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Trisha Torrey

Flu! I Got My Flu Shot - Did You?

By December 12, 2012

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It seems to be the lead story on the local news lately.... here comes the flu! This year's seasonal flu is expected to affect more people than it has in most years past.

And here we are, smack in the middle of the holiday season, with more people coming down with flu than usual. I can only imagine those who think they are going to get their holiday shopping and baking done, who will, instead, fall victim to the flu, and will feel way too lousy to prepare for the holidays (not to mention the fact that they shouldn't get anywhere near the kitchen where they can transfer germs to food or dishes!)

Have you gotten your flu shot?

I have. Two weeks ago. So now, two weeks later, with not a single side effect (normal), I know I won't catch the flu. I'll continue to enjoy my holiday season.

Most people wouldn't think I'm at much risk. I work from home, by myself, so it's not like I'm in an office setting where everyone else has been exposed to their kids bringing flu home from school.

But I do travel, and have spent more time on airplanes during the past two weeks than most people. And I shop at supermarkets and big box stores. And I go to the post office several times a week... Yes - just like you - I do all those normal things that can easily expose most of us to the flu.

And even more important is the fact that during the holiday season, I'll be spending time with family and friends, from toddlers to octogenarians. I don't want to catch the flu from any of them. And just as important, I don't want to spread it to them either. I'm a fan of herd immunity.

If you've already gotten your flu shot - then my hat is off to you!

And if you haven't, then see if any of these resources helps you decide whether - then where - to get your shot.

(And do me a favor. If this post is falling on "deaf eyeballs" - then while you're sick and achy, running a fever, can't sleep and you're miserable - then read as many articles here at About.com Patient Empowerment as you can, OK?)

Seasonal Flu 2012-013

How to Decide Whether or Not to Get a Flu Shot

Why Healthy People Need Flu Shots

Side Effects and Other Problems Caused by Flu Vaccines

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Comments
December 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm
(1) T says:

I never got the flu shot because I believed that I took care of myself well enough and frowned upon putting anything into my body besides food.

What I had to realize working with patients is that we are here to take care of them and if they come to us for care and we make them sick due to non vaccination then that goes against “true patient care”.

The President of the hospital made a valid point when he said he would be ashamed if one of our patients got the flu because staff were not vaccinated. It became apart of employment and you had to get the flu shot or not work there. It boils down to it not being about you and that its about the patients and the people we work around.

Think about it this way, when H1N1 was around people (trampled each other to get the shot in fear of there life….I mean, it was horrendous and the demand was definitely pronounced. So do we have to be scared to death for lack of a better phrase to understand why it is key to get the shot? Maybe real patients stories should be expressed to show people why getting the flu shot is important.

December 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm
(2) Ileana says:

I am taking the flu vaccine every year and have mi kid vaccinated every year. My husband has an allergy to eggs so he can’t have it.

However, I think it should be treated like a personal preference rather than an obligation.

Here’s agood evaluation of the studies that looked at how efficient they are… Clue – not very…
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/12/10/how-good-are-flu-shots/

It feels to me that it’s a small price to pay for a potentially anoying disease, but I understand how others think differently and how sometimes they get sick from it.

December 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm
(3) Ileana says:

Reading the comment before mine, I agree that as a patient advocate, we should probably take the shot anyway. Also, avoid contact with patients when sick.

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