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No. I don't take any medication that I don't absolutely have to. Also, I am a vegan and most flu vaccines contain sugar or gelatin and some contain egg proteins.

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Yes - the beginning of October. I have been getting one annually for over 50 years!

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Yes in Sept of 2019



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Yup and super glad I did!

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since I got old (62), yes!



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Absolutely every year.


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No. I am healthy with a normally functioning immune system. I do not come in contact with vulnerable groups. I work from home so although I am exposed to whatever germs my kids bring home, I'm not as exposed to the regular population. And, as others have said before me, I prefer to let my system fight off illnesses on it's own.

The big fear with H1N1 several years ago was the elderly population. However, this group was affected much less by this strain than other demographics. Why? Because they had been exposed to a similar strain that went around when they were young, and built their immunities then.

If I ever work in a medical setting or with vulnerable people, I will get a shot. Unless/until then, I'll stay away.

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EVERY YEAR!



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Every year these days. Not so much when I was younger.

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Yes, about 5 months ago

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Yearly for the past 40 or so as I worked in a hospital. I know the benefits of having imunity first hand.

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I get them yearly as I volunteer at a hospital.



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Yes, I do. Just did, a couple of days ago since the spring semester starts in three weeks. I teach at a community college, and I take public transit everywhere, so I get exposed to everything that’s “going around”. And students have this unfortunate habit of showing up to class even when they’re sick, so they’re exuding germs in all directions... The last time I didn’t get it, I learned my lesson the hard way.

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No, I like to maintain a healthy immune system thru healthy eating and living. My Doctor agree that I can forgo the shot until I am a little older. I am not around people much because of my disabilities so I am not at risk as much as others.


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Yes...always and this year - in October, I got every possible shot available to me because I'm greeting my newly born grandson in January and especially want to protect that little baby and his parents. That nest must be nurtured!

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12/22/19 11:22 P

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Yes, most all years. I don't know how many times I may have had it since I can never tell the difference between a bad cold with fever and the flu. My younger grandchildren (who I watch while their mother's at work) are toddlers and although they are very healthy, I would feel terrible if I gave them the flu. Besides, I never know if my germs are going to infect someone at the grocery store or church who can' handle having the flu!



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Yes...………..I get one every year.

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yes, during a routine doctor's visit

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yes, I NEVER would get them before but after I had a horrible case of Sepsis in 2017 my doctor said I have to ALWAYS take one and I will

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I don't get flu shots because of getting the flu when I have gotten them 2 times. No shingles or other vaccines beyond tetanus and booster shots!

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Yup! Not only that, but, this year I got the flu shot, shingles vaccine, and pneumonia shot too! I'm ready! Bring it on! (or don't lol)

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Yes, my mom always pushed me to get them when I was a teenager, but now I'm happy to do so. I don't want to get sick! Vaccines are wonderful :)



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I get them every year, without fail. Always try to get it around August, or at least some time right after school starts. Good way for me to remember it, since I live near an elementary school.

The one year I didn't get it at the usual school time was during the swine flu epidemic. There was a shortage in my area during that, and even my friend the transplant patient was on a waiting list. And transplant patients have priority for immunizations, so you know the shortage was severe. As long as he was on that list, I refused to get the shot, so that he could get served first.

Then I got swine flu. Thought I would die. Worst. Flu. Ever. emoticon

So get the shot. It helps. I hadn't had the flu before that, or since then, because I do the shot, even though I hate hate hate hate hate needles. emoticon

Get ALL of your vaccines, keep them up to date, and make sure your loved ones do the same. The ONLY excuse for not doing it is if a serious health condition precludes it. The people who fall into this category depend on US who can get vaccinated to keep THEM from getting sick, because our vaccines create a herd immunity which helps them. If you're healthy enough for vaccines but don't get vaccinated, you increase the chances of those people getting sick and even dying.

I don't get people who refuse to get vaccinated. I hate needles--terrified of them, but I go in there and take my shots, because I of course want to stay alive, but even more than that, I don't want to have someone else's death on my hands. And that's what low vaccination rates will always cause: Death. Ask Samoa about that one.

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Yes, I’m an RN. I’ve had the flu twice, when I didn’t get a flu shot.

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Got mine the end of October. Don't even remember having the flu it's been so long since I've had it, but I visit my mom in the nursing home and spend time with my BIL, a transplant patient, so I think it's the responsible thing to do!



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I got my flu shot.



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I get a flu shot. Publix gives a $10 gift card so why not?



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I've gotten the flu shot every year since at least high school (graduated in 2000).

I started getting it because my mom teaches geriatric nursing, and was frequently in nursing homes full of vulnerable older adults, so all of us getting the vaccine helped protect her patients.

As a young adult, I chose to continue getting the vaccine because I continued spending time in nursing homes (worked as a CNA for a while, volunteered, visiting grandparents in assisted living and nursing homes, etc.), and then I started my own family, and was around very young babies and other vulnerable populations (kids with breathing problems or immune disorders) as my friends started also having children.

In the 20+ years I've been getting the vaccine, I've only ever experienced mild side effects like soreness at the injection site, and I've generally missed bouts of the flu going through my office workplaces, or even the schools my kids attended, so I consider it worth getting.

I do still get colds, of course, but they are way more manageable than full-blown flu, which I've contracted exactly twice, both times during years when the vaccine effectivity was low.

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I have breathing problems, my DH has heart and seizure problems, and my MIL is 92 yr old who had open heart surgery at 85. So very good reasons to get the flu shot every year. I advise people who don't have health problems to get it as well.

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Yes, I live and work in a community with large senior population and I am in contact with newborns and other vulnerable individuals, so it the right thing to do.

