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This year influenza season is off to an early start with an unusually aggressive virus.  Vaccination while far from perfect does help prevent influenza.  If you have not been vaccinated yet get vaccinated not only to protect yourself get it to help protect those around you.

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The "herd immunity" principle as my wife with her Masters in Public Health likes to call it...

Yes, I've had a flu shot as has my wife and daughter.


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Interestingly, the last time I got the flu was way back in 2003 -- my last year working.  Since I retired at the beginning of 2004 -- I haven't ever gotten sick -- not even one cold.  And no flu shots either.

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Well Mayor Menino has declared a Public Health Emergency in Boston, but I'm not getting one.  I should knock on wood, I suppose, but I've never had the flu, ever.  Nor have I ever had the shot.  Sure I'll typically get that one sinus infection every winter, but the debilitating, achy body flu?  Count me lucky, I guess.

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I figure all of my flying around has exposed me, if not already then soon.  I have not yet gotten mine, and do not see me doing so before Feb.

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I quit taking them several years ago. The idea of some annonymous group at a remote location deciding months in advance what kind of immunization I need bothers me. The last time I got the flu I'd had the shot.

I do have a prescription anti-viral my company buys that I can take if I do start coming down with the flu. It hasn't been necessary.
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Nope.

Sometimes my company will do free on-site flu shots, but otherwise I don't go out of my way to get it.  I'm rarely around kids or old people and am rarely sick, aside from two colds a year that usually start with allergies.


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My son and daughter... yes. My wife and I... no.

The pediatrician said this season's vaccine is a poor match for the viruses actually circulating. So far, only my son has gotten the flu... which supports his claim.

I've been using echinacea and goldenseal for a few years with excellent results. Start at the first sign of illness. It doesn't always prevent me from getting sick, but when I do, it is much less severe and a shorter duration. The only bad sickness I've had since using these herbs is strep throat. Not sure if that's because strep is bacterial, while colds/flu are viral.


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I get the flu shot every year now.  I used to be hit and miss with getting it but since the last time I got the flu I have not missed.  The last time I got the flu, about 2004, I became very sick and it took months to fully recover.  Idon't want that to happen again.

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I'm with Rumi on this one.  The vaccine also means that if you do get the flu, it is apt to be less severe.  The few times I have gotten flu I had not been vaccinated, and like Rumi the last time it took a long time to get over--secondary infections, strained ribs from the coughing, etc.

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I quit taking them several years ago. The idea of some annonymous group at a remote location deciding months in advance what kind of immunization I need bothers me.

It would be nice if your own doctor just down the street could concoct the perfect local vaccine this week.  But that's not how vaccine creation works, at least not yet (a worthy goal though).

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I should knock on wood, I suppose, but I've never had the flu, ever.  Nor have I ever had the shot.  Sure I'll typically get that one sinus infection every winter, but the debilitating, achy body flu?  Count me lucky, I guess.

Ditto - just getting over my "annual" winter sinus infection here, a couple of days of mild symptoms

I don't think anyone in my family has ever had the flu, or the flu shot.  Course we live in CA, where it usually isn't as bad.


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I quit taking them several years ago. The idea of some annonymous group at a remote location deciding months in advance what kind of immunization I need bothers me.

It would be nice if your own doctor just down the street could concoct the perfect local vaccine this week.  But that's not how vaccine creation works, at least not yet (a worthy goal though).

Good one. Not to mention the fact that a number of very smart and well-educated experts in infectious diseases and public health put a lot of study and effort into a serious worldwide public health problem. Nothing local about this one.

Yes, I got mine several months ago.

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Yes in October free through my health insurance provider and always get the shot.   Last time I caught influenza was decades ago during that year it was most virulent.   Very scary symptoms.   Whether cold or flu, I greatly dislike being sick.  I have a suspicion the more respiratory illnesses one catches over one's lifetime the faster one ages and that it shortens one's life.

I hardly ever catch head cold viruses though did come down with a slight head cold in this November.  Previously caught colds in 2007 and 2002 so about every 4 or 5 years which has been the case since the 1980's though lots of people around me are often sick.


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I'm with Rumi on this one.  The vaccine also means that if you do get the flu, it is apt to be less severe.  The few times I have gotten flu I had not been vaccinated, and like Rumi the last time it took a long time to get over--secondary infections, strained ribs from the coughing, etc.

