Quote from Simba&NalasMom
Here's a new can of worms (I'm out of work and bored heh heh): Should an employee receive sick pay if he/she refuses the flu vaccine and it is then determined said employee has the flu? Discuss.
At my work place, if you refused the vaccine, and you test positive for novel H1N1, it is no longer considered an excused absence. That is the official word. You can use your sick leave, but it counts against you.
A third wave is expected, but no one really knows what will happen. The disease is busy infecting Asia, and eastern Europe right now. There have been over 940 fatalities in the Ukraine as of 12 January with 4 million people infected there. India, and China are being hit with their hugh populations of billions of people.
Getting vaccinated ASAP would be wise as it takes 3 to 4 weeks to produce protective antibodies. Worried about getting the injection? There have been remarkably few complaints from those of us that have received it.
Perhaps you would rather take your chances with the flu virus? Maybe you will be OK, and maybe you won't. Lots of folks were sick but survived. And then there were those with no health issues that had severe cases. It seems completely random, and there is no way to tell if you will be one of the very unlucky people that have to be hospitalized.
Just because you never knowingly got the flu before does not mean that you won't this time, especially if there are many cases in the community. Magical thinking is not going to protect you.
Tested positive or think that you already had the flu? The majority of cases have not been tested so you don't really know. And, even positive confirmed cases can be reinfected as well. http://allnurses.com/pandemic-flu-fo...et-437207.html
With luck, the swine virus will not come back, but that does not seem very likely. There is very little seasonal flu out there anywhere. China had reported some H3N2 and seasonal H1N1, but we are not hearing of it anywhere else. Very possibly the seasonal flu has been replaced by the novel H1N1, and the flu season is not over yet.