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Old 09-11-2019, 07:24 PM
 
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I had a Dr appointment today and the flu shot was available. I almost said no because Im not around kids anymore. I decided to get it because I dont want to end up with the flu when I travel.

Did you get the flu shot when you were teaching?
Do you get it in retirement?


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I always get one
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I have asthma so my doctor says to get it EVERY year. So yeas I took them when teaching and every year since I retired in June 2016.
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I didn't always get it in the past
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I thought that in the off chance I got the flu I would just soldier on. Then one year I had a student who had compromised health issues and got the shot because she couldn't and I wanted to protect her. Since then I always get one.I get it even though I am not retired. My DH got his today. I never had a reaction to it.
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I got the flu one year while teaching. I was out for 3 days and had the holidays to recover. Now I always get the flu shot. What I remember the most was how weak I felt! It was a terrible feeling.
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We got ours at CVS. Think it cost $10.00 for Medicare patients. No appt. necessary and they send the record to our PCP.
It was the high dose for 'old folks'. DH was always required to get it when he worked for the health dept.


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Old 09-12-2019, 06:00 AM
 
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I never got it when I was teaching, but I do get it now to stay safe.
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Old 09-12-2019, 06:05 AM
 
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I got one every year while teaching. Nurses came to our school and there was no charge.
Now that I am retired I intend to get one as soon as the local clinic has their flu shot blitz.
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Old 09-12-2019, 07:34 AM
 
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I guess you all have talked me into it. The flu shot causes an arthritis flair for me, so I have to plan 2 or 3 days of pain if I get one. I usually wait a bit later in the fall if I do get one, though.
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Old 09-12-2019, 07:36 AM
 
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I did it early in my career, but rarely anymore. It only protects against a few strains. Mostly, though, I end up being low grade sick for about 6 weeks. I told this to my doctor and he said it can happen.
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Old 09-12-2019, 08:28 AM
 
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I do. I always got one while teaching, too. In fact, I just got my flu shot yesterday while at Target!


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Old 09-12-2019, 09:26 AM
 
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I get a flu shot every year. I believe it's a good idea, and the hospital where I volunteer requires it of all employees and volunteers.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:07 AM
 
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I never have and still dont, though flu shots are free to me. I agree with keltikmom that It only protects against a few strains. I also think, for me, I stand a better chance of getting sick spending time at the medical facilities in order to get the shot.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:36 AM
 
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I started getting them about 10 years ago. Now I have to get one to volunteer at the hospital. They give them free.
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:02 AM
 
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I always get one . I once had a doctor laugh at me when I suggested that teachers build up an immunity to colds and flu. There are so many people who are sick and still run errands, shop, etc. that I feel I need to be proactive for myself and DH, who has COPD and other health issues. However the effectiveness doesn't last all season. I don't get the shot until after Nov. 1.
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Old 09-12-2019, 02:00 PM
 
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I always get one, and now I have a little grandson who is taking meds that suppress his immune system. He cant even get his regular vaccinations at the moment...so I will do whatever I need to be sure he is safe.
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Old 09-12-2019, 02:58 PM
 
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I got it when I taught, and I get it in retirement.
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Old 09-12-2019, 03:27 PM
 
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I got it at school when I was teaching and will continue to get it now that I'm retired. I have had the flu 3 times during my life and it is horrible, so I will take any protection I can get. It is supposed to be more dangerous the older you get too, so I feel like maybe I need it now more than ever.
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Old 09-12-2019, 04:32 PM
 
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I started getting the flu shot after a friend's dh died from the flu.It was a tragic story of someone who never thought the flu was "that bad." He was traveling for work and refused med treatment for what he thought was a bad cold. He died in his sleep. I also get the flu shot to protect my family as I can be a carrier of the flu and spread it to others. I have had the flu once and yes it is a devastating illness and one I don't want to have again.
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Old 09-12-2019, 06:10 PM
 
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I get the flu shot every year. I know people who have died from the flu. I got the flu shot yesterday because we will be traveling next month. I heard that the flu season is already here and I want to be healthy. I know that the shot doesn't guarantee you won't get the flu but it can lessen the effects and duration.
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Old 09-13-2019, 04:56 AM
 
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I get it every year. One of my last years working my team had a revolving door of kids sick with the flu. It was crazy. Im sure the flu shot along with a good immune system and all the hand washing protected me that awful year!
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Old 09-14-2019, 07:20 AM
 
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DH and I get them every year. We got the flu before we starting getting the shot. It's no fun. So far, no flu in years. The brother of a college friend died from the flu last Christmas. Healthy as an ox one day, gone the next.
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Yes to flu shots
Old 09-14-2019, 09:51 AM
 
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Just got my flu shot at CVS! I had the flu while student teaching in 1976 and it was the worst illness I've ever encountered! It felt worse than a major medical event that almost killed me! Some people think the flu feels like a bad cold. No... it's so much worse! I've been getting immunized ever since. Plus it helps protect my relative on chemo and newborns in my life.
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