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david_42 10-01-2012 04:03 PM

I hate flu shots!
 
That time of year again and my wife insists her old man get a shot, so I did. Although I'm quite aware that the shot doesn't give you the flu, my immune system has another "opinion" and went to battle stations. And, of course, my arm is sore. Flu shots remind me of my Navy days, they always gave the shots on a Friday, so any reaction was over by Monday.

I think my wife is jealous because in 2 1/2 years, I haven't really been sick once.

zman 10-01-2012 04:43 PM

I have never had the Flu ( knock on wood again) so I never get one.

Beer-lord 10-01-2012 04:47 PM

Haven't had the flu for 17 years and I get a flu shot every single year. I'm not messing with that record!

Yooper 10-01-2012 04:53 PM

Last year was the first year that I didn't get a flu shot. I'm working less and less with sick people, so I felt like skipping it was fine. I'm skipping it this year, too, I think. (I get my flu shots for free at work).

In my Army days, I got my shots three times in five months, even though I argued that I already had them!

I joined in July, and they gave us a whole bunch of shots. . In October, they told me I needed my shots. I protested, saying, "I just got them!" Well, they had no record, so I got them again (including the smallpox vaccine, for the third time. :drunk:).

In December, I got orders for Germany, and so they told me I needed my shots. Again, there was no record of ever having them, so I got them again. That was my fourth smallpox vaccine in my lifetime.

I will never get smallpox, I'll tell you that!

Homercidal 10-01-2012 05:24 PM

2 years ago I took my then 11 yo daughter to get her shot. They gave the option of a needle or an oral dose. I chose the needle for her so she could get used to getting shots. She was a small kid and when they stuck that needle in her arm I thought it was going to go all the way through!

It wasn't too bad for her, but afterwards she saw some friends there and they told her they only had to swallow a pill or something. You should have seen the look she gave me!

two_hearted 10-01-2012 05:29 PM

This is how the zombie apocalypse will begin.

dkwolf 10-01-2012 06:33 PM

I've never gotten the flu shot, and haven't had the flu in over a decade. On the flip side, I have way too many friends that either get the immune response to the flu, or get the full-on flu FROM the shot.

I belong to the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" crowd. Especially for something that I'll naturally get over in a week or so on my own if I do happen to get sick.

broadbill 10-01-2012 08:18 PM

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Originally Posted by dkwolf (Post 4460089)
I've never gotten the flu shot, and haven't had the flu in over a decade. On the flip side, I have way too many friends that either get the immune response to the flu, or get the full-on flu FROM the shot.

On the flip-flip side I know plenty of people who get the flu because they didn't get the shot.

Quote:

Originally Posted by dkwolf (Post 4460089)
I belong to the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" crowd. Especially for something that I'll naturally get over in a week or so on my own if I do happen to get sick.

I'm all for ain't-broke-don't-fix, but when I only have a fixed amount of PTO time every year, I'm not to keen on blowing a week of it laid up on my back feeling like s*it. That shot is pretty cheap insurance!

GilaMinumBeer 10-01-2012 08:21 PM

Every year I get the flu shot and it's the same damned thing.

I get the flu.

And what do they say? "Oh, you must have gotten the strain that the CDC didn't recommend we innoculate for"

Ahh, yeah, that helps.

porcupine73 10-01-2012 08:26 PM

Now you have the new gov't tracking chip in your system just like they want. Haha just kidding. I hope.

I don't know, I'm not completely sold on the effectiveness of the flu shot. For any given person for any given year there can be
Got the flu shot/got the flu
Got the flu shot/didn't get the flu
Didn't get the flu shot/didn't get the flu
Didn't get the flu shot/did get the flu

So sure it's nice to say 'got the flu shot didn't get the flu' but that doesn't mean you would have gotten the flu anyway even if you didn't get the shot.

Or 'got the flu, man wish I'd have gotten the flu shot', but that doesn't mean you wouldn't have gotten the flu if you did get the flu shot. And they're definitely not without risk.


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