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justjohn49
By justjohn49 Latest Reply 2009-10-29 17:31:48 -0500
Started 2009-10-27 09:18:36 -0500

I just wanted to say hello and I am just navigating this site. I have put in the search for the H1N1 vaccine and I got a lot of stuff about it, maybe too much to digest. I searched for an article on this site about it to no avail. With millions of this vaccine being administered daily in this country, I only read a few isolated cases from this community about adverse reactions. I did not read them all, unfortunately, my point is this, I was looking for a starting point on this discussion either from a news article or or something from the medical field. My doctor wants me to have the vaccine on top of the flu shot I already have had. If you look at my profile I absorb differently than most people with all my conditions. I have type 2 diabetes, I carry an ostomy pouch after have a total colectomy. The doc does not have the vaccine as of yet and it is not known when he will have it. The question is should I take it given my medical health and age (60)?


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cathyfromyokohama
cathyfromyokohama 2009-10-29 16:45:57 -0500 Report

Hey just john I am new to the site also. just a couple of weeks. From my understanding about the swine flu is it really isn't really tough for most people. I have had a couple of fairly healthy people a work that have had it & they have all come through it fine. I think that if you have some medical problems, like heart & lung problems you may have a really hard time with it, & if your diabetes is fairly under control you should be fine. I am going to the doctor next week & I will talk to him about what he thinks about it. I just hope no one on this site gets it. Thanks CAthy A

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-10-29 17:31:48 -0500 Report

Well it's great you meet all of you. This is a great site as the information you can get here is priceless. You will meet many great people with the same conditions as you have. So if you have any questions just ask and someone will
have an answer. Again welcome to DC.
Dan

alanbossman
alanbossman 2009-10-28 15:34:33 -0500 Report

welcome justjohn49 this is a great site lots of advice and friends who can relate to a lot problems. I also had the flu shot from my doc, and he also wants me to get the H1N1 shot he says because of my diabetes and my age 60. I have not gotten this shot yet

brandy199192
brandy199192 2009-10-28 14:35:09 -0500 Report

Hi all. I am new to this site. Have been looking for some kind of diabetic group to join. So here i am. Look forward to making new friends. Have a great day.

Hinboyz3
Hinboyz3 2009-10-28 14:36:57 -0500 Report

Well hello brandy199192, you will like the new group of friends you will receive here on this site. Never a dull moment and plenty of information from people who care. So welcome nice to have you.

Cilla
Cilla 2009-10-27 16:10:53 -0500 Report

Hi. I am new to this site also and hope to share with everyone.

Hinboyz3
Hinboyz3 2009-10-27 16:50:56 -0500 Report

Hi Cilia, nice to meet you, hope your visit to this site will make you feel right at home. We are all friends here.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-10-27 17:25:16 -0500 Report

Well the two of you are at the right site. Any questions you may have just ask and someone will more than likely will have an answer for you. So Welcome
to DC it is always great to meet new friends. Dan

justjohn49
justjohn49 2009-10-27 14:34:52 -0500 Report

I want to thank you all for the kind words and the info. I suspect that in the next few weeks I will know more of what to expect from the doctors as I am to meet with my endocrinologist after she sits down with the oncologists about some cancer in my thyroid area. It seems that the cancer has reappeared after my yearly checkup. By the way I have enough medical history for at least 5 maybe 6 people. Life is fine and raring to go.
John

hbkunkel
hbkunkel 2009-10-27 12:28:50 -0500 Report

Welcome! We are always glad to meetnew friends on this site. My doctor feels that the H1N1 flu seems to target younger populations than what you and I are. I got the regular flu shot and that is all I am planning to do. Recheck with your doctor and continue to research on your own and then make your decision. Keep asking questions we are a friendly bunch.
Betsie

kdroberts
kdroberts 2009-10-27 11:10:56 -0500 Report

The H1N1 vaccine is the same as the seasonal one, if they had isolated the strain a couple of weeks earlier it would have been part of the seasonal jab and people wouldn't be talking about it. If you get the seasonal one there should be no reason no to get the H1N1 but if you are concerned talk to your doctor about your concerns.

ptsparkle
ptsparkle 2009-10-27 10:04:09 -0500 Report

justjohn,
Good to have you here, you will feel welcome and learn quite a bit here from the many members who are willing to help each other.. Stick with it, you'll be glad you did.
As for the shot, I would consider how much you trust your Dr., and how long you have been seeing him/her. Many people have different views on the subject, but in the end, you are the one who will make the final decision after weighing all the medical issues and facts involved.
Good luck and hang in there.
Jim

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