I'd rather be forced to get a flu shot than wear my freakin seat belt whenever I drive...
The last experience I had with a flu shot was in high school, when they used us as guinea pigs for a new vaccine. They lined us up like army recruits and blasted the shot through the skin with high-pressure air, hurt like hell for a good week. Was really fast and sanitary tho.
I think George Washington died of the flu so it's not trivial but ... a good friend, about 70, was told by his doctor that he's old now, should get a flu shot. He did.
Next day he couldn't get out of bed, was lucky his daughter came by to call an ambulance, stayed in icu for two weeks then finally was diagnosed with something similar to Guillan-Barre (sp) as an adverse reaction ? That was several years ago and he's not truly recovered even now. Did a little research on adverse reactions, they are more common than generally thought and at least in his case, devastating.
For myself, I'll risk the flu.
Despite the current administrations best efforts, all science and scientists have not yet been banished from government. So, one does not have to rely on anecdotes to determine whether flu vaccine is safe and effective. Just cruise the National Institute of Health website and you can find science-based articles on the subject. Or look at the UK's national health sites.
NIH Fact Sheet: NIH Fact Sheets - Influenza
Factors affecting flu vaccine efficacy: NIH study finds factors that may influence influenza vaccine effectiveness | National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The bottom line is that the vaccine does entail minuscule risk but also comes with much greater likelihood of substantial benefit. It is far more likely to benefit anyone who takes it than to harm them even though an individual may know someone who was harmed by it some time in the last 50 years.
I am with you on this. Looks like we are the minority here though. My wife and kids do not get it either. So far we are more than healthy without them.
I don't know if that strain has ever resurfaced, even in a lab.
Agreed. Like the swine flu shots they hurried to have at every CVS, Walgreens. Yet no one in my zip code had it. I'm not a fan of preventative medicine. It tends to be overblown, and good diet and vitamins never get talked about. Not to mention exercise
Diet, exercise never talked about??? You kidding?
Again, to get some facts go to the NIH website on preventive medicine Right on the first page is their statements about exercise and diet being extremely important to disease prevention. Physical Activity: NIH and Federal Funded Prevention Research | NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)
Their.nutrition statement is: Nutrition: NIH and Federal Funded Prevention Research | NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)
The other three topics are tobacco abuse, substance abuse and immunization.
Take just a moment to read those statements They chose these topics as each has major health impacts and also can be significantly impacted by relatively inexpensive and safe behavioral changes.
Incidentally their is no good science to support vitamin supplementation outside of folate in pregnancy and Vit D in milk and some other special cases. Before I hear all the howls about BS, coverups, and research suppression, please supply supportive evidence in legitimate juried journals and not testimonials based on personal experience as there are testimonials supporting every notion imaginable. But scientific data carefully derived cuts through all that garbage.