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BonMallari
10-25-2011, 01:12 PM
I know there are pros and cons to the effects and negative reactions to an annual flu shot...I have the luxury of consulting a family member and asking their opinion on the subject...but I still went ahead and got one..

My brother used to give his wife and kids an annual shot but has stopped doing it the last couple of years..but he is not anti immunization...I have gotten flu shots for the past 7 yrs except one..and yes that was the year I got sick..go figure

Hope everyone here stays healthy this fall and for many years to come...its nice having all of you around :D:D

Brad Turner
10-25-2011, 01:14 PM
I get one annually. I am a teacher, so I come in contact with everything.

huntinman
10-25-2011, 01:18 PM
Bon, I get one... Care to share why your brother chooses not to? If not, that's OK.

charly_t
10-25-2011, 01:45 PM
Well.......we used to get them but Hubby had a bad "reaction" to one in one of those years. He was sick for weeks so he quit taking them. Then he got the flu one year and it was so bad that he was put in the hospital. We are back to taking them again. "Danged if you do, danged if you don't". We have family in the medical field who won't take those flu shots. Who knows what we are putting into our body when we take the flu shots ! Gotta die one way or another anyhow.

Cody Covey
10-25-2011, 01:45 PM
I don't bother. I never get sick anyway really and the flu virus mutates every year and the flu shot is an educated guess at best. Seems like a few people get sick every year FROM the shot anyway so why bother?

Marvin S
10-25-2011, 02:11 PM
The last flu shot was when I was in the service, circa 1952 :D . I personally beleive that if you eat well, practice a little hygiene & get some sleep it also helps. One thing I absolutely do not do is drink from a glass used in a public place without a straw. In that span of 59 years I've had the flu maybe twice & my arm is not full of needle marks.

I have become somewhat particular about where my food is sourced & believe that also helps :) .

road kill
10-25-2011, 03:23 PM
I have only had the flu once in my life.
(the real flu BTW)

It was after I took a mandatory flu shot in the service.

No thanks.........


RK

BonMallari
10-25-2011, 04:03 PM
Bon, I get one... Care to share why your brother chooses not to? If not, that's OK.

two reasons

1. depends on what mfg is making the particular shot that year, just like any other MD he has companies that he prefers over others

2. in his practice he likes to go by a case by case scenario...he doesnt adhere to the everyone needs to get one...he has recommended that some of my siblings get them, along with my elderly mother...he has also recommended them to a couple of FT'ers that frequent this board...but he also wants to look at the particular patient and see if they are susceptible to catching colds or not...case in point, I am as is one of his son's so we will get them, his other son seems to be immune to the yearly flu (the kid wears shorts in the middle if the Idaho winter)...of course last year Clint had a cold that took a couple of weeks to go away,so he finally had a fellow MD give him a shot(not a flu shot)...he may do it as a preventative this year

3. he will usually ask .."did you get the flu last year"...if the answer is NO, then you may not need one ...YMMV..(not medical advice)

hotel4dogs
10-25-2011, 04:22 PM
I have a nasty autoimmune disease and take high dose steroids, so I typically get a flu shot every year.
This year, however, the shot is identical to last year's, which I did get, so I think I'm going to pass. They *claim* the immunity wears off in about a year, but that would be unusual in a viral vaccination.

starjack
10-25-2011, 05:44 PM
No way No how when somebody want to put something in me on a guess. That is not going to happen. When do you think the fed are going to make this mandatory:rolleyes:

BonMallari
10-25-2011, 06:06 PM
No way No how when somebody want to put something in me on a guess. That is not going to happen. When do you think the fed are going to make this mandatory:rolleyes:


its probably hidden somewhere on the Obamacare Health Bill that no one has read yet...does anyone remember the days of the polio/Salk vaccine, or have anyone tried to enroll a child in elementary school without an updated immunization record....even one of the current Pres contenders tried to have teen girls immunized with gardisil...vaccines can do fabulous things in the hands of those that know who to administer them to..they are not for everyone

mlp
10-25-2011, 06:27 PM
I got one last week and my arm hurt for 2-3 days, and now I have the sore throat :(

Andy Carlson
10-25-2011, 07:16 PM
I get one every year and after a little soreness for a day or two in my arm I am fine. Rarely ever get colds and no flu - for me, I swear by the shot!

Never come to potus regards,;-)

Andy

Doc E
10-25-2011, 07:16 PM
Last year :
Adequate Vitamin D levels = 88% protection against the flu
Just this morning, USA Today reports that the Flu shot was only 59% effective

Personally, I'll go with the increased Vit D and let the "other ones" get the innoculation.



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M&K's Retrievers
10-25-2011, 09:45 PM
My wife and I -63 & 60- started taking them about 5 years ago. No problems. No flu.

