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(Chattanooga Pulse)   We shouldn't really have to keep saying this, but yes, you really should get a flu shot. And like right now   (chattanoogapulse.com) divider line
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2020-10-01 5:30:16 PM  
Been getting it at work for years, now.  I guess I should just run over to the CVS.
 
2020-10-01 6:09:24 PM  
Got ours yesterday.
Free* from Stop & Shop

* covered by Medicare
 
2020-10-01 6:09:33 PM  
Too late, got mine last Thursday

Waited until January last year
 
2020-10-01 6:11:11 PM  
Not available in Ontario for another 2 weeks. For the first time ever, we are suffering anxiety over a flu shot. When it arrives the pharmacies and clinics gonna be like when Americans storm WalMart on Black Friday.
 
2020-10-01 6:14:05 PM  
Getting mine Monday, which has me quite scared.  I had one about 12 years ago and got very sick and was laid up for days.  I haven't gotten one since, but potentially having the flu+covid doesn't seem like fun either.
 
2020-10-01 6:14:40 PM  
Done yesterday. Usually I wait for mid-October, but I had physical therapy at a hospital so while I was there I got the shot in their pharmacy. Took ten minutes. $0 co-pay.
 
2020-10-01 6:17:08 PM  
Last month my Dr suggested I wait until early November.  At the time I was just thinking that I didn't want to get stuck in rush hour traffic (when did that start again?) and I didn't ask why, just nodded.
But now am curious, is it because flu season doesn't really peak until after the holidays?  Does the effectiveness of the vaccine wane over time?  He said something about wanting to stay covered though early spring.

I'll ask next time I talk to him but I know there are a few actual and armchair immunologists hanging out around here.  Someone might have an answer and I appreciate the information without having to wade through duckduckgo.
 
2020-10-01 6:19:36 PM  
My primary care doctor is doing appointment only patient only drive thru next two Saturdays.
 
2020-10-01 6:20:08 PM  
Another liberal hoax.
 
2020-10-01 6:20:49 PM  
I tried to get one at the Indian Clinic on Monday. They said they weren't going to start giving the flu shots until this coming Monday.
 
2020-10-01 6:22:17 PM  

KrustyKitten: Last month my Dr suggested I wait until early November.  At the time I was just thinking that I didn't want to get stuck in rush hour traffic (when did that start again?) and I didn't ask why, just nodded.
But now am curious, is it because flu season doesn't really peak until after the holidays?  Does the effectiveness of the vaccine wane over time?  He said something about wanting to stay covered though early spring.

I'll ask next time I talk to him but I know there are a few actual and armchair immunologists hanging out around here.  Someone might have an answer and I appreciate the information without having to wade through duckduckgo.

CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. However, getting vaccinated early (for example, in July or August) is likely to be associated with reduced protection against flu infection later in the flu season, particularly among older adults.


https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vacci​n​ations.htm
 
2020-10-01 6:22:29 PM  

BMFPitt: Been getting it at work for years, now.  I guess I should just run over to the CVS.


Me too. I feel like work should send the flu shot crew to our homes since they're not paying our mortgages or utility bills.
 
2020-10-01 6:22:55 PM  
My govt job used to come by the workplace and give anyone a flu shot who wanted one. They haven't done it in a couple years, so I run over to Walgreens to get mine soon as I see the sign.
 
2020-10-01 6:23:06 PM  
I'm waiting for the optimal time for the shot so I'm fully protected as flu season starts, which for me, I believe is mid-October.
 
2020-10-01 6:23:22 PM  
Publix grocery stores is giving $5 gift cards for people to get one.
 
2020-10-01 6:23:22 PM  
Shelter in place  and then there are no worries.
 
2020-10-01 6:26:10 PM  

Creoena: Getting mine Monday, which has me quite scared.  I had one about 12 years ago and got very sick and was laid up for days.  I haven't gotten one since, but potentially having the flu+covid doesn't seem like fun either.


Getting mine Saturday and I have the same issue. At least I can be sick over a weekend.
 
2020-10-01 6:29:13 PM  

vestona22: Publix grocery stores is giving $5 gift cards for people to get one.


If only it was Pubix. Pass.
 
2020-10-01 6:31:02 PM  
DH and I just got back from getting ours. Hubby, the big baby, asked for (and got) a lolly pop.
 
