Flu shot

Discussion in 'General Education' started by Caesar753, Aug 31, 2013.

?

Will you be getting a flu shot this year?

  1. Yes

    46 vote(s)
    60.5%
  2. No

    26 vote(s)
    34.2%
  3. Don't know

    4 vote(s)
    5.3%
  1. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2007
    Messages:
    14,596
    Likes Received:
    2,702

    Aug 31, 2013

    Will you be getting a flu shot this year? Why or why not?
     
  2.  
  3. Missy

    Missy Aficionado

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2004
    Messages:
    3,741
    Likes Received:
    309

    Aug 31, 2013

    Yes, because having the flu is miserable.
     
  4. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2001
    Messages:
    24,958
    Likes Received:
    2,110

    Aug 31, 2013

    Yes. I always get one.

    I know I have a student this year who was out for ten days with the flu...Im all about getting my shot!
     
  5. bowler

    bowler Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2006
    Messages:
    76
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 31, 2013

    I always do...one more thing to try and stay healthy amongst all those germs.
     
  6. teachsph2008

    teachsph2008 Companion

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2008
    Messages:
    230
    Likes Received:
    10

    Aug 31, 2013

    Yes. I can't stand being sick.
     
  7. MrsC

    MrsC Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2005
    Messages:
    14,055
    Likes Received:
    1,878

    Aug 31, 2013

    Yes. I usually do because I do not want the flu. My teaching partner was off for close to 2 weeks (the week before and after Spring Break) with it and wasn't feeling herself for almost a month and a half.
     
  8. Go Blue!

    Go Blue! Connoisseur

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2011
    Messages:
    1,949
    Likes Received:
    17

    Aug 31, 2013

    Never have. I rarely get sick; I might get the sniffles/runny nose but nothing major like the flu. If I feel a cold-weather headache coming on, cough syrup does the trick.

    But, I am always mentally/emotionally drained during the school year and there appears to be no shot for that.
     
  9. DizneeTeachR

    DizneeTeachR Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2003
    Messages:
    6,809
    Likes Received:
    190

    Aug 31, 2013

    Had the flu in college...like getting hit by a mack truck in the chest (not that I ever have)!! Dr said did you get a flu shot...no, seriously I was like 22 & thought it was for "old" people. Have gotten the flu shot in this house ever since. Even my parents started getting them & my sis since then!!!
    Plus, my dr said I could potentially infect A LOT of people at college!!!
     
  10. waterfall

    waterfall Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2011
    Messages:
    6,042
    Likes Received:
    908

    Aug 31, 2013

    I will try to get one...last year I kept saying I would and then I never got around to it. I haven't had the flu since sophomore year of high school, but it was miserable enough for me to remember it very clearly. I knocked out all of christmas break.
     
  11. DizneeTeachR

    DizneeTeachR Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2003
    Messages:
    6,809
    Likes Received:
    190

    Aug 31, 2013

    Waterfall..walgreens has them. I've gotten them there the past few yrs. Walk in and the do bill insurance.
     
  12. waterfall

    waterfall Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2011
    Messages:
    6,042
    Likes Received:
    908

    Aug 31, 2013

    Is the flu shot considered preventative care? I have high deductible insurance (ugh) and they don't pay for anything other that preventative care (and they only pay for that b/c they have to under obamacare).
     
  13. DizneeTeachR

    DizneeTeachR Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2003
    Messages:
    6,809
    Likes Received:
    190

    Aug 31, 2013

    Not sure...check with your walgreens. Our ins used to pay a portion...now the whole thing.
     
  14. KinderCowgirl

    KinderCowgirl Phenom

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2006
    Messages:
    4,858
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 31, 2013

    I won't be getting one. I've known too many people who have gotten flu symptoms from getting it and also I think it's contributing to the number of mutations we now have. I've never gotten one and never gotten the flu.
     
  15. Rbart

    Rbart Companion

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2012
    Messages:
    126
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 31, 2013

    I got my flu shot yesterday. I get one because I had the flu a few years ago and I really never want it again. It was so bad. However, this is the first year that I am having a slight reaction to it. A little red and sore.
     
  16. HistTchr

    HistTchr Habitué

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2011
    Messages:
    883
    Likes Received:
    1

    Aug 31, 2013

    I probably will. I got sick last winter, and was mad at myself for not getting one then.
     
