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Are you getting a flu shot?

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  • Nov 19th, 2018 11:05 pm
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Nov 15, 2004
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I've lived this long without getting one. I think I'll be okay.
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Yes. The sooner, the better.
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Don't worry about the ingredients, focus on the 'Who should avoid flu shots?' section in your article, or check with your family doctor/pharmacist. It is not just about protecting you, it helps to protect the community especially those who can't take the vaccine.
Catnippy wrote:
Oct 11th, 2018 3:47 pm
Half of my friends say Yes and the other say No Ways! Are you going to get one? Apparently some weird ingredients could have bad side effects?

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321207.php
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I'll get it if it's convenient. I won't go out of my way for it. I think I've had it three times in the last ten years.

The flu shot isn't like vaccines against measles or rubella. It's a crap shoot—it's formulated based on what strains are expected to be circulating months and months down the road. Sometimes they get it right and the vaccine is more or less effective. Sometimes they get it wrong and the vaccine does nothing.

I had the worse flu of my life in 2014, I missed 6 weeks of work. It was absolutely awful. And that was one of the years I actually got the flu shot.
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Apr 19, 2017
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Every time I got it, I got sick,
When I stopped, I stopped getting sick.
Explain...
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Oct 12, 2010
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sandeep8g wrote:
Oct 12th, 2018 1:31 pm
Every time I got it, I got sick,
When I stopped, I stopped getting sick.
Explain...

Every time i buy stock, it goes down. Every time i sell, it goes up.
Explain...
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sandeep8g wrote:
Oct 12th, 2018 1:31 pm
Every time I got it, I got sick,
When I stopped, I stopped getting sick.
Explain...
Sick is pretty vague. If you got a vaccine against influenza, and were then exposed to metapneumo virus or parainfluenza, you'd get sick.

If you didn't get an influenza vaccine and were then never exposed to a respiratory virus, you woudn't get sick.
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nope. i haven't gotten a flu shot in well over a decade and in all that time i haven't gotten the flu.
i'm sticking with what works for me, including taking vitamin d over the winter months.
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ricerocket123 wrote:
Oct 12th, 2018 3:06 pm
Every time i buy stock, it goes down. Every time i sell, it goes up.
Explain...
stocks may not be your thing. have you tried looking into bonds, gics, etc?
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I don't get them, it's not the ingredients, I want one less thing artificially stimulating my immune system every single year over a lifetime. It's a choice I'm allowed to make, challenging my altruism or not.
I'm not saying you shouldn't do it, make that decision based on your own beliefs.
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Mar 4, 2008
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No, never have. Eat healthy, be active & washing hands a lot.

Started to incorporate locally grown onions and garlic into the diet and think that has helped a lot. Also taking the Vitamin C packets (from Costco) a few times a week has helped.
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Catnippy wrote:
Oct 11th, 2018 3:47 pm
Half of my friends say Yes and the other say No Ways! Are you going to get one? Apparently some weird ingredients could have bad side effects?

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321207.php
I always get a flue shot especially since I have passed 65. I am going by science and statistics, not anecdotes. I have also had shots for pneumonia and shingles.

These days there is no longer a collective memory of the terrible infectious diseases that used to ravage populations, and which have been brought under control and nearly eliminated by the science of vaccinations. So people have become too complacent.

I love onions and garlic too but I don't eat them to prevent flue.
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The vaccine this year is composed of 4 or 3 variants, which one you get depending on the age of recipient and perhaps other eligibility requirements. Last year the effectiveness was fairly low as the virulent strains were not the ones in the given vaccine.

It typically takes 2 weeks to mount an antibody response so if you get a cold or flu before then, you’re unprotected. Or if you are immunocompromised, it’s possible you may not react to the vaccine at all so the shot has done nothing. We call these people non-responders regardless of vaccine administered.

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