Originally Posted by bigcats
I had the FluMist this year... never had a flu shot before. I generally prefer to let my immune system take care of things that won't kill me, like the flu, but decided this year to try it out. My employer paid the $7.
I had some congestion and sinus stuffiness in the days following it, but I'm allergic to cats and have a houseful of them and most days I have those symptoms so can't say that it was the FluMist.
Here we are a month later and other people at work are going down with the flu. I haven't yet, knock on wood. And all of us vaccinated ones marched through shedding our live-vaccine-induced virus (if that's even true) quite some time ago. I doubt our shedding was responsible for the current cases. It'll be interesting when everyone gets back to see who were the ones who got the vaccine and who were the ones who didn't.
My Rheumatologist who is very level headed & not prone to extremes one way or the other, along w/ at least two healthcare associations I belong to related to some of my specific health issues all say that the nasal flu vaccine is a NO NO NO NO NO for those vulnerable populations & that anyone who's had it should strongly avoid any exposure to said populations for at least 21 days. Period.
I'm rather mystified as to why this nasal version is even being offered when it puts ME & others who are more vulnerable at greater risk - because people who are often completely uninformed go & get it & then walk around exposing everyone to the live flu virus.
I'd be not a bit surprised if many of those around you at work ended up w/ the flu because of your uninformed & therefore, IMHO, careless attitude/exposure to them.