Why wouldn't someone get a flu shot?

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Registered: 09-10-2012
Why wouldn't someone get a flu shot?
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Wed, 02-06-2013 - 8:56am

I live in a very small town and over the last few weeks hundreds of people have been in the hospital because of the flu. The schools are thinking of closing for a few days to try to prevent it from spreading. So I don't understand why people don't get a flu shot, especially those who are older or have young children. I had the flu a few years ago when I was younger and it almost killed me. Now if there is anything I can do to prevent from ever having it again, I will. I have to think that people don't get the flu shot because they don't understand how deadly it can be.

 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 02-06-2013 - 11:37am

There are plenty of reasons those of us who don't get the shot don't get it.  Ranging from all the chemicals that are in the shot, to the fact that even if you do get it, that doesn't mean you are protected from the flu, to the fact that we are perfectly happy letting our bodies work they way they are supposed to naturally fighting off the flu.  My DH was sicker with flus and stuff the 4 years he was in the army and required to get the flu shot than he ever has been since getting out and not having had one since, nor having the flu.  I'd be curious how many of those in your town a) had the flu shot and still got "the flu" and b) this year there have actually been 3 different things going around, the flu, the norovirus, whooping cough, and strep throat, all of which have very similar symptoms and people aren't being tested to know what they have, they are just being told or assume its the flu. 

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Registered: 07-25-2000
Wed, 02-06-2013 - 8:07pm

Many people's bodies are not able to "work the way they are supposed to" to fight off the flu. People die from the flu -- thousands every year! And many of them are people who did not have chronic diseases or other risk factors to make them especially susceptible. It is not 100% guaranteed that the shot will prevent all cases of the flu, since there are so many strains that it is impossible to get them all in one shot. But most people who get the shots do not get as ill if they do get the flu. As far as the other illnesses you mentioned, they are pretty easily distinguished from the flu without needing tests to tell which you have.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 02-07-2013 - 2:55pm

I can't find the article that I read about a week ago, i think it was a huffington post article, but it specifically said the flu and norovirus, they have very similar symptoms and it wasn't necessary distinguable which one a person had without testing for and therefore people assumed it was the flu, especially if they didn't go to the doctor and just toughed it out at home And even if they did go to the doctor, not every doctor tests for the flu.  As for strep and whooping cough, you are correct they have different symptoms, and the way I worded that sentence came out wrong, but i was adding it as an example that there are wuite a few illnesses going around at higher rates this year compared to other years.  

as for my response, i was just addressing to the first poster why some of choose not to get the shot, I did not imply that no one should get it. That is the wonderful thing about this country, we have that choice And plenty of us exercise it. I would never fault anyone who wants to and does get the flu shot, that is there choice.  I agree that there are plenty of people that get the shot that never get the flu or the symptoms can be lessened, and that is there choice.  For for us who choose not to get it, we also have that right to do our research and make that choice.

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Registered: 10-10-2007
Sat, 02-09-2013 - 10:21pm

Tracy,

I found your posts very helpful, as my 2 children have had some sort of sickness on and off the past few weeks.  My husband and I just assumed it is either the flu or maybe norovirus, as we just let them go through it, did not feel we needed to take them to their doctor.  They both had the flu mist (nose) when they went to their pediatrician for their yearly check up a few months ago.

I did not get a flu shot this year, nor did my husband.  I really need to read more on these topics, before I decide what to do.

Thanks for the information Smile

 

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Registered: 08-13-2012
Mon, 02-11-2013 - 11:11am

I think people don't get shots for a variety of reasons. Some don't believe in vaccinations, some don't realize they should get them, and some don't have the funding to pay for them.

I don't get one because honestly a healthy person doesn't really have to worry about the flu. Your natural immunity will help fight it.

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Registered: 11-13-2001
Mon, 02-11-2013 - 11:35am

turkeyplease wrote:
I don't get one because honestly a healthy person doesn't really have to worry about the flu. Your natural immunity will help fight it.

Wow. If there wasn't ever a more innacurate statement. I don't want to be mean, but that is not true by any means. 

A few ex. http://news.discovery.com/human/health/second-minn-teen-dies-from-flu.htm
http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/10/health/texas-teen-killed-flu
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=23963373
 

I'm not naive and saying that the flu shot will prevent all deaths and obviously strains change. However, it is ridiculous to take the chance. The flu can be a million times worse for some people than the side effects of the vaccine.