My mom and I have been getting flu shots annually for over 25 years. She was a hospital worker (anesthetist) and it was required. This was the first year that she got feverish and chills for a day afterward. It’s never happened before.
I still await my fate. It’s a lot harder going knowing I’ll probably get sick too. Flu shots have never been a big deal in the past. Exercise a little afterward and your arm won’t get sore either. I’ll suck it up and get it later this week. I plan to take two Tylenol just before to try and fight off any chills or fever.
Did you get the regular or extra strength shot this year? Get sick for a day?
I’m not sure what “extra” flu shot this year the OP refers to in his poll.
We had that big H1N1 piggy flu scare in the 2009-2010 season. I got the “regular” jab in Oct 2009 but held off on the H1N1 “extra” shot. – I was waiting to see if the Teeming Millions who got it would start dropping dead. In Feb. 2010, seeing that no such thing happened, I went and got the H1N1 poke. As it turns out, I didn’t drop dead either (yet). I’m not aware of any “extra” flu shot other than the “regular” one since then.
I’ve never gotten a flu shot, and I don’t plan to start this year. No, I’m not an anti-vaxxer; I just don’t feel it’s necessary for me in my current condition (44, healthy, and not in any of the major risk groups). As far as I know I’ve never gotten the flu either.
I voted no big deal. No aches or fevers, but two days after I received my shot I ended up sleeping for over 11 hours. That might have been due to the really long week that I had though. I got the inactivated vaccine.
My workplace offers free shots, so I get them every year even though I’m not in any risk groups. No reason not to. And the guy specifically told me this year that they used a dead vaccine, so it was not possible to get the flu from it.
My doctor always recommends that I get a flu shot every year, and I get one every year. I get a little sore and feverish each time, but it’s pretty minor. I also get a pneumonia shot on a regular basis. I used to get two or three cases of pneumonia a year before I got the shots. Haven’t had a case since I started getting the shots.
I’m 0 for 2 on flue shots. The last time I got one was in the 80’s and it didn’t go well and this one was worse. It was like playing full contact arthritis football. Not sure why. Very discouraging. I only got it because it was free and given on a Friday so I’d have time to recover.
My doctor insures me there’s no possible way I can get sick from a flu shot, yet, every time I get one, I get flu like symptoms for about 24 hours. My shot related symptoms are so common that it’s become a family joke. I passed by the nurse station today in fact, and didn’t stop.
There is an extra strength shot for the elderly and people with impaired immune or respiratory systems. Primary care doctors will generally tell the patients that need the extra strength. I’m pretty sure this is the first flu season its been offered.
There’s limited dosage of the extra strength and they only give it to the people that need it. I really should get it because I’ve had double pneumonia about twenty years ago and was in the hospital ten days. It took a combination of three IV antibiotics to kill the bug.
The last time I had a flu shot I broke out in hives and wheezing, so no more flu shots for me. They don’t give me the flu, or flu-like symptoms, but rather a life-threatening allergic reaction.
One reason for healthy people to get the shot is so they don’t inadvertently pass it on to the sick/elderly/infants/people like me who can’t get flu shots. That’s the reason people working in hospitals or doctors’ offices or nursing homes may be required to get the shot. Then there are people like me, out in the community and appearing very healthy, but not able to get flu shots.