We don't get flu shots.
We are all pretty healthy and I don't feel it is necessary for our family to get flu shots.
We did get sick last week but all recovered quickly.
Thanks ladies, I meant "Any advice?" but typed it wrong. Anyway, I think my own anxiety along with the fear mongering on the news gets to me. I did make an appointment tomorrow a.m. for the 3 kids but of course I am second guessing and may cancel. I am still on the fence. Wish I was more decisive!!
No, we have never done flu shots and will not start now. I started reconsidering after hearing all the recent media reports, but now feel comfortable with our decision despite it being a bad flu season. We are a pretty healthy family, and none of us has ever gotten the flu (not even me, as a health care worker, being unvaccinated and being exposed to flu many, many times). I am fully aware that this could be 'the year' one (or all) of us gets sick, but I'll throw my lot in with mother nature and our bodies' amazing defense system, rather than with big pharma.
Because I work at a hospital, and refused the flu vaccine, I have to wear a mask when I walk through the hospital (I can take it off once I'm in the laboratory, where I work). It's ridiculous, but I do it without complaint. I've refused the vaccine every year, and I probably take the fewest sick days out of everyone else (I am the only one who refuses the vaccine). By all statistics, at least half of my vaccinated co-workers are just as 'vulnerable' as I am, being completely unvaccinated. Also, the efficacy of masks preventing flu is questionable- There is no good evidence showing that wearing one can prevent transmission...
Just my little rant there, a little off-topic
Best defense in my opinion is to eat well, get plenty of sleep, wash your hands, and just be vigilant of your surroundings- keep kids home if there is a flu outbreak at school, etc.
Due to the hype around here, I was rethinking my decision to get DS vaccinated. DBF's dad found an article on the internet that said that this is one of the worst flu outbreaks in history. He showed me the site and told me to get DS his flu shot. I agreed to disagree to avoid argument. DBF's dad went to DBF and talked about it with him too. I know he is just concerned and all but...it is the parents decision. DBF talked to me about it and we both kind of came to the conclusion that he won't get the flu shot. He is at home most of the time and we don't go anywhere (because we are broke college students) but it still scares me sometimes. I sometimes wonder if I am making the right decision. I, myself, will never get the flu shot. Never had the flu and *knock on wood* I hope I never will; why should I start taking the vaccine now?
The flu season is half over, and the USA is sitting at 20 pediatric deaths. http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/11/health/us-flu-season/index.html
Here is what the CDC has to say about pediatric deaths from influenza:
"Flu seasons vary in severity, however some children die from flu each year. From 2003-2004 to 2011-2012, pediatric deaths reported to CDC ranged from 46 to 153 per year. During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, 348 pediatric deaths were reported to CDC from April 15, 2009 to October 2, 2010."
Given that the season is half over and we are only sitting at 20 pediatric deaths, I would speculate that we are not heading towards a severe year. I hope I don't eat my words. It would be interesting to break it down by month and see if we are sitting at more or less deaths this many weeks into the flu season than in previous years.
No we don't get the flu shot. My poor husband is on his second round of flu-like symptoms right now though. I hope my kids don't get it because my dh is in so much pain. I say flu like because he hasn't been seen by a Dr. either time, so we don't know for sure that it is the flu. But damn it sucks. It's not "no big deal".
Here is what Cochrane had to say on influenza vaccine and asthma, I agree it is not all that positive.
I'm sorry you are dealing with this. I'm sure you've been told it's a total; coincidence too. How frustrating!
We all got the flu shot this year. My husband teaches germ infested college kids and my son goes to school all day. I stay home with my younger son, but we both got vaccinated as well since dh and ds carry all the nasties home with them. My younger son is also highly prone to respiratory infection and has been hospitalized with pneumonia in the past. The flu would wreak havoc on him. We also take vitamin D in winter, wash hands regularly and eat whole nutritious food year round. I'm a middle of the road kind of person, I think. I take what I feel is best from both modern and natural medicine. None of us has ever had the flu. I like to think it's because of all the precautions we take, but who knows...maybe it's just luck.