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    Quote Originally Posted by jahearme View Post
    I've gotten a flu shot twice in my life. I got sick both years I did it.
    Had nothing to do with the shot. Believe me.
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    It doesn’t hurt anything to get one, but from a doctor friend of mine that I respect, he said the flu shot is one of the biggest rackets in all of medicine. He told me the chances of the shot you get preventing the flu is minuscule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    It doesn’t hurt anything to get one, but from a doctor friend of mine that I respect, he said the flu shot is one of the biggest rackets in all of medicine. He told me the chances of the shot you get preventing the flu is minuscule.
    Good hygiene is more important. Wash your hands frequently and well. Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough; and not with your hand. Use your sleeve if you have to or carry a handkerchief. Avoid close contact with those who are sick and avoid large crowds.

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    As an IT guy, I have to touch more keyboards than Carters has pills. I'm washing my hands constantly and using Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer like it is going out of style. If a user is obviously sick, their station gets a dose of Lysol spray before I'll even touch it.

    I get a flu shot every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Science Friction View Post
    Had nothing to do with the shot. Believe me.
    I understand that. Just wasn't good for my psyche. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlDog75 View Post
    The shot or the infection?
    The shingles shot. For 4 years now I feel like I have the shingles all the time with the pain but no rash. Dr's at Cleveland Clinic can not find out what is causing all the pain. I believe it was caused by the shingles shot. If anyone has had the shingles then they know what pain I am in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    It doesn’t hurt anything to get one, but from a doctor friend of mine that I respect, he said the flu shot is one of the biggest rackets in all of medicine. He told me the chances of the shot you get preventing the flu is minuscule.
    I would be highly suspicious of your doctor friend. I know a lot of doctors in a variety of specialties. Not one of them would say that.

    I have a good friend who works as a pediactric ICU nurse. No way will she or her children ever miss a flu shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gold sunrise View Post
    The shingles shot. For 4 years now I feel like I have the shingles all the time with the pain but no rash. Dr's at Cleveland Clinic can not find out what is causing all the pain. I believe it was caused by the shingles shot. If anyone has had the shingles then they know what pain I am in.
    Have you been tested for fibromyalgia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gold sunrise View Post
    The shingles shot. For 4 years now I feel like I have the shingles all the time with the pain but no rash. Dr's at Cleveland Clinic can not find out what is causing all the pain. I believe it was caused by the shingles shot. If anyone has had the shingles then they know what pain I am in.
    I had a bad case of shingles as a kid. I'll definitely discuss this with my doctor.

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    Never had one, don't plan on starting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Run To State View Post
    Have you been tested for fibromyalgia?
    Yes. At Cleveland Clinic I have been tested for everything. I had surgery for MALS but 20% of the time it is underlying causes, well I was in that 20%.

    Quote Originally Posted by OlDog75 View Post
    I had a bad case of shingles as a kid. I'll definitely discuss this with my doctor.
    I would if I was you. I had the shingles in my 30's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beechwoodfan View Post
    I know for most folks, including me, the flu is no big deal. I have had the flu before, survived, and felt my immune system was all the better for it. Flu shots are mandatory where I work. I used to think this was annoying. Over the years I have learned the following...

    1. The flu is often fatal to the elderly and the very young. You do not fall into that category? You can still pass the flu onto those at risk.

    2. Every year there are cases of perfectly healthy children and adults who, despite all odds, die from the flu.

    Unless you have a clear contraindication, get immunized. It is not always just about you. Protect yourself, and more importantly, others.
    A pharmacist friend of mine told me a story once when he worked retail back in the 90’s, a senior citizen came in and asked him if he really needed one. A month or so later his wife came in and said he passsed away from complications of the flu. He never got one.

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