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Angie2U
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My husband got one, but, I didn't as the last time I got one, I got the flu, literally, within a few hours.  I know they say you can't get it from the flu shot, but, I did or else it was the strangest coincidence ever. 

The news makes it sounds so bad so I am struggling if I should chance getting the shot.

 

Thanks, Angie

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lintx
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Not sure if the body of this note will appear.  I just tried to post to Karlee's sad news and only subject appears to me.  You may have been exposed to the flu prior to getting the shot.  Linda

Lynn Smith
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I didn't get one because years ago when they had everyone getting the swine flu shot I had a serious reaction.I crawled to the phone to call my doctor to say I think its the shot.He said impossible.No one has had any problems.Soon after it came on the news people were dyiing and some were paralyzed.I couldn't walk good but just pulled myself to a chair etc.Didnt got to ER since my doctor said it wasn't a problem with the shot but it was. About 3 weeks I had back pain.It was maybe 4 hours it was very hard to walk in the beginning and had to hoist myself in a chair. 

I worry very much about not getting one.I was very very sick with Bronchitis in Sept and still feel the effects.Even took IV's vitamin therapy to get boosted faster.Still  mucous after almost 4 months.Just this week it is better and hope it stays that way. This stuff lingers!!!!

I've been reading in our papers how bad it is.This time last year only 85 in the hospital.This year 2.000 since Sept.I got this crude from my grandson.Now I am paranoid to go into stores for all the coughing.My husband is doing the shopping.He was able to get the shot. And all he says "People shopping are coughing everywhere".He goes the other way,If possible.   

I know of 3 people who had problems with the shot.My friend got sick and my aunt.My husband had a heart attack just 8 hours after getting one a few years ago but he gets one now and he does fine.He also got the pneumonia shot and did fine.I guess the heart problem would have happened anyway.Who knows but he does fine with the shots now.

And some of you may have read my pozt.My daughter in law is in critical condition now.Has been for almost 4 weeks.She got the flu shot(from what my son remembers) a month before she got pneumonia. She's on life support.Her fevers shot up to 106.My son said he wished she didn't get one but seems like enough time passed.But why is she so bad with it.   

Lynn Smith 

Rague
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it was nasty to many!  I am one of the 'lucky' ones as I had to have it as I was AD (Active Duty) at the time so was ordered to have it.  Hubby was also AD at the time - he had it also with no problems.  Several of my friends were not as fortunate.  We all talked while in line at the basse theatre that it seemed strange that for just another 'shot', they had all the Base ambulances lined up outside in the parking lot.  Many were used.

Need to remember that the flu vaccines of today are so far more advanced than the 1976 Swine Flu vaccine.  I have had the current year's flu vaccine for more than 30 yrs and have not had any flu!  Even when I was going through chemo/rads.

My prayers are with your DIL.

Winyan - The Power Within

Susan

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I didn't.  I also was told that the flu shot they are giving out now is not for this strain of flu that is going around. 

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With all I have heard bad about it I am afraid to get it. And plus being on chemo that diminishes your immune system would it work anyway? Can it boost a immune system that isn't there? I don't want to take the chance of getting sick on top of all the side effects I have now.

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I have an appointment with my onco soon, so, I think I will just wait and see what he says.  Thanks everyone!

 

Hugs, Angie

disneyfan2008
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I did not..I THINK only  have once...when offered AT MY JOB...no one in my family has. So far no flu but all upper respitory issues.

 

I am sure too late now..lol

 

Denise

Lynn Smith
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They are still giving them in our area BUT they have a shortage and won't have any till maybe Wed. A couple babies have died, a 22 year old college student and my daughter in law is on life support(she'll make it)The stats for hosptial stays are unreal.Thousands instead of less than a 100 at this time last year.A epidimic.A new strain from what I read.And they say we have 2 more months of this.

Lynn Smith 

survivorbc09
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I haven't and don't think I will either. 

 

Jan

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I was reading that the vaccines they are giving are not for the strain that is goi g aroumd. Last year I.was td no vaccines because of the chemo, this year I didn't even ask.

Rague
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Day 1 -You were already infected - vaccine is a KILLED virus.   It takes DAYS for a live (or modified live) virus to exhibit in the body no how matter it was introduced into the body.