So far regards,

Doc E
10-26-2011, 08:51 AM
I just edited my post above.
USA Today just announced that the Flu shot is only 59% effective.



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road kill
10-26-2011, 08:53 AM
Last year :
Adequate Vitamin D levels = 88% protection against the flu
Just this morning, USA Today reports that the Flu shot was only 59% effective

Personally, I'll go with the increased Vit D and let the "other ones" get the innoculation.



.
Too bad McDonalds doesn't add vitamin D!!!!!!;-)


RK

WindyCreek
10-26-2011, 09:31 AM
Take them every year and have never had the flu since I began taking them. I travel frequently by commercial air so the exposure to people with the flu is great. Might be luck but why break a winning streak.

JusticeDog
10-26-2011, 11:06 AM
It was after I took a mandatory flu shot in the service.





Honey, that was a longggggggggggg time ago, cause you're as old as dirt! :D The shots have changed since then. I still consult at a hospital, and work around a lot of people, so I get them. they might not prevent the flu entirely, but I believe they help lessen the effects.

ErinsEdge
10-26-2011, 12:04 PM
I got really sick the two times I took the flu shot. I'll take my chances. The doctor even knows not to ask me or they won't get a normal blood pressure.

Uncle Bill
10-26-2011, 03:51 PM
I was getting them every year from when they began giving them. Then I got one several years ago, and got the flu within a week. So I quit getting them. I have had more severe colds since stopping them, but I suspect my immune system had started to go down, subsequently the shot had too much power to overcome my immune system to control it.

I have since been diagnosed with MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome). My blood counts are very low, and the hemoglobin isn't getting the cells with oxygen into the system in the numbers needed. Subsequently, I've now had to begin with chemo, which is expected to make the blood cell counts even worse before they get better. Sooo, I'm another guinea pig in the game of understanding cancer treatment. The oncologist has required I get a flu shot this year, so I have. No reaction so far, but the usual sore arm for about 3 days.

So far the chemo hasn't caused any side effects or discomfort. They oncologist has told me to expect to get some blood tranfusions down the road, if the blood counts goes too low. I'm too old for bone marrow or stem cell transplants, so I'm pretty much in the Good Lords hands as to my time left on earth. I'm thankful He's giving me the time to get my house in order, and the opportunities to get some good times in the hunting fields with my sons and grandsons this fall. It's been a great season.

I also think it was Providence of God's Guidence that I was able to find the 'ideal' home for my one year old BLM, who will get the further training to become a super hunting companion for my friend. In the meantime, my 7 year old Tank is getting one-on-one involvement from me now...which is good because since he was brought home as a Bull pup, we've bonded to the degree that we are joined at the hip...he is a constant companion that I suspect will out live me, but he's a good family dog that my wife can put up with when I'm not around.

Sorry for hi-jacking this thread, but one thought led to another, and it was time to inform my beloved RTF family of my situation, so if I'm no longer posting, it won't be difficult, shocking, or surprising to understand why.

Be assured so many of you have been a great inspiration to me, both in my dog training needs, and just plain friends visiting over the tailgate of life. I'm in hopes this will continue for some time, but that's no longer in my hands. I'm ok with that. My life to this point has been full, and not left me wanting for things that I've never been able to do. My family has been as much as any father could ask for, and they have provided me with many grands that have brought great joy as well. What more can we expect from this world?

My final wish is to be granted the time to see if we can get through next year, and hopefully see this nation get back to the correct direction needed to see it survive for our siblings to enjoy the same liberties and freedoms out generation was afforded. It will be a long road back, but it will be worth the struggle; The Americans in the USA must get this nation back to it's foundation the originators had in mind. The greatest nation ever developed must not be allowed to become what has happened to so many of the socialist, fascist, and Muslim dictatorships in the world. Vigilence is now more than ever needed to keep this nation from being overcome and ruined, and nothing in which our children can survive.

May the Good Lord reach into more folks hearts and make them realize our moral structure must be returned to the founder's beliefs needed to return this nation to the greatness that we all can take pride in once more.

UB

BonMallari
10-26-2011, 04:52 PM
Uncle Bill, you aint going anywhere, I EXPECT YOU to be here celebrating a new President next November, mark that date on your calendar, attendance is mandatory

huntinman
10-26-2011, 04:56 PM
Hang in there UB!

charly_t
10-26-2011, 05:07 PM
I was getting them every year from when they began giving them. Then I got one several years ago, and got the flu within a week. So I quit getting them. I have had more severe colds since stopping them, but I suspect my immune system had started to go down, subsequently the shot had too much power to overcome my immune system to control it.

