Flu Shots

Gabby
By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2008-10-07 13:52:59 -0500
Started 2008-10-04 07:30:48 -0500

I know it is recommended to get a flu shot every year. I am hesatant and am not sure I want to invite that stuff into my body. I have not had the flu for years, and now that I am not in a public work force so much, I was wondering if we really need to take it.
Any thoughts? Advice?


24 replies

dj7110
dj7110 2008-10-07 13:52:59 -0500 Report

I just got mine last week. I always got it in the past before being diagnosed as diabetic as i was exposed to the flu bug alot off and on as an EMT. And now being disabled and being diabetic know the importance of recieveing one every year. I feel it is much better to be safe than sorry. Diabetis is known to effect our ability to fight off infections and diseases. With our immune system like this its highly recommended that we get an annual flu vaccine to be better safe than sorry.

momoftype1
momoftype1 2008-10-07 13:45:51 -0500 Report

Gabby,

In 2003 I had the flu and ended up in the hospital on Christmas eve and had to wear a mask for quite a few days after. I work in the school bus industry and we pass every bacterial and viral infection known through our office. 2003 was the first time since 98 that I did not get the shot, and I paid for it.

What makes this even worse is that one week later my duaghter who at the time was 5 ended up in the hospital with it as well.

I know that for me it definately benifits far more than it harms. The only problem I have is some soreness in the arm the next day or two. My kids and I got ours done for free at their pediatricians office tonight. Her endo has told us that any symptoms from the shot itself are far out weighed by the benifits because if she were to get as sick now with the diabetes as she did in 03 there are higher stakes and I am not willing to chance that. I would recommend that you do get one.
Dawn

marvinvwinkle
marvinvwinkle 2008-10-07 13:27:35 -0500 Report

Back when the flu shots started they were live viruses, and people got sick. The shots now use a dead viruses and this particular shot is targeted at three or four different strains of flu. You really need to get the shot and do it soon. You don't want to get it and you certainly don't want to spread it.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2008-10-07 06:33:43 -0500 Report

I've never had one and am not really looking to get one. I don't know anyone who has had proper flu in the last decade and it really is just a guess at which strains you get vaccinated against. There are many, many different strains and the vaccine is just for 3 of them. The vaccine wont help with colds, which can be quite nasty in their own right, which is what most people suffer from anyway.

Now I've said that, this year will be the year I get it again and am laid up for a month!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-10-07 11:30:55 -0500 Report

Hey KD, I will send you some home made chicken soup and a box of kleenexes.

My husband and I have always been adimate about NOT getting them. I guess I am just a little worried now that I "know" I have diabetes, that I sould get one. Of course, like many of us, I am sure I have had it for at least two years before I found out...so the only thing that has changed is my knowledge. Isn't this where the paranoia kicks in? LOL

marvinvwinkle
marvinvwinkle 2008-10-07 13:30:56 -0500 Report

Your are right that the flu strain is hard to determine, because it tends to mutate easily. Last years shot was for only one strain and it missed the mark. This is for three strains and it is a best guess. Not taking is a gamble.

Lanore
Lanore 2008-10-07 05:33:27 -0500 Report

Gabby I have been getting the flu shot for yrs now and have never gotten sick from it. I have seen my hubby and son sick with the flu and I will not go there. I have now talked my hubby into getting it as well. It is a must for diabetics. Just got mine last week and everything is fine. Lanore :-)

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-10-06 05:14:21 -0500 Report

Okay, against my better judgment, I will get one this year. I have to see when they are going to be adminestering them again. They have already done the first round a few weeks ago.

Bluebutterfly
Bluebutterfly 2008-10-05 03:09:52 -0500 Report

I swear by the flu shot. I have had pneumonia three times. and I will take anything that will boost my immunity. I also have COPD and my lung docter insist that I get the shot.

ShortyD
ShortyD 2008-10-05 01:55:22 -0500 Report

Last year i pass it up and got sick. this year I'm going to go and get.can get it at the free clint.

