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OT Flu Shot OT

Yesterday Nolaegghead and I without coordinating both went to Walgreens (100 miles apart) and got our flu shots. When I was younger I wouldn't bother to do so very often. Well I am no longer younger and have to go tend to parents who are 86 and 90 every two to three weeks. It may not keep me from getting the flu but it may lessen the effects so that I don't have to go to the doctor's office or the emergency room. You know where people with an unnamed plague congregate. It was covered at no copay by my insurance and by the majority of health insurance policies including Medicare. Just a suggestion with out political bias attached.
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  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 4,400
    agree, will get one soon
    aka marysvilleksegghead
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    mini 2009

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  • Get it every year, everyone in our house does. 

    John - SLC, UT

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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 22,517
    I have been getting the flu shot for the the better part of 40+ years (old you know) and have never had the flu.  But I also don't believe in getting sick so the flu is just a piece of the puzzle.  So far, so good. (Now likely jinxed.)  Getting the flu shot juice in around 3 weeks.  
    BTW- Back in July I signed up on the national registry to participate in the Covid vaccine trials-haven't been called yet.  Hope that statement and my status changes ASAP.  FWIW-
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 4,735
    I Have to get mine this week
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  • OhioEggerOhioEgger Posts: 670
    Got my high dose senior flu shot last week. Wouldn't miss it for anything, especially this year.
    Cincinnati, Ohio. Large BGE since 2011. Still learning.
  • EggNorthEggNorth Posts: 1,389
    We usually get it every year also, it’s “free” at most pharmacies, including Costco.  But was wondering if needed, since we have mask on in public all the time, disinfect hands on each exit.  Will probably get it anyway.
    Dave
    Cambridge, Ontario - Canada
    LBGE (2010), Mini Max (2015), LBGE garden pot (2018)
  • Good post and a reminder to schedule one myself
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  • Got mime!!!
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 26,666
    never got one before, this will be the first year
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 14,518
    ColtsFan said:
    I Have to get mine this week
    Dude....you are one busy guy. 
    Johns Creek GA with a Large & a 17" Blackstone........Medium & MiniMax in storage

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  • LegumeLegume Posts: 11,101
    Waiting until mid-late October, ensure I get end of season coverage.
  • BotchBotch Posts: 10,552
    They're saying on the news right now, the shots aren't available yet, but it sounds like some of you have gotten them.  Fake news?  
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  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 3,796
    Botch said:
    They're saying on the news right now, the shots aren't available yet, but it sounds like some of you have gotten them.  Fake news?  
    Well when the pharmacy has a banner outside advertising it, I would say PMSnbc is right on their usual batting average. Of course maybe I got injected with tap water from Flint Michigan.
  • Botch said:
    They're saying on the news right now, the shots aren't available yet, but it sounds like some of you have gotten them.  Fake news?  

    @Botch, I have seen them in the Costco's here in SLC for a few weeks now.  Maybe they aren't in Ogden yet, but worth a check there.

    John - SLC, UT

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  • ColbyLangColbyLang Posts: 881
    Took one every year whilst under the care of an oncologist. He made me get it. I’d always get the flu when I took it. Haven’t taken in probably 7-8 years. Wife and kids get them religiously. She always gets the flu (might’ve been Covid this year. Had an abnormal positive flu test). Anyways, this will be the year I resume taking one. Hopefully, I don’t get the flu 
  • RRPRRP Posts: 23,490
    From the other side of the coin...I only had 1 flu shot in my life and that was 57 years ago and was mandatory my freshman year in college (back when they could make you do things LOL). Then my wife taught school for 37 years and never has had a single flu shot! We figure she was exposed to every known virus during that time and shared the bugs with me whereby we built up some form of immunity. BTW I have mentioned this to my doctor of 52 years just as recently as Tuesday and he likewise has never had a flu shot himself and speculates the same immunity from his exposures over the years. Maybe we are just lucky.
    Re-gasketing America one yard at a time.
  • CornholioCornholio Posts: 946
    The flu shot is not touted as something that will completely protect you from the flu, it lowers your risk and can make symptoms less severe than if you did not take it.

