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Old 09-24-2020, 10:00 AM   #1
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Default Flu shot this year...yes or no?

I really do not worry about a flu shot. I have had a couple, but missed many more years than the years of getting a shot. This statement will probably change my fait, but I have never had the flu in my life and I am 52. (or at least been diagnosed with it) I am seeing mixed information on the flu shot and COVID. What say the green screen?
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:02 AM   #2
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I'm getting mine, as I have for decades.
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:04 AM   #3
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:07 AM   #4
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ever since 06 Ive got the flu shot twice...got the flu both those years but never the year I didnt get the shot. No cap
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:16 AM   #5
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Yep
No reason not to
Not going to be getting autism from it
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:17 AM   #6
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:19 AM   #7
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Already got mine. The flu vaccine has a cumulative effect. You build immunity to multiple flu viruses over time if you get it every year. Also, there is some good evidence that those who have had the flu vaccine are less vulnerable to COVID.
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:20 AM   #8
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Never have Never will. No Covid either!
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:20 AM   #9
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No sir never have gotten the shot and never will. What's funny is my mom and step dad get the shot every year and guess what?! They both seem to get the flu every year as well. Lol
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:22 AM   #10
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No. I've never gotten a flu shot and have had the flu twice in my life...knock on wood. I got covid right off the bat though.
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:25 AM   #11
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Do most young/middle aged people recover from the flu without complications YES, but getting the vaccine helps prevent the elderly, infant children and immunocompromised from dying from it. Getting vaccinated helps decrease your susceptibility, illness and spreading of the virus. Please protect those around you, if not for yourself. Remember it can take several weeks (2-3) for the immune reaction post vaccination. So it is possible to get the flu AFTER receiving the vaccine if your body has not had the time to build up a response and you can still get a flu like illness from another strain.

Just my opinion from somebody who takes the flu shot and vaccinated both of my children without hesitation...who also happens to be a doc.
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:25 AM   #12
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Never. But, to each their own.

Both kids had Flu B the last 2 years, school is a petri dish . Neither down for more than a couple days. Neither the wife nor I contracted the virus while taking care of them. The wife is a school teacher and has been for 19 years, I swear she has one heck of a robust immune system.

Everyone has their own convictions and my kids are fully vaccinated other than a yearly Flu shot.

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Old 09-24-2020, 10:26 AM   #13
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Already got mine. I think many people write off when they get the flu as just having a bad cold.
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:27 AM   #14
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Already got mine. The flu vaccine has a cumulative effect. You build immunity to multiple flu viruses over time if you get it every year. Also, there is some good evidence that those who have had the flu vaccine are less vulnerable to COVID.
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:28 AM   #15
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Yep, just like the last 20 some odd yrs. No reason not to. Have never had the flu either.
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:29 AM   #16
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I'm 66
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Shingles shot. Yes
Pneumonia shot. Yes
And I wear a mask in public places.
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:30 AM   #17
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Got mine last week, and have for the past ten years or so. The last time I had the flu was the first time I thought I wish I was dead.
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:32 AM   #18
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Never have never will.
I hate the elderly, my parent's, and the rest of the world I guess.
We'll see where the judgement goes this time .
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:37 AM   #19
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The flu shot includes a very small amount of 3 strains of the influenza virus, these 3 change from year to year based on predictions as to which strains will most likely effect the populace, because the chosen strains are picked via prediction, some years they are less effective, for example 2 years ago was a "bad" flu year.

I get it because my wife's a nurse and while she has to get it as well, she might bring it home on her person.

It is especially valueable to people who are older or have pre-existing health problems.

My 2 cents is hedge your bets if you don't care about getting stuck, or the 20-30 bucks.
GoodRx sometimes runs a deal, and it's free too very cheap with most Health insurance.

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Old 09-24-2020, 10:44 AM   #20
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It was never a priority for me, if it was easy I got it but didn't go out of my way. Then two years ago I got Flu A that knocked me on my backside for 4 days and took another week to fully recover from. I was also on a backpacking expedition at the time and was all of a sudden a liability to my team instead of a leader. That strain of Flu A was on the vaccine that year and had I taken the shot I would have been fine.

