Flu Shots

So now that I have health insurance, and don’t have to pay out of pocket for a flu shot, I have been thinking about it. Up in Canada only the very young, the old and the sick were able to get a flu shot, and even if you wanted to pay for it out of pocket, you would have to wait until the priority cases got their shots to see if there were any left over.

I was at the MD today (getting cortisone cream for my face after what happened last week) and they had a lot of people coming in for the shot. I thought that seeing as I was there I may as well do it. But then again, I am not someone who often gets the flu, and when I have had the shot in the past I recall getting sick from it.

So I didn’t go ahead with it. I can go any time and get it, so IF I do decide to have it, it won’t be a problem.

What are your thoughts? I know there are those people who are against vaccinations of any kind. I don’t want to get into that here, today. Let’s just stick to the flu shot – does it work? Doesn’t it? What’s been your experience? Would you? Why? Why not?

11 responses to “Flu Shots

  1. I get a flu shot every year. I started doing this because I had asthmatic bronchitis and then pneumonia 3 years in a row (these both started as a milder upper respiritory infection or flu) and decided that I couldn’t risk doing that again. So now I just get the flu shot. It means that I am less likely to get the flu and if I do get it, I’ll probably have a milder case which will hopefully not result in pneumonia or me being on an inhaler for months while I recover. I do tend to feel pretty lousy after getting them and so try to schedule them for when I’m gonna have 24 hours without classes or obligations after. Since the girls get them when I do, we just all lie around together and complain the next day, and have chicken soup and pamper ourselves a little. It’s sort of a tradition now. 🙂

    I just figure, they will likely do more good than harm, so why not?

  2. Are you sure that you won’t have to pay any co-pay for the flu shot?

    I personally have never gotten the flu shot & TG it’s been ok for me although I did get the H1N1 vaccine for my daughter last year when there was an outbreak & it was recommended especially for children.

    I have heard of ppl having bad reactions to the flu shot but if for ppl who tend to suffer badly from the flu it may be worth the side effects.

    Good luck with whatever you decide!

  3. I got one for the first time last year — free here in Manitoba, so it must vary across Canada. I was concerned about having a reaction to it but since there was so much concern last year I did it and had no problems. I don’t know if I’ll get one this year, but now that I have asthma it may not be a bad idea.

  4. I have read that most flu shots have thimerosal in them, which is a type of mercury. With my migraine-prone brain, I am scared that this may trigger off the mother of all migraines, and I will end up sicker than if I did catch the flu. This could be ridiculous and completely false, but it is what keeps me from gettting the shot

  5. I am a hospital employee so flu shots are required. I also have 2 prosthetic heart valves, influenza is dangerous for me. Reactions vary from year to year as does the vaccine. Last year, sore arm, slight headache, lasted about 24 hours. Infinitely easier than catching the flu. Because you have school age children your at a greater risk for contacting the virus (kids carry it home).
    My personal choice, get the shot.

  6. Your mileage will vary. My suggestion is that you believe yourself a little more vulnerable to illness, and if you’ve gotten in before without a bad reaction, then get it . . . but to not be surprised if you feel a little warm and achy for 24 hours.

  7. The two times I’ve had the flu shot I’ve gotten sick. My doctor just recommends I don’t get it anymore. I usually get a wicked cold sometime in October and then again in the spring but I don’t often get the flu.

  8. I just got my shot at my workplace TODAY. I’ve had the shot many times and I haven’t had an adverse reaction. For me, it’s worth it. Even if there’s only a small possibility that I’ll get the flu, there’s no way I can take care of my family (not to mention do my job) if I get sick.

  9. Suburban Sweetheart

    I’m very pro flu shot. I don’t consider myself someone who’s often ill, but the one year I didn’t get the shot, I got the flu! I usuallyget it at CVS or Walgreens instead of the doc – no wait, no appointment!

  10. there are thimerosal-free flu shots, mostly for young children, but also available if you ask. There is also very very little in them now, unlike years ago.

    http://children.webmd.com/vaccines/inactivated-flu-vaccine-what-you-need-know

  11. I also don’t get the flu often (bronchitis on the other hand). The one year I did, it was part of standard prenatal care. My husband gets one every year because he works in a hospital and he’s in the armed services. Our daughter also gets one because she was born premature and per Ped recommends them for preemie babies until they are 3 or so.

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