    I’ve heard so many people claim they got sick with the flu FROM the flu shot which is not the case. It takes a couple weeks to kick in so getting the flu right after a flu shot is just bad luck. Sure people can have little reactions but some of that may also be placebo.

    I am not a doctor but I listen to mine.

  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 14,630
    i asked for one at my last dr visit a few weeks ago. they didn't have any yet. thx for the reminder.

    Never had one until 2013 when I was hospitalized for open heart surgery. They said the last thing I wanted was the flu (or pneumonia) and pretty much forced them on me. Been doing it ever since.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 3,796
    Cornholio said:
    The flu shot is not touted as something that will completely protect you from the flu, it lowers your risk and can make symptoms less severe than if you did not take it.

    I’ve heard so many people claim they got sick with the flu FROM the flu shot which is not the case. It takes a couple weeks to kick in so getting the flu right after a flu shot is just bad luck. Sure people can have little reactions but some of that may also be placebo.

    I am not a doctor but I listen to mine.

    Which is why earlier is better than latter. Or the reason I started the thread. 
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 11,101
    The reasons for pushing early is to balance the challenges of getting as many people immunized as possible, to minimize the risk that people forget if they put it off, etc.  It’s hundreds of millions of people they want to immunize, you can’t do that in a month, so you start early and you ask people to go early.  Traditionally, people got their shots from their doctor during a visit.  Expansion to pharmacy, workplace, other forums where people can get their flu shot is all about getting the shot out to more people - because it’s harder and less common to just run to the doctor.  

    Convenience = compliance.

    But flu season peaks in Q1.

  • CornholioCornholio Posts: 946
    Cornholio said:
    The flu shot is not touted as something that will completely protect you from the flu, it lowers your risk and can make symptoms less severe than if you did not take it.

    I’ve heard so many people claim they got sick with the flu FROM the flu shot which is not the case. It takes a couple weeks to kick in so getting the flu right after a flu shot is just bad luck. Sure people can have little reactions but some of that may also be placebo.

    I am not a doctor but I listen to mine.

    Which is why earlier is better than latter. Or the reason I started the thread. 
    My comment was focused on the complete naysayers. I get mine in September because of my compromised immune system, can’t wait for it to be in full swing and risk catching it before I have a chance to get the vaccine. I also get yearly TB tests and blood work done every few months. 

    Some people seem to think that by avoiding the flu shot they are building up extra immunity, which was mentioned in this thread. 
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 11,101
    Agree.  Few have an excuse for not doing this.
  • DobieDobie Posts: 3,080
    edited September 11
    Publix pays me $10 to give me one every year. 
    Jacksonville FL
  • Not being political. Not being boastful. Ive never had a shot and by the grace of God have never had the flu. Not by a doctors orders. Just have never had one and no plans to get one this year but thats just me.
    Im almost certain this gets turned into a political issue and I still wont give a ****.....
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 11,101
    Not being political. Not being boastful. Ive never had a shot and by the grace of God have never had the flu. Not by a doctors orders. Just have never had one and no plans to get one this year but thats just me.
    Im almost certain this gets turned into a political issue and I still wont give a ****.....
    Winner winner - your the first one to mention politics, ya clown.
  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 3,796
    I hope it doesn’t get trampled by a herd of enraged herbivores. I posted it specifically to get as many people vaccinated as possible. So I am not going into antivaxxers.
  • Legume said:
    Not being political. Not being boastful. Ive never had a shot and by the grace of God have never had the flu. Not by a doctors orders. Just have never had one and no plans to get one this year but thats just me.
    Im almost certain this gets turned into a political issue and I still wont give a ****.....
    Winner winner - your the first one to mention politics, ya clown.

    destined to be political here or your just not paying attention....
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