It's flu shot time...

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Registered: 10-03-2011
It's flu shot time...
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Mon, 10-24-2011 - 1:21pm

And my least favorite part of flu season? All the vaccination hype.

Last year, because it was my daughter's first time in public school (after being at home with me all her life, no daycare) I decided I would get the family flu shots, even though we usually don't. I know how many bugs kids get their first year of school, and I knew I didn't have time to be sick. So, flu shots for almost everyone. Ironically, my oldest didn't end up getting one... we just never got around to it.

Fast forward about a month... and we managed to catch some kind of flu superbug. My youngest got it first; we took her to the doctor to have it confirmed as flu (it was.) Then... my husband. Then me.

The real irony?

My oldest daughter, the one we didn't vaccinate, didn't get sick at all.

I know it wasn't the flu vaccine that made us sick; in addition to it being an inactivated version, the incubation period was too long. But geez louise...It was the worse bout of flu I've ever had.

This year, we won't be bothering. We never have before, and rarely have problems (we're not out and about much in the fall, and we're compulsive handwashers) and didn't have problems, I'm so not bothering this time.

What about you? Do you get the flu shot?

~CMod Heather Mom of 2, Elisabeth (5) & Rebekah (3)
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Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 10-24-2011 - 2:01pm

I have never gotten the flu shot for myself or my children. I can only think of a few times we have gotten the flu - maybe 3-4 times?

When I met my 2nd husband in 2003, his family always got the flu shot, and every year the whole family got the flu. After meeting me, he stopped getting the flu shot. The first year he said it was a coincidence that he did not get the flu. After 8 years, and not gettigg the flu once since, he agrees with me!

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-19-2011
Wed, 10-26-2011 - 2:14pm
I never get the flu shot. I think they're a waste of time. It may be a good guess, but in the end, it's only a guess. I can see getting them if you work in a hospital, with an at risk population (say, in a nursing home) or are immunocompromised, but frankly... they're a waste of time and money for me. I don't get sick with the flu, because I practice good hygiene, especially in flu season.

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Registered: 10-03-2011
Mon, 10-31-2011 - 4:30pm
Looks like it's not just you: According to the Lancet, flu shots aren't even 60% effective in adults: http://www.ivillage.com/are-you-getting-flu-shot-year-0/4-a-396989
~CMod Heather Mom of 2, Elisabeth (5) & Rebekah (3)
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Registered: 10-28-2009
Sun, 11-27-2011 - 1:33am
i get my flu shot every year, im a nurse i work in an icu with transplant patients amoung other patient populations (including the worst of the worst H1N1 flu) my kids are vaccinated as is my DH we never get the flu. And i have to be honest Im sure all the women who lost their unborn babies, and their lives in 09/10 wished they got their flu shot. yes it is true you can go through your whole life with out it and not get the flu, but i think certain populations ei the elderly, young children, pregnant women, health care workers, and the families of health care workers should be vaccinated. We bring so much home to our loved ones super bugs you cant even imagine i wouldnt even think of not getting it
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 11-27-2011 - 6:22am

We are getting our every year since the kids had the flu (not dramatic, but fever spiking 106 deg for 9 days is no fun either and it was the relief in the ped's voice that this was an "uncomplicated course" that made us vaccinate). Last year we did not, I simply had too much going on to organise the shot, and we all had a vicious strain of the flu - took 4 weeks until we were half way recovered - needless to say, we already have our shots this year.