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    Dee514
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:17 pm
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    Not me!!!
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    Would y'all be willing to do an unscientific survey at the end of flu season?
    I'd really like to hear if you got the flu, and how bad it was even though you got the shot. I'd also like to hear how many of you "no way" folks got sick. Are you ready to be truthful?
    Count me in, Deely - I'd be happy to take part in your survey. icon_smile.gif


    Last edited by Dee514 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:06 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Deely
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:36 pm
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    Would y'all be willing to do an unscientific survey at the end of flu season?
    I'd really like to hear if you got the flu, and how bad it was even though you got the shot. I'd also like to hear how many of you "no way" folks got sick. Are you ready to be truthful? icon_wink.gif


    Last edited by Deely on Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:48 pm, edited 1 time in total
    *Z*
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:48 pm
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    Count me in! I haven't gotten the shot...yet. The flu season is just getting ramped up here and since I work in the public (with all of their disgusting habits) I am a little afraid. I might get it soon (like tomoro) but then again I might not! LOL I have never gotten a flu shot but I get them for my Younger DD. She has a heart condition so I worry that something like the flu could really take her out. icon_sad.gif I can tell you that she has never gotten sick from the shot and (so far) has never gotten the flu. If I do decide to get the shot I will let you know.
    Deely
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:50 pm
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    *Z* wrote:
    Count me in! I haven't gotten the shot...yet. The flu season is just getting ramped up here and since I work in the public (with all of their disgusting habits) I am a little afraid. I might get it soon (like tomoro) but then again I might not! LOL I have never gotten a flu shot but I get them for my Younger DD. She has a heart condition so I worry that something like the flu could really take her out. icon_sad.gif I can tell you that she has never gotten sick from the shot and (so far) has never gotten the flu. If I do decide to get the shot I will let you know.


    Go get it GF!!!
    K9 Owned
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:54 pm
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    I'm in.
    Not sure quite where I fit though. I didn't and won't get the vaccine but I did try a homeopathic flu remedy/preventative. I'm interested in seeing if it works.
    Dib's
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:54 pm
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    No shot here and I will let you know how it goes!

    I can tell you this. The one and only time I did get the shot-and that was back in 93, I got the flu 3 weeks later and wanted to die.

    I have not had the shot since, and I have not had the flu either.
    *Z*
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:08 pm
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    I think we should also divulge some of our habits too. I am very conscientious about washing my hands, using sanitizer, avoiding sick people as much as I can, I cover my face with my clothing if I cough or sneeze, try not to actually touch door handles with my bare hands (or use sanitizer if I HAVE to touch one) and so forth. I think habits make a difference in how one fights illness too. One of my bad habits is not getting enough sleep. I also don't eat the healthiest.
    Dib's
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:17 pm
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    *Z* wrote:
    I think we should also divulge some of our habits too. I am very conscientious about washing my hands, using sanitizer, avoiding sick people as much as I can, I cover my face with my clothing if I cough or sneeze, try not to actually touch door handles with my bare hands (or use sanitizer if I HAVE to touch one) and so forth. I think habits make a difference in how one fights illness too. One of my bad habits is not getting enough sleep. I also don't eat the healthiest.


    Pretty much everything you said you do I do. My sleep sucks-really bad dreams lately. I do eat healthy, for the most part.
    Deely
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:23 pm
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    *Z* wrote:
    I think we should also divulge some of our habits too. I am very conscientious about washing my hands, using sanitizer, avoiding sick people as much as I can, I cover my face with my clothing if I cough or sneeze, try not to actually touch door handles with my bare hands (or use sanitizer if I HAVE to touch one) and so forth. I think habits make a difference in how one fights illness too. One of my bad habits is not getting enough sleep. I also don't eat the healthiest.


