Yes for the first time in my life and I would never have another flu injection. I have not been so ill in ages. After three weeks I still feel awful. If I had known that they contain Mercury and can cause some other complications I would certainly not have done so.
Eating fruit and vegetable is not going to stop a person either from getting the flu or passing it to an child or elderly person -- the groups who die from it. It will help you recover though, so I guess that is okay.
It doesn't guarantee you won't get it. If it is one of the viruses covered that year, you may get a less severe case than you would have normally. If it is a flu that isn't included in the vaccine, you have no protection against it. They guess which ones are most likely to go around each year.
A lot of people misunderstand vaccines, how they work, and do not recognize the difference between ethyl and methyl mercury. This causes a lot of health problemsMin that people who really need disease protection sometimes do not get it.
Here is a great explanation, including how one really bad guy who faked data about vaccination dangers caused a lot of fear and misunderstanding:
It could be that in your country a live virus instead of a dead virus is used in the shot. In the US, where thousands die each year from the flu, the dead virus is used in the shot: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm
I did ask when I went back to the doctor. They said it was a dead virus but I don't believe it, mine was very much alive and I never get sick. Oddly enough the lady in the chemist asked me where I received the injection! I have to say, I wonder if it more beneficial to the drug companies than the people they give it to. The TV ads are filled with flu remedies at the moment, think they are having a field day.
I haven't gotten mine yet this year. Normally my two kids and I go get one sometime around the start of fall, but this year we skipped it because we live in the Dallas area, and the Ebola scare was going on here. I decided I would rather skip going to a medical office and sitting in the waiting room with a bunch of random sick people unless it was an emergency. Now that the Ebola scare is over, it is just a matter of getting around to going for our flu shots. Is it too late at this point?
All the discussions are meaningful. But it seems some persons have a mind set to get the flu and the flu shut, instead of taking a preventive measure against it. I know I once get the related cold shut some forty years ago, thereafter, I took a solid preventive measure against cold and flu. This year, I wrote an article "How To Prevent A Cold All Season" It was informative and it was published online. Taking the shut is good, but will not cure the flu. It will occur again and again, to serve the purpose of the producer of the vaccine, advertiser and the medical profession to make some cool money. A good preventive measure consultancy service from doctors can against flu can pay off well into the doctors wallet.
I found an article reporting that MIT's medical clinic administered more than 5000 flu shots in six hours a couple of months ago. There were also a couple of articles covering how MIT researchers are discovering ways to make the shots more effective. I couldn't find anything regarding anyone at MIT speaking out against flu shots. I'll admit that I only did a quick search, so maybe I missed something.
Yes, I have since I'm a healthcare worker. Seasonal flu vaccines are very important for certain population groups like us, elderly, immunocompromised patients, and those with other medical conditions.
For the general population, it is highly encouraged to be vaccinated. Aside from personal protection, being immune to the strain helps others indirectly as well. You will be one less person to be infected, so the chances of transmission will be very much lesser. Imagine if one of your family members has a generally weak immune system, he/she will have lesser chances of contracting the illness.
Nonetheless, being not vaccinated annually does not entail much of a "healthcare risk" as compared to not being vaccinated by the important diseases such as measles, Hepatitis, Chickpox.
Wow. I am amazed at the variety of opinions and explanations here. I believe hugely in vaccines (EXCEPT gardasil) but do not get the flu shot as it is a vaccine against the most likely strain of this year's flu. Could mean it is hugely effective or ineffective in that particular year. If I were in the health care field I would get the flu shot or if I had contact with others in high-risk groups. When it comes to looking for answers about the latest in health I recommend using a source like pubmed where you will find many many free (click the settings for free full articles) from accredited medical journals or the CDC. The best way to fight the flu is to be informed about it from legit sources especially if you are wondering about whether your vaccine contains attenuated, dead, or live vaccine.
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