Flu Shots

By kim_renshaw Latest Reply 2013-10-28 17:25:37 -0500
Started 2013-10-23 09:46:39 -0500

I am just wondering how everyone feels about flu shots…I just got over being sick (ugh) and I am considering getting a flu shot but have always been cautious of them in the past. This is my first winter since being diagnosed as a Type 2. Would love some of your input. Being sick is not an easy thing normally but after this go around with flu like symptoms and trying to keep my BG numbers level, I am ready to try almost anything.

Thanks so much!

25 replies

skinnyfiber13 2013-10-28 17:25:37 -0500 Report

I have been type 2 since April 2000, but have been taking flu shots much longer. I'm 62 & have had upper respiratory problems all my life. I started taking flu shots in the 1980's & it has helped my quality of life greatly. If I do get the flu it is not a bad case. But everyone is different. I have already had my flu shot this year.

JoleneAL 2013-10-27 13:28:03 -0500 Report

I stopped taking them when I left the Army. Whenever I got one I had to be on quarters for 3 days because I was sick to dying right afterward. I didn't get one for almost 20 years after that. The first year after being diagnosed a T2, doc told me I should get one. I did. I stayed sick with everything under the sun, but the flu, for the next 12 months. I used up almost all my sick time at work - something I've never done. I haven't had another shot since. I get a sinus infection and bronchitis twice a year and that's it now. I don't know what the government puts in them, but I'll skip them thank you.

janet ann
janet ann 2013-10-27 10:36:48 -0500 Report

I have a flu shot every year, i do think it is personal choice but i would say get one, if i get sick it seems to be a lot milder than the people around me & only lasts 2/3 days.

KG66 2013-10-26 16:57:24 -0500 Report

I normally don't get the flu shot. I usually get sick a couples times a year anyway. This year however I had to get the flu shot as I will be doing a placement in Long Term Care or a Hospital. But normally I wouldn't get it. It's just my personal preference.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-10-26 16:27:53 -0500 Report

After thought- I know one thing for sure, when I get sick, flu or otherwise, my numbers go all over the charts, usually on the up side. Maybe I will need to cut back from a pint of Brandy to 1/2 cup at the sign of any cold or flu! BTW there are some OTC meds that do not shoot the sugars way up, so check around.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-10-26 16:22:18 -0500 Report

Because of sinus issues I seem to be shouting "HERE I AM FLU VIRUS". So I have got the shot every year for the past 5 years, and if I get the flu it does not seem to be as bad. Be sure you are healthy when you get it. Remember, the most important thing in preventing the flu is to wash your hands and avoid touching hard surfaces that others may have touched. Example: Most supermarkets are now providing wipes for the handles of their carts. Use them!

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-10-25 06:25:52 -0500 Report

I've never gotten the shot and I can't remember the last time I had the flu. I think it was elementary school in the 70's.

GabbyPA 2013-10-24 17:57:29 -0500 Report

If you don't have any personal reasons to not take it, and your doctor recommends it, then go for it. I know many people who take it and do just fine with it. I have know a few who suffered after it as it doesn't guarantee coverage for all the strains out there. But nothing is perfect.

I personally don't take the flu shot. I have not had the flu for decades. When I had it, it was miserable, but it's been so long and now that I work harder to keep myself healthier. Perhaps when I'm older, I may reconsider, but they will have to do a lot of changes to the make up of the vaccines before I do.

jigsaw 2013-10-24 17:35:51 -0500 Report

I discussed flu shots with almost every doctor that I have seen in recent years. Not only did everyone of them recommend it, but all of them claimed to have taken the shot.
About two years ago, my wife got very sick with the flu. I took her to the doctor who left us both waiting in his tiny little stuffy examination room for about 45 minutes. During this time, my wife was coughing and hacking, and shortly there after I came down with the flu also. Since then I have always got a flu shot with no negative reactions to speak of. This was my only experience with the flu, and hopefully my last. I think it's a good idea to take the shot especially if your over age 60.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-24 13:56:50 -0500 Report

I don't get them because doctors won't give them to me. I have not had the flu since the '60's. Once they find that out they won't give me the shot. They said I must have some kind of immuity to catching it. I have had bad colds but they were not the flu.

Hten 2013-10-23 18:35:04 -0500 Report

we get them for free at work I've gotten them for 10 years and never gotten flu and glad of it why risk a problem if I don't have to.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-10-23 16:43:42 -0500 Report

My employer requires either a flu shot or I would have to wear a face mask my entire shift from yesterday until May. Flu shot seems a much better option.
For several years we didn't have any option but get the shot or don't work, The state changed the law this year.
Since I have been getting the shot, I usually only have a mild day or two of flu-like symptoms while those who haven't had the shot seem to be much sicker.
When I used to not get the flu shot it seemed I would get as sick as those around me. So, I think I'd get the shot even if I won the Lottery or had an unkown very rich relative leave me their vast fortune and I no longer had to work.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-24 13:58:15 -0500 Report

Graylin I worked in a hospital for 11 years and each year I had to get a note from my doctor saying I could not have the shot. Other employees got the flu but I didn't. They would not let anyone visit who had a cold. That did not go over well with the visitors.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-10-24 17:12:07 -0500 Report

One year were I used to work we had to ban the germy little trick or treaters because the flu. The residents were so sad. They really enjoyed seeing all the cute kids.

Nick1962 2013-10-23 13:07:47 -0500 Report

I’m just the opposite – haven’t had one in 10 years and only been sick once.

RachelChavez 2013-10-24 12:56:58 -0500 Report

Nick, as someone who doesn't personally get flu shots I'm curious about your comment. When you say you've only been sick once was it with the actual flu, or just a nasty something else?

Nick1962 2013-10-24 14:18:06 -0500 Report

Yes I guess I should have clarified that as “only been sick with flu like symptoms once” (fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches, etc).
That incident only lasted about 24 hours (and I think it was more due to exhaustion).

Caroltoo 2013-10-23 14:56:20 -0500 Report

I'm another one who doesn't take flu shots and hasn't had it for years. I'm out in the public all the time with work, but seem to have a pretty strong (vitamin enriched???? :) ) immune system.

Nick1962 2013-10-24 07:38:56 -0500 Report

I’d like to think it’s because I’m taking better care of myself. I have allergies and chronic sinus, but even managed to get through the spring and fall pollen outbreaks here with little more than a sore throat.
Good to see you here again by the way.

Kirk H
Kirk H 2013-10-23 10:46:39 -0500 Report

Being someone who hadnt had the flu for many years I never had a flu shot until last year after my doctor recommened it. I suppose long term it is a good idea to get the shot just to be safe.

correctionsnurse1 2013-10-24 13:28:36 -0500 Report

First of all…The flu vaccine is an INACTIVE virus (dead), it actually takes 2 weeks after receiving it to be fully protected. So, that being said, if you do get sick, please do not blame it on the vaccine! Educate yourself and understand that if you do catch something close after the vaccine, it was most likely you had come in contact with someone who was ill and had been exposed. Remember people..incubation period! Being a nurse, I do have to advocate for diabetics getting the flu vaccine. Very hot topic, so I will just leave it at that.

byrun 2013-10-23 10:22:43 -0500 Report

I do get a flu shot each year since diagnosis. Haven't had the flu in several years now . I do live alone but do work in an office with people that have kids at home and so far - so good. Walmart & CVS usually offer the shots at a better price than my clinic does.

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