Brenda Kruse
Brenda Kruse 2008-10-04 14:57:45 -0500 Report

Since I've been diabetic since dirt (LOL), I've always gotten the flu shots. However, in 2001 I got the flu and ended up with pneumonia comprised of 5 different organisms growing in my lungs. I was put in a drug induced coma and the Drs. told my family I wasn't going to make it. All thanks and glory to God, I pulled out of the coma just as they were going to insert a trach. Long story short, though, I still trust in the shot. I continue to have faith in it's protection.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-10-05 01:36:22 -0500 Report

OMG Brenda,
That is unbelievable. You are the second person this week who shared a story of family believing you were not going to survive. What a fighter you must be. Kudos.

I guess because I have always been very anti-flu shot. Always. It is a hard thought to change. I suffered with double pneumonia when I was in middle school twice in the same year. Youth was on my side, but I was hospitalized with an enlarged heart with fluid...I am sure my parents were paniced. Since then, only twice have I been really sick. Once when I worked for a Montesory school...oh the kids. And then once while I was single. I was gone for about 4-6 days, flat on my back. I suppose my time is coming, but I try very hard to keep my own immune system up, and I don't cower from germs on a daily basis, reducing my body's ability to fight.

So does diabetes make me more prone? OR Do we just do it because getting sick can send us into a tail spin?

2008-10-05 15:24:51 -0500 Report

Gabby,
The reason flu shots are recommended or required for Diabetics both T1 and T2 is because IF you get the flu the possibility of larger complications and hospitalization is greater. We don't fight off things as easy as a healthy person. I get the flu shot annually and had a pneumonia shot 6 years ago too. I used to get bronchitis and pneumonia every year but haven't even had a cold since the pneumonia shot!!! So get the flu shot, I've gotten one every year for years and I've never gotten sick from it or got the flu when it was going around.

sparkysmom
sparkysmom 2008-10-04 12:53:58 -0500 Report

My Cardiologist, allergist and pain management Drs all said the risks were worth it and insisted I get the shot(I did Monday)

teddybearcub1960
teddybearcub1960 2008-10-04 13:48:06 -0500 Report

My Doctors have told me for years that I have to have one since I'm diabetic that there is no if's and or butts about it. My husband has learned also that since he is diabetic that he has no choice about it either.

Jackie

PAT L
PAT L 2008-10-04 14:39:52 -0500 Report

WELL PEOPLE I HAD THE FLU BACK IN THE LATE 60`S AN HAVE NOT HAD IT SINCE. I SAW SOME STATS ON THE FLU AN MORE PEOPLE GET IT NOW MORE THAN EVER AN SINCE THE MED CO WANT TO MAKE MONEY ON THE SHOTS. I DO NOT GET THE SHOTS AN ONLY GET A MILD COLD DURING THE COLDER MONTHS. I USED TO BE A OUTSIDE SALEMAN AN SAW ABOUT FIFTY PEOPLE A DAY, ANYWAY THATS ME, I JUST DONT NEED THE BUGS THAT THEY GIVE YOU…

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-10-04 12:46:06 -0500 Report

Hello Gabby,
I had concerns about taking the flu shot also. When I asked my doctor he told me that the benefits far out way the cure.

Your friend Leigh

2catty
2catty 2008-10-04 09:23:45 -0500 Report

Yes please get it. If your around school kids or if your spouse works, then your wide open for the flu to creep in and cause chaos. I never miss mine. My 3 year old and myself gets one every year. And the Dr.'s got them in early this year because oddly enough it is already starting. Protect yourself.

Carm653
Carm653 2008-10-04 07:40:55 -0500 Report

Yes, Debe, Us Diabetics need to immunize ourselves to prevent the full blown flu. Remember, we need all the protection we can get, being diabetics.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-04 07:38:17 -0500 Report

Gabby, I got my flu shot last Friday. I think I got them when they first came out. My endo recommended them for me. I know when I was on dialysis, they also gave them to us. Now that I had my transplant its a must. I thought Diabetes and heart patients where to get them. I really never get the flu much either.(knock on wood)(LOL)

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-10-04 07:41:18 -0500 Report

Yes, it is recommended, but I have had some friends who got them, then turned around and got really sick. It just scares me a bit because I rarely get sick.

I would imagine in your case, you would need every preventative that is out there, as you are in such a delecate balance. That must be the hardest thing to have to worry about getting sick.

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