posted on Dec, 29 2013 @ 04:46 AM
My company sponsors flu shots every year and I always get it although it is voluntary. The reason I get the shot is I almost died from a catastrophic
flu strain back in 2000. I mean that was the real influenza that I've had twice in my life narrowly avoiding being laid up in an ICU for weeks (eg
like double pneumonia that can literally drown you). I have developed symptoms after the shot once or twice but nothing that laid me out, just the
shakes, mild temp, night sweats for a day or 2 then totally OK.
The shot each flu season is made up to counter the most likely strains that'll be floating around based on overseas previous experience and strains
can get in that are not covered. Like the swine flu that blindsided the defenses a few years back and I actually got that one myself but, for me, it
was fairly mild having me bedridden for a few days only with a survivable fever and no lingering bronchial infections afterward. A younger friend
contracted the same flu strain and it was fatal.
Along with getting the flu shot annually I work on keeping myself in a fit healthy strong state so I seldom even get a cold these days and shake it
off quickly when I do succumb on the rare occasion.
I see it as enhanced self defense and I take no notice of scare mongers re the 'evil' of flu shots. They work for me but your experiences may vary
depending on a multitude of factors.
I've encountered many people who think they've had full-blown influenza but their symptoms are not much more than a bad cold and there's no vaccine
for that. The real thing is scary with you being unable to stand without falling over, raging fever that makes you delerious and can damage your
brain irreparably if not controlled, you can't eat and throw up anything you do manage to (briefly) get down, the only way to get to the bathroom is
crawl or get someone to carry you etc etc. If I can defend myself against that happening to me again I will.
edit on 29/12/2013 by Pilgrum
because: (no reason given)