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2013-01-13 07:17:44 AM
I didn't, nothing against immunization (those people are nuts!) its pretty much I was too lazy to go all the way to where-ever you go to get it done and have it done. Make it more convenient, like maybe mail us the needle or visit places of employment or something.
 
2013-01-13 07:37:04 AM
I don't need to get a flu shot, all the rest of you rubes will do it and I'll benefit from the herd immunity with none of the risks that random internet people keep telling me about!

IT'S THE PERFECT PLAN!

/everyone in the house is immunized
//got mine at the local pharmacy on my lunch hour
 
2013-01-13 08:33:21 AM
I'm starting to think Jenny McCarthy may not be the intellectual giant she presents herself to be.
 
2013-01-13 09:12:25 AM
It's really farking silly. My company AND gives out 50.00 gift cards for those who participate. Out of 180 employees, only about 25 people take us up on the offer. I just don't understand it at all.
 
2013-01-13 09:32:08 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I'm starting to think Jenny McCarthy may not be the intellectual giant she presents herself to be.


I'm pretty confident that not single person, article, interviewee, etc has ever put  Jenny McCarthy and  intellectual giant into the same sentence before.

Ever.
 
2013-01-13 09:49:36 AM
Have never had one, and have never gotten sick from these flu epidemics.  The whole thing seems overblown if you aren't constantly around kids or work in a hospital.  But people like to ramp up anxiety over things, it sells clicks and page views.  Not to mention millions of vials full of precious liquids.
 
2013-01-13 10:00:14 AM
They don't immuninze against "the flu", what they do is choose the strain they believe will be the most prevailent come flu season, and immunize against that one. So you can get your shot and feel sick for a few days, but at least you won't... feel sick for a few days? I dunno I don't get it. I haven't gotten a flu shot in my life, and never will. Waste of time and body resources.

/dnrtfa
 
2013-01-13 10:03:50 AM

BumpInTheNight: I didn't, nothing against immunization (those people are nuts!) its pretty much I was too lazy to go all the way to where-ever you go to get it done and have it done. Make it more convenient, like maybe mail us the needle or visit places of employment or something.


I'm in this boat too.

Was going to finally get it this year..for free, even...then my city ran out :(

Will do it once they re-stock though...

/unless there's something good on TV
//kidding
///kinda
 
2013-01-13 10:04:50 AM

sure haven't: They don't immuninze against "the flu", what they do is choose the strain they believe will be the most prevailent come flu season, and immunize against that one. So you can get your shot and feel sick for a few days, but at least you won't... feel sick for a few days? I dunno I don't get it. I haven't gotten a flu shot in my life, and never will. Waste of time and body resources.

/dnrtfa


Idiot.
 
2013-01-13 10:05:26 AM
I haven't had the flu in 4 or 5 years; I've had it maybe 6 times in my life. If I start getting it regularly, I'll worry about getting a shot. For now I'll just focus on nutrition, exercise, rest, and hygiene and let everything else take care of itself. Seems to be working. I get a common cold once a year, and that's it. Haven't had anything worse in a long time.
 
2013-01-13 10:05:31 AM
Screw that...I don't want to be autistic.
 
2013-01-13 10:05:51 AM
I'm traveling overseas for work, and they had a report on TV about the flu in the US and why people were not getting flu shots. They showed one mother - a late 20's, solid middle class - saying she would not immunize her young daughter because of the "back and forth between scientists" about the flu shot making kids autistic. I've noticed stuff like this with my friends who are conceiving and having kids these days - does having a child (or having one on the way) as a rule make you pants-shiattingly stupid? Otherwise smart people just shut their brains off, stop paying attention, and regress to drooling idiots.
 
2013-01-13 10:06:00 AM
Fortunately my insurance covers our flu shots, so my family gets them. Only thing that sucks is my two younger children who still freak out/cry. So far we've been protected, though I know that may change. Hoping that if any of us did catch the flu, it would be more mild than if we hadn't gotten the shot at all, especially since all 3 of my children have asthma.
 
