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I don't want this discussion to become an anti-vaccine topic, but instead, a topic with numbers to help aid those on the fence on whether to get the flu vaccine or not.  You see, I'm one of those people.

I mentioned on several instances that I have a weak immune system (as does my father and youngest son) and I tend to catch viruses and colds constantly.

I got the flu last season and it eventually set in as/became pneumonia.   I was so sick, I stopped exercising and I gained weight.  I'm still not a 100%.

I don't want a repeat performance this season and I'm desperate enough to try anything.

I've only had the flu shot one time, but it was probably 15 years ago.  I can't help but wonder if I get one this year if it could help stem the likelihood of me getting the flu or other viruses.

My question is, do you get the flu shot?  Do you think they do help?   They don't help?  

Also, I will probably need a good deal on where to get one, if you see great savings on the flu shot, let us know. 

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Here's some news on this year's flu vaccine options.

Some Flu Vaccines Promise A Little More Protection

I couldn't read the link as I am not a subscriber to the Ledger.  However, I just wanted to say that I get a flu shot every year.  I think as I get older (I am now 56) I worry more about how sick I will be or how long I will be away from work.  We do have sick time available, but because I work for a small CPA firm, others rely on me to be there and to be ready to work.  I am also the major breadwinner in our home and caregiver to my daughter who is recovering from illness.  She does get a flu shot whenever she can because the flu would just be devastating to her.  A virus that people recover from in a week or so knocks her silly for at least 3 weeks.  So my vote is for the flu shot!  Ours is covered by insurance, but shouldn't you be able to get them from the Health Department?

 

I started getting flu shots when I went to work for a doctor that insisted on it.  I noticed right off that I didn't get sick that winter as I usually did.  I've gotten one every since (about 20 now) and I very rarely have had so much as the sniffles.  I get them from the pharmacist at CVS in Bartow and my insurance pays for it.

I do live in Bartow, good to know. Thank you.  :) 

susan henry said:

I started getting flu shots when I went to work for a doctor that insisted on it.  I noticed right off that I didn't get sick that winter as I usually did.  I've gotten one every since (about 20 now) and I very rarely have had so much as the sniffles.  I get them from the pharmacist at CVS in Bartow and my insurance pays for it.

No flu shot for me or my family.

In respect to Shawn's request, I'll withhold the reasons.

Thank you.  :)   I'm seriously desperate and willing to try anything.  I'm sick of getting sick.  

18watt_fan said:

No flu shot for me or my family.

In respect to Shawn's request, I'll withhold the reasons.

I don't normally get the flu shot but, being pregnant and delivering in flu season, I will be getting one this year.  I always get them for my kids so they will also be getting them soon.

I can't decide I'm torn. I've heard mixed things all of my life. My son and I both have asthma and in seeing his pulmonologist and our allergy specialist both are recommending the flu shot for us. I always thought you get a little of the flu virus and get a head cold slightly after taking the shot. I never really wanted the flu shot but If it's going to help with our asthma this time of year. I think we will be up for anything.
I dont get it because i have a weakened immune system . At first i wanted it but after having gotten it a few years ago i had gotten really sick from it. I think everyone has a different reaction. My kids dont have any problems when they get their flu shot.

Thank you Tabitha this is definitely something to think about! :)

Johns Hopkins Scientist Blasts CDC for Pushing Flu Shot

http://www.newsmaxhealth.com/Newswidget/flu-shot-risks-benefits/201...

I got mine (I'm pregnant and in the high-risk category along with the elderly) and my kids get theirs next week. We always get them. My husband doesn't. Delivering a baby in late November has me a little worried about illness around baby. (I haven't had a winter baby before). We are taking precautions. Not that it's a guarantee, but since we are around lots of kids and germs are so easily spread we are trying to be prepared.

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