2020-10-01 6:35:13 PM  
Getting mine tomorrow morning at work, for free. Yay?
 
2020-10-01 6:35:41 PM  
Got mine in early Sept., since I was having hernia surgery last week.

Next up: 2nd shingrex shot (probably around Halloween).
 
2020-10-01 6:37:29 PM  
Also they have found there is evidence that getting a flu vaccine (well any vaccine) may help you against covid for about a month or so.

It doesn't build anti-bodies for it but there are other more generic immune responses that vaccines build up for at least a short time.


In theory if we got everyone to get flu shots around the same time we probably could drive down covid numbers.
 
2020-10-01 6:40:22 PM  

KrustyKitten: Last month my Dr suggested I wait until early November.  At the time I was just thinking that I didn't want to get stuck in rush hour traffic (when did that start again?) and I didn't ask why, just nodded.
But now am curious, is it because flu season doesn't really peak until after the holidays?  Does the effectiveness of the vaccine wane over time?  He said something about wanting to stay covered though early spring.

I'll ask next time I talk to him but I know there are a few actual and armchair immunologists hanging out around here.  Someone might have an answer and I appreciate the information without having to wade through duckduckgo.


Funny, I just read an article only a day or two ago that had doctors saying you should wait until February or March.
 
2020-10-01 6:40:46 PM  

BMFPitt: Been getting it at work for years, now.


Should I not have done that?
 
2020-10-01 6:40:54 PM  

AeAe: I'm waiting for the optimal time for the shot so I'm fully protected as flu season starts, which for me, I believe is mid-October.


They reminded me the shot takes 2 weeks to be effective, so if you mean mid-October is when your flu season starts, time to get the shot now.

It seems like most pharmacies offer it now - the one at my local market throws in a 10% off coupon, and insurance covered the vaccination cost. It was a very easy shot, though I was also due for tetanus and that one left my shoulder sore for a few days.
 
2020-10-01 6:44:54 PM  

OccamsWhiskers: AeAe: I'm waiting for the optimal time for the shot so I'm fully protected as flu season starts, which for me, I believe is mid-October.

They reminded me the shot takes 2 weeks to be effective, so if you mean mid-October is when your flu season starts, time to get the shot now.

It seems like most pharmacies offer it now - the one at my local market throws in a 10% off coupon, and insurance covered the vaccination cost. It was a very easy shot, though I was also due for tetanus and that one left my shoulder sore for a few days.


I'm thinking November, that's why I'm getting it mid-October
 
2020-10-01 6:45:50 PM  
Got the flu shot once and felt like shiat and took off work for a few days. Never again. Have only gotten the flu once in high school. Ran an entire track meet and got 1st place, then felt like death for a couple of days before starting to feel better. Meh.
 
2020-10-01 6:46:32 PM  
Fine, subby. I'll run out to get one right now. But if I get in trouble for running to the CVS w/o wearing pants, I'm gonna blame you.
 
2020-10-01 6:46:42 PM  
Is it just where I live that everyone is doing drive through flu shots now??
 
2020-10-01 6:48:20 PM  
I got mine, and that night I woke up at 3:30 am, there was a loud humming, I had to pee, my vision was blurry and I was 5'4" tall.
 
2020-10-01 6:49:23 PM  
Got mine at Costco last Friday.  Only had to wait about 10 min and figured since it was slow there (for once) I would take advantage of it.

2 bags of my pistachios (on sale) and my flu shot = great Costco run!
 
2020-10-01 6:50:58 PM  
Just got mine today. That and a couple of beers has me pretty farked up rite nooooow
 
2020-10-01 6:54:05 PM  

genner: Creoena: Getting mine Monday, which has me quite scared.  I had one about 12 years ago and got very sick and was laid up for days.  I haven't gotten one since, but potentially having the flu+covid doesn't seem like fun either.

Getting mine Saturday and I have the same issue. At least I can be sick over a weekend.


The first time I got one in the early aughts I had the same issue and felt unwellish for months.  I avoided getting one again until it was required due to my job location.  Have been getting them yearly since 2012/13 or so and (thankfully) have not had the same issue.
 
2020-10-01 6:55:10 PM  

Creoena: Getting mine Monday, which has me quite scared.  I had one about 12 years ago and got very sick and was laid up for days.  I haven't gotten one since, but potentially having the flu+covid doesn't seem like fun either.


