#%@&$ Flu Shot! - page 6

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   The_Iceman
    i personally think that the flu vaccine is nothing more than a government conspiracy, here is my theory. the pharmaceutical companies are paid by the center for disease control (cdc) to develop a vaccine that includes an inactive flu virus at the time of injection. the flu strain is actually encased in something that makes it act as time-released, ie once injected, over time the substance that encases the flu strain is eventually dissolved and the flu strain is released into the person injected. this then spreads and this person now has "contracted" the flu. the areas of interest that would benefit from this theory include: 1-the pharmaceutical companies that develop the initial vaccine 2-the pharmaceutical companies / drug store chains that sell the treatment for the persons who have contracted the flu 3-the doctors who treat the patients 4-most importantly, the government, as they receive taxes and other benefits from everyone along the chain, ie every time someone has to visit the doctor/buy pharmaceuticals/the initial vaccine/insurance company payments, the government receives taxes from all of the money that exchanges hands. when one visits the doctor after the flu strand has grown and replicated, if you tell them that you had the flu vaccine and ask them why you contracted the flu anyway, they will tell you that if you did not receive the vaccine, you would have had the flu much worse and could have been hospitalized and/or possibly died. there is my theory and reason why i do not get the flu vaccine. just a thought...
  2. by   twotrees2
    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
    at my work two yrs in a row the administrator cam in said miss tracie you havent had your flu shot yet so im gonna give it to you and she slams it in my arm before i have a chance to say no then hands me a piece paper to sign - sigh - one ofthese days im gonna say hey i dont want it - sheesh - ( even though its strongly recommeneded by doc due to depressed immune system on me) ( i think thas why i havent made a big stink about the way she does it cause i really shoud get it but i get achy and my arm hurts like heck for 3 after. )
  3. by   ortess1971
    Last year, I decided that I wasn't going to bother with a flu shot. I ended up with a horrible case of the flu that decided to take up residence in my lungs for a bit. Yes, my arm gets sore and I feel a little "off" for a day or two, but not as horrible as I felt when my lungs were clogged with mucus! Ultimately, I think vaccinations are a good thing-100 years ago, people died from the flu and other such illnesses so I don't buy the whole "vaccinations give you a weak immune system" nonsense. Modern medicine isn't perfect by any stretch, but because of some of these treatments, vaccinations etc we have it a lot better than our grandparents and great-grandparents did.
  4. by   prmenrs
    Quote from twotrees2
    at my work two yrs in a row the administrator cam in said miss tracie you havent had your flu shot yet so im gonna give it to you and she slams it in my arm before i have a chance to say no then hands me a piece paper to sign - sigh - one ofthese days im gonna say hey i dont want it - sheesh - ( even though its strongly recommeneded by doc due to depressed immune system on me) ( i think thas why i havent made a big stink about the way she does it cause i really shoud get it but i get achy and my arm hurts like heck for 3 after. )

    I'd call that assault and battery. And very illegal. Next year, I'd warn her not to do that. As pro-flu shot as I am, that is soooo over the line.
  5. by   twotrees2
    Quote from prmenrs
    I'd call that assault and battery. And very illegal. Next year, I'd warn her not to do that. As pro-flu shot as I am, that is soooo over the line.
    yeah well when your blacklisted for calling state on a facility - you tend to not say much at whatever emplyment that will take you. so guess i am blessed tohave here to come cause the place im at is unbelievable.
  6. by   brendamyheart
    That action is against the law!!
  7. by   MIA-RN1
    I have gotten the flu shot every year since I was 22--that year I didn't get one, got horrible mycoplasm pneumonia, all sorts of upper respiratory illnessess, cfs, it was awful...doc said from now on, get the flu shot. I've gotten it religiously ever since and have never been sick with the flu or URI other than garden variety stuff since.
    My daughter has asthma and always gets the flu shot. Before she got diagnosed (at 3), she had the flu every year. It was awful. My husband has leukemia so my son gets the shot too. My husband has gone and gotten a flu shot at my urging every year since he was diagnosed, although we were just told this year by one of the NP's on his tx team that it won't do him much good since the medicine he is on (gleevec) does something to his immune system to make him unable to build up antibodies anyway. He still plans to get it tho, 'just in case'.
    I believe in a person's right to choose if they get vaccinated but I always recommend getting the vaccine. The thermosol stuff scares me a bit, but not enough to make me stop getting it, or getting it for my kids.
  8. by   mstigerlily
    I've never had a flu shot, my husband has never had a flu shot, nor any of my three kids, nor my mom and we are all pretty much the same. Get the flu maybe every 3-4 years and it's not so bad, a few days of fever and feeling crappy. Unless our circumstances change I see no reason to get one.

    Isn't the flu vaccine based on last year's flu or the prediction of what this year's will be (which is often wrong as a new strain emerges)? That seems kind of hit or miss. I've got no problem with any other shots I needed to get.

    Also, I work in OB so my patients are healthy. If I worked in a different department I'd probably give the flu shot a try and see how it went.
  9. by   dream'n
    I used to get the flu vaccination, but haven't for the past few years and don't plan to. I have a problem with the way management, the media, etc. have pushed them down our throats. Personally I don't feel that I need to inform my employer or anyone else for that matter why I am declining the vaccine, I believe it is my own personal business. As for mandating the flu vaccine, companies do it because they can, and I am certain it is legal, they seem to be able to get away with alot legally. Who knows, perhaps 10, 20, 30 years from now they will find some unexpected side effects to the flu vaccine. Look at the Tdap. For years and years we were told by the CDC and everyone else that after the age of 7, tetanus vaccines didn't need a pertussis component. Then what happened? A Pertussis outbreak in adults! Years after we started vaccinating the public with vaccine.
  10. by   dream'n
    By the way, the Varicella vaccine scares me too. Who knows, maybe the vaccines effects will also wane and will face a huge outbreak of chickenpox when these vaccinated children become adults. That would be really bad, as the disease can be much more severe in adults.
  11. by   twotrees2
    Quote from Wish I was at Disney
    By the way, the Varicella vaccine scares me too. Who knows, maybe the vaccines effects will also wane and will face a huge outbreak of chickenpox when these vaccinated children become adults. That would be really bad, as the disease can be much more severe in adults.
    its a live virus vaccine, i dont think we need to worry about them getting ckn pox later in life, as its in the sytem just as if they had chicken pox - however - i think we will find younger and younger and more people having shingles earlier in life due to it - which has worse pain and worse long term effects than ckn pox -

    my son haing had the vaccine when he was born as recomended - got a weird painful rash- it looked liek shingles that i have only seen on eldely adults ( i have heard of younger adults getting it but never saw it and have never even heard of kids getting shingles, pperhaps i ws just living in a sheltered world lol. -took him to pediatrician and thought no way could it be shingles must be someother weird thing - one look and she said yep - it ws shingles - the culture confirmed it ....... at age almost 3 so dont know what would be worse- just get the chicken pox ( as my older kids did ) or the shingles - seemed chicken pox would have been better from what i saw

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