Saturday, October 22, 2005


My work offers free flu shots to all it's employees, so I decided to once again get my flu shot. This is my second year that I've gotten it. We sat and filled out a form. One of the questions asked, was have you ever had a reaction to fermaldahide, asbestos... and a couple of other things I can't remember right now. This made me jokingly speak out," does this mean that I'm going to be injected with those things." I got a few chuckles from others around the room, but as I started to think about it, I was a little nervous. Why would they even ask that question? It must be very important. Well it was my turn and I got shot with flu. Isn't that what it is. The medical team injects a strain of some flu or other into your system . What the...... I can't seem to make sense of this. Last year when I got the flu shot I survived. But how do we really know. Last night I was out with the girls from work and we were discussing this issue. My arm was really aching by this time. One of the girls said " I was talking to so and so today, and he said his friend had a flu shot and died a few days later from it." Gulp! Now that's a reaction. Another lady piped up " ya, last time I had a flu shot I walked over to my office and started to get really delerious. My husband had to come pick me up and I didn't know where I was. " Yikes! I started to think about what I had done earlier that day. I started to fell sicker by the minute. You know the mind is a powerful thing. I'm not a hyperchondriac, but I left the party early. When I got home I wasn't feeling too good. ( I'm sure it had nothing to do with the red wine, a margurita and a strong liquor that I consumed during the course of the evening.) I went straight to bed when I got home, convinced that I would be so sick from this flu shot. I slept really good( go figure) ! When I woke up I was fine. It had nothing to do with the flu shot. So far so good. There are so many mixed opinions about this flu shot business. My dad will never have one again cuz last time he had one he was so sick, he thought he might die. Well the rest of the family did any ways. He looked awful. Iv'e never seen daddy so sick. That was about 6 or 7 years ago. Others swear by this flu shot and get it every year. I don't know. What's your feeling on the subject? With me I took a chance and so far so good. ? But maybe the worst is yet to come?? How do you feel about the flu vaccinaton? Yes or no?


Jen said...

I'm a "NO" to the flu vaccine for a few reasons. One being, I've heard of people getting sick. Second, it only protects against one strand of the virus, so it's still possible that you could get the flu if one other than the strand they suspect comes into contact with you. They offer free flu shots to babies as well but we are opting out. Third, I'm not to keen on being injected or having my family be injected with small portions of this sickness or any of the unknown components of the vaccine.

Michelle said...

I agree with Jen completely. Go figure. I think that people should work on building their natural immunity and get plenty of rest and do lots of hadwashing. I told my girls when they were just little to open public doors with the sleeve of their shirts or jackets. I hope they still do it. Either way, none of them has had the kind of flu that wipes you out for two weeks and causes respiratory havoc. Nor have Paul or I. Knock wood. PS Jen, the shots Abby gets are the same thing!;)

Patricia Miller said...

Now that I am a senior I will probabley go for a painfulflu shot I feel my imune system is very low. MOm