a reply to: Blaine91555
What you’re stating is true.... that people should be courteous enough not to go around those susceptible if they know they could be a carrier, but
also folks should keep this in mind:
Just because you’ve been vaccinated, doesn’t mean you can’t get the flu (I used to work in healthcare and had to take MANDATORY flu shots to
have my job) and I was in a position to be able to have myself tested for the flu when I was running a mild fever and feeling under the weather at
work. Simple swab, we all did it, every time.
3 years in a row, even in spite of the mandatory shot, I came down with the flu, twice swine, once type a, and although I will admit the symptoms were
milder than some full blown flu I’ve had in the past without a shot,I could’ve “worked through it”- I was still contagious and shouldn’t
have been at work spreading the virus. When I found out I was able to go home. But I was in a rare position.
The shot gives some false sense of security, and unlike me working in a PCP office where they swabbed everybody’s cheek, many would assume since
they had the shot, they might just have a cold, stay at work, and pass it on to everyone.
Just a word of advice.... also, I no longer work in healthcare, but the times I’ve been to the dr for flu like illness since, I was treated for
allergies and sinus infections (with no relief) and was never even tested for the flu.... just realized once my useless antibiotics and other remedies
weren’t working, and that it was “running it’s course”- so to speak- that this must just be the flu. no way to know, as I wasn’t going back
just for a test, but after it happening twice, I’ve decided that I will have to insist on a flu test upon walking in the door myself. Drs
that, ya know?
With the resistance to patients being their own advocates because of the push against
patients researching their own symptoms on the
internet(which is fair) and things such as that- I see where this will lead to insulting physicians in my future, and having me labeled a problem
patient. Trust me, I know why patients are labeled problem patients, I used to do so.
With all that rambling, I’m replying simply to say please don’t put your faith into the flu shot anymore than you might anything else.... there
are arguments to be made from both sides of the isle.
False sense of protection can lead to just as much harm as refusal of protection.
And just Incase anyone cares after all that, I no longer take a flu shot, and when the flu activity gets high in our area, we limit our agendas and
activities to reflect how we would like to see society change its passive attitude about “business as usual” when everybody’s sick as a dog,
trying to function as normal. Slow it down. Rest, recover, reschedule.
There was a long discussion last year on FB with some really great points brought up about employers insisting one has a dr excuse to be absent work-
while all the local news stations have the physicians on tv and the airwaves suggesting “there’s no treatment for the flu, if you have symptoms,
you should just stay home and keep from spreading it”- all the while many couldn’t receive a paycheck unless they made that trip to the same
physician..was enough to make anyone in a position to feel the effects of that crazy... I sincerely felt for a lot of the peoples predicaments... but
know that our choices in those situations are what keeps the virus spreading.
Just wanted to add to your thoughts about protecting others. We should think about that in numerous ways, not just vaccination, but isolation and
recovery, and knowing that even if we had a shot we may still contract a milder form of flu that feels like a slight cold. In that instance, even
someone who had the shot could still unwittingly spread the virus to others who could not have the shot.
a reply to: Blaine91555