2013-01-13 10:06:46 AM
I've had the flu twice in the last 40 years. The 1st time was about 12 hours after getting a flu shot. The 2nd time was about 12 hours after taking the nasal flu vaccine. Complete farking sham!!!
 
2013-01-13 10:08:22 AM

AdmirableSnackbar: I'm traveling overseas for work, and they had a report on TV about the flu in the US and why people were not getting flu shots. They showed one mother - a late 20's, solid middle class - saying she would not immunize her young daughter because of the "back and forth between scientists" about the flu shot making kids autistic. I've noticed stuff like this with my friends who are conceiving and having kids these days - does having a child (or having one on the way) as a rule make you pants-shiattingly stupid? Otherwise smart people just shut their brains off, stop paying attention, and regress to drooling idiots.


I don't think its the 'having the kids' that does it, its the people who's whole identity and life revolves around having kids where you get lumps of pant-shiatters.
 
2013-01-13 10:09:07 AM

snuff3r: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I'm starting to think Jenny McCarthy may not be the intellectual giant she presents herself to be.

I'm pretty confident that not single person, article, interviewee, etc has ever put  Jenny McCarthy and  intellectual giant into the same sentence before.

Ever.


The smartest thing ever in Jenny McCarthy's head was Jim Carreys' dick
 
2013-01-13 10:10:08 AM

sure haven't: what they do is choose the strain they believe will be the most prevailent come flu season, and immunize against that one.


No, the vaccine includes multiple strains.
 
2013-01-13 10:11:43 AM

sure haven't: They don't immuninze against "the flu", what they do is choose the strain they believe will be the most prevailent come flu season, and immunize against that one. So you can get your shot and feel sick for a few days, but at least you won't... feel sick for a few days? I dunno I don't get it. I haven't gotten a flu shot in my life, and never will. Waste of time and body resources.

/dnrtfa


If by "feel sick for a few days, but at least you won't...feel sick for a few days" you mean "might have an arm that's ever so slightly sore for a few hours, but at least you won't spend over a week with every bodily fluid but the fun one spraying out of nearly every orifice and body aches that make you pray for the sweet release of death," then I wholeheartedly agree with you.
 
2013-01-13 10:12:04 AM
The stupid people who avoid flu shots are the same stupid people who go outside while they're sick. In public.

/oh, the germs!
 
2013-01-13 10:12:20 AM
You can get one at fricking Target or Walmart; if your insurance doesn't cover it the shot is only like $25. It's not difficult to get shot up at all.

/husband is immunosuppressed
//would hold people down on the street and jab 'em if I could :(
 
2013-01-13 10:12:32 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Jenny McCarthy


When they invent an immunization shot for autism, her brain will explode. OK, the echo chamber between her ears will explode.
 
2013-01-13 10:12:37 AM

BumpInTheNight: I didn't, nothing against immunization (those people are nuts!) its pretty much I was too lazy to go all the way to where-ever you go to get it done and have it done. Make it more convenient, like maybe mail us the needle or visit places of employment or something.


.
Around here they were giving them out for free at Wallmart and all of the grocery stores. You either live in a very remote place, or your so fat that you can't leave your house to go to the store.

/Don't believe in flu shots here.
//My immune system will be stronger if I ever get the flu.
 
2013-01-13 10:12:40 AM

jaytkay: sure haven't: what they do is choose the strain they believe will be the most prevailent come flu season, and immunize against that one.

No, the vaccine includes multiple strains.


It also doesn't farking work.
 
2013-01-13 10:13:13 AM

snuff3r: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I'm starting to think Jenny McCarthy may not be the intellectual giant she presents herself to be.

I'm pretty confident that not single person, article, interviewee, etc has ever put  Jenny McCarthy and  intellectual giant into the same sentence before.

Ever.