Are vaccines 100% - HADES NO - but they are for the vast majority.  All our bodies are unique and react differently.  In the 1991SW FL Mesles Epidemic - both of my Sons did develope Measles (it's all State/Nationally documented)  even though they were CURRENT (less than a year since last MMR) on shots.  (Hubby/Dad was deployed on a carrier in Desert Storm - older Son was not expected to live - he did. )Today, neither of them have any mumps immunity (according to tittres).  Because the MMR didn't 'work' for them - that has  nothing to do with the vast majority that they do - THankfully did work for G-daughter according to titre.

We can all argue all our beliefs - I will do anything I can to prevent getting anything and even more important to me - passing it on to others.

Winyan - The Power Within

Susan

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Angie2U,

This year I got the Flu Shot I think before Christmas.And I'm just getting over Bronchitis and the flu. I had it a week, Im still coughing but I feel better now. My doctor told me the flu I got isn't covered by the flu shot. It is terrible, so if I were you I would get the flu. It helped from me not getting any worse. The news also says the flu is spreading like wildfire.

                                                   Peanutcat

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My husband and I both got the flu shot.  No reaction and, thankfully, no flu.  There is LOTS of it in our town.  I have gotten the flu shot for many years (worked at a hospital where it was more or less mandatory.)  The worst reaction I ever had was a sore, warm arm for a couple of days.

Angie

sbmly53
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I get one every year. Last time I had the flu was 22 years ago. I hope I haven't just invited disaster!

The vaccine of the year rarely has the current bug in it, but I believe it helps to fight whatever is out there. 

Hubby worked in an elementary school and I work in healthcare and we have happily evaded the flu, I believe due to the shot.

I have friends and coworkers on both sides of no problems/it made me sick. Today, my employer sent out an email - get the shot, or wear a mask for the entire workday til the season is over.

 

Sue

 

cinnamonsmile
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I got mine in November 2012.I need to get the shot every year because of my asthma. It is so awful when I get it and it takes up a home in my lungs. I cough and cough so bad I urinate every cough and have to wear pee pads in my underwwear. Unfortuneately I got the flu anyway this year. I am just feeling better today.

I learned that the flu shot may not stop you from getting the flu, but may help from getting a worse case. Who really knows. All I know is that I need to take all the precaustions I can.

Next time my partner comes home and tells me one of his coworkers has the flu, I am stopping the kissing right away.

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My oncologist strongly recommended it and I get one every year anyway.  I actually got mine in October since I was going to be traveling.  So, far, so good.  Also, on Saturday I got the pneumonia vaccine per my oncologist's recommendation.  I just turned 60.  No reaction and hopefully I have some immunity now.

 

Hugs, Renee

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My onco did not want me to take it as he feels my immune system is still not strong enough.  I also read where the flu that is going around now and unfortunately killing people, is not protected by the flu shot they are giving.  It is for a different type of flu.

 

Unhappy
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Have been getting them for years and have not had the flu.I think they work

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No flu shot for me. 

A few years ago my OB-GYN told me that I probably was better off not getting a flu shot.  Many of us who are in our late forties or older did not grow up in a disinfected society.  We also endured the childhood diseases of measles, chickenpox, mumps.  As adults, we tend to miss fewer days of work because we don't catch everything that comes our way.  (I work in a school.)  Our bodies had to work harder at keeping us healthy.  They succeeded, at least in my family.

Unless one's immune system is really compromised, most of us of my generation will do just fine without the flu shot.

Lynn Smith
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I've heard some that did get the flu shot are getting this bug.I'm sure some even have passed.Don't know what this crude is but it is something everyone is talking about how they can't get over it after a few months and some seek IV treatment Like I did.Healthy men have also been hit the hardest.Everyone tellls me they are on their 3rd round of antibiotics. Still not better so they don't help but IMO it has to help some.

Saw on the new last night the kids who have died.Family members were on TV telling how it just hit and within a couple days some were gone.Told a little about these children/teens.It was so upsetting.

