Tis The Season for the Flu

I've been sick all week so far with a gnarly cold/flu. Runny nose (then stuffy, off and on), body aches, fever of 101.2, and a box of kleenex constantly by my side. Every Fall season, I get sick. I've been off work for 2 days now, but going back tomorrow, with my handy dandy kleenex box in tow.

Being sick & laying around blowing my nose for days, got me thinking: is the myth of the "You get the flu with the flu shot" true? I don't get them anymore because every time I did, I would come down with the flu a week later. I just found it too coincidental. Plus, there are different stains of the flu and getting a flu shot doesn't protect you for all of them, so you could just as easily get sick anyway.

Do you get the flu shot every year? If you do, do you find that you get sick shortly afterwards? 

Well, that's all the rambling I can muster up with the amount of (more like lack of) energy I have at the moment. Stay healthy & stock up on that vitamin C. Tis the season!


Billie Anglin said...

I get a flu shot every year and have never gotten sick afterwards. It does hurt and turn bright red for a few days but then I'm all good. How long does it last? Most people who get the flu shot have noticed that they don't have the flu that long just a couple of days compared to people who don't get the flu shot that could last up to 5 days.

Jamie said...

interesting, never heard that the duration of a flu with a flu shot decreases. thanks for the comment!

Anonymous said...

I also get a flu shot every year - mainly because I am diabetic. I have never gotten sick. I did not use to get the flu shot but one year I was syper sick for like a week and it hung on for 6 weeks three rounds of a z pack! It was the year after I had been diaganosed as diabetic. Doc told me to start I have! Now my mother in law (RIP) got a flu shot one year and got super sick so she never got it after that.
Hope you are feeling better soon!

Sarah said...

As a pharmacist who gives the flu shot to several people I can tell you that the flu shot is an inactive strain which simply means that the virus is dead. It is impossible to get the flu from the flu shot. It does take the flu shot two weeks to build up the immunity so if you have been exposed to the flu prior to getting the flu shot your out of luck. All the flu shot does is simply expose your immune system to the virus early on so it can build up antibodies to it, thus giving it a better chance at defeating it later on because its already made the antibodies to defeat it

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