I have since been diagnosed with MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome). My blood counts are very low, and the hemoglobin isn't getting the cells with oxygen into the system in the numbers needed. Subsequently, I've now had to begin with chemo, which is expected to make the blood cell counts even worse before they get better. Sooo, I'm another guinea pig in the game of understanding cancer treatment. The oncologist has required I get a flu shot this year, so I have. No reaction so far, but the usual sore arm for about 3 days.

So far the chemo hasn't caused any side effects or discomfort. They oncologist has told me to expect to get some blood tranfusions down the road, if the blood counts goes too low. I'm too old for bone marrow or stem cell transplants, so I'm pretty much in the Good Lords hands as to my time left on earth. I'm thankful He's giving me the time to get my house in order, and the opportunities to get some good times in the hunting fields with my sons and grandsons this fall. It's been a great season.

I also think it was Providence of God's Guidence that I was able to find the 'ideal' home for my one year old BLM, who will get the further training to become a super hunting companion for my friend. In the meantime, my 7 year old Tank is getting one-on-one involvement from me now...which is good because since he was brought home as a Bull pup, we've bonded to the degree that we are joined at the hip...he is a constant companion that I suspect will out live me, but he's a good family dog that my wife can put up with when I'm not around.

Sorry for hi-jacking this thread, but one thought led to another, and it was time to inform my beloved RTF family of my situation, so if I'm no longer posting, it won't be difficult, shocking, or surprising to understand why.

Be assured so many of you have been a great inspiration to me, both in my dog training needs, and just plain friends visiting over the tailgate of life. I'm in hopes this will continue for some time, but that's no longer in my hands. I'm ok with that. My life to this point has been full, and not left me wanting for things that I've never been able to do. My family has been as much as any father could ask for, and they have provided me with many grands that have brought great joy as well. What more can we expect from this world?

My final wish is to be granted the time to see if we can get through next year, and hopefully see this nation get back to the correct direction needed to see it survive for our siblings to enjoy the same liberties and freedoms out generation was afforded. It will be a long road back, but it will be worth the struggle; The Americans in the USA must get this nation back to it's foundation the originators had in mind. The greatest nation ever developed must not be allowed to become what has happened to so many of the socialist, fascist, and Muslim dictatorships in the world. Vigilence is now more than ever needed to keep this nation from being overcome and ruined, and nothing in which our children can survive.

May the Good Lord reach into more folks hearts and make them realize our moral structure must be returned to the founder's beliefs needed to return this nation to the greatness that we all can take pride in once more.

UB

God Bless you, UB. 8 years cancer free now for me. Don't give up ! We placed our last chihuahua Sunday so if we couldn't give him good care he is where he is taken care of. Hubby went to the cemetery last week and met the guy who over-sees all of it and they got the "plots" marked. When we feel like it we are going to go buy the tombstones and have everything put on them except the death dates. Trying not to leave anything for the "kids" to deal with ( they don't want to talk about "it" ). I'm like you.....I have lived a full life and I am ready to depart from this world ( some days ). The cancer has not returned so I live life as if I never had a problem. ( I really never had it bad ).
Just want to encourage you .........

road kill
10-26-2011, 05:16 PM
Uncle Bill, you wanna shoot the breeze let me know.
I'm here for you.

Stan b

caryalsobrook
10-26-2011, 06:13 PM
I was getting them every year from when they began giving them. Then I got one several years ago, and got the flu within a week. So I quit getting them. I have had more severe colds since stopping them, but I suspect my immune system had started to go down, subsequently the shot had too much power to overcome my immune system to control it.

I have since been diagnosed with MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome). My blood counts are very low, and the hemoglobin isn't getting the cells with oxygen into the system in the numbers needed. Subsequently, I've now had to begin with chemo, which is expected to make the blood cell counts even worse before they get better. Sooo, I'm another guinea pig in the game of understanding cancer treatment. The oncologist has required I get a flu shot this year, so I have. No reaction so far, but the usual sore arm for about 3 days.

So far the chemo hasn't caused any side effects or discomfort. They oncologist has told me to expect to get some blood tranfusions down the road, if the blood counts goes too low. I'm too old for bone marrow or stem cell transplants, so I'm pretty much in the Good Lords hands as to my time left on earth. I'm thankful He's giving me the time to get my house in order, and the opportunities to get some good times in the hunting fields with my sons and grandsons this fall. It's been a great season.

I also think it was Providence of God's Guidence that I was able to find the 'ideal' home for my one year old BLM, who will get the further training to become a super hunting companion for my friend. In the meantime, my 7 year old Tank is getting one-on-one involvement from me now...which is good because since he was brought home as a Bull pup, we've bonded to the degree that we are joined at the hip...he is a constant companion that I suspect will out live me, but he's a good family dog that my wife can put up with when I'm not around.

Sorry for hi-jacking this thread, but one thought led to another, and it was time to inform my beloved RTF family of my situation, so if I'm no longer posting, it won't be difficult, shocking, or surprising to understand why.

