Do you get the flu shots?

Katherine - posted on 10/27/2011 ( 24 moms have responded )

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So I was asked by mine and my sons GP if I wanted to get the flu shot for either of us, I turned him down.

I have been getting the flu shot for several years (approx 10) and every year I catch something. When the H1N1 popped up I refused to get either the H1N1 shot or the regular flu shot. I felt that the H1N1 had not been tested enough for me to put into my body.

I didn't get the flu shot last year when I was pregnant either, even though my son would be born in march (flu season) and I worked in a daycare with toddler aged children.

So I was asked this year, and without any thought or hesitation my husband and I both said no in unison, for ourselves and our son.

Do you get the shot?

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Jennifer - posted on 10/30/2011

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Me and my daughter get the shot yearly because we both have asthma. I can't afford to get a really bad respiratory flu. Other things I do to boost my immune system is to NOT wash my hands often during the non flu season. I know people say that you should wash your hands and everyone wants to get hand sanitizer but the whole thing is that your body can NOT build up immunity if you don't expose it to various germs. The only time I start using hand sanitizer and wash my hands frequently is during the holiday season as I work in retail.

Now before you go Ewwww.... think about this. Why can the people who live in Mexico drink the water there without getting loose poop but most other people can't? It's because they have built up an immunity to the bacteria in the water! Also, I watched my own parents. My dad was from the south where they left potato salad sitting in the hot sun for hours and never thought twice about eating it afterward. My mother was from the north where they put everything in the fridge as soon as possible. Looking at their backgrounds, my mom has always done things the sanitary way and you would think that is a good thing BUT my dad is the one who NEVER gets sick. My mom gets sick all the time. I have to believe that it is a good thing to get exposed to various things to help build up the immunity to illness and bacteria.

Katherine - posted on 10/28/2011

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see I guess thats why I'm curious as to what other families do!!

We are high risk, hubby and I both have asthma, my inlaws have asthma, my mom has asthma, my grams is 83 and frail, my uncle was just diagnosed with brain cancer and is starting chemo/radiation, lots of respritory issues on both sides. plus theres a 7 month old in my family.

I totally agree with Joy, I've heard that several times before, although the dating has usually been from the year before. So they take last years virus and "predict" what they think this years will be.....so it may be correct but 9 times out of 10 it's not, and your just covered for last years flu!!!

Plus every time I've gotten mine I've felt like hell all winter season....and gotten the flu like 3 times each season.

The last 2 years we've been flu shot free and felt AMAZING!!!!!!! I'm so excited for this year.....since we're not preggo I can do the skating thing and the family sugar bush thing (last year I was due in march, and couldn't travel to far from home during Feb and March just incase I went into labour!!!!)

Krista - posted on 10/28/2011

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We get them. My FIL has respiratory illnesses and we are in very close contact with my husband's grandfather, who is 90 years old. I would hate to get the flu and inadvertently pass it to them. (And yes, I know I could still get the flu, even with the flu shot, but why not reduce the odds if I can.)

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Leeann - posted on 11/02/2011

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Jennifer I completely agree with you! My mom is from the hills, when I was growing up my mom left the butter out all the time, cut the mold off cheese, and while she believed in cleanliness she was overtly about it. Met my husband and he cringed at how I did things, but I rarely get sick even with the asthma. I also havent had the flue since my oldest was a newborn.

Leeann - posted on 11/02/2011

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My son has a penchant for getting sick, like really every year at the beginning of school he misses almost two weeks. Plus he was recently diagnosed with asthma, and its viral induced. when ever he has a fever the fear of another asthma attack hits this house hold. I too have viral induced asthma, that usually goes into bronchial problems, so we are at high risks. We get the flu, not every year, but we do it, the benefits for me and mine greatly out weigh the risks.

Starfish - posted on 11/01/2011

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I'm anti-flu shot, so no, my family and I do not get them.

There's too many risk for so few possible benefits. And that's really all a flu shot is...a POSSIBLE benefit. If they happened to guess the right strains, and if those strains happen to be the ones you encounter, then you MAY be protected. No thanks. Good old fashioned handwashing and the like is good enough for me. I haven't had the flu once in all the years that I have refused to flu shot, and I have a very weak immune system.

