CDC - Why Most Nurses Don't Get the Flu Vaccine - page 4

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   CYMBALS
    Quote from 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.
    ditto...I came down with the flu in 2001 when I was a healthy 25 yr old business woman (before I changed careers to become a nurse). No one I knew had the flu, so who knows where I picked it up from. I was so sick that I couldn't move off the couch for 3 days (not even to eat). I missed a week of work. Now, I'm an advocate of the flu vaccine.

    Keeping myself healthy and my patients healthy is a top priority.
  2. by   alexlynk
    I dont mind the flu vaccine, and yes, I am scared of ANY gov't provisions that makes it mandatory for workers to get ANY kinds of shots. It is almost a brainwashing game, glorifying a flu vaccine, anyone think that? Exactly why do so many people get sick after it? what are some of the associated problems? what effect does the medium have that maintains the vaccine? what is the long term effect of it? what is the effect in long term on our immune system? These questions go on and on, but meanwhile "dont you dare not get the vaccine", cause its our way to Kingdom Come. I agree that we will have a pandemic eventually, (unavoidably), but could it be due to our manipulation of our own body systems? How useful is the vaccine anyway?, statistically, oh, wait, the only real statistic is that most nurses dont get the vaccine, bad nurses!! I dont mind the shot, I get it ALL the time and I never got sick from it, but I still like to face reality and ask fundamental questions before playing the health care game.
  3. by   MD1211
    I don't get it because I welcome my rest when I do get the flu.

    Just kidding. I don't get it because I don't get the flu that often and it's never really that bad. Good immune system I guess.
  4. by   anichols
    chalk up another one for no shot.... i too have had issues where obtaining it was nigh impossible due to my schedule. but normally i don't get the flu anyways (despite having previous years' bugs race through the building like wildfire and hit almost every patient--including those who got the shots!). last year i managed to get one thinking "why not?"...the why not turned out to be getting an un-covered flu strain that had me sicker than a dog. it wasn't pretty. after that lovely experience i've decided there really is no point in trying find a way/time to get the shot....
  5. by   Saralyn
    I've gotten the vaccine for the past 10 yr.s or so, but I won't this year because I have recent onset of anaphylaxsis reaction, possibly to egg whites but they really don't know what it is. After the last one I ended up in-patient for 2 days I'm just not going to risk it. I'm terrified to eat anything let alone get it injected into me!

    I'm skeptical as to whether it really helps, but figure it's a good idea working where I do having pt.s blowing breathylyzers & coughing into my face all day, if it weren't for a possible reaction I'd get it again.
  6. by   PooterPT
    This nurse gets her flu shot faithfully every year. I do however get mild flu symptoms about 2 weeks after getting the shot.
  7. by   asaph
    I got the flu shot for the first time in years and end up in bed for about two weeks with really bad flu symptoms. Also the injection site was really hot for about a week. I will not be getting the flu shot next year.
  8. by   tawneakatt
    I, too, have never gotten a flu shot just never had it and didn't want to take anything I don't need. Agree with some others that nurses must have some type of "super" immune systems to get sick as little as most of us do. But, think everyone should do what they feel best. I've been told once I have it I will start taking the shots. Doubt it though.
  9. by   CCPam
    why don't I (and my family) get the flu shot every year?

    Take a look at the increase in vaccinations, of every kind, that we and now our kids, are exposed to. Our newborns recieve several a few days after birth for hepatitis, chicken pox, and now the flu. We are encouraged to get the flu shot every year, but, yet the literature regarding the dramatic increases in autism and the potential link to getting Alzheimer's later in life are ignored. Yet, most of the medical society cannot explain the increase for these two conditions. Hum, as for me, I would rather lose a few days every few years with the flu than a few years at the end of my life or contribute to the epidemic of a life altering condition.
    thanks for allowing a forum to gently express our opinions.
  10. by   thebonster
    3 years ago I came down with the worst flu bug I ever had. I was sick in bed for 8 days. There were at least 5 others from my floor that had it too. 1 of them had received the famous flu shot prior. There were no patients that became ill with the same thing. I guess that we washed our hands, didn't cough, sneeze or kiss with pt. care!

    I decided that I would get the shot the next year. (just to be safe) I had a very sore arm at the injection site. The ache moved into every lymph node on my left side. I couldn't lift my arm for a week or lay in bed on my left side for a month.

    So I ended up missing more work because of the shot than I did with the flu.

    I don't work sick. Period.
  11. by   ecugirl
    ER nurses especially should get the flu shot because they are the front line and have more chances of exposure before the patient is diagnosed. If you don't want to take the flu shot to protect yourself, you should want to take it to protect your patients and your family...did you know that with the flu you are actually contagious 2 days before you develop symptoms??
  12. by   ecugirl
    It also takes anywhere from 2 weeks to a month for the vaccine to kick in; which is why they start offering it in October. You must have forgotten about the 2003-2004 flu season which peaked in December and had the highest cases of pediatric deaths from flu?? Why take the chance of getting sick with the flu and spreading it to your family and your patients? Did you also know that you are contagious with the flu 2 days before you become sypmtomatic? There are numerous outbreaks and patient deaths documented from infected healthcare workers with the flu which is why not only CDC but JCAHO has jumped on this bandwagon too. Our patients are living longer with more chronic illnesses making them more susceptible and we as nurses have to get out of the mindset that we are ten feet tall and bullet proof! There are organisms out there these days that will kill you and you have to protect yourself.
  13. by   maryshome8
    I'm not a nurse, but I used to take the flu shot every year, and about 3 days after I got it, with 100% consistency, I would get sick and it would lay me up in bed for a full week.

    Now, I don't know if it was the flu I got or not, but the illness always accompanied the shot...I also, during those years, stayed sickly. I always had strep thoat, something.

    Well, one year they offered it around exam week, and I skipped it. illness. Nor did I get sick that year. I never took the shot again, and other than a few minor bouts, haven't really been sick either.

    I'll never know if the two are related or just some wierd coincidence, but I'll never take one again.