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    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post



    #If I get flu now I won't know the reason why.
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    I have had flu shots several of the past years, but not all. I never got the flu during any year, shot or not.
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    I'd be interested in evidence on Alzheimer's. This study suggests that immunizations might somewhat decrease the risk: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC81665/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Or, did you, are you, will you.... get a flu shot.

    I've been talking to some doctors lately on my hospital rounds, and it's a mixed bag.
    Teh awesomeness is contagious.

    the flu vaccine is a 'best guess' comprised of the 3 strains they suspect will be problematic from over 300 possible strains. So you have about a 1 in 100 chance of having the "right" vaccine (or something like that)

    Did I ever tell you about the student who argued for a better grade by proving he couldn't do weighted averages? Not all strains are equally likely.

    it takes 2 weeks for your body to develop the antibodies from the flu shot, and lasts for about 3 months - so you have to encounter the flu in that time window

    They call it "flu season." And you have to get another shot every year, because this year's likeliest strains are not next year's likeliest strains.

    the flu vaccine is least effective among infants, children and the elderly - those at greatest risk - and most effective among young healthy individuals

    Comparing incidence rates between those most and least susceptible doesn't say anything at all about effectiveness among the most susceptible. Did I ever tell you about the student who argued for a better grade by proving he couldn't do weighted averages?

    there are apparently studies (Hugh Fudenberg, MD - I'll find and link them if somebody else doesn't) indicating that a person who has had 5 flu shots is 10 more likely to develop Alzheimer's

    I read that study, but that's not the worst of it: flu shots also lead to dancing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lao tzu View Post
    Teh awesomeness is contagious.

    the flu vaccine is a 'best guess' comprised of the 3 strains they suspect will be problematic from over 300 possible strains. So you have about a 1 in 100 chance of having the "right" vaccine (or something like that)

    Did I ever tell you about the student who argued for a better grade by proving he couldn't do weighted averages? Not all strains are equally likely.

    it takes 2 weeks for your body to develop the antibodies from the flu shot, and lasts for about 3 months - so you have to encounter the flu in that time window

    They call it "flu season." And you have to get another shot every year, because this year's likeliest strains are not next year's likeliest strains.

    the flu vaccine is least effective among infants, children and the elderly - those at greatest risk - and most effective among young healthy individuals

    Comparing incidence rates between those most and least susceptible doesn't say anything at all about effectiveness among the most susceptible. Did I ever tell you about the student who argued for a better grade by proving he couldn't do weighted averages?

    there are apparently studies (Hugh Fudenberg, MD - I'll find and link them if somebody else doesn't) indicating that a person who has had 5 flu shots is 10 more likely to develop Alzheimer's

    I read that study, but that's not the worst of it: flu shots also lead to dancing.
    I'm not arguing either side - I'm just asking for input - I'm thinking about getting the flu shot and pneumonia vaccine tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    I'm not arguing either side - I'm just asking for input - I'm thinking about getting the flu shot and pneumonia vaccine tomorrow.
    You should have got it last fall. Although maybe that's only for us northerners.

    But you should definitely get the pneumonia shot.

    I can't get it until I'm 65.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post
    You should have got it last fall. Although maybe that's only for us northerners.

    But you should definitely get the pneumonia shot.

    I can't get it until I'm 65.
    I won't be 65 til end of summer. Just talked to one of the ER docs - he says he thinks that flu has really peaked in our area. Fewer and fewer cases every day. Statistically, not just anecdotally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    I won't be 65 til end of summer. Just talked to one of the ER docs - he says he thinks that flu has really peaked in our area. Fewer and fewer cases every day. Statistically, not just anecdotally.

    There are more and more cases here. Several fatalities among older folk.

    I can get my pneumonia shot in '19.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    I'm not arguing either side - I'm just asking for input - I'm thinking about getting the flu shot and pneumonia vaccine tomorrow.
    I think there's little personal benefit to getting your shots this late in the season. But seeing as your position puts you in contact with folks who are most at risk (I know pastors do a lot of hospital visits), I'd say yes, anyway. Lowering the risk of getting it lowers the risk of passing it on. Everyone getting a flu shot contributes to herd immunity. But to be honest, I'm not going to be getting a flu shot any time soon. Then again, I work with folks who are least at risk.
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    I've never had a flu shot and I haven't had the flu in over 30 years...I see no reason to start getting one now.
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