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Old 02-27-2014, 05:32   #11
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I've gotten a flu shot for at least the last 15 years and fortunately I have never had a reaction to it. I have also not had the flu for many years. Is it because I got the shot ? I don't really know, but as long as I don't have any problem from taking it I will continue and hope that it does something to protect me.

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I haven't had the flu shot in years. I am semi retired and don't have a lot of contact with a lot of people. (I am one of those people that wipe down the shopping cart with an antibiotic wipe.) When DH was alive, we traveled in the Fall and early Winter, domestic and overseas. We always got our shots then, but now that I am pretty much a home body, the less things I put into my body, the happier I am.

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When I was diagnosed my doctor recommended that I get it. The year there after I decided I would rather not (against my Dr's recommendations) and I got really sick. 2 Cores of antibiotics, numerous days off. I think the reason why Dr's recommend it is because of the complications kilned between Diabetes and the flu. It messes with you sugar levels unbelievably and that wont help you stay at work.

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I took it the first year it came out. Had a terrible reaction - effectively I had the flu - missed over two weeks of work. Tried it twice since then. Reacted both times.

I decided to just say no.

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I'll be put on Prednisone if my lungs get infected. I just cannot handle the effects on my BG. November/December was AWFUL on the stuff- cleared it up, but messed up my numbers.

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I think it depends on your risk of getting the flu, and how strong you think you'd be if you did get it.

I'm retired, and I don't get out in public much. Also, I keep my hands off my face when out and wash them immediately when I get home. If there's someone coughing and sneezing near me - I move away.

I haven't had a flu shot - ever. I've not gotten the kind of flu the shot addresses, either.

I did, however, get the pneumonia vaccine - because my lungs are the first to fail with a virus. (I know, the pneumonia the vaccine is for is bacterial, but I figure with my weakness, best to cover that.)

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I get every vaccine offered by my doctor's office as soon as they are available. Too many people get seriously ill or die because they don't. This year, young people are dying because they're afraid to get vaccinated. Tragic.

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When I was diagnosed my doctor recommended that I get it. The year there after I decided I would rather not (against my Dr's recommendations) and I got really sick. 2 Cores of antibiotics, numerous days off. I think the reason why Dr's recommend it is because of the complications kilned between Diabetes and the flu. It messes with you sugar levels unbelievably and that wont help you stay at work.
Nicole, when you got sick and ended up with 2 cores of antibiotics, the flu is a virus and is not treated with antibiotics (unless it was Tamiflu that is specifically for the flu). Regular antibiotics are for bacterial infections. So, in hindsight, you probably had a nasty virus and not the flu.

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I've had the flu shot yearly for 15 years now and never had the flu. Never had a reaction to it either. Since we tend to get the flu shot right at the start of flu season, it's not surprising to get sick right after the shot, since it takes 2 weeks to be effective. Also, getting the shot usually involves spending time in close quarters with a lot of strangers and their viruses. I wonder if people who get sick after the shot should get it in their doctor's office instead of in a group setting, and would it make a difference?

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I get mine. And this year I might have caught the flu, but my symptoms were so mild I was not sure (headaches, exhaustion, muscle pain). Several folks in my office were out for a week, so I'm glad I did, and will continue to do so.

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