I have to say that I'm with CajunGrl and Tala on this one. I do hear what everyone else is saying about the risks of getting vaccines, and I absolutely respect your opinions.....I want you to respect mine, too, of course! :)
One good thing is that the last few years I've been very successful at getting thimerosol-free versions of the flu shots.
I never used to get the flu shot until one year (like Tala) I got the flu. I have asthma and this bug went straight to my lungs....first bronchitis, then pneumonia! I was bedridden for literally weeks, I was a single mom of four teenagers at that time AND in graduate school. I missed almost a month of classes. After I started to get better and went back to class, one of my professors asked me if I ever got flu shots and then spent 1/2 hour chewing me out for being "irresponsible" because I said no. He was my microbiology professor, BTW!
I started getting the flu shot every year after that experience, and I've never had a bad reaction (other than big red bumps at the site of the shot). I also get a pneumonia vaccine every so often (5 years?). I have not had pneumonia since...in fact, I haven't gotten the flu since that time in grad school, for the past 15 years.
I understand that there are risks involved with vaccines, but there are risks for me if I catch the flu, too, particularly now when I'm so ill with Lyme and all of my autoimmune diseases....I'm on immunosuppressants so my immune system is NOT working well at all.
So I will get the flu shot, because I don't want to die from pneumonia. So far, the flu shot has worked well for me.
I do like to hear what else works for other people though! So thank you all for sharing!!
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