Also hear this is the worse it's ever been. I went to the doctor yesterday.Been doing my best to say away from there.I got a antibiotic to get this last mucous out of me.The receptionist there was sick 2 weeks ago when I went in and yesterday still sick.Also the other recepitionist. I know they had their flu shot. I got out in my car and put the sanitizer everywhere where I was exposed.Arms hands and a little on my face.What I could stand.Even had a wet wash rag with soap in the car just in case.My husband thinks I lost it but he didn't have this crude.He knows I suffered though for to long. Next is allergy testing.If Ihave them it all happened with this virus.Never had a allergy(except maybe meds) that didn't agree with me.But I might now. It just weakens you for a long time.

And of course our daughter in law we pray for everyday. She's a fighter. 

Lynn Smith

 

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Angie, you can not get the flu from the flu shot.  It is impossible because there is no active inflenza virus in the vaccine. 

You were probably already getting sick.  This is what they call anecdotal evidence.  Sort of like, you drink milk and then get sick and assume that the milk made you sick and, come to find out, you had a strep throat.  No connection, but, in your mind, the connection is very real.

You can have an adverse allergic type of reaction to the vaccine, but you can not, I repeat, can not get the flu from the shot!

Reactions to the flu shot:
The most common reaction to the flu shot in adults has been soreness, redness or swelling at the spot where the shot was given. This usually lasts less than two days. This initial soreness is most likely the result of the body’s early immune response reacting to a foreign substance entering the body. Other reactions following the flu shot are usually mild and can include a low grade fever and aches. If these reactions occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days. The most common reactions people have to flu vaccine are considerably less severe than the symptoms caused by actual flu illness.  http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/misconceptions.htm

 

Lynn Smith
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My aunt who was 76 at the time got the flu shot.The very next day she was so sick she stayed in bed for 3 days.Never moved.her daughter came over to fix her a little something to eat but she said she'd never been that sick.My friend said she got sick the day after the shot last year but this year she didn't have any problems.

Both had the aches, vomiting, fevers.

Lynn Smith  

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P.S.  The answer to your question is YES!  I always get the flu shot and I make darn sure that all of my family gets it too, just to add an extra layer of protection for me.  I have never, ever had any reaction other than local irritation and tenderness.  BTW, my infectious disease doc says that the flu shots makes your immune system "smarter" and having the flu shot annually may really booster your immune system.  This year's success rate is less than perfect, but I would still recommend getting it. 

My older sister, a physician who always gets her flu shot, had the flu unseasonably early this year in September before she had a chance to get her shot.  She had inflenza A, which is  usually covered by this year's shot.  She was kicking herself that she did not get the shot as soon as it came out because, besides being terribly ill for a week, she missed work and she is self employed and has no paid time off.

Rague
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For AGAIN repeating that the flu vaccine is a KILLED vaccine and can not give the flu.  Of course there can be someèwho have more reaction to the vaccine due to allergic reactions and those whose bodies do not actually develope the immunity - but they are few and far between in documentation (both my Sons fall in that group for 'hard'  measles - 1 still for mumps with the newer vaccines.  Bottom line - they were current on MMR and had had a booster less than a year before because of an outbreak in eastern WA and we were in SW FL (19191) when exposed while at a well kid appt.  Guess what I'm saying is that there will never a 'perfect' anything BUT vaccines save so many.  Lets remember what polio was before the Salk vaccine, small pox was(I have a somewhat unique/strange story that happened to me in 1955 when trying to leave France to come back to the States.).  Are any of them perfect for everyone - NOPE - but so much better than nothing!

It is always strange to me that some will not bother to do 'research' but listen to whatever story they see on TV or from 'somebodies aunt's/uncle's friend's cousin' said something and believe everything said with out actually checking FACTS.

WInyan - The Power Within

Susan

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Thanks Susan.  And while we are on the vaccine subject, did you know the recent serious outbreaks of whooping cough amongst our very young are often caused by older folks carrying the disease.  The adults' earlier vaccines have worn off and they may have a very mild case of pertussis, but the disease kills can be deadly to babies and toddlers.

It absolutely breaks my heart when I walk through Peds and hear these kids coughing and fighting for their lives when this is so preventable. Frown

Ask your physician if you are due for your Tdap booster--this is not the regular tetanus shot, so if you are not sure if you have had it, you probably have not!

Also, here is a very short and simple CDC vaccine quiz (7 questions) that will let you know exactly what vaccines you should have by age and current medical history.  Please take it and print it out for your primary provider: http://www2a.cdc.gov/nip/adultimmsched/

"Are adults causing whooping cough epidemic?" http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/healthy_kids/Are-adults-causing-whooping-cough-epidemic.html

Please, please spread the word!