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After I developed Asthma I have had a flu shot every year. Prior to that, I never, even tho' I worked in a Rest Home caring for the elderly/fragile people. I was in my late 30's/early 40's and my employers were paying for it. My rationale was that as a young person who was very healthy and had a very healthy lifestyle re nutrition etc. that my immune system would take care of it. I wasn't prone to getting the flu. Only 2 of us never had the flu shot, and we were the only 2 who never got sick LOL!

However, after my asthma diagnosis I get them annually, but I am also older now, too. In the 12 years I've been getting them, I have had the flu once and it was relatively mild, at a time when people around me were getting quite a severe cases of it.

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Always. I used to get sick every flu season, and now that I take them I am healthier throughout the year.

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Took mine too at the VA here in Ravenna, Ohio. Done, check!

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I get the shot yearly. I work in a large company and lots of people continue to come to work while sick. I want every advantage I can to NOT get the flu.



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I took mine at the VA last week.

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I do because my job requires it, but think it's a good idea to anyways. I will probably continue to get one every year even when I do not work in a hospital.



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I don't get the flu shot because I don't believe it is necessary for me. I'm not at high risk of developing complications because I am in perfect health, do not smoke, am not elderly, and have no underlying conditions that might make me especially vulnerable. Having taught school for 18 years, I've probably been exposed to just about every pathogen out there (you know how germy schoolkids are!), so my immune system is strong. I never even catch colds.

I'm sure that, when I'm my parents' ages (83 and 93), I'll probably need it, but until then, I'd prefer my body's natural defenses to just do their job.

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Got my flu shot

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I got my flu shot this year but it just depends on if my doctor can catch me to for it. My new doctor is very much on top of this than my old doctor.

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No, I don't get them anymore. The years I did, I was so sick after the shot, my doctor said I probably have some sensitivity to some egg products.

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At age 69 I got mine a few weeks ago and have gotten them for as long as I can remember. Just seems like the healthy thing to do.

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Got mine at Publix Pharmacy plus a $10 gift card! You can't beat that!



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I work in a residential home so always get the flu jab. I once had the flu (must have been late 80s) and I never want it again. Was ill for many days, high temp that hardly moved even with meds. The lady who was looking after me was having to change my bed sheets 2-3 times a day because I lost so much fluid through sweating. Took me a good 6 weeks to be 100% again.

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Mid-90s, working in a nursing home, I got the flu. Real influenza. Temp was 104 for days even alternating Motrin, aspirin, and Tylenol every 2 hours. MISERABLE. After that, I get the flu shot yearly, and pneumonia vaccine when it's due. I was out for over a week that year I got the flu. With being %99 housebound now, with delivery folks coming regularly, I'm not sure how I'd get through the flu now.



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I got my flu shot as soon as they were available, as I do every year.

I do have to visit areas commonly visited by both germ-mongers and the immuno-compromised, such as the grocery store, so I prefer to both protect myself and to contribute to the herd immunity that can best protect others.

While no vaccination has a 100% success rate, and there are potential risks (as there are with everything), my assessment of the potential benefits (minimizing risk of getting the most serious flu strains of the season, minimizing duration and severity of other flu strains, minimizing transfer of any flu virus to others from any contact that I have had) strongly outweighs the potential cons (inconvenience of having to schedule the injection, some muscle ache and lethargy for a couple of days, possibility of incorrect injection causing nerve / tissue damage, possibility of allergic reaction to any component).

Sir Terry Pratchett: "Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."

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I have an appointment for a shot next week.

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Yes, I am in the military and the medical field and it is mandatory. I also think it is the right thing to do. A lot of people die from the flu every year. It is pretty scary.

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In the past, every year I did get the flu shot, I also got the flu! emoticon
Now, and for the last several years, I have a number of chronic health issues and the majority of my doctors agree with me NOT getting the flu shot or any other vaccinations as they are likely to further complicate my already challenging health management.
But I do a lot of things to keep my immune system as stable as possible so I can resist exposures. emoticon emoticon

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Of course.

I am asthmatic but it also protects everyone around me.



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Like MLAN613 I also am not overly worried about my body's ability to fight the flu and I don't work in the medical field or with populations with compromised immune systems or who are medically fragile.



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Every year, because it is the right thing to do.

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I used to never get them. I didn't really get the flu much so I didn't see much point. But the last two years in a row I've ended up with flu so bad it put me out of commission for the better part of a month (it takes me a long time to recover).

I talked it over with my doctor, who is amazing, and she recommended doing it. I'm 68 and a cancer survivor, and I'm just not able to fight things off the way I used to. So I'll take all the shots I can get if it gives me a leg up.



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My doctor and I have discussed this several times. Last year, the flu vaccine was only 29% effective (see link below). Per my doctor's recommendation, I don't get a vaccine but I take N-acetylcysteine during flu season. It often works better than the vaccine, depending on how well they've predicted the strains of the flu. Check out PubMed for several studies on using NAC for flu prevention.

www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20190628/l
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I get the shot. I've had the flu a couple times in my life and it knocks me out of commission for at least a week - if not 2 weeks. It's nasty. Would rather get the shot.

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I get my flu shot every year as I’d rather be safe than sorry. With my allergies and sinus issues - getting the flu would not be very fun

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I honestly don't currently. I am not overly worried about my body's ability to fight it and I don't work in the medical field or with populations with compromised immune systems or who are medically fragile. I worked for about 2 years in special education with children who were medically fragile. The flu literally could have killed them. I made sure I got a flu shot then.

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Do you get them yearly? Or do you forego them? And why?

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever exercises faith in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16


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