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Do you get a Flu Shot

StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
5 Jan 2013 9:37PM
The various Flu viruses are on the go here again this season. This is the second year for me getting a flu shot, and I got it very early this year. The flu is bad enough, but 2 years ago, my wife got the flu, and her resistence was down and she ended up with the MRSA bacteria infecting her, and settling in her heart chamber. It was touch and go for a couple weeks, and it took a year for her to return to about 75% of her energetic self, minus the sight in her left eye. So I get the shot to help protect her, but I can't get her to get one, it's frustrating. The nurse that gave me my shot said this year is a very good year to get one because the viruses are becoming immune to the antibiotics they're using, and people are having to return up to 3 times for treatment for the same viral infections. Here's a simple Influenza checklist.

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davereet 13 382 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 9:46PM
They are eight quid in tesco's pharmacy.
Its good value cos I had Flu about ten years ago and I lost over two weeks pay.
Plus I felt really ill, Flu is a serious illness.

lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 9:54PM
I usually get the flu shot every winter. The company I work for provides it every year and travelling on the tube everyday makes it a pretty wise precaution.
Newdevonian 5 466 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 10:01PM
Flu shot. It' s a no brainer. I have one every year.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
5 Jan 2013 10:22PM
I've never had a flu shot. I've never had flu.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
5 Jan 2013 10:27PM

Quote:I've never had a flu shot. I've never had flu.

You're tempting fate there Chris. I really hope you never do get flu.

A mild dose isn't so bad but I wouldn't wish a heavy dose of it on anyone; well, not many people anyway.

I've had a flu shot every year since 1998, when I had bronchitis, since when, it's been compulsory.
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
5 Jan 2013 10:34PM
I also get the flu jab every year , the flu is a nasty nasty infection. Straycat iam sorry about your wife thats a horrible story but i must correct you antibiotics don't and have never worked against viruses they are active against bacterial infections but not viral. Therefore the flu can't become resistant to antibiotics that were never effective in the first place.Think what you mean is secondary bacterial infectionsSmile

scottishphototours 14 2.6k 2
5 Jan 2013 10:39PM
Yep, flu jab for me. As a PA sufferer it's compulsory...
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 11:07PM
Well worth getting it, i'm in the at risk category, so don,t delay, the sooner the better, i get a letter from my doctor every year and make sure i go to protect myself, Peter..
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 11:25PM

Quote:The nurse that gave me my shot said this year is a very good year to get one because the viruses are becoming immune to the antibiotics they're using

Antibiotics don't work on viruses period - they are only any use for bacterium.
janeez Plus
9 1.8k 8 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 11:26PM
My hubby should have had one, didn't because the nurse he sees for his INR tests decided he wasn't in "need to have it" category. Well it's has cost him 3 days work which is no good if you are self employed. He has a horrendous cough now that he can't get rid of and because he can't just take time off work it is taking forever to clear.

I don't think he has ever had flu before but he now knows just how awful it is.
KevSB 14 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 11:26PM
It's worth getting if just to reduce the risk but its not as efective as peaple believe, it only protects just over 50 percent of those that take it, and even less in the over 60s , they have to predict the strain a year in advance of making it and get it wrong sometimes.

Some scientists have even claimed its a waste of tax payers money, I get it due to angina


Many more links out there saying same thing
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
5 Jan 2013 11:34PM
Yes, I should have clarified that; antibiotics for the infections. The cough you're talking about is one of the lingering symptoms this year. Also, nobody has claimed that the shot will prevent the flu, but if you get the flu, it should greatly reduce the severeness of it.

Here it's free, and available at all pharmacies for the first time this season. One only has to sit in the waiting room of a health clinic for a short while to appreciate the shot.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
5 Jan 2013 11:46PM
I could get it free, but I never bother.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
5 Jan 2013 11:46PM


That's a typically over-hyped newspaper report though Kev, backed up by lots of conveniently similar readers' comments all, bizarrely, in agreement with the somewhat scaremongering manner of the article.
If some, or all, of the reports referred to in there could be brought together and compared to one another, I rather fancy that you'd just have another pile of fragmented statistics, each purporting, as statistics are designed to do, that all of the others are incorrect, regardless of their content, or the accuracy or otherwise, of it.

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