View Poll Results: What are you doing about flu shots this year?
Flu shots, shmu shots! I'll take my chances. Besides, getting the flu means time off from work! 23 40.35%
I can't get a flu shot due to medical conditions 1 1.75%
Already got mine 15 26.32%
I plan on getting one 15 26.32%
I'm relying on homeopathic products, like Airborne 3 5.26%
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Flu Shot Nightmare

Eilonwy, they may be having trouble finding veins big enough to stick a needle in. It happens to me, too.

There are vaccines I would get (e.g tetanus, etc), but that flu shot is shady, IMO.
Originally Posted by Cherish
I agree. I thought I was the only one who felt that way.
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I'm giving them 2 chances with careful instructions (I'm no expert but I can sound like one) then I'm out.

LOL...I give plenty of pointers to someone who is about to stick me with a needle. I'll usually tell them: "Right arm, ante-cubital, I have a nice plump vein on the thumb side, feel it right here, give me your hand...see? nice and bouncy".
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I'll get a flu shot if I can. It's partial insurance. I've already had a severe upper chest infection that lasted more than 3 weeks. Lots of people are working sick this fall.
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I voted homeopathic meds even tho I use them for colds not flu.
I got one flu shot in grade school when they first came out. Nearly everyone got sick and I never got another one (even tho they are totally different now).
I've had the flu once that I can recall, in 1977. It was really really terrible, but I guess not terrible enough for me to get flu shots every year.
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I've never gotten a flu shot, and I've never gotten the flu either. I won't be getting a flu shot.
Originally Posted by Sigi
Same here.
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I got one about a week ago. My boyfriend, who's usually very healthy, had the flu last year and I decided that I never want to feel like that. I also work as a caregiver for an elderly woman, so it was highly recommended that I get one. And I am a TA for 90+ college students, so I am exposed to a whole lot of germs. So it was an easy decision for me.

(Guano: I really think college students are the worst germ carrying group out there - many of them live in close quarters, don't get enough sleep, eat unhealthily, drink a lot, possibly engage in unsafe sex, etc. And then they come into my class, sneeze all over their papers, and hand them to me.)
I already got mine. I get one every year; I swear by them. The year the vaccine was in short supply and I didn't get one I was sick a couple times. Of course, I am older than most of you and at the age where it is recommended you get one.
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Eilonwy, they may be having trouble finding veins big enough to stick a needle in. It happens to me, too.
Originally Posted by Cherish
Yup, that's part of it. Butterfly needles are actually among the things I'm thankful for. Flinching exacerbates it, but when I don't flinch, it only takes them one try. The skill of the phlebotomist definitely plays a huge role, but if I only want one jab, I don't have much control over that. Although, each time I get blood drawn, the tech spends a couple of minutes feeling around for an appropriate vein. In the meantime, all the blood builds up above the tourniquet. That's less "fun" than being stuck a couple extra times. But I think it means that I really do have small veins. They also warn me to be extra careful about bruising.

Anyway, those of you who've been told you have small veins--request a butterfly needle when you need to get blood drawn. You might as well ask for it even if you've never had a problem. They're so small, they don't hurt at all.
If I recall correctly, the flu shot is intramuscular. It's a teeny-tiny little prick that you'll barely feel (haha). I got the vaccine for a few years, but haven't had one since the year they ran short on supplies.

ETA: Whoops, I just realized you already got your shot.
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If I recall correctly, the flu shot is intramuscular. It's a teeny-tiny little prick that you'll barely feel (haha). I got the vaccine for a few years, but haven't had one since the year they ran short on supplies.

ETA: Whoops, I just realized you already got your shot.
Originally Posted by Gemini13
Yup, it is intramuscular. I don't know what it is I do, but I tend to make the person with the needle (whether it's for drawing blood or administering a shot) think that I'm very nervous, when I'm really not. I must be acting like I am, but I can't guess what it is I do. So not only have I gotten into the habit of closing my eyes and trying not to be tense *whenever* there's a needle involved--I've found that it's helpful for shots, too.

Anyway, I'm actually not at all scared of needles. I just flinch. That's the annoying thing. But thanks In fact, that was one of the things that set off the story. I left it out for the sake of the narrative but the nurse said she "knew" I was feeling faint because "I was way too quiet." I hadn't gone limp or acted unusual--aside from not making a fuss, apparently.
A flu shot is a must in our family due to the fact that my son and I both have asthma. No way would I take the chance of not getting the shot. i
I don't usually get one but now that I work in close proximity with newborns, I think I will. I would hate for a newborn to get the flu because I was carrying it.

A flu shot is a must in our family due to the fact that my son and I both have asthma. No way would I take the chance of not getting the shot. i
Originally Posted by snaphunk


I have asthma.
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Eilonwy, they may be having trouble finding veins big enough to stick a needle in. It happens to me, too.

There are vaccines I would get (e.g tetanus, etc), but that flu shot is shady, IMO.
Originally Posted by Cherish
I agree. I thought I was the only one who felt that way.
Originally Posted by KatieCoolLady
I agree as well. Never get one. Never had one. No one in my family ever has, and we very rarely get sick. My cousin gets one every year and stays sick. I know these aren't necessarily related, but it's enough reason for me

I don't trust much of what the medical world says, sadly enough.
In my freshman year of college, I got a flu shot. My roommate did not. She go the flu (yes, real influenza) twice, and I did not. Since then I have always gotten a flu shot. Also, I feel that I have a responsibility to help provide herd immunity for people with weak immune systems, or who would otherwise be hit hard by the flu. And even aside from all that, I would still get a flu shot. Paying $25 for my health seems like a good deal to me.
Anyway, those of you who've been told you have small veins--request a butterfly needle when you need to get blood drawn. You might as well ask for it even if you've never had a problem. They're so small, they don't hurt at all.

You can ask, but butterflies can't be used for all blood draws. When testing for things where you need whole blood cells, like blood cell counts (anemia, etc.), the butterfly needle is so small that it actually breaks (hemolyzes) the cells and the test will be inaccurate. Butterflies are more expensive and phlebotomists tend to get stuck more often with them, so they may not be readily offered or agreed to.
In my freshman year of college, I got a flu shot. My roommate did not. She go the flu (yes, real influenza) twice, and I did not. Since then I have always gotten a flu shot. Also, I feel that I have a responsibility to help provide herd immunity for people with weak immune systems, or who would otherwise be hit hard by the flu. And even aside from all that, I would still get a flu shot. Paying $25 for my health seems like a good deal to me.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
Agreed, even if you don't get a direct benefit from the flu shot, it may prevent you from spreading the flu to someone more vulnerable who may get really sick from it.

Several studies have actually found that the best way to reduce flu deaths is to routinely vaccinate school-aged children. They are a big reservoir for flu viruses, which then spread to the rest of the community.

I haven't had the flu since I was a kid (even when other family members have had the flu while in the same house as me), so I don't think I'll be getting a flu shot.
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You can ask, but butterflies can't be used for all blood draws. When testing for things where you need whole blood cells, like blood cell counts (anemia, etc.), the butterfly needle is so small that it actually breaks (hemolyzes) the cells and the test will be inaccurate. Butterflies are more expensive and phlebotomists tend to get stuck more often with them, so they may not be readily offered or agreed to.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Thanks for the heads up. I've never had to do a test for which a butterfly needle would be inappropriate. I wouldn't mind getting blood drawn with a regular needle, but people generally prefer to use a butterfly with me, and suggest it themselves.

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