Flu Vaccine, enough already! - page 20

Yes, we are in flu season. And it seems you can't go anywhere without being bombarded/enticed to get the flu vaccine. A lot of times scare tactics are used also. They tried making it mandatory for nurses last season but that... Read More

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    They're requiring the flu vaccine for by BSN program. I am against the flu vaccine. For one thing, it's last years strain. Completely useless against this years, you will still get the flu unless you time travel. Secondly, I react badly to ANY shot I'm given. As I'm fever, chills, nausea, pain. Thirdly, I have never had the flu shot and subsequently never had the flu. I've had pneumonia and recurring bronchitis, but never the flu.

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    Quote from ZeroNightskye
    For one thing, it's last years strain. Completely useless against this years, you will still get the flu unless you time travel. Secondly, I react badly to ANY shot I'm given. As I'm fever, chills, nausea, pain. Thirdly, I have never had the flu shot and subsequently never had the flu.
    Actually, only the H1N1 component of the flu vaccine is the same this year. The the H3N2 and B vaccine viruses are different for the 2012-13 season. Even if the strain does remain the same, it is recommended that you re-vaccinate each season d/t waning immunity. Side effects like 1 to 2 days of low-grade fever, pain, etc. are nothing compared to the flu (unfortunate that you get them though)! One last thought...you may never get the flu, but vaccinations aren't just about protecting you; it's about protecting you, your patients, and your community in general (i.e., herd immunity).
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    I've never gotten a flu vaccine. It wasn't required for my BSN program but strongly encouraged. It wasn't required last year at work but again strongly encouraged...if we refused, we had to sign a waiver. Not sure if they are going to make it mandatory this year or not. I think mandatory vaccination is just wrong.
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    Quote from ZeroNightskye
    . . . Thirdly, I have never had the flu shot and subsequently never had the flu. . . .
    Influenza vaccination does not give someone the flu.
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    Quote from Laidback Al
    Influenza vaccination does not give someone the flu.
    I'll 2nd. that Emotion.
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    Didn't say it did, did I?
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    Quote from ZeroNightskye
    Didn't say it did, did I?
    Yeah, you kinda did.... what other inference should be made from your use of the word "subsequently"?
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    Quote from brillohead
    Yeah, you kinda did.... what other inference should be made from your use of the word "subsequently"?
    (grin)
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    Pet peeve: the "But it doesn't give you the flu!" people:
    The flu vax may not give you the flu, but flu-like symptoms are flu-like symptoms, whether caused by the flu or the flu vax. While you won't be contagious, saying, "You don't have the flu!" doesn't make it FEEL any less flu-like.
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    Quote from wooh
    Pet peeve: the "But it doesn't give you the flu!" people:
    The flu vax may not give you the flu, but flu-like symptoms are flu-like symptoms, whether caused by the flu or the flu vax. While you won't be contagious, saying, "You don't have the flu!" doesn't make it FEEL any less flu-like.
    My sentiments exactly......Aloha~
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