Flu Shots dont' work for Everyone

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Registered: 11-17-2007
Flu Shots dont' work for Everyone
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Wed, 11-18-2009 - 10:54pm
So my friend tells me she thinks she has the (h1n1) flu and she hopes all the flu shots she got work. I told her if they worked for everyone the same, she wouldn't be sick with the flu. Hopefully she'll think about that and give it some more thought next year when she is "herded" up with the rest of the population for vax.
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Registered: 07-17-2005
Thu, 11-19-2009 - 1:14am

I hope it only takes this one time. With my Mom, it took three consecutive years before she finally caught on. One doctor told her it must be a sinus infection but couldn't explain the body aches.

My cousin on facebook just announced she had the flu. I figured it must be the H1N1 because I knew she announced her vaccine only a few weeks before. She was tested, and yes I know the tests has a high rate of false negatives, she did not have H1N1. Another friend got sick with the flu right after her vaccine.

I had the pleasure of reading where one cousin-in-law was rushing to get her daughter the H1N1 flu vaccine - only DAYS after she had a really bad case of the flu. 'Couldn't even give the child a week to recover! I couldn't help but wonder how she got the flu to begin with. Knowing her Grandma had just gotten the flumist days before she came down with it.

For the second year in a row, my Mom's friend who stays with her a lot, got the flu vaccine and then got flu symptoms each time. That happened to my husband a few times. Twice he came down with a really bad flu, only a few weeks after getting his vaccine. So did the rest of the family, but I won't go there because Lord knows, the vaccine does not shed. I don't know why they mention it on package inserts.

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Edited 11/19/2009 1:20 am ET by crunchymomto2
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Registered: 06-16-2009
Thu, 11-19-2009 - 2:00am
Only the live intranasal influenza vaccines have potential to shed. The injected vaccine is not able to replicate nor shed.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Thu, 11-19-2009 - 1:17pm

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Your friend definitely needs a better understanding of vaccines if she thinks that they work 100% of the time, or if she thinks that they offer protection immediately the moment one gets them, or if she thinks that getting a flu shot will help her if she already has the flu.











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Registered: 11-20-2009
Sat, 11-21-2009 - 4:04pm
Flu shots may not work for everyone but they work for the large majority probably 90 percent or better I would think
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Registered: 11-20-2009
Sat, 11-21-2009 - 4:08pm
Great, continue to spread the fear that when you get the shot, you get the flu. You may have some mild flu like symptoms but it is not going to be the same as the actual flu. When you get the flu, it hits you like a tons of bricks. I would much rather have a few mild symptoms then to get the flu without it. ANd MOST (majority) of people have NO symptoms and NO flu. So quit spreading the myths further that you will get the flu if you get the shot.
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Registered: 06-16-2009
Sat, 11-21-2009 - 4:51pm

Here is some information on the efficacy of the flu vaccine, both versions:


http://insidevaccines.com/wordpress/vaccine-efficacy-how-often-do-vaccines-work/influenza/


Manufacturer’s Inserts and efficacy statements:


Fluarix-ranges between 56-80.5%
FluMist (live virus)- (Regardless of match)

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Registered: 06-16-2009
Sat, 11-21-2009 - 8:16pm

When you get the flu, it hits you like a tons of bricks.


If by this you mean it comes on quickly yes it does but that does not indicate severity of illness. Not everyone that contracts influenza has a severe case.

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Wed, 11-25-2009 - 12:28pm

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