#%@&$ Flu Shot! - page 5

In years' past, we were encouraged to get flu shots. This year it is mandatory. I never got them before because the only time I did I was feverish and sick for a couple of days afterward. I have... Read More

  1. by   azhiker96
    Work is offering the shot for free. My arm was sore for a couple of days but otherwise I had no negative reaction.

    I don't think it should be mandatory but it does make sense for significant numbers of medical and infrastructure workers to be vaccinated in case the flu becomes pandemic. To me though, the proper way to achieve that is with incentives (bonuses or cushy shifts..... chocolate is nice too!).
  2. by   HeartsOpenWide
    You could always lie and say you are allergic to eggs
  3. by   MultipurposeRN
    Thimerosol caused so many problems when chemical cleaning first got started for contact lenses that I'd be a little leary about having a flu vaccine with it. 2 of us at work got mild cases of the flu already, before we even could get the darn vaccine. Now I'm not going to bother.
  4. by   oneillk1
    Quote from JaneyW
    In years' past, we were encouraged to get flu shots. This year it is mandatory. I never got them before because the only time I did I was feverish and sick for a couple of days afterward. I have only gotten the real flu 1 time in the past 20 years! So, yesterday I dutifully went for my flu shot and here I am with a fever and feeling sore and miserable. And, yes, they expect me to go to work tomorrow. Hopefully the fever will be gone. I HATE flu shots!!!:angryfire
    I am with you, I have had 2 flu shots in the past 10 years, both times I have had horrible fatigue, muscle aches, and susceptibility to every cold virus. The first time I thought it was just a bad year, but I tried it again last year and it got so bad that they were thinking I may have had chronic fatigue syndrome. This went on for the whole winter. I have never had the flu in my life and I can name times that I have definitely been exposed to it. It is also mandatory where I am (New South Wales, Australia) to have a flu shot, unless medically contraindicated. I have been told that I need to have a letter from a doctor or I must have it.

    I could quite happily put up with a week of fluish symptoms but not four or five months of being so tired that I physically can't get up in the morning
  5. by   91C_ARMYLPN
    I used to get the flu vaccine every year when I was on active duty. However, while I was a nursing student back in 1985, I had an anaphylactic reaction. No history of being allergic to eggs...it just suddenly happened.

    The minute the flu vaccine was given my arm started burning, then itching, and I had hives from the injection site all the way down to my wrist. I felt lightheaded, took two steps, and I was down. This occurred in less than 5 minutes. I was quite used to multiple injections at a time. Being in the military
    you are already a human pin cushion. But, this time was seriously different.

    Before this incident, I always took the flu vaccine and remained very healthy.
    Per doctor's orders, I can't take the flu vaccine, and when I get the flu it hits me real hard. Last year I had pnuemonia and was out of work for a week.
  6. by   BSNtobe2009
    Quote from HeartsOpenWide
    You could always lie and say you are allergic to eggs
    I would be afraid to do this...you'll get busted every time you eat a sandwich or pastries or most bread products around your co-workers.

    When I become a nurse, I won't have any choice but to give the response, as another poster said, of what is commonly accepted in the medical community for treatment and recommend the flu shots.

    But as an individual, who should have the right to decide whether or not to take treatment (epecially yearly), no way, no how would I take a mandatory shot, and I seriously question the legalities of a hospital forcing you to be required to take one.

    Things like Hep, MMR's being updated, Tetanis (sp?), TB tests, I don't mind any testing, or things updated every few years. But there a huge debate on the flu shot. I feel that over-medication is wrong. I will personally deal with a great deal of physical pain before I even take a Tylonal. How can it not compromise the immune system after many, many years?
    Last edit by BSNtobe2009 on Nov 7, '06
  7. by   BSNtobe2009
    Quote from ERNP
    I would be eating egg salad and telling them I am allergic to eggs.
    :yeahthat:
  8. by   BSNtobe2009
    Quote from stevielynn
    Ah, I missed your post - you said it so well. If you get sick with a virus, it wasn't the shot . . . you caught something.

    steph
    Can you explain how this would happen several years in a row with 100% accuracy, 7 to 10 days after taking the flu shot being all but bedridden for almost 2 weeks with fever, vomiting, you name it...and then mysterious, the year you stop taking the flu shot, you stop getting this mystery illness..and this continues year after year?

    If someone was taking any type of medication, and experienced a certain symptom with 100% accuracy, in the exact same time frame from taking the same medication, wouldn't you advise them to stop taking it?

    Of couse you would. I bet a doctor wouldn't even run a test if someone had several years of history on it.

    Now, I'm not going to sit here and say the flu shot doesn't help anyone. That is obviously not true. However, I don't think it affects everyone the same, and for some, has a negative reaction. They may not be getting the flu from the flu shot, but they are getting SOMETHING that is being caused by the flu shot, and those individuals, nurses or not, should ever be forced to take it.

    If I was forced to take a mandatory flu shot and told the hospital my reaction, it should be treated like any other work-related injury if you miss work because you are not feeling well or have a fever, and should not have to use your sick days, and they should have to pay you your full salary for every day you miss.

    Once a hospital has to do that, I bet the mandatory shots would stop.
  9. by   Spritenurse1210
    I'm allergic to flu shots, I've only gotten the flu once in the past 16 years.
  10. by   smarter
    I don't do anything that is mandatory, fortunatly I work in a hospital that does not demand that! Yeh!!:spin:
  11. by   buggal1989
    Well know and documented reaction to the flu shot is mild fever and muscle aches 72 hrs after the shot. You should have been told this. It DOES NOT mean the flu shot made you sick - it is your body's normal reaction to ANY vaccine even Td (tetanus/diptheria), which BTW, you should get every 10 years and make sure it has the d in it (Diphtheria) you can give a non-vaccinated child Diphtheria as an adult. It doesn't harm you - but can make the child severely ill. Take you flu shot every year and quit whining. Take your normal muscle ache/fever and pain reliever as recommended for 72 hrs after the vaccine. You should take your first dose 30 minutes before any vaccine. Your EH nurse should tell you this and yes I was a IC/EH nurse!
  12. by   BSNtobe2009
    Quote from buggal1989
    Well know and documented reaction to the flu shot is mild fever and muscle aches 72 hrs after the shot. You should have been told this. It DOES NOT mean the flu shot made you sick - it is your body's normal reaction to ANY vaccine even Td (tetanus/diptheria), which BTW, you should get every 10 years and make sure it has the d in it (Diphtheria) you can give a non-vaccinated child Diphtheria as an adult. It doesn't harm you - but can make the child severely ill. Take you flu shot every year and quit whining. Take your normal muscle ache/fever and pain reliever as recommended for 72 hrs after the vaccine. You should take your first dose 30 minutes before any vaccine. Your EH nurse should tell you this and yes I was a IC/EH nurse!
    Oh, I totally agree with getting the boosters every few years. I fully support it, fully agree with it, and take those shots for my own health.
  13. by   heartonfire
    The influenza shot is from dead virus, therefore should not cause any more than a small local reaction.

    Also the CDC has done recent studies that show recieving the flu vaccine gives no significant protection from illness than those who do not recieve it in both health care workers and patients.

    These studies collaborate on European studies that came to the same conclusion.

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