    I agree *Z*. How old are we..how much contact we have with the public and how healthy we are changes the odds.
    Leggy Peggy
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:30 pm
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    *Z* wrote:
    I think we should also divulge some of our habits too. I am very conscientious about washing my hands, using sanitizer, avoiding sick people as much as I can, I cover my face with my clothing if I cough or sneeze, try not to actually touch door handles with my bare hands (or use sanitizer if I HAVE to touch one) and so forth. I think habits make a difference in how one fights illness too. One of my bad habits is not getting enough sleep. I also don't eat the healthiest.


    I'm good about washing hands and avoiding sick people, but it's hard the
    way we travel. We're on the back of overland trucks with anywhere up to
    28 people on board. The overland truck companies have always urged us to
    have flu shots, along with a raft of other injections.

    Half the time we camp in tents—hubby and me sharing. The other half we
    are in hostels and hotels with anywhere from 2 to 16 in a room.

    I haven't had the flu since before 2008. Many on the trucks have fallen
    majorly ill on the travels, and I'm wondering if they had the flu shots. Hubby
    and I have done three overland trips now (totalling 25 months on the road) and
    have only ever had 2 colds and 1 earache. Usually we are the oldest and the
    healthiest ones on the trucks. Maybe the germs have met us before? icon_wink.gif
    Just Call Me Martha
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:16 pm
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    Kathy228 wrote:
    ... deja vu all over again...

    This is probably an ad campaign originating from the pharmaceutical companies.
    k


    I respectfully disagree. Having spent almost three weeks in the hospital recently (surgery for intestinal blockage, and subsequent stroke), I can tell you that, at least here in Canada, it IS happening.

    I was in Emerg three times during November and all three times the ER was flooded with people who had the flu, which did prevent people, like me, from getting proper care.

    After being discharged too early the first time and having to return to the hospital, I was 33 hours in emerg before I got a room. The nurse said they were overwhelmed with flu cases. Then, I ended up getting a ward room with two women and two men, because they had to save the private and semi-private rooms for those who had the flu or a super-bug. Just this week I heard that they had a flu outbreak on the neuro floor, which is where I was after my stroke. Very sad that people so weak are exposed to the flu.

    So, yes, I DO get the flu shot every year - if only to prevent me passing the flu along to someone who may not be able to fight it.
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:19 pm
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    I had one form of the flu in October, right about the time I was scheduled to get the flu shot. I waited until I was healthy again, and got one.

    I started about 5 years ago after I got so sick, I don't ever want to be that sick again.

    DH had the flu after Xmas even after the shot.

    I urged him to get the shot now that he has become the world business traveler, again. He heads to China & Japan next month.
    Dib's
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:27 pm
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    My DH told me that his shop foreman had to leave 3 times this morning (we have a volunteer FD and Paramedics). They had to go to one of the senior centers-3 seperate times-different people. Each one had to be transported to the hospital and each one had the flu shot months ago.

    He was telling the guys that in the Senior Centers here in town it really is bad. 99% of these seniors they transport to the hospital have had their shots. I do not believe it covers 75% of the flu going around.

    or

    our little burb got a really bad batch of the vaccine.
    Ducky
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:57 pm
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    Dib's wrote:
    He was telling the guys that in the Senior Centers here in town it really is bad. 99% of these seniors they transport to the hospital have had their shots. I do not believe it covers 75% of the flu going around.

    or

    our little burb got a really bad batch of the vaccine.

    They said for seniors, the efficacy can be as low as 30%.

    This current flu strain is in the shot. Efficacy for healthy adults is 60-75%. Pretty decent odds and it beats being in the hospital or miserable at home.

    On the news tonight, they said there is a strong strain of norovirus now going around. In case you can avoid the flu, you now have to worry about this too.
    Stella Mae
    Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:17 pm
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    The primary schools here are giving flu shots free to the children. The nurse at my friend's son's school said her baby should be inoculated and she refused. She asked me what I thought and I told her I couldn't advise her, but I definitely thought she should consult her pediatrician and discuss it. She asked what I would do. That's simple. My children always had their shots and vaccines. I don't know if this prevents the flu, but I am sure it must lessen the illness if it's contracted.
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