It's just not worth it. And the fact that it's pushed as heavily as it is, worries me. There's too much agenda around this.

Becky - posted on 10/30/2011

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Jennifer, I agree with you. After 8 years of living in Africa, I could eat or drink almost anything there and never have tummy troubles from it. But here, I have them almost chronically! It's also interesting that we have so many allergies here in the west, but in countries that would be considered dirty or unsanitary, they are almost unheard of. I'm not trying to suggest we should abandon all hygiene altogether, because clearly, that causes problems too. But I do think there is such a thing as being too clean and sanitized.

Tracey - posted on 10/30/2011

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Nope, too many health care practioners, who are in the know, don't. I didn't really get flu until I started getting the shots. I haven't had it since, roughly 8 years ago now. And I do have asthma, but because I don't catch flu if I don't get the shot, it works out. I also have several different ways of dealing with illnesses that are supported in scientific journals that actually kill the virus or help your body to kill it, so as long as I act quickly, even with colds, I don't get sick.

Merry - posted on 10/30/2011

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I also rarely wash my hands unless they are dirty. I sometimes use soap if needed, but almost never use sanitizer.
Idk, I'm rarely sick so I'm not going to change my system and start washing and sanitizing a ton.

Merry - posted on 10/30/2011

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Nope. No one in my family has had one voluntarily. No one is disabled or sick or compromised immunity either. I don't judge those who do but I'm just not comfortable with it.

Becky - posted on 10/29/2011

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Sarah, I don't think it's advised to get the flu shot if you're still in your first trimester.
We never have. I got H1N1 a couple years ago - only I did - because I had to have surgery and I though being in the hospital, my risks of catching it might be higher. I mostly got the shot because I had a baby too young to get it and I didn't want to risk giving a new shot to my not quite 2 year old. But we've never done the seasonal flu. I kinda toyed with the idea being pregnant this year, but I'm not going to.

Sarah - posted on 10/28/2011

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I was planning on asking my OB about me getting the flu shot at my first pre-natal appointment this afternoon, but I forgot.

I've gotten the flu shot a few times in the past, but my husband has never gotten one. My son got his flu shot at his 2 year checkup last month.

I'm still up in the air about whether or not I want to get one during this pregnancy.

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No, I have never had a flu shot and neither has my 4 year old. Before I ever got pregnant, my doctor in Florida explained it to me like this. He said the flu virus is constantly mutating. The flu shot they will give you this year is most likely from a flu strain that was around up to 10 years ago because it takes so long to get FDA approval to release the vaccine. So when you get your flu shot, you're getting vaccinated for a flu that has mutated several times and doesn't even exist anymore, more than likely. I don't plan on ever getting a flu shot. Personally, for me and my family, we see no need for them.

Sara - posted on 10/28/2011

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I get a flu shot every year. When I was 16 I got really ill from the flu and was hospitalized, so you bet your sweet bippy I get a flu shot every year. And now since we have small children, my husband gets it as well.

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I've never gotten the flu shot and my son will never get the flu shot. My girls got it a few times as toddlers and any year I was pregnant and when their brother was a baby. They won't be getting it anymore though.

Caitlin - posted on 10/28/2011

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Haven't gotten mine yet, but the campaign just started up here.. I will most likely get it because a) i am asthmatic and b) there is a new baby i the hosue that can't get it.

My 2 other kids will get it (if i can get into the flu shot clinic at the hospital for my oldest because she's allergic to eggs) the reason is mostly because of the new baby and 2 asthmatics in the house.. Pneumonia is no fun..

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Already got it at the beginning of the month for the whole family.

Medic - posted on 10/27/2011

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I do not because every year I get it I feel like death from the flu. My son gets the regular flu shot because he is a sever asthmatic. My daughter, myself and my husband pass on both of them. My son got H1N1 last year and it was not that bad.

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No i dont get the flu shot. I take a reaction to vaccines. My daughter will not be getting it either.

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