Freddy wrote:I got my flu shot yesterday at a Walgreens. I also opted for the shingles shot. So far no side effects, but the "shingles arm" hurts a bit today. I had a friend that got the shingles some years back. Honestly, she wished to die. Awful, awful pain.
I had the flu 8 or 12 years ago. I was SO sick for 2 full weeks. Never in my life been so sore, so weak. I hope to never, ever go back there again. The idea that having the flu makes you immune to that strain doesn't hold much water for me. The flu strains never repeat themselves from year to year so it doesn't matter if you gain immunity by having it.
The pneumonia shot is good for 5 years, the shingle shot is good for life. Odd.... you can get them together, or 6 weeks apart. (but not a week or two apart. Odd.)
Remember "swine flu" from a couple years back? That was strain H1N1. The odd thing was, it didn't affect older people like other flu's do.
Maybe because H1N1 came around in the 50's so many people were exposed then and then a little thing you may have heard about back around 1912...."Spanish Flu"?
Yup...H1N1 as well. It seems that if two people who had flu married and had kids, they were able to pass on resistance to the children.
What's going to happen when all these people who religiously got flu shots today get older and don't have any resistance to the flu?
Sounds like a built in customer base for Big Pharma to me.
And heaven help us if these flu's start to mutate and become like the antibiotic bugs floating around out there. We might be helping ourselves in the short run only to shoot ourselves in the foot 50 years from now.