Flu shot, get sick - page 2

Hi. I've been accepted into nursing school and they require the flu shot. The thing is that the last time I took it I got very sick. It was the worst feeling. I work and currently am taking classes.... Read More

  1. by   Been there,done that
    I understand that many people report feeling sick after the vaccine. The fact is.. getting the flu shot is a mandatory requirement to continue in the program. Even a documented allergy will not relieve you of this requirement. You may have the option of wearing a mask.. during patient care.
    I work from home.. and I am still mandated to get the vaccine. Pick your battles.

    Best wishes.
  2. by   llg
    At my hospital, we make no exceptions. No flu shot = no job. No masks, no exemptions for religion or previous reactions or illness.

    What we have found over the last several years of living with this policy is that almost everyone can get the vaccine. There is an egg free version for people with severe egg allergies. There is an intra-dermal version with a different formulation that some "sensitive" people can take. And others who are worried can get their shots in their allergists office and stay for a while in case an allergic reaction develops. As I said, we have found that the number of people who absolutely cannot get the vaccine is extremely low. Those very rare people simply have to work somewhere else, with a population that is less vulnerable than ours.
  3. by   wtbcrna
    You need to write that up and publish the results!
  4. by   ruby_jane
    Just an aside (and in no way considered medical advice): The beloved (also a nurse) has a crazy competent immune system AND weird things happen when he gets vaccines. He swears he can taste metal immediately after an immunization. Last year, no flu vaccine - and he got the flu. This year I talked him into getting a preservative free (single dose) flu vaccine - and no reaction. None. His body does not like the preservatives in the vaccines, apparently.

    Good luck.
  5. by   JoeBa
    I know everyone claims the shot does not make you sick, HOWEVER, this year 10 people I know got the shot and 9 of them got deathly ill the following day. My father got so sick from it he was hospitalized and we almost lost him. I think it may be time to do some third party comprehensive testing on this factor. And no my father does not have even a mild egg allergy, he is on some meds having recently had some skin cancer removed from the top of his head and behind his ear, but that would not account for my mother who was bed ridden for 4 days with every symptom of the flu.
  6. by   meanmaryjean
    Quote from JoeBa
    I know everyone claims the shot does not make you sick, HOWEVER, this year 10 people I know got the shot and 9 of them got deathly ill the following day. My father got so sick from it he was hospitalized and we almost lost him. I think it may be time to do some third party comprehensive testing on this factor. And no my father does not have even a mild egg allergy, he is on some meds having recently had some skin cancer removed from the top of his head and behind his ear, but that would not account for my mother who was bed ridden for 4 days with every symptom of the flu.
    The flu vaccine is not 100% effective, and does not cover every strain. We know this. We have known this for a long, long time. There has been ample 'third party testing' and it does not change the facts.
    No conspiracy- just facts. You know, science.
  7. by   peripateticRN
    Just wanted to say how refreshing it is to see so many appropriate, educated and scientifically based responses to this question. As a Pro-flu shot Public health nurse I see WAY too many threads on this site bashing the vaccine with ill-advised 'facts' and blatant fiction.
    Yes the vaccine isn't perfect, but even if it's only (say) 20% effective... isn't that still better than no protection?

    Thank you all for redeeming my faith in the profession
  8. by   kimpossible4real
    It can be challenging especially when it is mandatory.

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