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Have You Gotten a Flu Shot This Year?

It seems reasonable to say that everyone wants to avoid catching the flu and for that reason many people get vaccinated for the flu. Even though the flu shot isn't guaranteed to protect you against all types of the flu, it is recommended for many populations, like moms and children under five. Some people are adamantly opposed to vaccinations, especially the flu vaccine. Me? This year I am trying it out and the entire family got the shot (my 4-year-old didn't appreciate the preventive measure very much).

So I was wondering...


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smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
I've never received a flu shot and don't plan to, but I'm a little taken aback by Jennifer Garner's quote on LilSugar. Are women who aren't mothers or the family caretakers less in need of a flu shot, then? My husband does the cooking and I do the cleaning in our house; does he need a flu shot more than me because a dirty house is at least livable but I'll starve if he comes down with the flu. I'm probably reading too much into it, I know; I just don't like being set back 50 years because of a stupid celebrity quote.
Peyote Peyote 9 years
I never do...
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 9 years
Please, get your young kids vaccinated. They are usually the ones catching the flu then bringing it home to their elder grandparents who can't fight it off as easily!
Allytta Allytta 9 years
no, and not planning on it. it's extremely rare for the scientists to come up with the right vaccine, as the flu changes every year, it comes in cicles... so they never know which type is gonna come this year. i had bad flu č years in a row on my birthday when i was 15 and 16. but this year since july i havent had a cold or anything yet. trying to eat healthier and it seems to be working really well.
vanilla19 vanilla19 9 years
I'm not very sure that the benefits outweigh the risks. More people die in car accidents every year than of diseases. I've only gotten one shot before and it wasn't even a flu shot, because my mom didn't believe in them.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
I'm not in a high risk group, and I'm not around kids or the elderly very often, so I don't bother.
ER1008 ER1008 9 years
They give them out at my work however I've never gottan a flu shot and I've never had the flu so I figure why mess with a good thing.
jmast jmast 9 years
Since I'm not allergic to the shot I get them every year...when I used to work I would get them for free and now that I'm no longer working I got it for free through my husband's medical coverage at a local CVS. I've gotten the flu plenty of times when I was young and older and I don't want it again. Also, I have small nieces and nephews and I if I didn't get the shot I could be a carrier and not even know it. I don't see anything wrong with it (unless you're allergic) and if everyone got it maybe more people wouldn't get the flu.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
No flu shot for me. I don't get the flu that bad anyways.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I have not gotten the flu shot and will not be getting the flu shot/vaccine ever again. Turns out that I am still deathly allergic to it. What no one ever tells you is the flu shot/vaccine contains formaldehyde as a suspension agent for the vaccine. Well, I am deathly allergic to formaldehyde had loads of fun 3 years ago when I decided to be proactive and get the flu shot and ended up in the hospital, unable to breathe, joints swollen, heart swollen with fluid. The flu was better and easier than the shot.
ovenmitt ovenmitt 9 years
i'm going to india for three week after christmas and have been told i NEED to get one. it's probably about time i do that.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I had been told by my mom (though I don't know how reliable that is, obviously) that there's no point getting a flu shot every year because it's always last year's virus that you're getting inoculated against- and that it won't do you much good against the current strain. I almost never get sick (save for allergies). When I do have the flu, it's bearable. I'm a healthy adult with good hand-washing practices, so I don't plan to get one. If I get the flu, I'll fight it off the old-fashioned way.
only-so-cute only-so-cute 9 years
i agree with karisaamy. the last shot i got was the meningitis shot, because it was mandatory before going to college. i'd rather not put such things in my body, besides that's what my immune system is for.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
No - why add something else to my body that I don't need - I am generally healthy and I can fight flu the old fashion way. If I get a really bad string I know where to go.
Saturn9 Saturn9 9 years
Aimeeb, do you have a citation for your claim that flu shots cause Alzheimer's? All I find when I google for more info is junk science & bogus medical claims.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I seriously never get sick (knock on wood) so I never bother. I haven't been sick in eight years, and that was only because I moved to a different climate.
thatgirljj thatgirljj 9 years
I get it every year. I'm asthmatic and it's usually pretty mild. But when I get the flu, for months afterwards, I have to go on all these crazy meds just to do things like climb the stairs. I'd rather have the shot!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
and i am not gonna.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
My dad had one last year because he's over 60, but he must have gotten a bad strain because he was very sick for about two months last winter. None of the doctors knew what he had, but he recovered. So I have my reservations in getting one.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
they were giving them out for free at work, so i thought why not?
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
Back in college, I used to get the flu shot from our health center every year because it was free. Now I hate my job so much that I actually HOPE I get the flu.
alikat07 alikat07 9 years
I work at a library, so I'm thinking about getting one this year.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
I never used to, and only had the flu once as a child and once as an adult. I had a really strong immune system and like Seraphim said I had preferred to fight it 'the old fashioned way'. Well, I've now got some health issues that leaves me vulnerable to illness at the drop of a hat. I work with the public and so who knows what's coming and going. I now get one every year, just to be safe as now the flu could do some real damage to me. BOO.
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 9 years
No. I don't get them.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
No. I used to every yr tillI read how it increases yor risk of developing Alzheimers later on it life. No thanks!
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