If it gets her off, I"m sure plenty of people have said it. To her alone, though.
 
2013-01-13 10:13:48 AM
Thank you anti-vaccine people for keeping doctors' offices, hospitals, and EMS companies in the black.

And, for increasing the risk of exposing a person with a compromised immune system to the flu, so you've got that going, too.

/been getting the vaccine every year since ~2006
//they are free where I work
 
2013-01-13 10:14:24 AM
The injected flu vaccine does not give you the flu. The virus is dead.

However, suggestible people who sneeze within a day of getting the vaccine will tell you "the vaccine gave me the flu.
 
2013-01-13 10:15:30 AM

crispyone: jaytkay: sure haven't: what they do is choose the strain they believe will be the most prevailent come flu season, and immunize against that one.

No, the vaccine includes multiple strains.

It also doesn't farking work.


And you know this because...?
 
2013-01-13 10:15:38 AM

AdmirableSnackbar: I'm traveling overseas for work, and they had a report on TV about the flu in the US and why people were not getting flu shots. They showed one mother - a late 20's, solid middle class - saying she would not immunize her young daughter because of the "back and forth between scientists" about the flu shot making kids autistic. I've noticed stuff like this with my friends who are conceiving and having kids these days - does having a child (or having one on the way) as a rule make you pants-shiattingly stupid? Otherwise smart people just shut their brains off, stop paying attention, and regress to drooling idiots.


No, it's just that interviewing stupid people gets the biggest ratings.
 
2013-01-13 10:16:13 AM

kyleaugustus: Thank you anti-vaccine people for keeping doctors' offices, hospitals, and EMS companies in the black.

And, for increasing the risk of exposing a person with a compromised immune system to the flu, so you've got that going, too.

/been getting the vaccine every year since ~2006
//they are free where I work


Been not getting sick every year since 1996...The last year I got the flu shot...AND GOT SICK!!!!
 
2013-01-13 10:16:40 AM

crispyone: I've had the flu twice in the last 40 years. The 1st time was about 12 hours after getting a flu shot. The 2nd time was about 12 hours after taking the nasal flu vaccine. Complete farking sham!!!


You cannot get the flu from the shot. The spray I'm fairly confident you cannot, but I've been hearing reports of it bring true.

I believe you maybe confusing your "after flu shot" symptoms for the flu, however your assumption is flawed. Influenza affects the lungs and your sniffles and vomiting and loose stools are probably gastrointestinal or rinovirus. Very different.
 
2013-01-13 10:17:09 AM

crispyone: I've had the flu twice in the last 40 years. The 1st time was about 12 hours after getting a flu shot. The 2nd time was about 12 hours after taking the nasal flu vaccine. Complete farking sham!!!


I'm right there with you. The only times I have ever had the flu was after getting the damn shot, and I will never do it again. I would rather take my chances catching it out in public while not immunized than getting it guaranteed from the flu shot. Last time I had the flu I was sick for a week and developed pneumonia which almost killed me. No health insurance and a trip to the emergency room set me back about $4k overall. Fark the flu shot
 
2013-01-13 10:18:05 AM
When I had the swine flu a few years ago, I apparently developed super powers as a result. I haven't had a cold or flu since then.
 
2013-01-13 10:18:41 AM

jaytkay: crispyone: jaytkay: sure haven't: what they do is choose the strain they believe will be the most prevailent come flu season, and immunize against that one.

No, the vaccine includes multiple strains.

It also doesn't farking work.

And you know this because...?


I've only gotten the flu when I've had the flu shot? In the other 38 years I've not gotten the flu shot I haven't gotten the flu???
 
2013-01-13 10:19:02 AM
I feel ill for a few hours after getting the shot but its worth it to avoid something worse. I know I'm not technically sick but I do feel like that.

If you have kids it's best that everyone in the house gets vaccinated. Day care and schools are flu incubators.
 
2013-01-13 10:19:57 AM
So it's come to this now, then?