I won't take that risk again.
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:45 AM   #21
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Yup. They come to our office and do them. Also getting a B12 shot
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:50 AM   #22
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I get one every year. It has become especially important for me now that I am on a medication that suppresses my immune system - my natural defenses are weaker than they used to be.
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:53 AM   #23
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I get vaccinated almost every yr. My wife has lung complications and I work away from home. I will not risk getting ill and taking anything home and risking getting her or my kids sick. I also wear a mask/faceshield when around other people to avoid COVID exposure
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Old 09-24-2020, 10:53 AM   #24
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Nope. Never do, likely never will. Needles don’t spook me but negative effects of vaccines do.
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:02 AM   #25
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CDC sight says in a bad year the vaccine is 20% effective and in the good years 60%. The CDC is stating this year 46% effective but this can change once flu season starts here in the US. Most people probably don't realize that it's not nearly as protective as one would think when taking a vaccine.

Even in the best of vaccine years you still have a 40% chance of contracting the flu virus when taking the vaccine.
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:06 AM   #26
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CDC sight says in a bad year the vaccine is 20% effective and in the good years 60%. The CDC is stating this year 46% effective but this can change once flu season starts here in the US. Most people probably don't realize that it's not nearly as protective as one would think when taking a vaccine.

Even in the best of vaccine years you still have a 40% chance of contracting the flu virus when taking the vaccine.
We'll never know as it will all somehow get lumped into Covid.
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:11 AM   #27
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I haven't had the flu in like 25 years & that was the one & ONLY time I ever got the shot...big negative here.

I know a dozen folks who got the flu shot & still caught it this year.
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:13 AM   #28
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:15 AM   #29
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I dont take the shot - but I understand those that do. I have never had the flu before. Got the shot when I was young, and never had it then either.
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:17 AM   #30
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Years ago I used to think the flu vaccine couldn’t be trusted.

Then I threw my anecdotal beliefs in the garbage. Our coincidental experiences don’t prove or even suggest correlation. Historical data does, however.

A less-severe case of the flu still proves the effectiveness of the vaccine.

But this is inconvenient logic for many who won’t listen to the greater medical community lol.

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Old 09-24-2020, 11:23 AM   #31
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Years ago I used to think the flu vaccine couldnít be trusted.

Then I threw my anecdotal beliefs in the garbage. Our coincidental experiences donít prove or even suggest correlation. Historical data does, however.

A less-severe case of the flu still proves the effectiveness of the vaccine.

But this is inconvenient logic for many who wonít listen to the greater medical community lol.

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It was never a priority for me, if it was easy I got it but didn't go out of my way. Then two years ago I got Flu A that knocked me on my backside for 4 days and took another week to fully recover from. I was also on a backpacking expedition at the time and was all of a sudden a liability to my team instead of a leader. That strain of Flu A was on the vaccine that year and had I taken the shot I would have been fine.

I won't take that risk again.
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:28 AM   #32
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I have never had the flu. I've always gotten the flu shot. Seen plenty of people with it. Maybe I'm lucky or just have a resistance to it. IDK. (Knock wood.). Did miss a couple of years. I have more trouble with allergies than anything else. I usually wait till mid October. Covers the holidays with maximum effectiveness. At least thats what I've always heard. But who knows? With this whole covid fiasco it's hard to believe anything that the "scientific" community or the CDC recommends anymore. One things for sure, I will not take a covid vaccine. Too soon. I am very skeptical of anything "fast track" that comes out of the pharmaceutical industry. Especially these days.
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:30 AM   #33
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Only ever got mine when I lived in a pig sty of a house with 50 other guys during college. Seemed to help a lot. Might do it this year to help give my body a boost idk yet though.
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:30 AM   #34
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And I wear a mask in public places.


