Flu shots

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Cave Man, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    All right people. It's getting to be that time of year when influenza will start to take off in the next month or two, so do you civic duty and get vaccinated now. Remember, it's not just for your protection, but also to protect the elderly and very young children in our communities. More than 30,000 Americans die each year from influenza, and vaccination of large numbers of people can reduce that number.

    Carry on.
  2. EV0LUTION macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2008
  3. benflick macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Me too
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Yeah but there is something to be said about people who never get the shot and start ... they tend to get real sick the first year they start the shot during adulthood.

    I pass on the shot.
  5. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    I just got over the flu... so I'm good for the rest of the season.

    Edit: I guess I could have just had a bad cold. I took the Tylenol capsules that are for colds and it went away in a couple of days.
  6. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I don't think I've ever had the Flu. Not the real Flu but certainly knock-out colds.

    ... Don't think any locals have.
  7. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
  8. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    Only thing i have had a shot for was for rabies when i was about 6-7. My dog bit me and died the fallowing day. Never found out why it died.

    Never had the flu, and never get sick. If i get sick, its bad. See my mono thread.
  9. TheMonarch macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2005
    Bay Area
  10. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    The only time I got sick was when I got the stupid shot. Most of the time, it doesn't cover the strain that's going around that year anyway. I ended up self-vaccinating from repeated exposure through the years to all sorts of wonderful and exotic crap. ;)

    Any more, it's a just nasty cold every couple of years, over & done in five days or so.
  11. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I had the flu shot. Drank that night. Don't do it. Only had 3 drinks, but woke up feeling like I had ten.

    Were they related or not, I don't know. But that was some hangover.
  12. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I never get the flu. I get some nasty colds, but I don't think I've ever had the flu, so I'll pass on the shot. I'm a big baby when it comes to needles anyways
  13. stooley macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2008
    got my shot.

    week and a half later, got the nasty stomach bug going around :(. Couldn't wait a little longer until the shot actually took affect haha.

    Everyone else who got the shot escaped the bug.....oh well, can't win them all. I am hopefully protected the rest of the season!
  14. mgguy macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2006
    I have gotten shots the past several years, but still got the flu. Though, it might not have been as bad as it would have been without shots. I think I will skip them this year and see what happens.

    The worst flu I ever got was the "Asian flu" that hit around 2000. It lasted 3 weeks and I thought I was going to die. On second thought, maybe I will get a shot this year...
  15. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    This is not true.

    The flu shot won't help you against a stomach bug. It will only help against influenza.
  16. bassproguy07 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2008
    Katy, TX
    i never get flu shots, I rarely get the flu as well. i have had the nasel flu injection before, its so much better than the shot!!!
  17. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    I know it would be a good idea to get the shot. I think I get a mild case of the flu almost every year. Not enough to justify missing work but enough to be miserable for a few days. I get a bad cough and a runny noise and feel pretty nasisiated but that is about it. I tend to cough for about 2 weeks after the noise running end.

    The joys of a healthy immune system means I just get what systems like a very bad case of the common cold.... I hate the damn flu.
  18. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    That's because you're just getting a cold, not influenza.
  19. sangosimo Guest


    Sep 11, 2008
    I always get the sho, and I have never been bothered by needles.
  20. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    you do know they have very similar symptoms. A lot of people get influenza and think it is just a cold.
  21. mrwizardno2 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2007
    Columbus, OH
    I've gotten mine the last 3 years. My employer offers them to all associates for free.

    I figure I've never had the flu - why not make chances better that I never will ?

    Besides, you can barely feel that tiny little needle they use on those things - and I'm a big wuss! It could save your life.
  22. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    Having been at boarding school and college for the past 6 years, both of which have pretty aggressive student vaccination programs, I've relied on vaccination by 'herd immunity'...that is to say that a good portion of the school is vaccinated and my roommates have been vaccinated most years, so I kind of slip through. Being that I have little interaction with people outside the campus community, I'm generally safe. Haven't had the flu since I was a little kid. Knock on wood.:p

    ps: Since this things in this thread have turned a little vaccine/anti-vaccine, I'll clarify that I'm absolutely pro-vaccine...I'm just way too lazy to bother getting a flu shot. ;)
  23. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    Thats because they gave you a very low dose of the flu. Your immune system was probably a little below it's normal self.
  24. iowamensan macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2006
    I don't know... two years ago I got a flu shot and that night felt like crap and puked my guts out. It was the first time I had gotten the flu shot and the first time I got sick like that. So, I passed last year. Yesterday, the nurse at work told me to get one this year because I have twins coming in the spring - so, I got one yesterday. I slept maybe 2-3 hours last night waiting to puke but it never came. Today I am home sick shi**ing through a screen door with a terrible stomachache. Everyone tells me the flu shot doesn't make you sick, but I sure as heck disagree.

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