As long as I can remember, flu shots have been available. Some people took them, some people didn't. I've had them occasionally but never regularly. There were always those people that were convinced that you had to have one or you were going to die and there were always those people that were convinced that you were going to die if you did get one. Mostly though, everyone was pretty apathetic about the whole thing.

This year, though, it's different. I've never seen so much coverage and discussion of flu immunization. The media is telling me that if I don't get a flu shot I am going to be responsible for the deaths of millions, including everyone I love. Every forum I visit has multiple and extensive coverage or discussion of flu shots. EVERYONE is talking about it.

The death toll this season hasn't climbed above our average for the century and most of those deaths are the usual suspects, kids, old people and those with compromised immune systems. I don't doubt that this has been a pretty bad flu season that got off to an early start but what I want to know is who is paying for this.

Before you respond with some whackadoo bullshiat please bear in mind I'm not disputing the efficacy of flu shots. I'm just doubting that this level of national dialogue has occurred spontaneously.
 
2013-01-13 10:21:05 AM
I've got a feeling that some of the Farkers in this thread are people who would say something like, "One time I ate a chocolate chip cookie and then five minutes later my hard drive crashed, so I don't eat chocolate chip cookies any more." Subsequence does not imply causality.
 
2013-01-13 10:21:14 AM

crispyone: kyleaugustus: Thank you anti-vaccine people for keeping doctors' offices, hospitals, and EMS companies in the black.

And, for increasing the risk of exposing a person with a compromised immune system to the flu, so you've got that going, too.

/been getting the vaccine every year since ~2006
//they are free where I work

Been not getting sick every year since 1996...The last year I got the flu shot...AND GOT SICK!!!!


As the article says, each year's flu vaccine doesn't cover every OMG-flu in existence. It protects against the strains expected to be an issue. If you were unlucky enough to be exposed to a strain not in the vaccine, yeah, you'd get sick.

/your tank took it from the spearman
 
2013-01-13 10:21:30 AM

cheap_thoughts: crispyone: I've had the flu twice in the last 40 years. The 1st time was about 12 hours after getting a flu shot. The 2nd time was about 12 hours after taking the nasal flu vaccine. Complete farking sham!!!

You cannot get the flu from the shot. The spray I'm fairly confident you cannot, but I've been hearing reports of it bring true.

I believe you maybe confusing your "after flu shot" symptoms for the flu, however your assumption is flawed. Influenza affects the lungs and your sniffles and vomiting and loose stools are probably gastrointestinal or rinovirus. Very different.


Well if you are very confident that's good enough for me...I'll just ignore the fact that when I've taken the flu shot I've gotten flu-like symptoms!!
 
2013-01-13 10:23:48 AM

soze: You can get one at fricking Target or Walmart; if your insurance doesn't cover it the shot is only like $25. It's not difficult to get shot up at all.

/husband is immunosuppressed
//would hold people down on the street and jab 'em if I could :(


Seriously. These people are showing me how tough they are by not getting a free or $25 shot. They are showing me how lazy and possibly scared of needles they are and how they clearly don't have a clue what herd immunity is.

Nobody cares if a healthy 35 year old man gets the flu. The problem is he gets it and spreads it to everyone else at work. The tricky part about the flu is that ~50% are asymptomatic. So good job, you didn't get the vaccine, you HAVE THE FLU and don't know it, it doesn't affect you, but you spread it without regard to others.

The flu is different from smoking or obesity because by not getting vaccinated you ARE MAKING OTHER PEOPLE GET SICK. I can eat a gallon of ice cream and nobody else gets fat.
 
2013-01-13 10:24:01 AM

crispyone: I've only gotten the flu when I've had the flu shot?


A cold or slight soreness on your arm is not the flu.
 
2013-01-13 10:24:51 AM

chupacabra pretends for real: The stupid people who avoid flu shots are the same stupid people who go outside while they're sick. In public.