Your a smart man
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Do most young/middle aged people recover from the flu without complications YES, but getting the vaccine helps prevent the elderly, infant children and immunocompromised from dying from it. Getting vaccinated helps decrease your susceptibility, illness and spreading of the virus. Please protect those around you, if not for yourself. Remember it can take several weeks (2-3) for the immune reaction post vaccination. So it is possible to get the flu AFTER receiving the vaccine if your body has not had the time to build up a response and you can still get a flu like illness from another strain.

Just my opinion from somebody who takes the flu shot and vaccinated both of my children without hesitation...who also happens to be a doc.
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:33 AM   #37
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:38 AM   #38
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I get one each year. As far as I'm concerned, the only downside to the flu vaccine is it's not always effective.

I've honestly only had the flu once in my adult life. It put me down for about 4 days and took another week to get back even close to 100%. I was 24 at the time and in excellent physical condition. Each year, I think there's a lot of people out there that claim to have had the flu, but really didn't. Most people I know that had the flu ended up going to the doctor because it's that bad.
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:53 AM   #39
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Old 09-24-2020, 12:03 PM   #40
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Nope. Never do. Folks who are at risk of serious complications from the flu can get vaccinated. If they're vaccinated, then it doesn't matter if I am or not. If they get lucky and the strain of flu that goes around is actually in the vaccine they received that year, then it will protect them from me if I end up getting the flu. If, as is most often the case, the vaccine ends up not being for the strain of flu that actually ends up going around and the vaccine is useless, then it doesn't matter if any of us had the shot or not.
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Old 09-24-2020, 12:14 PM   #41
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I always get one ... their free, why not!
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Old 09-24-2020, 12:20 PM   #42
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I'm 66

Flu shot Yes

Shingles shot. Yes

Pneumonia shot. Yes

And I wear a mask in public places.
I am 66 also.

I do all the above except wear a mask unless required to do so.

Not many places here in rural Iowa require masks. Hospital, dentist office, etc. Oh yeah....Menards. Sometimes I need stuff from Menards.

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Old 09-24-2020, 12:27 PM   #43
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Got mine a few weeks ago....I hate getting sick!
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Old 09-24-2020, 12:29 PM   #44
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Got mine weeks ago.

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Old 09-24-2020, 12:29 PM   #45
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Nope. I have only had the flu twice in 54 years. It was not really that big of a deal.

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Old 09-24-2020, 12:34 PM   #46
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Nope. Never do. Folks who are at risk of serious complications from the flu can get vaccinated. If they're vaccinated, then it doesn't matter if I am or not. If they get lucky and the strain of flu that goes around is actually in the vaccine they received that year, then it will protect them from me if I end up getting the flu. If, as is most often the case, the vaccine ends up not being for the strain of flu that actually ends up going around and the vaccine is useless, then it doesn't matter if any of us had the shot or not.
Just a friendly FYI, thatís not really true. Not everyone is a candidate for the flu vaccine, and a vaccinated immune-compromised person can still die from the flu. That point would be moot, except that you getting the vaccine reduces your effectiveness of communicating it to society, which matters most to these exceptions, which is a significant segment of the population.
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Old 09-24-2020, 12:34 PM   #47
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Nope, not this year or any other year.
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Old 09-24-2020, 12:40 PM   #48
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I've never understood why it's such a point of contingency. I got one the year my son was born, maybe another year when I was at the doc for something else. I don't guess I've ever had the flu.

I can tell you this, if I could get a shot that would knock out these allergies, I wouldn't care if the needle was the size of a 16d nail! May have to see if I can get in for a steroid shot.
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Old 09-24-2020, 12:43 PM   #49
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I got the flu first year child was born and will be the first one in line to get a flu shot. Before kids, never cared to get one.
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Old 09-24-2020, 12:47 PM   #50
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Already got mine. The flu vaccine has a cumulative effect. You build immunity to multiple flu viruses over time if you get it every year. Also, there is some good evidence that those who have had the flu vaccine are less vulnerable to COVID.

Not to be a naysayer (I am ignorant on subject), but I just recently saw a snippet on Fox news (again just a source of information) where a doctor said the flu shot was actually dangerous to those at risk for COVID.

I honestly don't know and looking for more information so I can make sure I guide my elderly parents in right direction.
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