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Debating on getting the flu shot. Only had one in my life and of course right after I got sick as a dog. Not sure if it was the shot but weird that it happened that evening after the shot. Now with all these states have an epidemic I am thinking about getting one. Thoughts?

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The flu vaccination is a probabilities game. The CDC identifies what they believe is going to be the most common strain for a given season. As a soldier I have no choice but I'd get one anyhow. Some people will experience mild cold/flu like symptoms for a day or so after getting a flu shot. I may have once but it was nothing really and that was long ago. You can still contract a cold or flu even if you get a shot but you will suffer much less and for a shorter period of time. One other thing I always do is drink lots of orange juice if I even think I sence something may be getting ready to come on.
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no shot for me! i hate needles , plus i'm afraid it will come up 5 years from now that they cause some other problem. seems like everything they come up with now causes some side effect worse than whatever it should be treating or preventing.

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no shot for me! i hate needles , plus i'm afraid it will come up 5 years from now that they cause some other problem. seems like everything they come up with now causes some side effect worse than whatever it should be treating or preventing.
Not a big fan of needles either but shots are quick, getting an IV was always a real joy. We sometimes have the option of a nasal mist which I always take when possible. I'm not a pill popper and never will be but vaccinations don't concern me from a side effect or long term issues standpoint.
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Debating on getting the flu shot. Only had one in my life and of course right after I got sick as a dog. Not sure if it was the shot but weird that it happened that evening after the shot. Now with all these states have an epidemic I am thinking about getting one. Thoughts?
Unless you're allergic to eggs, the shot did not make you sick. The virus in the vaccine is very dead.

Here, I think it's a little late for it here myself. It seems to be peaking now and in the two or three weeks it would take my body to build up immunity to it, it will probably be about over. Out west, you guys don't seem to have it as bad, so it may be worth your while if you can still get it. Here, a lot of places have run out.

It is one nasty bug. We've had two otherwise healthy young adults die from it or from secondary bacterial infections here within the last week.




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I have never had the flu nor have I ever had a flu shot. The one thing I figured that has helped me is that I don't have kids and I work outside and I am not around alot of people most of the time. Watch me get it next week after say this!

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I have never had it either, but every time I get sick and can't ride for a few days, I call myself an idiot for not getting with the flu shot program. Last month I missed a day of work, and a whole week of riding from catching the flu. Grrrr!

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I don't get it for a few reasons. Namely, I'm essentially never around those who are really old, young or have compromised immune systems. On top of that, I have a freakishly good immune system (mildly sick twice in the last four years). As for shots, there are also alternate options for it such as the nasal spray.

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I usually get it. Best to get in in the fall if possible but getting it now would still be a good idea IMHO.
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I'm fortunate to have a "no cost" flu shot available where I work. Get it every year. Never had an issue with needles, just spiders.

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