Kudos for letting your rational brain over rule your lizard brain. I didn't even get a sore arm from the shot this year. YMMV but it seems like an easier shot than usual (and the odds really are that your first bad experience was bad luck, just getting the shot when you sick but not yet hit by symptoms). This is a really good year for you to try the shot again. If you're in a place where hospitals go all New-York-City-overwhelm you do not want to have a bad flu.
 
2020-10-01 6:56:07 PM  

Corvus: Also they have found there is evidence that getting a flu vaccine (well any vaccine) may help you against covid for about a month or so.

It doesn't build anti-bodies for it but there are other more generic immune responses that vaccines build up for at least a short time.


In theory if we got everyone to get flu shots around the same time we probably could drive down covid numbers.


I was told this by my doc: anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that people that regularly get flu shots suffer less severe symptoms, but they may last longer.  I get one every year.  My wife does not.  She got hit hard by Covid early this year, but only for a couple weeks.  Mine has been annoying at worst, by just doesn't seem to go away.  YMMV.

That said, you can get Covid and garden variety flu at the same time.  A flu shot will help prevent the latter.  Distance.  Wear a mask.  Wear glasses.  Get a flu shot.
 
2020-10-01 6:59:26 PM  
Can't get it for another week.  Don't know why Kaiser is so far behind this year.
 
2020-10-01 6:59:46 PM  
Have my normal checkup this month. Will be getting it then, Normally I get it spread out over two doses since I normally come down with a fever, head ache, etc after getting the full dose. But I'm considering just getting it done all at once and if I end up with the fever so be it.
 
2020-10-01 7:02:29 PM  
To all who do, or will, monitor my internet correspondence:

I have been shot for the flu. All is double-plus good and there is no need to begin, or continue, a campaign to monitor, or correct, any statement that I have made, or will make.
 
2020-10-01 7:04:12 PM  
The article last week said to wait on this one because this strain will hit peak infection in March and getting the flu shot too early may diminish its effectiveness
 
2020-10-01 7:08:56 PM  
Your heart thanks you in advance for getting your flu shot - it lowers your risk of MI.

https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.73​2​6/M20-1509

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056​/​NEJMoa1702090?query=featured_home
 
2020-10-01 7:10:24 PM  
I never have, and that was before I was washing my hands, staying away from people and wearing a mask.
 
2020-10-01 7:15:11 PM  
Do as your government commands!  I've never gotten a flu shot and guess what?  Im still here!
 
2020-10-01 7:15:20 PM  
My HMO is booked up way in advance. So I think now is the time for me to make an appointment to get it in December.
 
2020-10-01 7:22:10 PM  

Enigmamf: My HMO is booked up way in advance. So I think now is the time for me to make an appointment to get it in December.


(Ok it's not as bad as I thought, but their first-available appointment at the drive-up clinic is October 29th.)
 
2020-10-01 7:23:34 PM  

Watubi: The article last week said to wait on this one because this strain will hit peak infection in March and getting the flu shot too early may diminish its effectiveness


I would ask your doctor.  When I asked mine in mid-September, he said "Now".  But I've also been dealing with a mild case of the plague, so your answer may differ.

I'll also add (since we're talking vaccines), if you're over fifty get the Shingrix/shingles vaccine.  Even if you have to pay out of pocket.  It's two shots a few months apart, but my wife and sister-in-law got shingles and it sucked for both of them.  No way I was dealing with that.  Insurance wanted me to wait until I was 60, because vaccines can/do loose effectiveness over time, but I just didn't care.  Doc signed the prescription.

And heck, as long as I'm dispensing internet-wisdom, if you don't have a doctor, get one!  A pre-covid physical can help identify weaknesses that you can work on before you get it!  Modern science is good.
 
2020-10-01 7:29:19 PM  
Appt on Tuesday
 
2020-10-01 7:32:54 PM  
I hope anti-vaxxing is evolutionarily effective.
 
2020-10-01 7:34:11 PM  

goshes: Do as your government commands!  I've never gotten a flu shot and guess what?  Im still here!


Sorry about your mom
 
2020-10-01 7:36:02 PM  
I just called the clinic; thiere in. Gettin' shot tomorrow.
 
2020-10-01 7:38:18 PM  
CSB. Less than an hour ago, my doctor administered the first flu shot I have ever received. So I am getting a real kick out of this article.
 
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