Who's getting a flu shot and who's not?

Yes, I will be getting the shot.
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I've never had one,I don't see the need.
I honestly cannot remember the last time I had the flu.
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Since I am an ER nurse and get to take care of everyone who does have the flu, I do get one.
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I had some muscle aches,but that cleared up fast with Ibuprofen.I'm glad I did get it even though I don't care for needles either.Thanks again to all that replied!
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N.O. My brother had a terrible reaction to a flu shot! All he could eat without getting sick was potatoes, German rye bread and, I think. oranges! Isn't that weird?
I work outside for most of the day so I think that fresh air and being away from sick people for long periods of times helps. But, what do I know!?
They are offering them free at work today but I'm going to get one the next time they offer them. I already got a penicillin and cortisone shot today, I'm done being poked with a needle for today!
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I'm debating on whether to get one or not. I had what I think was a reaction to a flu shot last year - really bad nausea the whole next day. From what I've heard, that's a rare side effect so I'm not entirely sure the shot caused it. I just know I've never been sick to my stomach like that before, and don't want to experience it again. However, I tutor elementary school kids part-time, so it's recommended that I get one. If someone has a reaction once, is it likely they will again? I read that if you've had a severe reaction, you should not get one again. I doubt what I had counts as severe, but it was awful. It could be though that it was an isolated thing since the place where I got it done was kind of shady, very unprofessional - maybe I got a tainted shot.

I'm a terrible baby when it comes to nausea, so it would be worth it if it protected against the stomach flu. I've read it's a crapshoot what strands of viruses you get in the shot, but I'm guessing stomach flu isn't included as I've heard it's not even an actual flu. I'm still undecided, but I think I'm going to pass. I've only had the flu a couple of times, and it wasn't that bad. I hate to not be as protected as I can be, going in and out of the schools, but how bad is the flu, really? Most people who die from it are elderly. I dread the stomach flu and strep throat MUCH more.
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I'm not. I have a very strong immunity and little to no exposure to the very elderly or babies - so there's little chance of me infecting someone with a weaker immunity if I did get the flu. What strains are in the shot? and how many are there really?
I got the flu shot several weeks ago

I wasn't allowed to get the Mist because of being on blood thinner.

Then yesterday I got a reminder in the mail saying I'm on the priority list to get a flu shot.
ER doc here. I'll be taking care of your grandmas and kiddos during flu season, and I got mine last week. I haven't seen any influenza here yet, but it's coming... and it's miserable.
I'm a pediatric nurse and they highly suggest I get one. I probably won't.
Nope, I try to avoid the unnecessary vaccines.
Originally Posted by SydneyCurl
Me too
I'm a terrible baby when it comes to nausea, so it would be worth it if it protected against the stomach flu. I've read it's a crapshoot what strands of viruses you get in the shot, but I'm guessing stomach flu isn't included as I've heard it's not even an actual flu. I'm still undecided, but I think I'm going to pass. I've only had the flu a couple of times, and it wasn't that bad. I hate to not be as protected as I can be, going in and out of the schools, but how bad is the flu, really? Most people who die from it are elderly. I dread the stomach flu and strep throat MUCH more.
Originally Posted by FreeWinona
The flu is miserable and can leave you feeling wiped out for weeks. Even if you are not elderly, you can (but won't necessarily) get nasty secondary infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections.

Also, stomach "flu" is not caused by the influenza virus, so the shot will not protect against stomach viruses.
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I'm debating on whether to get one or not. I had what I think was a reaction to a flu shot last year - really bad nausea the whole next day. From what I've heard, that's a rare side effect so I'm not entirely sure the shot caused it. I just know I've never been sick to my stomach like that before, and don't want to experience it again. However, I tutor elementary school kids part-time, so it's recommended that I get one. If someone has a reaction once, is it likely they will again? I read that if you've had a severe reaction, you should not get one again. I doubt what I had counts as severe, but it was awful. It could be though that it was an isolated thing since the place where I got it done was kind of shady, very unprofessional - maybe I got a tainted shot.