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I haven't got it and I probably will not.  I am "one of those" that still think you can get the flu from the shot, especially if your immune system might be comprimised.  If it weren't true, then why do oncologist's not let their patients get it?  Hmmm

 

Sue

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The best advice is always to ask your physician whether you should get the flu shot or not, but it is impossible to get the flu from the shot.

The below is posted on an oncology site:

"We do suggest that our patients receive the flu shot, but to schedule the shot in between treatments, at a time when the white blood cell count is close to normal. The vaccine is made from an inactivated virus, so there is no risk of getting the flu from the shot. The vaccine works by causing the body to produce an immune response against the flu virus. But our concern is that, if the immune system is suppressed, the patient may not produce that immune response, thus making the vaccine ineffective."

http://www.oncolink.org/experts/article.cfm?id=2156

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I think we all agree that it is always the best to ask your doctor about the flu shot or any other shot you might get.  I think most do, or, I hope so.

I am not the only one obviously, that was told by their oncologist that he didn't want me getting the flu shot.  I am sure some oncologist's would say to go ahead, but, I choose to do what mine says.

Also, if the flu shot cannot give you the flu and if the immune response to it would be ineffective, why not go ahead and give it to their patient anyway?  What harm could it do? 

I love all of our opinions, advice and helpful tips.  That's part of what makes this site so great!

 

Sue :)

survivorbc09
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Many have written Sue that their doctor told them NOT to get the flu shot.  I've also read where some have said not to get the pneumonia or shingles shot.  Always best to ask and do what your OWN doctor says.

 

Rague
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Good reminder -  I probably need a new shot. (Is this  one that IF you had as a child - immunity is ongoing?)  I got one a couple years ago - took G-daughter to a well kid appt and her Dr insisted I had to have one - so did.  I see my PA next Friday so will check if I'm due.

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CypressCynthia
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You probably did get it then.  I received mine back in 2006, when it was recommended at work to protect my babies. Smile

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My primary doctor asked me to get the whooping cough vaccine several months ago so I let her nurse give it to me.  I figured it was because she was pregnant and I trusted that she knew best.

As for the flu vaccine.....my husband got it back in October or November and now he has the flu and strep throat.  He is taking Tamiflu and his doctor suggested I contact my doctor so I am also taking Tamiflu.  My oncologist office gave me my flu shot several months ago when I was getting chemo.  I am trying to be sympathetic to my husband while he is sick but I'm also worried that he will infect me so I'm keeping my distance.  This years flu must be sneaky kind of like cancer can be?

 

HUGS!!!

Jamie

Lynn Smith
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It is sneaky and dangerous.I do community service work(spay neuter clinics) and get hundreds of calls.Everyone I talked to since Sept was fighting it(like me) or a family member was very ill.This virus they say has been just starting but it's been going on since  Sept.And like everyone says it's serious.My husband got the flu shot shortly after I got this crude.I coughed so much I was sure he would get it but didn't. We never have passed things to one another though for years.We're cautious for one but try to stay well.We wash our hands constantly.More than most would.Try not to cough around one another.Cover our mouth(most people don't when they're in publis(I should say about all don't). If they cough near us we go the other way. 

Jamie, I hope you and any others that haven't had it never get it.I was getting Vitamin IV's after getting depleted from bronciitis. With this  epedimic I told the doctors office I won't  be back till this calms  down. Not one patient in there would cover their mouth when coughing.Just splattered their crude all over the place. RUDE!!!!

Lynn Smith 

      

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DebbyM
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I am another one that didn't get the flu shot.  Hoping that I will get thru this season without ever contracting the flu. 

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Kylez
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I did not and will not get a flu shot, at least not this year.  Like others, I also got really, really sick right after I got the shot before and I think I'd rather just take my chances.

 

I hope the flu season is winding down now.  It seems to be.

Pink Rose
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No I didn't.  Crossing my fingers that I won't get the flu. 

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 I didn't get the flu shot. I did not get the flu yet but

 

 

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Marcia, the site has been messed up for a long time and then they did updates, which made it worse.  That's why you're having trouble posting, we all are.  Sorry about that, but, good to see you!

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