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Do You Take the Flu Shot?

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#1 by valerie » Thu Jan 18, 2018 08:40

In the USA, the flu is very severe this year. I think the death count due to the flu
this winter is reaching near 50. Some have been healthy young people.

The strain of flu is bad this year and the vaccination is said to only work at about
10%.

It is said due to the horrific weather events in Puerto Rico, has resulted in a shortage
of flu vaccines. In other words, that is where they make it.

Today I woke up with a cold. The weather has been very bad here as far as winters
go in this part of the USA. We rarely see snow here and this time of year in the winter
is usually in the 40's degrees. Where I sit we've had one snow day that resulted in 7 inches
and the second snow day just a day later that resulted in about 3 inches more. The worse
part is we first got sleet and ice so under the snow is slippery. Lots of auto wrecks and pile
ups. The temp outside has been not much higher than in the teens most days and even
minus 1 degree at night.

In parts of the Carolina's (ClixSense) it has been said it was colder than in Alaska yesterday.

In one way, it can be very good for it to be so cold, where I am. It is a big aid in killing the
insects so they won't be so bad come summer. This is the coldest and most snow I have
ever seen in this part of Tennessee which is for me, about 17 years.

I did not take the flu shot. Did you?
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#2 by Charez » Thu Jan 18, 2018 08:52

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#3 by walkinganomaly » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:36

Here in the southwest its been bitter cold at night, but not near as cold as its gotten before. We have had a mild winter so far, and to answer your question, no I haven't gotten a flu shot. I did do that when my mother-in-law lived with us about eighteen years ago. But since she passed I have not. I hope you feel better soon and take care of yourself!
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#4 by sp1915 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:40

Yes, I get one every year around Oct./Nov. and I
have not been sick since. (about 9 years)
Occasionally I feel like I am fighting something off...
but disappears rather quick and I am fine.

I hope I am protected since I also heard that the
vaccine this year is only 10% effective.
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#5 by sp1915 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:51

* I always get a single-dose vial, preservative free...it does not contain thimerosal.
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#6 by charmoeren » Thu Jan 18, 2018 13:17

i put 10 drops of " Echinaforce " in my first cup of coffee every day ( tasting bad )

but it keeps the flu away
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#7 by tasman1 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 13:33

My wife , every year and she is sick every year

Me , daily dose of multi vitamins and minerals for over 10 years now and never sick
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#8 by valerie » Thu Jan 18, 2018 13:47

Ya, I used to never get sick.

Then one day I turned 60.

It was like hundreds of tiny match stick men marched in and the captain said
'she's 60, lets get to work and make her sick'. :twisted:
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#9 by tasman1 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 13:51

valerie wrote: Ya, I used to never get sick.

Then one day I turned 60.

It was like hundreds of tiny match stick men marched in and the captain said
'she's 60, lets get to work and make her sick'. :twisted:


Me 64 , still ok , maybe they gave me a few years bonus :mrgreen:
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#10 by leeuna » Fri Jan 19, 2018 09:12

I usually get a flu shot each year, but I underwent a very serious illness not long ago and my doctor advised that in my rundown state the vaccination wouldn't be advisable until my immune system built up a little. I'm feeling a little stronger now but the flu is running rampant in our area and I feel like it would be a risk to go to a doctor's office or any other medical facility due to the number of sick people and the germs, so I am just taking my vitamins and biding my time until flu season has passed. Pray that I don't contract the flu. Too bad they can't give you the vaccine in a vial so you can inject yourself at home like you do with insulin.

Wishing you all good health.
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#11 by valerie » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:11

Yep, I am with you on that. Best to stay home if you can and not get out around
possible sick people. That's the bad thing about sitting in a doctors waiting room.

I do remember when people were ordering the flu shot thingie back some years
ago when there was a shortage.

There is a lot of drugs that people can have shipped to their home and that has
been going on for a long time, even long before the internet. I recall a retired
army vet that would receive his meds in the mail. That was back in the 1980's.
So I would think they could get up to date and mail everyone flu pills/vials/some
thing.
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#12 by Nikorj » Sat Jan 20, 2018 01:03

I get the cold way more often, After i moved to copenhagen.

Crowded busses, Trains and metro defenitely makes you more vulnerable catching a cold or something similar, Mostly i catch one every year just before new years eve :thumbdown:

Take care of yourself Valerie ;) , Sounds like a nasty flu if it kills that many (And even young people).
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#13 by shadecat » Sat Jan 20, 2018 07:45

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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#14 by shadecat » Sat Jan 20, 2018 07:47

No! I do not get the shots and I do not get the Flu! Guess I have a good immune system! 8-)
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#15 by valerie » Sat Jan 20, 2018 07:57

My cold lasted one day.

I've done that before in the most recent couple of years, have a cold for a day.
It is weird.

I wake up with a dripping nose, like a drip coffee maker. Then the constant
sneezing. I take various cold meds and the next day it is like it never happen.

It is almost as if it is more of an allergy.

I did take the flu shot last year in Feb. Only did so because I was in the hospital
and they kept strongly suggesting it so I finally said go ahead.

Some times I think that people simply get scared due to the news. I am not
suggesting to take it or not take it. I am just saying that when the media makes
a big hoopla such as they have this year, more people get scared and any little
cold they get, they run to the hospital thinking they might die from the flu if they
don't.

The hospitals have been over-flowing in the USA due to the flu. But if I was the
media, I would have to say the hospital is over flowing due to people thinking they
have the flu.

I know because when I worked in the hospital, same happen. We were always full
of sick children during flu season and most did not have the flu.
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#16 by rajukurup » Sun Jan 21, 2018 01:49

I rarely used to have cold during winter but this year caused twice and most here are experiencing the same .it is an indication that climate of earth is getting worsen year by year all these due to the bad deeds of men like burning plastics and fuels , cutting trees building large concrete mansions, using explosives and other harmful chemicals and above all refrigerators and air conditioners .If man doesn't learn from this ,the fate would be disastrous no doubt about it; coming days we can expect war for water
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#17 by lotoole » Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:40

I did not get a flu shot because I heard that the current flu outbreak is a new strain and there's no effective flu shot for it. Maybe I made a mistake. I spent most of last night on my ceramic throne.
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#18 by valerie » Thu Jan 25, 2018 14:03

Well that is not exactly a symptom of it.

Might be something you ate.
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#19 by tasman1 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 14:29

Just reminder

vaccination this year can fight just strain from last year but not new this year mutated virus

in short you can still be sick this year despite vaccination but you can be sick less offten

vaccination is still recommended for all over 60
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#20 by jjohnson777 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 20:18

I get one August or September. No wait. No supply issues.

My mom thinks after taking one since 70s as our govt gave them time off & no cost. She built up immunity with each new shot taken. She not had flu since. I started after got flu day after Christmas my freshmen year of college. No clue if she right but sounds valid to me. Each year get little sick after it but it piece of cake compared to getting bad case of flu. All my friends who do not get shot getting sick this year.
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