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Old 09-05-2010, 11:36 AM
 
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Unless there are very extenuating circumstances, I don't think anyone should get a flu shot. I won't, and no one in my family will either.
Unless there are extenuating circumstances, I think everyone should get a flu shot, I will and everyone in my family will too (as we do every year)
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Old 09-05-2010, 01:04 PM
 
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When I was asked that question, I replied, "Yes, I do. And I will get it at my doctor's office, as I do every year".

It never ceases to amaze me when the flu shot season rolls around, that pharmacists are permitted to offer them willy-nilly, when years ago laws were passed that prevented pharmacists from prescribing. When my children were small, my local pharmacist wasn't even supposed to tell me what treatment would take care of impetigo. (He did, because he knew my fiscal circumstances and that I couldn't afford a doctor visit)
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Old 09-05-2010, 01:38 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Pharmacist still don't prescribe, and they have to be certified to give flu shots. Some companies have threatened pharmacists with reduced hours, forced transfers, or job loss if they refuse to get the training and certification for flu shots.
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Old 09-05-2010, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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I am a pharmacy tech and I have to agree that right now asking every customer if they want a flu shot is a bit much. Many customers love it and are happy that a pharmacist can give them a flu shot. I have worked as a cashier for a large grocery store where we had to ask "did you find everything today" followed at the end by exactly how much they saved then how much gas points they had. Usually this just annoyed customers very much so I fail to see what the great selling point is. As a Pharmacy tech for Rite Aid we are just so busy that I can hardly find the darn prescription let alone ask the customer if they have the Rite Aid wellness card, if they have questions for the pharmacists, help them sign the signature capture form, ring up their OTC purchases, assist them with questions on sale items and attempt to fill their prescriptions correctly. I have a hard time with adding another set of questions onto my duties that frequently just **** everybody off
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Old 09-05-2010, 08:39 PM
 
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All I can say is these flu shots must bring in major profit! I have seen signs outside of our local Walgreens and CVS stores now since the middle of August. I think even that is a bit much! I also can really see your point. There are signs everywhere. If you want something you can ask for it. No one should have to ask you if you want a flu shot, or some Motrin to go with you antibiotic, or whatever. What they are doing, in my mind, is equal to what telemarketers do when they call you to try to sell their service or product. If I want what you have to offer I'll ask you for it. Its that simple.

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Old 09-07-2010, 12:15 PM
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A pharmacist from one of the Walgreens called me regarding my complaint. It wasn't the one I had gone to, but another one (a mix-up), but he understood my point, of the "pushing" too much. He said he'd pass it on to management. And, that when it gets to the point of "everywhere in your face", he agreed that it wasn't right.
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Old 09-07-2010, 01:33 PM
 
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A pharmacist from one of the Walgreens called me regarding my complaint. It wasn't the one I had gone to, but another one (a mix-up), but he understood my point, of the "pushing" too much. He said he'd pass it on to management. And, that when it gets to the point of "everywhere in your face", he agreed that it wasn't right.
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:32 PM
 
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And why do you think that? It is very irrational.
It's not irrational. I've had a bad personal experience. About 20 years ago, I took the vaccine and got the flu about 2 weeks later. It was the first and last time I had the flu. My personal experience was that taking the vaccine was unnecessary and dangerous.
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:49 PM
 
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It's not irrational. I've had a bad personal experience. About 20 years ago, I took the vaccine and got the flu about 2 weeks later. It was the first and last time I had the flu. My personal experience was that taking the vaccine was unnecessary and dangerous.
The CDC's answer to your experience.
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:37 AM
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For me, the issue wasn't really about getting the flu shot. But, that everyone has a right to do what they want and not be pushed either way.

I think they tried to make the flu shot mandatory in NY state a few years back, or maybe only the H1N1 strain, for all health care workers. But, it got defeated--health care workers filed a law suit and won.
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