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We don't do flu shots.  Instead, we rely on rest, good food, good hygiene, and avoiding exposure.
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Same here. 

And I aggressively encourage my friends to avoid it. 
 
All of the people I know who became sick with flu this year got the flu shot.  Every single one of them.  It's ineffective, and its benefits are grossly overstated.  
 
I am a scientist.  I have done the research that the CDC makes it nearly impossible to do. The conclusion I drew from the literature was that unless I should become "high risk," it doesn't provide a benefit that, to me, is worth the risk of not knowing what effect it will have on my body (long term).  In my opinion, it's a cash grab by the pharma companies.  With nearly every other vaccine, upon introduction of the vaccine, the numbers of infections per year dropped.  Show me that for the flu & maybe I'll reconsider.
 
I have to be the contrarian on this topic --  I have spent the last 25 years on the frontlines with the Flu as an ER Nurse.  I've been vaccinated every year and I have not had the Flu despite taking care of hundreds of Flu patients.   And as to who becomes sick with flu after receiving injections: Is that based on Lab tests or anecdotal reports?  I ask because there are Viral infections that make you sick that aren't the Flu.  The term has been so generally misused over the years that it requires careful definition.   I understand there may be rare individuals for whom the Flu or other vaccinations are not advisable but for the great bulk of folks, I think a Flu shot is a GREAT choice.  Just my 2 cents.....
 
+Jan Allison You are part of the "high-risk" group of individuals because of your job.  One of the studies I read showed a benefit for people in healthcare, largely because, as you mentioned, you are in contact with people with the Flu.
 
+Dan Sonnier Right.  I have been in Science for over 10 years. I have a BS, MS and am finishing my last 6 months of my degree. I'm qualified as a scientist.  I'm not going to argue with you, or do the research for you, but I'd like to correct your interpretation of my statement.  I clearly state "The conclusion I drew..."  and later "In my opinion..." This means that you, as an apparently well educated scientist, could draw a different one.  Simply sharing my thoughts on the topic.
 
+Jan Allison you have a very valid point about the "flu" becoming a catch all phrase for any kind of wintertime sickness.

Still ain't getting it. Lol.b
 
Some people will get the flu after minimal exposure. Some won't get it after repeated exposure. More (MUCH more) important than germs or vaccines is your immune system. The finest quality seed won't grow in infertile soil!
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