Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Hampton, Virginia
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I work in healthcare, too, and I have never had a flu shot. I refuse on "religious" grounds (not their business what religion, so I just leave it at that). Of course, they try to bully you into getting it anyway by forcing you to wear a mask at all times while at work if you don't get the shot. Fortunately, our office manager also refuses the shot, as do several of the nurses & front office staff, and so we all just go around with masks on for a few months, or we just don't and hope the hospital "police" don't notice.
I haven't had the flu in years, so it seems contrary to me that I should purposely infect myself with it in order to prevent getting it. Especially since we're never sure how accurate the strains will be. My colleague is always the first in line to get hers, and her kids, too. Year before last, they all go the flu (after being vaccinated), but I never did. So, I really think it's more about natural immunity, good hygiene, and luck than getting a shot. That being said, if you feel you are at increased risk, or you get the flu regularly, by all means, get the vaccination. Just find out whether the inactivated one or the live-virus one is safer during pregnancy. I'd guess the shot, but you should look it up.
As for "studies' and "reports" about vaccines, I'm always leery of their findings. For one, a surprising majority of them are somehow funded by the pharmaceutical companies that make the drugs. For another, IMHO, there is a lot of fear-mongering that goes on with regards to vaccines. Maybe I'm a paranoid conspiracy nut, but I really think it's suspicious. I'm not anti-vaccination, so don't get me wrong. They are wonderful, and if they work out that Ebola vaccine, and it looks like that is something we need in our country, I would seriously consider getting it. But I really don't see the need to vaccinate a newborn for Hep B, or an American (not traveling) for Polio. The incidence is just too low. You have to make informed decisions. If you're at risk for the disease, look at the vaccine & see if the potenti al side effects are worth the protection. No vaccine is 100% effective, so take that into account, too. And if you think your risk for contracting the disease is really low, or the consequences of contracting the disease are minor, you should take that into consideration as well. My DH is trying to convince me to get the boys vaccinated with a bunch of different ones before the baby comes, but so far he hasn't completely convinced me. I might acquiesce, though. And that's my book about vaccinations, lol.
Homeschooling, just completed my doctorate & becoming crunchier by the day;