I'm a terrible baby when it comes to nausea, so it would be worth it if it protected against the stomach flu. I've read it's a crapshoot what strands of viruses you get in the shot, but I'm guessing stomach flu isn't included as I've heard it's not even an actual flu. I'm still undecided, but I think I'm going to pass. I've only had the flu a couple of times, and it wasn't that bad. I hate to not be as protected as I can be, going in and out of the schools, but how bad is the flu, really? Most people who die from it are elderly. I dread the stomach flu and strep throat MUCH more.
Originally Posted by FreeWinona
I would be weary to get anything again that gave me an allergic reactions. Subsequent allergic reactions can get much worse with each exposure. If you do decide to get, I would at least recommend getting it early in the week, so that if you have any issues your doctor will be open.
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We can get free flu shots at work so I got mine last week. No reaction at all, not even a sore arm.
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I've never had one,I don't see the need.
I honestly cannot remember the last time I had the flu.
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Same here. I HATE shots, so I avoid it since I am not in a high-priority group. Maybe once I have kids I will start getting one.
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I'm debating on whether to get one or not. I had what I think was a reaction to a flu shot last year - really bad nausea the whole next day. From what I've heard, that's a rare side effect so I'm not entirely sure the shot caused it. I just know I've never been sick to my stomach like that before, and don't want to experience it again. However, I tutor elementary school kids part-time, so it's recommended that I get one. If someone has a reaction once, is it likely they will again? I read that if you've had a severe reaction, you should not get one again. I doubt what I had counts as severe, but it was awful. It could be though that it was an isolated thing since the place where I got it done was kind of shady, very unprofessional - maybe I got a tainted shot.

I'm a terrible baby when it comes to nausea, so it would be worth it if it protected against the stomach flu. I've read it's a crapshoot what strands of viruses you get in the shot, but I'm guessing stomach flu isn't included as I've heard it's not even an actual flu. I'm still undecided, but I think I'm going to pass. I've only had the flu a couple of times, and it wasn't that bad. I hate to not be as protected as I can be, going in and out of the schools, but how bad is the flu, really? Most people who die from it are elderly. I dread the stomach flu and strep throat MUCH more.
Originally Posted by FreeWinona
I would be weary to get anything again that gave me an allergic reactions. Subsequent allergic reactions can get much worse with each exposure. If you do decide to get, I would at least recommend getting it early in the week, so that if you have any issues your doctor will be open.
Originally Posted by Kaia
I don't think I'm getting it this year. I was remembering what I went through last time, and don't think it's worth it. I'm just concerned and really curious about why I'd get nausea of all things. I wonder if that means I have low immunity, since my body couldn't handle the shot? Having leukemia in my family tree, I always make a point to note when I get sick - how long does it last, how well do I recover, since lowered immunity is a big symptom of leukemia. My grandma has me paranoid, reminding us yearly that we have leukemia in our family tree. Like we can really do anything about it.

I'm just afraid now that flu shots will become a requirement for teachers and aides. I see it coming: it was never even recommended for kids. Now it's recommended that teachers and child care workers get it. I guess I can say I got an allergic reaction. I'm not allergic to chicken eggs, so I'm confused why I'd have an allergic reaction to begin with, if that's what it is. I meant to go over this with my doctor. When I called the pharmacy, they wrote it off as being something else, saying that nausea is a very rare reaction to flu shots. Of course, since they administer flu shots, they would say that.
Nope, not getting one.

I got a flu shot mid December '06 and it had me all kinds of messed up from late Dec/early Jan. until mid May 07.' I had a lot of weird symptoms... some painful, some very uncomfortable. My doctor said it was a post-viral reaction and that flu shot was the only thing we could pin-point/narrow it down to. I'm sure what happened to me is pretty rare, though.
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I got mine a few weeks ago. I didn't feel well a few hours after that, but I'm not sure it was related. I've been on antibiotics for almost two months, with another one guaranteed, so my immunity won't be looking that great once I do get off them.
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