  17. dgpiaffeteach

    dgpiaffeteach Aficionado

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2011
    Messages:
    3,224
    Likes Received:
    147

    Aug 31, 2013

    No. I get sinus infections but rarely get the flu. I think the last time I had the flu, I was 8.
     
  18. Ima Teacher

    Ima Teacher Maven

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2005
    Messages:
    5,873
    Likes Received:
    1,378

    Aug 31, 2013

    I have had one every year since college, with the exception of one year when I couldn't because I was sick and another year when they ran out of vaccine.

    Our state gives them free with our insurance.

    I get it not only because I don't want to get sick, but because I don't want to risk passing it on.
     
  19. JustMe

    JustMe Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2006
    Messages:
    7,946
    Likes Received:
    3

    Aug 31, 2013

    No, and I never have. It started because I avoid sharp objects puncturing my skin. They have alternatives now, but I'm still not interested. I shy away from modern medicine and such as much as I can.
     
  20. monsieurteacher

    monsieurteacher Aficionado

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2005
    Messages:
    3,231
    Likes Received:
    66

    Aug 31, 2013

    I have never had it, but after being out for three weeks last year, I will definitely be getting it this year!
     
  21. geoteacher

    geoteacher Devotee

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Messages:
    1,026
    Likes Received:
    237

    Aug 31, 2013

    Yes. I have elderly parents, and I don't want to accidentally expose them to the bug. That has happened before.
     
  22. Mrs. K.

    Mrs. K. Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2008
    Messages:
    2,289
    Likes Received:
    120

    Aug 31, 2013

    I get one every year. Our district provides them for employees, and spouses pay $20. I've never had a reaction, and it's a heck of a lot better than being sick as a dog and missing a week of work.
     
  23. stargirl

    stargirl Companion

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2008
    Messages:
    173
    Likes Received:
    54

    Aug 31, 2013

    No. Like somebody said above, I know people who ended up with some form of the flu/ very strong flu symptoms after getting a vaccine.
    Also, don't forget, the vaccine is for one strain of flu only. So it's no guarantee you won't get the flu at all this year, just not that particular strain.
     
  24. comaba

    comaba Cohort

    Joined:
    May 21, 2011
    Messages:
    624
    Likes Received:
    1

    Aug 31, 2013

    Granted there's no guarantee you won't get the flu, but the vaccine actually protects against the 3 most prevalent strains. I'll get one because they're free through my district.
     
  25. ecteach

    ecteach Devotee

    Joined:
    May 25, 2012
    Messages:
    1,195
    Likes Received:
    96

    Aug 31, 2013

    I only got the flu shot one time in my life. I only had the flu one time in my life. Same year. I know they say that doesn't happen, but it did. I was sick for over a week. I literally thought I was dying.
     
  26. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2007
    Messages:
    14,596
    Likes Received:
    2,702

    Aug 31, 2013

    You cannot get the flu from a flu shot.
     
  27. MissMae

    MissMae Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2013
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 31, 2013

    I refuse to take the flu shot. I've only had it one time in my life when I was 11. Ever since then during flu season I load up on enteric-coated-multistrain-probiotics (the kind that need to be refrigerated), vitamin C, zinc, and I also take something called Oregacillin. Oregacillin will KNOCK any virus out of you. I've had "almosts" where you get that "I might be getting sick" feeling, and I always knock it out. So, no shot ever for me!
     
  28. YoungTeacherGuy

    YoungTeacherGuy Phenom

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2007
    Messages:
    4,461
    Likes Received:
    1,485

    Sep 1, 2013

    I get one every single year.
     
  29. terptoteacher

    terptoteacher Connoisseur

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2006
    Messages:
    1,751
    Likes Received:
    2

    Sep 1, 2013

    I got my first one ever at our all staff breakfast last week. They were free and my friends got one so I did too.
     
  30. bison

    bison Habitué

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2012
    Messages:
    874
    Likes Received:
    0

    Sep 1, 2013

    As someone said, the flu shot protects against the three most common strains of flu. It changes every year.

    I will be getting one. I started getting them when I started working with children regularly. I can't think of a legitimate reason not to get vaccinated for a serious illness like the flu. People do die of influenza! While I probably won't die because I'm young and healthy, the flu is absolutely miserable and I'd prefer to avoid it.
     
  31. KinderCowgirl

    KinderCowgirl Phenom

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2006
    Messages:
    4,858
    Likes Received:
    0

    Sep 1, 2013

    You can get symptoms of it however. This is from Mayo Clinic's site:

    "Some people experience muscle aches and fever for a day or two after receiving a flu shot. This may be a side effect of your body's production of protective antibodies. The nasal vaccine can cause runny nose, headache and sore throat."
     