/oh, the germs!


No, actually, if I get sick I stay home.  Common sense.  Just like normal healthy adult life without the usual risk factors means you won't usually get teh dreaded flu and die.
 
2013-01-13 10:25:35 AM

jaytkay: crispyone: I've only gotten the flu when I've had the flu shot?

A cold or slight soreness on your arm is not the flu.


Making stuff up does not prove your point.
 
2013-01-13 10:25:49 AM

jaytkay: The injected flu vaccine does not give you the flu. The virus is dead.

However, suggestible people who sneeze within a day of getting the vaccine will tell you "the vaccine gave me the flu."


My theory is that some of the people who "never get sick except when they get vaccinated" only thought about getting vaccinated because they were either around people who were getting sick (thus not giving themselves time for the protection to kick in before they were exposed) or because they were subconsciously aware that they were getting sick themselves and were trying to avoid it.
 
2013-01-13 10:26:19 AM
So good job, you didn't get the vaccine, you HAVE THE FLU and don't know it, it doesn't affect you, but you spread it without regard to others.

Everyone's a carrier regardless of symptoms? But magically won't be once they have a shot?

I guess in a post 911 world you can't be too careful huh.
 
2013-01-13 10:27:09 AM
Good luck with that.
 
2013-01-13 10:28:15 AM
Also you people are idiots if you think your immune system is stronger from getting the flu. That is literally one of the stupidest things I have ever heard. If you get a strain of the flu and are fine then you will be immune to that strain. The vaccine vaccinates against multiple strains, so the vaccinated person's immune system is STILL STRONGER THAN YOURS.

Plus, while you are sick with flu and your body is fighting it, you are AT RISK of catching a secondary (and worse) infection. Your immune system is not a muscle that gets stronger every time you get sick. If you are a healthy person it is as good as it gets. It can remember illnesses that it has seen before and start fighting them faster. Your immune system is the same strength vaccine or not, but with the vaccine your body can start as soon as it sees the flu virus. Without the vaccine it has to commit the flu to memory and make a bunch of antibodies which is going to put you at a disadvantage.
 
2013-01-13 10:28:24 AM

jaytkay: crispyone: jaytkay: sure haven't: what they do is choose the strain they believe will be the most prevailent come flu season, and immunize against that one.

No, the vaccine includes multiple strains.

It also doesn't farking work.

And you know this because...?


Just the other day, it was reported that the flu shot is only 62% effective. Despite having numerous chronic illnesses, I haven't had the flu in the 31 years I've been alive. I'm not anti-vaccine - I strongly favor vaccines. But only if they work. I'm not going to intentionally put this stuff in my body if its chances of protecting me from something I've never had aren't much better than flipping a coin.
 
2013-01-13 10:29:03 AM

spidermilk: Nobody cares if a healthy 35 year old man gets the flu. The problem is he gets it and spreads it to everyone else at work. The tricky part about the flu is that ~50% are asymptomatic. So good job, you didn't get the vaccine, you HAVE THE FLU and don't know it, it doesn't affect you, but you spread it without regard to others.


Exactly. It's a matter of common public courtesy. Same reason you'd mouthwash after eating garlic noodles, try not to rip an eye-searing fart in an elevator, not rev your motorcycle in your garage for eight farking hours in a day, or crank up your car stereo.

...I'm preaching to the exact wrong crowd. Crap.
 
2013-01-13 10:29:55 AM

Generation_D: chupacabra pretends for real: The stupid people who avoid flu shots are the same stupid people who go outside while they're sick. In public.

/oh, the germs!

No, actually, if I get sick I stay home.  Common sense.  Just like normal healthy adult life without the usual risk factors means you won't usually get teh dreaded flu and die.


Now if we could all just keep our germs to ourselves.... :D
 
2013-01-13 10:30:52 AM
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/influenza-epidemic/

50 million 1918...1/5 of worlds population got sick. It'll happen again.
 
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