CDC - Why Most Nurses Don't Get the Flu Vaccine - page 2

this article is from the centers of disease control (cdc) influenza vaccination rates for nurses need a boost with all the news coverage in the last few years of people scrambling to find a... Read More

  1. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from lee1
    I remember one year, many years ago when 2 nurses I was aware of did get Guillian Bare, not sure if it really was connected with the flu shot.
    Working in critical care you never know what you are going to be exposed to, so just try to stay as healthy as possible.
    One of our docs won't get it for the same reason. It happened to ONE patient . . . . out of how many millions?


    steph
  2. by   cardiacRN2006
    I get it every year as well. I worked in CVICU where most of the pts were surgical. I won't give them my flu. It was STRONGLY encouraged by administration for us to get the shot.
  3. by   nuangel1
    i get the flu shot every year and have since college.both for myself and my pts.i have never got the flu from it(can't) nor had reaction to it.for me i needto get it because i am on inhalers and singulair for asthma and the flu really makes me sick.
  4. by   Noahm
    I think that they are a form of goverment mind control. Its not really a vaccine, but little microscopic microchips that get injected into your system and lodge in your brain.

    LOL.
  5. by   dlsgroovymom
    ugu
    Last edit by dlsgroovymom on Sep 24, '06
  6. by   kristen3g3tp8
    I think Nurses, Doctor's, PCT's, Paramedics... and any other health care personel should be at the top of the list for vaccines, especially for something so common as the Flu
  7. by   shazbo
    my first flu vac was the year after i got the flu. sick as a dog. i never want to be that sick again. i'd butt in line for it.
  8. by   SillyLilly
    Last year in our clinical we had a great experience of administering flu shots to the community -ederly and compromised.

    We also had a chance to vaccinate ourselves.

    3 people out of 11 did recieved it. 3 of them got sick within 2 weeks.

    I have never had the flu bad (knock on wood) But, starting as a new nurse on a cardiac floor, I will consider it if the ask me to. But if I get sick, I dont want them to hold it against me!
  9. by   alexlynk
    " Surprisingly, one such group that avoids flu shots is the people administering the vaccines. In fact, only 40 percent of all health care workers were vaccinated in 2003. "

    I am amazed that Nurses who are professionals in analysis and critical thinking in health care dont actually criticize messages like that more thoroughly. First of all, if the virus strains of influenza is mutating constantly (unconfirmed) and the past vaccines are not going to do it, then the current vaccines WILL NOT do anything either. We are not talking about HIV here, read up on that, see why there is no cure for HIV to grasp what I'm taling about. Secondly, these vaccines do make a lot of poeple feel VERY crappy for a couple of days, my guess is that nurses cant afford that both clinically and financially. Finally, let me just say that we always weigh the pos and negs of things, I bet like myself, there are a lot of healthcare professionals who dont think too positively towards some vaccines. So I agree with most previous posters that this posting was condescending and inconsiderate of things, and should be held under criticism and not just taken "as is"!
  10. by   ERNP
    I am skeptical of flu shots for a couple of reasons....

    I have received the flu shot exactly twice in the last 14 years of health care. Both those years I had some illness approx 1 month after receiving the vaccine that wiped me out. One week of fever of 102 - 104 with no other real symptoms both times. I don't think it was from the shot but something happened with me those 2 years that I don't want to happen again.

    Also, working in the ER for many years, I have not contracted the flu or anything similar to the flu for any years other than those years I received the flu vaccine. I wash my hands before and after each patient contact, before eating, before and after using the bathroom. Basically, I am busy trying to wash the skin off my hands.

    Finally, I treated many patients with positive influenza testing last year in the ER. About 50% of those had received the flu vaccine. That isn't the best advertisement for vaccine effectiveness. So unnecessary risk vs. limited benefit. I will be avoiding the flu vaccine this year as well.
  11. by   mmom51
    I am a bit nervous about having any foreign substance into my body. Look at the Gulf War Vets. The USA and Brits got lots of vaccinations and many of them are now very ill. The French troops did not get any and they are ok.Flu viruses mutate anyway so why bother. We have a perfectly good nature given immune system. It's the stress that is killing us off. Why not take a lateral view and reduce stress.enguin: Do a diary and take note of when you get a flue and you most likely will see a pattern of stress related conditions. Why not do some research on this and see what the outcomes are
  12. by   West_Coast_Ken
    the article spoke about the flu vaccine only. not, hiv, not chicken pox or any other vaccine so mixing those in with this discussion of flu vaccines says anything. they are not the same. some other vaccines are attenuated virus, etc, but the flu vaccine is not live so there is zero way to get anything from it other than a poke in the skin.

    and, yes, the flu virus does mutate this has been known for a long time. it is one of the main reasons it is such a killer...a person's past exposure won't help with a new strain unless they are very, very closely related.

    i wonder how many people who blow off flu vaccines will jump in line when the next pandemic hits and it will hit eventually, especially when so many chose not to take advantage of a key way to ward off such a pandemic?
  13. by   marilynmom
    Quote from west_coast_ken
    the article spoke about the flu vaccine only. not, hiv, not chicken pox or any other vaccine so mixing those in with this discussion of flu vaccines says anything. they are not the same. some other vaccines are attenuated virus, etc, but the flu vaccine is not live so there is zero way to get anything from it other than a poke in the skin.

    and, yes, the flu virus does mutate this has been known for a long time. it is one of the main reasons it is such a killer...a person's past exposure won't help with a new strain unless they are very, very closely related.

    i wonder how many people who blow off flu vaccines will jump in line when the next pandemic hits and it will hit eventually, especially when so many chose not to take advantage of a key way to ward off such a pandemic?
    i won't be jumping in line to get any flu vaccine, pandemic or not. especially not a fast off the assembly line, not really tested pandemic vaccine.

    zero way to get anything but a poke in the skin? tell that to my mil who got gbs and from the flu shot. she was compensated for it through vaers/govt, but still has long lasting damage. i do agree you can't get the flu from the vaccine though.

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