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The problem lies in that what many think of as "The Flu" isn't. Until you truly get your butt kicked by it......
When I was pregnant with Walker and the Swine Flu shots were hard to get, I found one through a program of the County - where you could see real time online of who had gotten shots in. I was able to get mine early on. My husband and oldest son, who was 12 then, didn't. They both got the flu that year. I didn't.

It was horrid. I was pregnant, tired and barfy. And had to take care of them for a week, hauling barf buckets, sterilizing everything, every day. Stripping sheets, running on high. They couldn't keep anything in them. Smelling that much puke and acrid sweat made my all-day gagginess even worse.

I have had a true flu once, when I was a teen. Apparently I was hallucinating from the fevers, I got out of bed and fell into the wall a few times, and then slammed a door on my arm. They dragged me back to bed. I have no memory of it.

To say the least, I take a flu shot every year, as do the kids and Kirk. Kirk NEVER wants to go through that again. And for all of you smug over not getting it....if you have little kids, once they go to school, they bring home EVERYTHING. Hahhah. Which is why I immunize Ford for everything I can. I even had his whooping cough bumped up to ensure he didn't bring it home to his brothers (since the youngest doesn't have all his shots yet). His school was bad earlier this year, with teens getting it like crazy and spreading it.


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I work with a bunch of nurses.  No way they would let me get away without being stabbed with a needle.  I get a flu shot every year and have for a long time.  I don't get the flu.  That's all I need to know.
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According to my dad, influenza wiped out a branch of my family in the early part of the 20th century.  My Great grandmother was the only one from her family that survived, killed her parents and siblings.

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We have a 9 day old baby, so yeah, we got it.  Let's hope it works.

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Oink. My last intersection with influenza: http://ckjournal.blogspot.com/2009....ss.html

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Years ago I got the flu shot at the behest of my Mom. First and last time I had one because it was the first time since I was a little kid that year I got the flu. I hadn't had the flu in years and knock on wood and not since have I had it.
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I get vaccinated every year at the first opportunity.  My grandfather lost a few siblings in the 1918 epidemic.
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Yes. I have a 2 month old and a 3 year old. Both my husband and I got ours while I was pregnant. My 3 year old just got hers last month.

I worked in health care for 5 years and started getting the flu shot then. I have been very healthy, other then the pneumonia I got this year while pregnant (I don't recommend it... but hey, they don't make a vaccine for pneumonia!).


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last time I got the flu, I wound up with cancer.

getting the flu shot is not an option for me anymore.  I will always be immunocompromised.  I even got the swine flu vaccine while I was undergoing treatment.  I got it when only the most at-risk people were able to get them.

I got my flu shot this year back in October or something.  My dad got the flu just before Christmas and I managed to avoid it even though I was in the same house the whole time.  I did wind up getting a damn cold that I'm still fighting 2 weeks later, though.  Stupid lingering coughs.


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I meant to, but didn't, since Dec 1st when I gave a mom and a 19 month old a ride to the emergency room, someone in my family has had the flu, which ran the same course for all 7 of the ones I consider family here in town, me and the husband, the two sons, both girlfriends and the toddler. But there was enough delay in between each onset that one would be nearly recovered before the next would get sick. Baby on the first, 5 days later her mom, then my oldest son on the 11th,  and my husband around  the 14, which was when the two college kids came home, then me and then them. everyone had a fever and aches for about a day first then vomited a couple times, then had intestinal issues for about  a day, and then were just really weak for about a week, then as you thought it was over, each got a deep chest cough and head congestion and two of us got ear infections and I am still wondering about getting the flu shot even now.

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Echo - Those symptoms and the period of time between cases does not sound like flu.  There are a lot of different bugs out their.  GI problems/vomiting is not a common symptom of influenza.  What is called stomach flu is not influenza.

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Years ago I got the flu shot at the behest of my Mom. First and last time I had one because it was the first time since I was a little kid that year I got the flu. I hadn't had the flu in years and knock on wood and not since have I had it.

You do realize that was coincidence?  You can't get the flu from the vaccine.

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What Roger said.  If you are vomiting, other than as a reaction to a very high fever(more common in kids than adults, I think), it's not influenza.

And the biggest baddie about flu is opening the window to pneumonia.  The pneumonia I had a few years ago while on vacation in Glacier probably started as the flu my son had just gotten over.  Next thing I know I'm sitting up all night because I literally can't breathe if I lie down.  Trust me, you don't want to do that.


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