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01-13-2014 05:14 PM
Kaimeju
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There is so much hysteria and misinformation about vaccines. You are not protecting yourself but OTHER people. I am a healthy person without major autoimmune problems so I see no reason I should NOT get vaccinated and protect the young, elderly, and immunocompromised people near me.
This. I work in an educational setting and I don't want to spread flu virus around to all of the students. Plus I don't want to get it myself since I am kind of prone to becoming ill...Even if you don't experience symptoms or you choose to control them with natural remedies, you are still shedding the virus. People die from influenza, you guys. We don't know the exact number but it has ranged from 3,000 to 49,000 per year.

I don't think limited vaccination protocols in dogs are really comparable to the same idea in humans. There are fewer incentives to decrease the number of vaccines given to dogs and the limited vac protocol for dogs is based on research showing the vaccine being effective for a number of years. Most of the anti-vaccination rhetoric I've read regarding human beings is not fueled by any sort of solid science. I understand why someone with an egg allergy would opt not to get the flu shot, but most side effects of recommended vaccines are not going to kill you or even last very long. See
here: Vaccines: Vac-Gen/Side Effects

I did have a reaction to a Tetanus/Hep A shot a long time ago. It went away after a few hours. I totally understand why people are afraid of vaccines. At the same time, it's really great that you don't have to worry about your child dying of diphtheria and pertussis (in the US). The people with immune diseases that shouldn't be vaccinated don't have to be vaccinated if healthy adults immunize themselves.
01-13-2014 05:02 PM
Discoetheque I was up to date on my vaccinations as a child and teenager (my school was strict and absolutely WOULD NOT let you attend class without updated vaccine records...they weren't kidding around...lol).
Past that, I have only had a meningitis shot and a tetanus shot in 2001, and nothing after that.

I have never had a flu shot, and don't forsee getting one anytime in the near future unless something drastically changes with the flu, itself. I rarely get the flu, and even when I do, it's more inconvenient than debilitating and doesn't keep me down for more than a couple of days. This year, I've upped my exercise, continued eating healthy and practicing healthy living habits and have managed to avoid it altogether so far, even as people around me have gotten ill.

I however, will be getting a shingles shot, once I'm of that age where it's strongly recommended. I've seen two people close to me get the shingles, and it's nothing that I think I feel like dealing with. Ugly disease.
01-13-2014 04:42 PM
DinoBlue I am very vaccinated As I child I was vaccinated against polio, small pox and rubella. I did contract measles, mumps and chicken pox as a child. I try to get vaccinated every year against the flu, but also had recent shots for Hepatitis, Meningitis, MMR, Polio, Tetanus with TDap and Yellow Fever. Meningitis are boosted every 3 years and Tetanus/TDap every five.
01-13-2014 03:41 PM
Liesje Well the good thing is if you can avoid getting chicken pox and don't get vaccinated, you won't ever get shingles. If you get a chicken pox vaccine, you can get shingles.
01-13-2014 03:29 PM
Saphire I managed to avoid getting chicken pox when my kids had it....no idea how. It prompted my doctor to test me, confirmed I have not had yet but I think it is time to get vaccinated for it.
01-13-2014 03:26 PM
Liesje That is probably it then. Most times when there is an "outbreak" of multiple people, it's because some other illness went around and/or the stress level is wreaking havoc on people's immune systems. I read that some think that exposure to shingles can "provoke" your own outbreak but you have to already have it, you don't get it from the other person/people.

I got it after being sick. It was odd because I've been a LOT sicker and didn't get it, but for some reason that particular cold triggered it. Then my Grandpa (who meant a great deal to me) passed away the day after I was diagnosed. Talk about NOT getting stressed out and trying to heal. Ugh! Luckily my bosses were very understanding and I was off work for several days to rest and grieve my grandpa, even though shingles is not contagious (also I had the outbreak on my face so I was very self-conscious about it). Because my eye was involved I had to be cleared by an eye specialist twice.
01-13-2014 03:20 PM
Saphire
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Are you all really stressed (seriously)? Stress can do it. It generally attacks when your immune system is down. Either that or perhaps they are spreading a cold or flu? You can't get shingles from someone else, it just doesn't work that way. You should be moved though if you never had chicken pox (that is what you would get).
I work in a jail....stress is part of life here.
01-13-2014 12:31 PM
shepherdmom
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Join the crowd! Shepherd mom! Us old folks are like fine wine! We get better with age! Unless we get pickeled! And sour like vinegar! Bill
Here is to, avoiding vinegar...
01-13-2014 12:25 PM
Liesje
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Very odd since there are 16 people with shingles in one area at the moment. Health Unit is all over it right now. I have been reassigned to a shingle free area.
Are you all really stressed (seriously)? Stress can do it. It generally attacks when your immune system is down. Either that or perhaps they are spreading a cold or flu? You can't get shingles from someone else, it just doesn't work that way. You should be moved though if you never had chicken pox (that is what you would get).
01-13-2014 12:20 PM
bill Join the crowd! Shepherd mom! Us old folks are like fine wine! We get better with age! Unless we get pickeled! And sour like vinegar! Bill
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