep up the health streak as the height of flu season approaches. Typically, flu season doesn't peak until February, so there's still time to get your flu shot if you've been putting it off.


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OOOPS I forgot to get my shot. Boy I'm glad I came onto fit today.
misskacie misskacie 8 years
NO! I've had the jab a handful of times in my life, and each time I got waaaaaay more ill afterward than if I'd just caught the virus. Plus my general loathing for needles knows no bounds.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
They won't give flu shots here to healthy people (UK). I could pay for one I suppose but what's the point? I'd rather put my immune system to the test!!
wambalus wambalus 8 years
I'm supposed to get one because I have an immune disorder, but I got one this year and had a HORRIBLE reaction, and then I got the flu anyway. So I think I'll pass next year.
radmama27 radmama27 8 years
No. I do not get flu shots
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
ella1978 ...AGREED!!! I've never gotten a flu shot, and surprise surprise, I have the flu right now, lol. But I totally agree with ella1978
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I got my shot, every little bit helps. I haven't gotten the flu in years, but I'm always around people [particularly in class] who seem to be deathly sick and spread the flu to everyone else. Just inconsiderate. Also, if I do get the flu, the shot should cut my downtime. Better than trying to make an emergency visit to the doctor for Tamiflu!
CarpeNoctum CarpeNoctum 8 years
I got the flu shot, but it's mostly because I have to take the subway to work and if I could do something to prevent catching something there, I do. I also used to get the shot when I was in college and lived on campus because once someone gets sick there it just spreads to everyone even if you do everything you can to avoid it (apart from locking yourself at home 24/7). If it weren't for these two things, I don't think I'd be getting the flu shot.
ally14 ally14 8 years
No. I'm against flu shots. I could go on and on about why but I'll just leave it up to people to make up their own decisions. I always used to rant to anyone who would listen why it's bad for you but I realized that ultimately, it's up to the person and I can't sway them if they're dead set on getting it.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Nope I will never ever again get a flu shot having having a horrible allergic reaction to the one I receive a few years back. Since I won't get the shot I have to be extra cautious around my sister while she's going through chemo.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I don't like shots so I don't get it, I'm a healthy adult so I don't see the need for it, plus I rarely get sick (knock on wood of course) and when I do it's nothing more then a sinus infection. I do believe that most elderly should because their immune systems aren't as good as it was when they were younger but i'm sure in some cases they are. with kids, it depends if they are in daycare then I don't think it's necessary because their immune systems are already pretty strong with all the germs that go around.
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 8 years
I don't typically get it, but since I'm pregnant and due this month, I got the shot this year just in case. Since I got the shot, my little girl has been passed the antibodies so she'll have the same protection once she's born. And since infants can't get the vaccination until their at least 6 months, I figured it was prudent to do what I could to offer whatever protection I could, even if it is a random crap shoot. Otherwise, my hubby and I don't normally get it. We vaccinate our son now, but he's in pre-school now and exposed to so many other children. Again, what's the harm. So there's our stance.
Renee3327 Renee3327 8 years
I've never had a flu shot and I've never had the flu. I feel like I know too many people that have gotten sick after getting the shot, I'd rather take my chances with diet, exercise and vitamins!
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I haven't gotten a flu shot in years. Luckily, I haven't had any problems either. My immune systems seem to fight things off pretty well. I do have asthma, so I need to watch out a bit, so it doesn't turn into something like bronchitis.
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
Nope, never have, and probably won't anytime soon. And I've never had the flu. Yay me. :)
Cwinche Cwinche 8 years
No but I should have since I have asthma.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Not this yr.
katie448 katie448 8 years
i got the fu shot i'm in medical school- i can't afford to get sick the chance they pick the right flu shot is NOT the same as getting the flu. you have a MUCH better chance of getting sick if you DON'T have the shot. a lot of research goes into this, every year. it is impossible and unrealistic for every possible virus to be included. but the ones you are most likely to come in contact with are there
bleached bleached 8 years
Just eat right and wash your hands. Unless you're over 60 I don't see the need for one.
cgb cgb 8 years
I don't believe in getting the flu shot. I don't give them to my children either. The chance that that they pick the right flu shot to give out is about the same as getting the flu. I would rather take my chances w the flu then pump a bunch of chemicals and drugs into my body.
ImJessica ImJessica 8 years
I get a flu shot every year and can't remember the last time I had to flu. The flu shot can't "give you the flu" unless you have no immune system.
foxie foxie 8 years
Military makes us snort the vaccine. Technically I've had it, but I blew my nose literally one and a half seconds afterwards, so who knows if I've HAD it.
queenegg queenegg 8 years
I got the flu shot for the first time this year. I get the flu every single year it comes around, so I figured that I'd give it a shot as I don't have a lot of sick leave from work. I don't know that I like the idea of getting it, but figure, since I always get it and don't have the leave, I might as well try it. Hopefully, it'll work and I won't get it this year, however I'm keeping my fingers tightly crossed.
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
I have to, sadly. I hate it, and I think it doesn't truly protect me. However, in December of 2006, I got the flu and it triggered ulcerative colitis. So... Get a flu shot. UC sucks.
greatscott200 greatscott200 8 years
I get them free at work. But I didn't take it because the two times I did get the shot, It gave me the flu. The past few years I opted not to take it, and I haven't gotten the flu. (Fingers crossed)
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