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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 10-30-2008, 07:37 AM
 
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I had the real flu last year and was sick enough not to leave the house at all for 10 days, then coughed afterwards for two or three weeks. My husband also had the real flu.

We will not be getting the flu shots. Yes, we were miserable. But the flu vaccine has its own risks, one of which is that it's not for the strain that will be going around anyway.
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Eastern Kentucky
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Was required to get the flu shot while I was in the military and it made me sick. Now I rely on herbs.
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Old 10-30-2008, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
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I had the flu shot ONCE while in college. And guess what? I got the flu!! I was sick in bed for weeks. I had never been that sick before and haven't been as sick since. I will NEVER have that flu shot again! NEVER. My little boy had the flu really bad when he was 3! Took him right to the doctor within 24 hours and he got the antiviral meds. Hasn't had it again...knock on wood!!
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:06 AM
 
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I had the flu shot ONCE while in college. And guess what? I got the flu!! I was sick in bed for weeks. I had never been that sick before and haven't been as sick since. I will NEVER have that flu shot again! NEVER. My little boy had the flu really bad when he was 3! Took him right to the doctor within 24 hours and he got the antiviral meds. Hasn't had it again...knock on wood!!
Flu shot doesn't cause the flu....not possible but common misconception

Flu shot: Your best bet for avoiding influenza - MayoClinic.com
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Old 10-30-2008, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Never had one either. Scared more of the ingredients .. from what I read in past years.

Out of curiosity, just checked the net to see if it still contains the same stuff and came across this video .. a funny take on the ingredients.

Also agree with another poster or two, about the vaccines always being a couple or three flues behind ..

Do You Know What's Inside a Flu Shot? (http://drbenkim.com/flu-shot-ingredients-dangers.htm - broken link)
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Old 10-30-2008, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I don't like shots, and I believe it may be contagious. Especially if dealing with food.

When I was in the military, I figured a way around it. They ask if you are allergic to eggs. I would lie and say yes.

Then they'd say, "When you get a chance, go down to the clinic so that you can get your shot."

Somehow, I never got a chance, always had some sort of assigned work to do....
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Old 10-30-2008, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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I was sure that I read a few years back, that a cancer strain was added to the vaccine, but upon looking right now, don't see it as being an ingredient.

Does anyone have any info pertaining to this?
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:28 AM
 
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I've been wondering about this, too, lately.
I believe that I had the "real" flu (influenza) once about 8 years ago. Really sick for about 2 weeks and lingering cough, etc. That's the only time I got it and I have never had a flu shot in my life.
I went to my doctor recently and he suggested it - it's free and I can stop in anytime to get one. He recommends it. I don't much like the idea but I don't know if there are really good/sound reasons for me not to get the shot. Are there?
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Old 10-31-2008, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Haven't had one since my mom made me get them when I was a kid. I'm over 40 and never had the flu and I rarely get sick.
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Old 10-31-2008, 01:06 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I normally get one every year as required by work. I am not working right now and I do not have health insurance. So... nope, not this year.
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