Be assured so many of you have been a great inspiration to me, both in my dog training needs, and just plain friends visiting over the tailgate of life. I'm in hopes this will continue for some time, but that's no longer in my hands. I'm ok with that. My life to this point has been full, and not left me wanting for things that I've never been able to do. My family has been as much as any father could ask for, and they have provided me with many grands that have brought great joy as well. What more can we expect from this world?

My final wish is to be granted the time to see if we can get through next year, and hopefully see this nation get back to the correct direction needed to see it survive for our siblings to enjoy the same liberties and freedoms out generation was afforded. It will be a long road back, but it will be worth the struggle; The Americans in the USA must get this nation back to it's foundation the originators had in mind. The greatest nation ever developed must not be allowed to become what has happened to so many of the socialist, fascist, and Muslim dictatorships in the world. Vigilence is now more than ever needed to keep this nation from being overcome and ruined, and nothing in which our children can survive.

May the Good Lord reach into more folks hearts and make them realize our moral structure must be returned to the founder's beliefs needed to return this nation to the greatness that we all can take pride in once more.

UB
It is amazing to me how i feel as if I have known some of you onthis forum for a long time. You are one of those. Keep us posted on how you are doing. Many of us truly want to know. If not on the forum then via PM. Believe me, you have many friends here who want to know how you are doing. Our prayers are with you.

MooseGooser
10-26-2011, 07:48 PM
Derned You UB!!

You aint goin no where!!

Ya Owe me three years worth a long drawn out stories!!!:p


Gooser

OH!! and a couple a them goose sticks!

Cowtown
10-26-2011, 08:45 PM
No way No how when somebody want to put something in me on a guess. That is not going to happen. When do you think the fed are going to make this mandatory:rolleyes:

Same here....call me a conspiracy theorist or whatever but I won't even consider it.

JusticeDog
10-26-2011, 10:51 PM
Prayers for you Uncle Bill....... stick around. We need you!

road kill
10-27-2011, 09:07 AM
Honey, that was a longggggggggggg time ago, cause you're as old as dirt! :D The shots have changed since then. I still consult at a hospital, and work around a lot of people, so I get them. they might not prevent the flu entirely, but I believe they help lessen the effects.
So.....you won't go to lunch with me because I don't have my shots??

I see.........:shock:


RK

Ken Bora
10-27-2011, 10:43 AM
I do not get a flu shot.


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twall
10-27-2011, 03:10 PM
I didn't start getting them until I started working in a clinic where we see anywhere from 45 to 100+ patients in a 12 hour shift. People come in with everything imaginable and seem to think that since they paid a co-pay they now have the right to sneeze, cough, etc. on you. I have had no adverse side effects from the flu shot.

Tom

BonMallari
10-27-2011, 04:24 PM
working in a casino/restaurant I am exposed to people from all around the globe...that was my main concern for getting the vaccine...I go thru about a 6oz bottle of hand sanitizer a week, and are very wary when the kids come to the restaurant and are coughing or sneezing all over the place

ErinsEdge
10-27-2011, 05:06 PM
Actually, I almost never got sick working in hospitals, and almost always off shift going to the ER. It's when you are more isolated that you get sick. My family was the same way. Even our WBC differentials showed a shift toward lymphs. Exposure is not always a bad thing because it keeps your immunity high. In 18 years I never called in sick. Once I got a sinus infection because of allergies and I learned how to avoid these also. I think americans are obsessed with sanitizer and bleach

kjrice
10-28-2011, 12:35 AM
Never...can't remember last time I had the flu.

When I had to (USAF), I always got sick 72 hours later.

Hew
10-28-2011, 12:39 AM
Gosh Uncle Bill. I'm so sorry to hear what you're going through. You'll be in my thoughts. Good luck, my friend. Keep us posted.

kjrice
10-28-2011, 12:45 AM
I am sorry to hear this UB. I wish you well my friend.

JusticeDog
10-30-2011, 06:52 PM
So.....you won't go to lunch with me because I don't have my shots??

I see.........:shock:


RK


:D:D:D:D Good one! Been a tough summer.............. too much driving!

gmhr1
10-31-2011, 04:31 PM
I have diabetes so I get one every year.

kjrice
11-01-2011, 07:56 AM
:D:D:D:D Good one! Been a tough summer.............. too much driving!

Imagine an entry on a dating site:

Looking for a man that is kind, honest and loves dogs. Prefer the clean-cut professional type and a little ink is okay. He must be D&D free and current on flu shots.

Blackstone
11-09-2011, 11:11 PM
I travel a lot for work, and I'm around a lot of people. During flu season, I encounter a lot of customer that have the flu. So, now I get a shot every year. Hopefully, the added protection will help keep me healthy.