Got your flu vaccination yet? What if you get it...?

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DandyDon

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Got your flu vaccination yet? It is a good idea. I missed getting mine while they had doses in town - maybe in a couple of weeks?

Did you know there is a treatment shot if you still get it? I think you have to get it right away, at the first sign of symptoms. See below.

From the CDC...

Key Facts about Influenza and the Influenza Vaccine

What is Influenza (Also Called Flu)? The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year.

Every year in the United States, on average:

5% to 20% of the population gets the flu;
more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and;
about 36,000 people die from flu.

Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

Symptoms of flu include:

fever (usually high)
headache
extreme tiredness
dry cough
sore throat
runny or stuffy nose
muscle aches
Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults

Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

Preventing the Flu: Get Vaccinated
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. There are two types of vaccines:

The "flu shot" – an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle. The flu shot is approved for use in people 6 months of age and older, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
The nasal-spray flu vaccine – a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu (sometimes called LAIV for “Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine”). LAIV is approved for use in healthy people 5 years to 49 years of age who are not pregnant.

About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection. Flu vaccines will not protect against flu-like illnesses caused by non-influenza viruses.

When to Get Vaccinated
October or November is the best time to get vaccinated, but getting vaccinated in December or even later can still be beneficial since most influenza activity occurs in January or later in most years. Though it varies, flu season can last as late as May.

Who Should Get Vaccinated?
In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated. However, certain people should get vaccinated each year either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for high risk persons. During flu seasons when vaccine supplies are limited or delayed, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) makes recommendations regarding priority groups for vaccination.

People who should get vaccinated each year are:

1. People at high risk for complications from the flu, including:

Children aged 6 months until their 5th birthday,
Pregnant women,
People 50 years of age and older,
People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, and
People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities.
2. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:

Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu (see above)
Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
Health care workers.
3. Anyone who wants to decrease their risk of influenza.

Use of the Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine
Vaccination with the nasal-spray flu vaccine is an option for healthy persons aged 5-49 years who are not pregnant, even healthy persons who live with or care for those in a high risk group. The one exception is healthy persons who care for persons with severely weakened immune systems who require a protected environment; these healthy persons should get the inactivated vaccine.

Who Should Not Be Vaccinated
Some people should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. They include:

People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.
People who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously.
Children less than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for use in this age group).
People who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms lessen.
If you have questions about whether you should get a flu vaccine, consult your health-care provider.
 

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got mine at my work :cowboy: :thumb: :wink:
 

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http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2006/10/27/flu-shots.html

Not enough proof that flu shots work, researcher warns
Last Updated: Friday, October 27, 2006 | 2:03 PM ET
The Canadian Press
There isn't enough evidence that the flu vaccine is effective to support public programs advocating widespread use of flu shots, a controversial vaccine epidemiologist suggests.

In a commentary in Friday's British Medical Journal, Dr. Tom Jefferson argues that large-scale, long-term randomized controlled trials — the gold standard for generating scientific evidence — should be "urgently" undertaken to determine if flu shot programs are achieving their goals of lowering rates of cases and deaths.

Flu shots, Dr. Tom Jefferson argues, should be subjected to more rigorous testing to ensure vaccination programs are achieving their goals of lowering rates of cases and deaths. 'There's a huge gap between policy and evidence.'
(Associated Press) "There's a huge gap between policy and evidence," Jefferson, co-ordinator of the Cochrane Vaccines Field in Rome, said in an interview Thursday.
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I'm scheduled for next week .... We get it for FREE at work.

:wink: There is a nurse that comes to my work place and group insurance/company pays for it.
 
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REII:
I have never got the Flu shot before.

TOM
Ever had the flu? I had a relapse that ruined a live-aboard week of diving - on a very crowded Blackbeards, with no care.

If you don't get the shot, you, Lightning Fish, and others keep in mind that there is a treatment shot. Go for it if indicated. :wink:
 

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DandyDon:
Ever had the flu? I had a relapse that ruined a live-aboard week of diving - on a very crowded Blackbeards, with no care.

If you don't get the shot, you, Lightning Fish, and others keep in mind that there is a treatment shot. Go for it if indicated. :wink:

No thanks. Before kids, I very rarely got sick. Then one year I got the flu shot and got sick several times that year. I don't plan on ever getting the flu shot again....

I just remembered one of the more compelling reasons I don't buy into the flu shot. They predict in February (?) what the most dominant flu strain will be the next flu season, which is a crap shoot at best. That is the flu shot you get. The experts say it will help lessen symptoms if they guessed the wrong strain. Not for me.

Cheers,
Bill.
 

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Five years ago my neighbor and friend lost his 6yr old son to the flu leaving a large hole in a small community. My son had it at the same time and ever since we have not missed a year in getting vaccinated.
 
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This topic gets about the same reaction every year when I bring it up, and some even try to argue as if they knew more than the CDC. But then, it is a personal choice.

For those who don't get the vaccine, please do remember as I suggested above: "...keep in mind that there is a treatment shot. Go for it if indicated.

That was heavy Rookers, I can imagine the terror you must have felt at the time.
 

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I have never understood why people don't get flu shots. I just got mine last thursday and it cost me 20 bucks. How much money would you lose if you got the flu and couldnt work for a week? How much would you pay to feel better when you are lying on your bathroom floor praying to the throne unable to keep any food down? Besides, you usually get a neato smiley face sticker if you were a good boy/girl while getting the shot.
 
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