  32. thirdgradebuzz

    thirdgradebuzz Comrade

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2010
    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    0

    Sep 1, 2013

    I get one every year. I have asthma, which makes the flu more damaging if I do get it. A few years ago, I got H1N1 because it wasn't one of the strains included in the shot that I got. Another year, I got the flu early in the season before I had a chance to get the shot. It was so miserable both times, that I'll take the shot over the illness any day.
     
  33. TeacherNY

    TeacherNY Maven

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2008
    Messages:
    5,026
    Likes Received:
    1,496

    Sep 1, 2013

    Nope. Never have. I don't see myself getting one in the near future either. Did not even take one sick day last year...if I do end up getting the flu someday at least I have loads of sick days!
     
  34. WaterfallLady

    WaterfallLady Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2006
    Messages:
    2,061
    Likes Received:
    2

    Sep 1, 2013

    Yes. There are two reasons I get the flu shot:
    1) I got the flu once and I never want to get it again. Even my hair hurt and I can't figure that one out.
    2) Of all the H1N1 deaths in 2009, 2/3 of the children had developmental disabilities. I teach students with developmental disabilities and I don't want to get them sick. Hygiene is also a big concern. I'm sneezed on and coughed on daily.
     
  35. chebrutta

    chebrutta Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    2,489
    Likes Received:
    1

    Sep 1, 2013

    Nope. I'm not in the critical age groups (children and adults over 60).

    To me, it seems silly to get a vaccine every year against one strain of flu, when there are so many other strains floating around.

    Now, if they ever invent a vaccine against the common cold, I will be all over it. First in line.
     
  36. Tasha

    Tasha Phenom

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,391
    Likes Received:
    5

    Sep 1, 2013

    The muscle ache is localized to injection site, not body aches like the flu. I have gotten it every year since I started teaching and think it helps protect me, my students, and my own children. My kids had rsv and have a higher risk for lung problems as a result, so we get flu shots as soon as possible and they haven't gotten flu even though they are in daycare and I bring all kinds of germs home. Last year wasn't a bad flu year, but the year before we had several hundred students out each day at school and never caught it.
     
  37. catnfiddle

    catnfiddle Moderator

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Messages:
    8,453
    Likes Received:
    1,592

    Sep 1, 2013

    Even though I don't work with children in person every day, I do have several large professional development meetings and conventions right when flu season starts. Those include people who have small children. Having caught some nasty bugs second-hand (including H1N1 and the worst norovirus of my life), I protect myself from what I can with a shot of whatever they can offer me. My insurance considers this proactive and covers my copay.
     
  38. MissCeliaB

    MissCeliaB Aficionado

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2009
    Messages:
    3,424
    Likes Received:
    596

    Sep 1, 2013

    Mine would be free, but I have a sensitivity to one of the ingredients in it, so I would think do it until I'm older, or if I have an immunity weakness or something. It's not something I'm allergic to, but it's bad enough that I would be pretty miserable for a few days.
     
  39. BumbleB

    BumbleB Habitué

    Joined:
    May 10, 2011
    Messages:
    917
    Likes Received:
    0

    Sep 1, 2013

    I got one for the first time last year. Many students/teachers at my school were getting sick, and I didn't want to chance it. I think I'll wait to see the flu "outlook" this year before deciding whether to get one.

    I do remember that "localized muscle pain" being HORRIBLE. I couldn't lift up my arm for a couple of days!
     
  40. catnfiddle

    catnfiddle Moderator

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Messages:
    8,453
    Likes Received:
    1,592

    Sep 1, 2013

    I had forgotten about the individual ingredients. There was talk about moving away from shots using eggs as an ingredient to either soy or shellfish. Rockhubby is allergic to both. This would be a problem.
     
  41. bison

    bison Habitué

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2012
    Messages:
    874
    Likes Received:
    0

    Sep 1, 2013

    It's been mentioned a couple times here that the shot has the three most prevalent strains for that year, not just one. Just want to clarify because there's already so much misinformation about vaccines out there.

    I hope everyone is keeping up with their MMR and TDAP vaccinations because exposure to those could be devastating and life threatening to the children we work with if they haven't been vaccinated for whatever reason.
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. savmck21
Total: 419 (members: 1, guests: 391, robots: 27)
test