Saturday, October 11, 2008

Shoot Up. All the Cool Kids are Doing it!

The Flu Shot was made available October 1st. I went and got mine THAT DAY, at a Walgreens Clinic. It was super fast and easy. I'd go there again.

I got the flu (for the first time ever) near the end of the season last year. I had a temp of a 103 and felt like I was on my deathbed. I barely made it to urgent care - because I couldn't/didn't want to/ didn't feel well enough to get my ass all the way to Milford. I couldn't stop coughing, puking, sweating, shivering - and when I wasn't doing that I was laying in bed. I was so sick I could barely blog! Luckily I did make it to the doctor and caught it in time. I guess if you get some medicine withing 72hrs, it can help - and it did make me feel a little better - I was only sick about 5 days. They also gave me a miracle cough medicine. It stopped the cough and knocked me out!

Anyway - what I'm trying to say is that I wouldn't wish the flu on my worst enemy. Well. I actually might... but that is a whooole 'nother story!

My Advice... GO GET the damn shot. Otherwise you may get sick and regret it - and NO you won't get sick from the flu shot! The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine (the virus they inject is dead). You could however pick up a different strand of influenza after getting the flu shot - and think you are getting sick from the shot... but you are not getting sick directly form the shot, its just a different strand! You could also pick up the flu before the antibodies for the shot are developed (2 weeks) in your body. That would suck.
(side note: the nasal spray is a whole different deal - it is an active vaccine.)

From The CDC peeps

Each year in the United States, on average:
  • More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications;
  • 36,000 people die from flu.
People who should get vaccinated each year are:
  1. Children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday
  2. Pregnant women
  3. People 50 years of age and older
  4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  5. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
      a. Health care workers
      b. Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
      c. Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
  7. Erika Jean
  8. Bloggers reading this


4 comments:

  1. Yes I saw your post and I normally get a flu shot each year but having gotten mine this year yet. Thankfully I don't think how I am feeling the last couple of days is the flu. Just an upset stomach. Probably stress.

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  2. I'm gonna skip it but thanks anyway. I'm 35 years old and have never had the shot and I've never had the flu.

    One of our teachers got the shot last year and ended up getting the flu anyway.

    You know, since I said I'm not doing it I'm gonna get the flu this year.

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  3. Would you believe I've never had a flu shot? I just can't decide how I feel about it. And I'm sure while I'm deciding I'll get really, really, really sick.... ugh.

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  4. Great post. I got my flu shot yesterday. I have to line up my children's shots next. It's so worth it. My little one got the flu last year, but luckily he had the flu shot, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.

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