#%@&$ Flu Shot! - page 3

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   ERNP
    I would be eating egg salad and telling them I am allergic to eggs.
  2. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from zias
    I get a flu shot every year and seem to stay healthier each winter and not get all the crud going around. This year however, I got really sick within 24 hours of getting my shot and was sick, and felt really crummy, for over a week. That's never happened before.
    You probably picked up a virus from the shopping cart handle at Safeway or from the door handle at your job or the lock on the bathroom stall at Burger King . . . . people forget that getting sick after a flu shot would probably have happened even if you hadn't gotten a flu shot and lived your life exactly the same as if you did.

    This is the time of year for "colds". And for flu shots. Of course they will coincide. And the flu shot doesn't work for all "flu" viruses . . only the most deadly. So, we will get sick with other viruses.

    It is my understanding that the virus is dead - so there is no risk of getting the flu from the shot.

    Having said that, I have been lazy and have not gotten the shot in the last two years.

    steph
  3. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from prmenrs
    If you get sick w/in 24hrs of getting the shot, it wasn't the shot. You caught something.

    If you work in areas like NICU, oncology, etc., TPTB can tell you to get immunized or don't work there! In those areas, you're getting the shot to protect the patients. Any benefit to you is just a bonus! (@ least that's their point of view!)

    http://www.cdc.gov/flu/
    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
  4. by   hkmrn
    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
    Like some other posts to this message, I don't understand how any vaccine can be "mandatory" for anyone. That is forced medication...
    On our unit, we have to sign a form if we would rather decline the flu vaccine. This is precisely what I plan to do.
    To those of you who had little or no side effects from the vaccine, that is great.
    I am a person who rarely gets sick. A few years back I decided to take the flu vaccine..never again. 3 days after recieving the vaccine I had terrible stomach pains. I ended up throwing up everywhere! The flu vaccine is my only explanation on why I felt so terrible.
    As many of you do, I work in OB where the clientele is generally healthy. If I worked with more compromised patients, I may reconsider. Util then, I'll pass on it.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from hkmrn
    Like some other posts to this message, I don't understand how any vaccine can be "mandatory" for anyone. That is forced medication...
    On our unit, we have to sign a form if we would rather decline the flu vaccine. This is precisely what I plan to do.
    To those of you who had little or no side effects from the vaccine, that is great.
    I am a person who rarely gets sick. A few years back I decided to take the flu vaccine..never again. 3 days after recieving the vaccine I had terrible stomach pains. I ended up throwing up everywhere! The flu vaccine is my only explanation on why I felt so terrible.
    As many of you do, I work in OB where the clientele is generally healthy. If I worked with more compromised patients, I may reconsider. Util then, I'll pass on it.
    3 whole days after receiving the shot, you picked up a stomach virus or you got food poisoning. It was merely a coincidence.

    As to the mandatory nature - I think that if you work with the elderly in LTC or in an NICU, it should be mandatory.

    steph
  6. by   hogan4736
    Quote from stevielynn
    3 whole days after receiving the shot, you picked up a stomach virus or you got food poisoning. It was merely a coincidence.

    As to the mandatory nature - I think that if you work with the elderly in LTC or in an NICU, it should be mandatory.

    steph
    The debate about if the flu shot causes "ill effects" will never be won...

    But to let your employer make personal health decisions is akin to the Chinese government forcing women to be implanted w/ "Norplant"

    No, not an equal scenario, but it's at least a slippery slope...

    Even parents objected to vaccinations can enroll their kids...
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from hogan4736
    The debate about if the flu shot causes "ill effects" will never be won...

    But to let your employer make personal health decisions is akin to the Chinese government forcing women to be implanted w/ "Norplant"

    No, not an equal scenario, but it's at least a slippery slope...

    Even parents objected to vaccinations can enroll their kids...
    I don't think comparing working with LTC/NICU patients and having the flu shot to the government mandating Norplant is an equal equation.

    When you sign up to work in LTC and NICU, your employer can mention that you will need to have a flu shot. You don't have to take the job. It is optional, therefore, to have the shot or not.

    I know what you mean about not winning the war against the misinformation regarding the flu shot causing the flu . . . .but it is frustrating that this comes from folks in the medical realm.

    steph
  8. by   hogan4736
    Quote from hogan4736

    No, not an equal scenario, but it's at least a slippery slope...

    ...
    :spin:
  9. by   OzNurse69
    Quote from stevielynn
    As to the mandatory nature - I think that if you work with the elderly in LTC or in an NICU, it should be mandatory.
    steph
    In my NICU we have a choice as to whether to receive the pertussis, rubella, hep b and flu shots.

    If we choose not to, we also choose another unit to work in.
  10. by   BittyBabyGrower
    It is not required in our NICU, but we do have to sign a waiver. I cannot have anything with Thimersol in it, I have a pretty bad reaction to it, even my TB test has to be preservative free. Our hospital sometimes gets it in and sometimes it doesn't it. If they were to make it mandatory, they better get the preservative free. I think people feel like crap after the shot because our immune systems are kicking into high gear. Last year a lot of people complained of headache and aches the day after, and I don't think that all those people getting the same symptoms would have picked up the exact same bug 24 hours later.
  11. by   Sheri257
    Here we go with ignorance about the flu shot again ... so much for educated healthcare professionals ... not.

    Yes ... I got a nasty cold right after the flu shot. Is it because of the flu shot. NO. 'Tis the season to get sick ... everybody has the same cold I have.

    The flu shot can't cause nor can it do anything about the common cold. I know better than to blame it on that.

    I tell ya ... it's very discouraging to read these posts. It's shocking that nurses would actually spread such myths.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Oct 31, '06
  12. by   RoxanRN
    No one has mentioned anything about a cold....... just general aches and pains that probably weren't exactly coincidental.
  13. by   mysticalwaters1
    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 hated flu shots too b/c every time I got one my shoulder felt warm and extremely sore as if a hammer hit it. Well maybe not that bad but very painful. I still would get them and still plan too, but this year I just got one several days ago and it was slightly sore in the muscle then completely gone. It was the first time I never had lots of soreness after. Is it due to it being updated for different strains, or technique in administering it???

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