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What Are Your Thoughts on Flu Shots?

If you saw the Golden Globe Awards a few weeks ago, you know that there was a moment when several syringe-wielding white coated individuals descended upon the attendees and administered flu shots to the unsuspecting crowd. See the clip here.

In my mind, regardless of one's position on vaccines, the choice to take or not take a flu shot belongs to the patient. To be ambushed at an awards show on broadcast television is unconscionable.

There are many things to consider when deciding on whether to get the vaccine. 

I personally choose not to be vaccinated against the flu but would rather eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, take high quality supplements and manage my stress level. What do you do? 

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14 Comments

  1. Jeanine Byers on January 21, 2019 at 2:44 am

    I stopped getting the flu shot decades ago after getting the flu after the shot several times in a row. Interesting that it can lead to Guillain-Barre. I have chronic fatigue syndrome.

  2. Bogabean on January 21, 2019 at 7:14 am

    I choose to get the flu shot, in the attempt to ward off completely or diminish the effects of the virus if I do get it. Also, as with other vaccines to help create a herd effect-possibly protecting those who are immune compromised (by not spreading the virus to them).

  3. Lori Hollander on January 21, 2019 at 9:58 am

    I do get flu shots since I am on immunosuppressant medication for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

  4. Karen on January 21, 2019 at 9:59 am

    I think you've made the right choice for you, Jeanine. I believe people who have one autoimmune disorder very likely have others and there may be that connection between Guillain-Barre and CFS. Stay healthy.

  5. Karen on January 21, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for sharing your position Bogabean. I've seen too many people who have contracted the virus after receiving the vaccine or had side effects like blurry vision, lasting several weeks. I personally have gotten ill after receiving the shot many years ago before I changed my beliefs.

  6. Karen on January 21, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Lori, you have to do what feels right to you. I know you can't wrap yourself in bubble wrap to stay healthy and you need to get out into the world. Stay healthy my friend.

  7. Jen Brice on January 21, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    I've gotten the flu shot a few times, most recently a few months ago when the Doctor recommended it since I'm expecting my first baby in April. I can see both sides of the argument and can understand that everyone is different. It is good for those who are around other people who may be immunocompromised to get the flu shot since even if they don't get the flu they could be a carrier of the virus. But I understand if you're allergic to the shot or feel like it makes you sick then it may be best to skip it. While we do our best to guesstimate what the flu strain of the season will be, nothing is completely accurate and there's always a chance of getting the newest unpredicted flu strain even with the flu shot. A lot to think about but at the end of the day it's up to you what you want to do with your body and immune system.

  8. Karen on January 21, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    I don't believe I inflated the dangers, I simply stated what some of them could be. People who are immune-compromised at at greater risk of developing other auto-immune disorders. If you reread what I posted, you will see this...The current year's vaccine is developed using the previous year's virus. I did not say it was last year's flu shot. The needles are not the issue so needle-less and nasal flu vaccines are still flu vaccines. Thanks for your input.

  9. Karen on January 21, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Well said Jen. I agree that it is up to the individual to receive the vaccine or not. No one should be compelled to take it. Congratulations on your impending arrival. I hope you both are very happy and healthy.

  10. Jennifer Hickey on January 22, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I get the flu shot every year. Some people do get the virus if they have been exposed to the flu during it's incubation period when you receive the shot. You cannot get the flu virus from the shot as it is not a live virus. It has served me well working in the healthcare field to protect me and my family from all the bugs out there that I am exposed to on a daily basis. There is also something known as herd immunity and it helps to protect our babies as well when we bring them home from the hospital to protect them from getting sick when we keep ourselves healthy. Of course nothing is full proof especially when vaccine makers have to plan for the year ahead and the virus is constantly mutating.

  11. Integrative Chiropractic Center on January 24, 2019 at 6:16 am

    The spray flu shot is a live virus and very harmful to others in the shedding process. Please if you do get the flu shot, do not get the nasal spray. This years flu shot has a 20% efficacy rate. Is that worth injecting neurotoxins into your body?

  12. Integrative Chiropractic Center on January 24, 2019 at 6:43 am

    The links above are some reasons why I choose not to get the flu shot.

  13. Karen on January 24, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Thank you Dr. S. I don't think it's worth it.

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