Half of adults refuse flu shot

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Mon, 11-17-2008 - 3:52pm

Half of adults refuse flu shot: survey
Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:49pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly half of U.S. adults plan on skipping their flu shot this year, often for dubious reasons, according to a new survey.

About 48 percent of adults said they would not get vaccinated this season, citing such reasons as "I don't get sick," and the erroneous belief that the vaccine causes the flu, according to the survey by Consumer Reports Health.

In addition, of all 2,011 survey respondents, two-thirds thought it was better to build up a "natural immunity" to the flu virus than to be vaccinated.

However, "there is no evidence that people who get flu shots have lower natural immunities or that people who don't get flu shots have higher immunities," Dr. John Santa, director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, said in a written statement.

Flu season typically begins in late October and can last until as late as May. Experts recommend that most people over the age of 6 months get a flu shot every year. This is especially important for people at elevated risk of potentially fatal flu complications like pneumonia -- including adults older than 50 and people with chronic health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and kidney disease.

The vaccine contains killed flu viruses, so it is not possible to catch the infection from the vaccine. Some people do, however, develop a mild fever for a day or two after the shot, as the immune system reacts to the vaccine.

In the current survey, only 52 percent of respondents said they planned on being vaccinated this flu season. Some of respondents' most common reasons for shunning the vaccine were that they "don't get sick," (45 percent), they knew someone who'd gotten sick from the vaccine (41 percent) and they believed the vaccine to be ineffective (26 percent).

About one-third worried about the vaccine's side effects, while roughly one-quarter said they either did not like shots or did not like doctors.

"Sounds like a lot of excuses and misconceptions to avoid a quick and inexpensive, if not free, shot," Santa said.

"People need to know that getting a flu vaccination every year is the best way to prevent the flu," he added.

"The vaccine will not make them sick or give them the flu. Without it, they and their families are at higher risk of getting the flu. If they get the flu they may transmit it to vulnerable people for whom the consequences may be serious."

http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE4AG65820081117






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Registered: 01-03-2006
Mon, 11-17-2008 - 4:50pm

Those shots are not free, someone always pays in the end and it's usually the person who got the shot. I WILL not receive the flu shot mostly because there is mercury and other toxins in the shot. Plus, they cannot prove the effectiveness of the shots. I have never had the flu and never had the shot. If you ask me the best prevention ofthe flu is proper nutrition, clean water, and stress reduction.


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Registered: 04-28-2007
Mon, 11-17-2008 - 9:56pm

After a week ofconstant sickness , my doctor today finally suggested what I was already suspecting. I have a mild strain of the flu and most likely caught it from a shedding child at the daycare I work at who had the nasal flu mist (yes, it's back on the market). I know of at least 3 kids in my room of 16 who had that flumist. Now I have added ear infections as a complication....on my second antibiotic and a steroid......and I caught it because someone else gave to to me though their precious innoculation.

Prior to that I never ever had the flu and only ever had the shot once when in college. Wash your hands and sneeze into your elbow people!

Dee

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Registered: 12-14-2005
Tue, 11-18-2008 - 9:47am

"Wash your hands and sneeze into your elbow people!"

Amen to that.

From the CDC Pink Book.

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/flu-508.pdf

Vaccinated children can shed vaccine viruses in nasopharyngeal secretions for up to 3 weeks. One instance of transmission of vaccine virus to a contact has been documented. The transmitted virus retained its attenuated, cold-adapted, temperature-sensitive characteristics. The frequency of shedding of vaccine strains by persons 5–49 years of age has not been determined.

On the LAIV:

Among healthy adults, a significantly increased rate of cough, runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, and chills was reported among vaccine recipients. These symptoms were reported in 10%–40% of vaccine recipients, a rate 3%–10% higher than reported for placebo recipients.

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Take flumist and get the flu. And that's a huge range 10-40% of vaccine recipients!

