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I got my flu shot

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Dreadnut, Oct 12, 2020.

  1. Alex W

    Alex W Friend of Leo's

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    The flu shot is not analogous to the development of drug resistant bacteria. In the latter scenario, what happens is an antibiotic kills some large proportion of the bacteria, such as 99.9999% but the 0.0001% that survive have managed to survive through some mutation that confers resistance to the medicine. Then, these survivors are all that's left and after a while they've multiplied into a sizeable population of their own. It's basically evolution in action.

    A vaccine just presents the body's immune system to parts of the virus so that it can form antibodies against those parts. Then when the person encounters the actual virus in the wild, their immune system already has a head start in fighting it.
     
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    The current shot covers the four strains expected to be the most prevalent for this year's flu season. The shot combined with the same care being taken relative to the pandemic should potentially help this flu season be reasonable since masking, distancing and washing hands is also good mitigation for flu virus, too. I get the shot every year and have for a very long time and absolutely wouldn't skip it as a "mature adult" for sure. I got mine about two weeks ago; Professor Dr. SWMBO got hers this week during her regular physician appointment. BOth daughters are getting theirs in the next week or two which is especially important because they both work in a retail environment.
     
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    Got mine (wife did too). I haven't had one in years, not because of any particular reason. I'm of the age where I'm going to start making it an annual habit.
     
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    2 interesting factoids I have learned recently: Almost all of the flu we experience derives from the Spanish flu of 1918. And, about 30,000 people a year die from influenza in the US. I'm getting the shot for the first time ever, even though I can't remember the last time I had flu. I'm old enough to start admitting I'm old, and this is part of that.
     
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    Got mine 2 weeks ago. Have been getting them for at least 25 years or more. Never had any negative reaction beyond very mild flu symptoms for a single day afterwards and that's only occurred once in all that time. I've only gotten the flu twice during the same period. I agree with other posts that I find that a small price to pay for helping to be healthy the rest of the time. Again, as others have said, it also means we participate in helping to reduce the probability of others in our communities (family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, lady at the check out counter in the market, etc.) from getting sick too. A win/win all around.

    But probably the single biggest benefit is that it saves my wife the horror of having to deal with the petulant child I turn into when I don't feel well!:confused:
     
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    I've never experienced flu like symptoms, so I have never taken the flu shot, but now that our country is learning about good hygiene, it almost seems redundant to get a flu shot this year. Austrailia's experience supports my thoughts.

    My main thought is that I am and going to be extremely careful for quite awhile now and the flu is much easier to not catch.
     
  7. schmee

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    I've been getting the shot for a few years now being old. As mentioned above I hardly remember ever getting the flu but probably have a couple times in my life. If you are a senior get a pneumonia shot. It can be deadly if you come down with something else. You only need it once in your life also.
     
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    Got mine two weeks ago tomorrow. I never miss getting it and I very rarely get the flu.
     
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    What strain of the flu are the shots for this year?
     
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    I got the high dose shot three weeks ago. There's already enough stuff going around, I don't need the flu.
     
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    there's stuff going around for sure and it'll soon raise it's head showing a mask and flu-shot trivial in comparison
     
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    Excellent! I got mine too.

    You don't want to go through this. I still have numbness from the medically induced coma last year.
     
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    Seniors should also get Prevnar 13, an additional Pneumonia vaccine that covers more strains than the regular one.
     
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    Just back from getting mine.

    Geezer Strength

    That made the nurse laugh. (She was probably smiling under her mask.)
     
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    They smile with their eyes.... as my persian relative says, 'they smile with their eyes and show that they care with their eyebrows'

    never knew I'd have first hand use of that info.
     
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    I got mine and a pneumonia shot before that. Plus I wash my hands all the time and we have to wear masks in Germany. Hope it helps. Cause the flu is bad. I had it.....
     
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    I figure at my age I need to play the odds. Like my doctor said "As you get less young..."

    When I was younger, I thought I was invincible. Threw caution to the wind; damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.
     
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    I can't get flu shots. Every time I've got one, in 2-3 days in end up really sick. My doctor's husband is the same way. She understands, so she doesn't press it anymore.
     
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    We got ours this morning.
     
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