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Readers Respond: Do You Get Your Annual Flu Shot?

Responses: 14


Updated January 11, 2013

Not everyone feels the same about getting a flu shot. Some people wouldn't dare go without a flu shot each year -- taking every possible step to prevent the flu. Others fear getting sick from the flu shot itself or dislike the possibility of having a sore arm from the flu shot.

Is getting a flu shot part of your annual routine for flu prevention?

Flu shot

Every year I get the flu shot w/o any problems except for this year.....two days later joint pain in every joint.... Shot was on October 4 and today is November 2 still pain....doc gave me tramadol 50 mg yesterday..... Still having pain. Diagnosed with osteoarthritis.......wish to be pain free.
—Guest Lisa

No way -- no flu shot

I don't think I've ever had the flu. As far back as a child, I don't remember getting sick with the flu. I'm in my late 40s now and really healthy. I don't take prescription medication of any kind (never even taken birth control pills). I do get a cold every other year or so. But I don't have a need to get a flu shot. I feel you just have to be careful and wash your hands often or use the gel to disinfect.
—Guest J


Had both a seasonal flu shot and H1N1 and woke up in the middle of the night freezing with the chills ...felt very sick the next day....then was ok...I'm on methotraxate.
—Guest tbenn

Got a flu shot

I have so many things that could cause me to have a low immune system. I am type 2 diabetic also with fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, kidney disease. I do take Humira injections for the psoriatic arthritis. I do the flu shot every year and I do not feel it harms me any at all.
—Guest Pat

Yes to both flu shots

I always get the regular flu shot and went ahead and got the H1N1 when Walgreen's was giving them. Had no problems with either one.

Advised by doctor to get shot

My doctor advised me to receive this vaccine as I'm being admitted to hospital for a hip replacement, and because I'm a full-time caregiver for my 89 year old mother!

Got the seasonal flu shot

I have received my seasonal flu vaccine but went today (in 2009) to get the H1N1 vaccine and they wouldn't give to me. I didn't meet their criteria at this time due to limited supply of vaccine. So not sure if I will get it or not.

On the fence

I can see getting the seasonal flu shot but the H1N1 shot freaks me out a little. I have RA and take Enbrel so yes I'm concerned.
—Guest Tracy

NO to the flu shots

Absolutely not! I have had only one flu shot in my life (65 yrs) and I got a two-week flu!! No shots for me! I never get sick either. I eat healthy, organic, and exercise 3x's per week. No more chemicals for my body! I want to live healthy as much as possible, though it is difficult with all the chemicals and additives in our foods, in our body lotions, soaps, makeup etc, vaccinations, and everything else we use in our daily lives! I read all labels. I do not drink soda or eat anything with soy and high fructose corn syrup in it. We eat red meat only once a week. We eat fresh foods and eat fish twice a week. So, to get back to the question at hand, no shots for me or my family. I read that the government is allowing mercury (thimerasol) back into these vaccinations. How stupid. If it isn't mercury, it is aluminum! Argh!
—Guest Louise


My symptoms seem to be in remission the past few months, and thus I will decline. I have various reasons, though I am adamant about my decision. My older sister however tried to "bully" me into getting one. Talking to my doctor cemented my answer. I am eating very carefully and gargling with salt water 2 times daily!
—Guest Goodapple

Flu shot when available

I got the seasonal flu shot and will get the other one as soon as I can. Both my rheumatologist and pulmonary docs said yes to both. Trouble is Nursing Home nurses are considered low priority, the manager at work tells me, because we are not in an acute care setting. I thought health care workers were all on the priority list.
—Guest lotsocats

Still debating

My RA onset was 7 days after having a flu shot in 2001. I am an insulin dependent diabetic, so my immune system is already in overdrive. I'm still trying to make up my mind.
—Guest jjaku807

2 get or not 2 get

I have rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, AS, Sjogren's disease & my rheumatologist says he recommends ANYONE with a low immune system to receive the H1N1 vaccine...So I'll get one!!!
—Guest Dinah

Yes to getting a flu shot

I will be getting the seasonal and H1N1. I work in a healthcare setting and it was recommended by my rheumatologist.
—Guest kathygrace56

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