CDC - Why Most Nurses Don't Get the Flu Vaccine - page 3

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  1. by   marilynmom
    Quote from ERNP
    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.
    I've seen that as well. I think that is one of the reasons a lot of people in health care don't get the vaccine--we see it doesn't work very well.
  2. by   marilynmom
    Quote from stevielynn
    One of our docs won't get it for the same reason. It happened to ONE patient . . . . out of how many millions?


    steph
    My MIL also got GBS after her flu shot and was compensated from it through VAERS/govt so they did think it was causation. I think it happens more than just one in a million. How do you know that ONE patient won't be you? We don't know.
  3. by   CHATSDALE
    i always get the vaccine if at all possible, i always get it in left arm [i am right handed] so i can write and chart and i usually try and get the day before i have to work or travel

    gbs was around before the flu vacine however this is personal choice i hope we all stay healthy. usually the 'bad' flu shows up in orient before it gets here and i have not heard of anything except for bird flu which i think will be controlled before we have to worry about it

    and by the way never listen to sales rep. i have seen some who liked the sound of their own voices and they knew very little
  4. by   penguin2
    Quote from marilynmom
    I've seen that as well. I think that is one of the reasons a lot of people in health care don't get the vaccine--we see it doesn't work very well.

    I have to agree. (Although I think those w/compromised immune systems should get it.) I've never had the flu shot, and have never had the flu. I don't like the thought of being injected w/a foreign substance. Several employees who got the shot got sick last winter, with a "different flu not covered by the vaccine" they surmised. 3 yrs ago my nephew got the flu shot (19 yrs old) & got GBS. After over a year of rehab he was almost back to normal. Personally, my opinion is that the "healthy" people who chronically get every virus going around are going to get sick anyway. Ironically, our infection control nurse does not get the flu shot either. As long as I have the choice, I'll take my chances keeping myself & my immune system healthy, & forgo the flu shot!!
    Last edit by penguin2 on Sep 17, '06
  5. by   mercyteapot
    I got one the last 2 years because my friend, who is a PHN, was in charge of the anti-terrorism drill where mass anthrax vaccinations would be administered and instead of just sticking a needle in our arms, they used the flu vaccine. The last time I had the flu was 10 years ago, and it was nasty. Would like not to repeat that little experience.
  6. by   West_Coast_Ken
    Quote from SillyLilly
    Last year in our clinical we had a great experience of administering flu shots to the community -ederly and compromised.

    3 people out of 11 did recieved it. 3 of them got sick within 2 weeks.
    They did NOT get the flu from the vaccine. It's not possible. Please, please stop saying that. Lay people hear this from "professionals" and they think it's true.

    If you don't want to get the vaccine, that's your choice, as with any medical procedure, but please keep the facts straight.

    The flu vaccine is DEAD...as in NOT live so one can NOT get the flu from a flu vaccine.
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from West_Coast_Ken
    They did NOT get the flu from the vaccine. It's not possible. Please, please stop saying that. Lay people hear this from "professionals" and they think it's true.

    If you don't want to get the vaccine, that's your choice, as with any medical procedure, but please keep the facts straight.

    The flu vaccine is DEAD...as in NOT live so one can NOT get the flu from a flu vaccine.
    Someone said in the beginning of this thread that they never heard of nurses spreading this old wives' tale . . . . but then here it comes on this thread from medical folks. :wink2:

    I hear it all the time. The truth is, the people who got sick in the two weeks after getting the flu shot got sick because they touched a shopping cart, doorknob, sink, toilet, etc., with a LIVE virus on it.

    And they would have gotten sick w/o the flu shot if they came in contact with a live virus.

    It is very frustrating to me too that people spread this false idea.

    steph
  8. by   ICRN2008
    I agree with Marie that providing the vaccine at more convenient times (and in more convenient places) would increase compliance.

    When I worked third shift, I missed the vaccine every year because I wasn't willing to get up in the middle of the day and drive halfway across town. Now that I'm in nursing school, I'm surprised that they do not set up a clinic in the nursing building. We have to set up an appointment, go all the way across campus, and pay a fee to get vaccinated.
  9. by   SillyLilly
    Quote from stevielynn
    I hear it all the time. The truth is, the people who got sick in the two weeks after getting the flu shot got sick because they touched a shopping cart, doorknob, sink, toilet, etc., with a LIVE virus on it.

    And they would have gotten sick w/o the flu shot if they came in contact with a live virus.

    steph
    I dont know what gave my classmates the flu. But I do know that the vaccine did not protect them from it. My friend was never as sick as she was as when she got the flu after the vaccine.
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from SillyLilly
    I dont know what gave my classmates the flu. But I do know that the vaccine did not protect them from it. My friend was never as sick as she was as when she got the flu after the vaccine.
    The vaccine isn't made to protect against ALL flu viruses. Just the one scientists think will be most prevalent.

    It is a guessing game - but the vaccine itself does not cause the flu.

    Your friend got the flu or whatever and it had nothing to do with the vaccine.

    steph
  11. by   SillyLilly
    Oh, I know that and I totally agree.

    I dont know why most people should get the vaccine if it does not protect them.

    I just though it was ironic that 3/11 clinical classmates got the flu by the end of the month, and all 3 of them got the vaccine.

    No one else got sick that semester as bad as they.
  12. by   sister--*
    Quote from 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.

    Just finished a Dean Koontz novel about injected microchips......

    Tee, hee, hee, hee......
  13. by   dream'n
    I went to a lecture last spring by a Dr. at the local health dept. It was basically a session about how "bad" nurses that don't get the flu vaccine are. That they don't care about their poor patients, and that they shouldn't be allowed to work without a flu vaccine. A few managers in the crowd said that they won't allow their nursing staff to work without one. I was appalled Personally, I don't get one for several reasons, but definitely feel pressured to get one. Last year my boss said, "Don't you dare call in sick with the flu." Do any of you worry that they will eventually mandate flu vaccines for nurses?

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