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Are you getting a flu shot?

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hightech wrote:
Oct 30th, 2018 10:10 am
I picked up some bug about a month ago which gave me Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Sinusitis, and Strep. Having gone through 3 types of Antibiotics to get rid of everything and have lost several lbs from all of this. Prior to this, I was quite healthy and if I got a cold, I would bounce back in a few days. I am in my 40's if that matters.

The Doctors said that there is a complex bug going about this year that starts as a flu and nosedives very quickly into Pneumonia. He suggested that once I am well to take the flu shot and also suggests to all his patients to get one.
In my experience, anytime you get bronchitis, not to mention pneumonia, it takes a long time to heal properly and you'll be more susceptible to colds and minor ailments developing back into bronchitis until all of that damage heals. To make things worse, if you get a repeat of bronchitis, all of that time healing from the previous case is wasted as you need to start all over again. I've found that you need at least a year or two of good health (ie no bronchitis) before your immune system works as well as it did before your first bout.
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I get the flu shot yearly. Also had the Pneumo 23 shot this year on the advice of one of my surgeons.

I'm considered immunocompromised from having had cancer previously and 11 major surgeries (3 since May this year!!!)

Had it done at the public health unit, zero cost or fees. SDM wanted to charge me for both ($200+), so my GP sent in a referral to the local clinic

I had a horrible flu in 2014 that knocked me out for over a month and recently had pneumonia in Aug this year (post surgical complication). I'm not a huge pro vaxxer, but having had serious illness...i want to avoid. Dont want my kiddo getting sick either.
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jacksorbetta wrote:
Nov 23rd, 2018 1:17 am
I get the flu shot yearly. Also had the Pneumo 23 shot this year on the advice of one of my surgeons.

I'm considered immunocompromised from having had cancer previously and 11 major surgeries (3 since May this year!!!)

Had it done at the public health unit, zero cost or fees. SDM wanted to charge me for both ($200+), so my GP sent in a referral to the local clinic

I had a horrible flu in 2014 that knocked me out for over a month and recently had pneumonia in Aug this year (post surgical complication). I'm not a huge pro vaxxer, but having had serious illness...i want to avoid. Dont want my kiddo getting sick either.
Holy crap! sounds like you've gone through alot man! All the best to you.
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Nope, got it once and then stopped afterwards.
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Jucius Maximus wrote:
Nov 3rd, 2018 10:29 pm
. But DAMN, that pharmacist stabbed the needle into me like I was her cheating ex-boyfriend or something! My arm was sore for almost a week! Face Screaming In Fear
The same thing happened to me last year - the pharmacist at SDM stabbed me with the needle at almost 90 degrees and my arm was numb for 2 weeks. This year I went to my doctor and didn't feel a thing!
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Jucius Maximus wrote:
Nov 3rd, 2018 10:29 pm
I have to say, I got my flu shot this year at a Loblaws store. It was quick and simple. But DAMN, that pharmacist stabbed the needle into me like I was her cheating ex-boyfriend or something! My arm was sore for almost a week! Face Screaming In Fear
Haha, too funny.

The best is when they ask you about some random topic and while you're thinking about how to answer they get you. Don't feel a thing.
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To date, four people have died in Calgary and from Norther Alberta from the flu...Type A strain I think. All were NOT immunized. Over 300 in the Calgary area have been confirmed with the flu....all quite recently to my understanding.

Got my flu shot a week after it become available in mid October. Have been getting the shot yearly for 10+ years. The one year that I didn't get it, I got really sick multiple times that winter.

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Yes. Got it 3 weeks ago.

Speaking of flu shots, is it just me or are shots almost fully painless now? Is it the type of shots they use or does come down to the experience of the one doing the shot? I can almost say I felt nothing when I got it.
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Woodbridge905 wrote:
Dec 1st, 2018 3:06 pm
Yes. Got it 3 weeks ago.

Speaking of flu shots, is it just me or are shots almost fully painless now? Is it the type of shots they use or does come down to the experience of the one doing the shot? I can almost say I felt nothing when I got it.
The pre-filled syringes hurt less because the needle isn't dulled by having to be pushed through a rubber stopper vs. the ones that have to be filled from vials.

Technique may factor in as well...proper landmarking and dart-like motion. The thing about pharmacists trained to do vaccines is that there is a wide range between individuals of how comfortable they are doing it or whether they remember the training properly...they are the one health professional giving them now where the majority started out NOT giving them or being trained out of school (the graduates from within the last 5 years are trained from school now.) The necessary bridging program is a single half-day where there is one practice patient (another pharmacist) and then they are sent out into the world...I personally wouldn't feel comfortable receiving a vaccine from one unless I knew them and/or had witnessed them giving a vaccine and looking smooth with it.
Catnippy wrote:
Nov 29th, 2018 12:02 am
The same thing happened to me last year - the pharmacist at SDM stabbed me with the needle at almost 90 degrees and my arm was numb for 2 weeks. This year I went to my doctor and didn't feel a thing!
This is a weird comment though... the deltoid IM needle is supposed to be at ~90 degrees to the plane of your arm.
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Don’t be a wuss and just get a flu shot to protect others at least.
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Dec 5, 2018
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Not really. They are not useless, but I can't remember when was the last time that I've got flu.
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Does current flu shot already have the H1N1 coverage? or additional shot required?
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LongLiveRFD wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 4:42 pm
Does current flu shot already have the H1N1 coverage? or additional shot required?
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Several children in Saskatchewan have died recently due to the flu. All were not immunized. It appears that a number of physicians recommend that children 6 months to 5 years old in particular get immunized....it still not too late.

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