See the VAERS report for flumist also:
http://www.medalerts.org/vaersdb/findfield.php?LOWAGE=&HIGHAGE=&SEX=&STATE=&PRIOR_VAX=&VAX_DATE_LOW=&VAX_DATE_HIGH=&CUR_ILL=&VAX=FLUN&VAXDOSE=&VAXMAN=&VAXROUTE=&VAXLOT=&VAXSITE=&ONSET_DATE_LOW=&ONSET_DATE_HIGH=&REPORT_DATE_LOW=&REPORT_DATE_HIGH=&SYMPTOMS=&HISTORY=&L_THREAT=&ER_VISIT=&DIED=&HOSPITAL=&DEATH_DATE_LOW=&DEATH_DATE_HIGH=&X_STAY=&RECOVD=&LAB_DATA=&DISABLE=&OTHER_MEDS=&V_ADMINBY=&V_FUNDBY=&PAGENO=1&PERPAGE=10






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Registered: 07-17-2005
Wed, 11-19-2008 - 12:51am

Glad to have you back! That's another jewel I needed in my "shedding" file - thanks! You always find the BEST articles!!!

I visited the Kmart Monday where they were offering the flu vaccine. By Wednesday I had the flu and I have to wonder about that shedding!!! But in any event, if this is this year's only strain, it's nothing - I've had worse! This is day 7 so it's about over with but it hasn't been THAT miserable.

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Registered: 07-03-2006
Wed, 11-19-2008 - 6:35am
Can you explain the theory behind this shedding idea?
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Registered: 10-18-2007
Wed, 11-19-2008 - 8:32am

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So is the MMR and CP.

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Registered: 07-03-2006
Wed, 11-19-2008 - 5:30pm

Let me rephrase...


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Registered: 07-17-2005
Wed, 11-19-2008 - 11:25pm
Butting in??? Oh please...if you hadn't posted I would have been writing to say ask Jamie, lol!
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Registered: 07-17-2005
Wed, 11-19-2008 - 11:44pm

Gina, saying "I have to wonder about" can hardly be described as a "theory". And for future reference, if I want to "imply" something, I don't usually say I'm wondering about it. :)

What I do know for a FACT is that there have been more deaths by flu since the vaccines began than ever before throughout our history. If you need references, search this site, I have written about it before.

Did you click on the links that Tash gave? In order to answer your question I would have gone to the CDC website and ask them about it. (It's obvious that I'm not the only spouse to get the flu after the husband or wife got the shot.) You should do that (go to the CDC and ask them direct)...let us know what they say. I would, actually I will in a few days or a week but right now I have to work for a few days. All I know is that my husband got his first flu shot...I got the flu and so did he, but not as bad. This was about 7 years ago. The next year when he got the flu shot, I had researched to see if it could really make others sick and I read some similar stories. The next year, he got the shot and both me, my son and my husband got the flu. It lasted for over two weeks, it was severe. Again, I looked for information, and found similar stories. That went on for 5 flu seasons, sometimes it was a bad case of the flu, other times a light case. My husband no longer gets the shot. The years he didn't get a shot, we had no flu at all. This is the first year I've had the flu and he did not get the shot so of course I have to wonder about my trip to KMart. My daughter was with me at KMart and she's got a bad cold, but doesn't act like she has the flu, I keep asking her about how she feels (she's only 4).

This year, my Aunt, her son and daughter-in-law all got the shot and all got a flu-like sickness that was not severe. My Mom has had that happen to her on numerous occasions. I don't think it's coincidence at all. I have to wonder....regardless my husband will never get the shot again.

And as far as flu-mist goes, that one terrifies me. Here's a video I saw but I'm afraid to believe it, it is kinda out-there to say the least. I have to wonder though - why would someone spend their time on this if it wasn't true? Again - just *wondering*!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcniJxck0gI&feature=related

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Registered: 07-03-2006
Thu, 11-20-2008 - 6:37am

The CDC says you can't get the flu from the vaccine.

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