Flu shot controversy - page 3

by JeniRN 16,852 Views | 44 Comments

So, all being healthcare professionals, we are all urged (if not required) to be vaccinated for the flu annually. I completely understand why. I know there is some controversy about flu vaccines and their safety as well though. I... Read More


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    I am old enough to have had most of the childhood illnesses that we now have immunizations for. Believe me I sincerely wish I had had the option of receiving those vaccinations rather than have some visual damage courtesy of the measles, a case of shingles last year courtesy of the chickenpox, ovarian damage courtesy of a case of the mumps at age 14. I also get the flu shot every year for the past 15 years without fail since I have experienced lingering bronchitis requiring multiple bouts of antibiotics or pneumonia resulting in several weeks off work recovering in the years I did not receive the flu shot and developed the flu.

    I am a strong advocate of challenge your immune system by not over using antibacterial this and that cleaning products outside of a health care environment. However I do not care to challenge my immune system by experiencing illnesses that have proven serious consquences or outcomes when there exists a tested method of prevention, i.e. immunizations.
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    They do make preservative free flu vaccines...

    Awesome video on vaccines
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    Quote from grannyrn65
    It seems like every year there are those who come out opposing the flu shot and those that endorser. I have a few corrections to make. The swine flu shot was not whole sale gotten by everyone. I worked in and for NYS DOH at that time. As a state health care worker, I was required to get the injection. Very few of the hospitals, state wide, required their employees to get the injection. Many of the nursing homes required their staff to get the injection. Their reasoning, which I supported, was that many of their patients would be exposed to the flu by their staff. Given their age and multiple health problems, it is entirely reasonable to require staff to get the injection. As for the danger of getting Gullian Barre Syndrome, given the number of cases that was actually tied to the flu injection and that the mass injections were stopped, it is a red herring.

    Last winter we faced a different problem---the pan-endemic of the new strain. Even then, it was only recommended the those that suffered from chronic disease, diabetes, asthma, chronic pulmonary problems, to name a few. get the injection, when it became available. Unfortunately, I suffer from Type II and asthma. I got the shot plus my regular flu shot. I got neither flu, although I spent a week in the hospital between Christmas and New Years Eve, with bacterial pneumonia. My three grandchildren got theirs thur their schools (one also sufferers from asthma, just like her grandma). She got it again this fall. Her parents and I would rather chance some unknown long term effect then lose her to viral pneumonia. If you are concerned about the additives, go to your physician and get the single dose injection-no additives.

    No one can be forced to get a vaccination, except the military. All states allow a person to opt out. If you work in a Right to Work state, your employer can terminate you for a refusal if they make it a condition of employment and you refuse. If I still worked, I would get the vaccination. I don't want to be sick. What I shake my head at, is the fact that so many of us are highly educated but rely on poorly constructed, so called studies, to support a bais against vaccinations. We appear to have gotten lazy and rely more and more on the net to information, which can be very, very wrong.

    If I have hurt anyone's feelings, I am sorry (really).

    GrannyRN65


    Outstanding post, thank you
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    I get my flu shot every year. I believe it is my duty to my community -- especially to all those people I encounter who are immunocompromised and for whom a case of the flu could easilty be fatal.

    My employer strictly enforces a mandatory flu shot policy. It also applies to all students who come into the hospitalf for clinical rotations. Exceptions are made rarely -- and anyone granted an exemption must wear a mask at all times when in a patient care area. I support the policy 100%.

    The best science supports the use of the flu vaccines ... and that's the best we can do at the moment.

    llg, PhD, RN-BC
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    Thanks.

    Each age group appears to have it's plus and minus side. I too went thru my childhood before many of the vaccinations were developed. I do remember getting the Salk vaccination, as well as a series of shots whenever we were transferred overseas. We got them or we stayed here. In 2000, I had to have titers done to get into clinical areas because I never had any childhood diseases.

    GrannyRN65
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    Quote from txredheadnurse
    a case of shingles last year courtesy of the chickenpox
    You are still susceptible to shingles after the chicken pox vaccine. In fact, you could have gotten a worse case of shingles since the severity of shingles is typically inverse to the severity of your chicken pox. The vaccine gives you a "mild case" of chicken pox immunity.
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    forgive my ignorance but is it true that the current vaccine have both flu and h1n1 components in it? i mean they are not anymore separated but given in one shot. h1n1 vaccine is in its infant stage...what are your thoughts on taking the flu if they are indeed combined together?
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    Quote from ez2000
    forgive my ignorance but is it true that the current vaccine have both flu and h1n1 components in it? i mean they are not anymore separated but given in one shot. h1n1 vaccine is in its infant stage...what are your thoughts on taking the flu if they are indeed combined together?

    My doc told me that they are both in the one shot.
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    I'm not against the flu shot...just don't like it being "forced" on me. This year they have changed our health insurance..the cheaper option you have to be involved in wellness activities, get blood work, AND your flu shot. If you opt out, your premium is doubled.

    Also those that don't get the flu shot have to wear a mask the entire flu season.
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    Quote from ez2000
    forgive my ignorance but is it true that the current vaccine have both flu and h1n1 components in it? i mean they are not anymore separated but given in one shot. h1n1 vaccine is in its infant stage...what are your thoughts on taking the flu if they are indeed combined together?
    H1N1 is just another strain of influenza. Every single year the strains covered are different. It's made the same way the vaccine has been made for years.
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