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View Poll Results: Do You Get An Annual Flu Shot?
Get one every year like clockwork! 21 29.17%
Hit or Miss! Sometimes I do. Sometimes not. 6 8.33%
Usually I do, but not always 1 1.39%
Don't get one because I think they may be harmful! 31 43.06%
Don't get one because I hate shot! (This would be my husband!) 3 4.17%
Other, please post 8 11.11%
WHO wants to know???!!! 2 2.78%
Voters: 72. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-29-2008, 04:24 PM
 
Location: In the North Idaho woods, still surrounded by terriers
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Anyone who has truly had influenza will always get a flu shot. The flu is not a bad cold or a 24 hour stomach virus. Influenza is a knock-down-drag-you-out horror that leaves the victim a lumpy pile of goo, often for weeks! Trust me...I used to whine when I had a bad cold...then I got the FLU. I have never missed a flu shot since.
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Old 10-29-2008, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Looking East and hoping!
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My wake-up was the Flu of "69-I had never in my life been as sick and I swore never again. Ten yrs. later forgot the shot-busy w/newborns,etc and got hit again-so every year. I'd rather be safe than sorry.
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Old 10-29-2008, 05:11 PM
 
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I laugh when people miss a day or two of work and say they had the flu. I have a saying..."You think you've had the flu until you get the flu." That's when you realize you never had it before.
I had it once...got sick right around Thanksgiving and the first day I actually got dressed in real clothes after that was Christmas Day. I was sick in bed for 6 weeks with an infant to care for, then I still didn't feel well for another 2 months. Awful....just awful.
Yeah...I get the shot!
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:19 PM
 
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I don't see a point in getting one.
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:59 PM
 
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I don't see a point in getting one.
Because you have never had the flu.....
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Old 10-29-2008, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I don't know why and nobody has ever been able to explain why, but when I get the shot I'm sick for weeks at a time. When I don't get the shot I'm fine, and IF I do get sick, I'm only down for a couple of days. For me it's a simple math problem..... sick for weeks or for a couple of days.
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:17 PM
 
Location: WI
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I've had the flu shot 3 times and 3 times I've gotten influenza. Each time I was told it was a strain not covered by the shot. Is it just a coincidence that I've never gotten influenza in years I didn't get the shot?? Well, this year after several years of not getting the shot I gave in to my dr and got one. My husband gets the shot every year and has never had influenza or side effects.
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:47 PM
 
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I rarely get the flu. (knock on wood) Got it only once, about 10 years ago - real bad, if I had a compromised immune system I would get the shot for sure. This bout would have killed an old person.

Spouse is pretty susceptible to anything that is floating around and gets a shot yearly and manages to avoid it.
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:51 PM
 
Location: 👶🏾CHI🛫CVG🛬AVL🛫CMH🛬CHI🛫?
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I used to get them every year and every year a few days later I'd have flu like symptoms. I stopped getting them 3 years ago and havent been sick since!
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley,az summer/east valley Az winter
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Didn't used to get them~ then took my dad to hospital with flu~ he died and I was so sick dr. said I couldn't go to funeral!

He asked if I had gotten a flu shot~ I said no~ he said I would after that!

haven't missed since!
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