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Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Shot in the Dark?

Big Question!

Are you getting the two flu shots this year?

Here in Canada, we have the regular flu shot and the H1N1 flu shot available in the coming weeks. All the info is so confusing! Which to get first? What factors to consider? I am in a high risk group just because I am a diabetic with a heart condition so I'm pretty sure I want both shots at some point.

News on the radio tells me I should be getting H1N1 first in the next week or so, but my clinic is only giving it to people over 65 right now, with the regular flu shot not available till January. Isn't that kind of late? These details seem to change daily and vary from place to place.

The flu shots are a bit hard on me because my arm usually gets really sore for a few days which curtails my swimming for almost a week......X 2 this year!

What is happening in your part of the world?



Blogger Gattina said...

I had never a flu shot in my whole life and would certainly not take the H1N1 which has only been created to make the big money for the pharma industry !
Our doctors here in Belgium suggest no vaccin of H1N1 and in the German News they even said that there is something toxic in the shot H1N1. I am not impressed by artificial panic makers. If you compare the amount of people who die each year of the "normal" flue, or of cancer in your country and then you have maybe 1000 in the whole world it becomes ridiculous.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Blogger Akelamalu said...

I'm still not sure. :(

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Blogger TorAa said...

Well, how to start commenting what you here write about.

I feel, here in Norway, the Health Authorities and the Medias have behaved and misinformed a way I never have experienced.

The truth is that Health Authorities
are still ruled by "Doctor King of the Hill".

And Norway is claimed the Best Country in the world to live in by UN.
Om the surface - yes...

But came across the pond next year,
you can as said before stay for free in our Summer Houses. Canoe is waiting for you.

Have a great weekend.

btw. I should have gone to bed hours ago - but you know: When will baby vagabond arrive?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Anonymous RennyBA's Terella said...

Well Tor said some, so let me just add:
The health authority has advices everyone to take the vaccine and provide it for every critical. It might be a bit overkill but then again; 10 people in Norway have already died from the flue.

I think I will have mine next week.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Blogger Pauline said...

the one time I did get a flu shot, I was so sick I ended up in the emergency room...

good to see you back!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Blogger goatman said...

I will opt out this year -- and past years. I am healthy and not a member of the groups who should get the shot due to their prognosis if exposed. I feel that the limited number of shots should go to those most needing them.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Blogger Water Baby said...

Someone died yesterday in Texas, maybe it was the day before... Anyway, my little brother had it, he turned 8 two days ago and he is fine, he went to the hospital, but they sent him home after two hours. Almost everyone I know has either had it or knows someone who did. With this many people sick, of coarse a few people are dying!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Blogger Richard said...

Like most of your commenters, I am not getting any flu shots.

I am not convinced the current H1N1 pandemic is that lethal. Of course, finding accurate numbers is very, very hard. Claims for mortality rates cover the range from lower than seasonal flu, comparable to seasonal flu, higher than seasonal flu. So ... take your pick. I think if it was significantly higher, the governements would be really panicking. Which they don't seem to be doing.

My gut feel on the information I have read is that it affects younger people worse than older people. And, of course, those who already have chronic conditions.

This article (though 6 months old) offers some reassurance to those over 52: "... federal health officials said on Wednesday that people born before 1957 appear to have some immunity to the swine flu virus now circulating. ... That does not mean that everyone over 52 is immune, ... The protection theory, Dr. Jernigan explained, is that from 1918 to 1957, all circulating seasonal type-A flus were weakened descendants of the 1918 Spanish flu, which was an H1N1, ..."

You might like to check out this article talking about how most deaths related to H1N1 are in the under-65.

And for the conspiracists out there, there is this: a biotech company predicting the outbreak a year in advance and predicting mortality in the 5-10% range

The CBC had a nice interview this morning.

It seems to be very contagious, but not necessarily more lethal than regular flu. I don't get flu shots because I am averse to injecting foreign proteins into my bloodstream (never mind that his probably happens everytime I cut myself - but at least I don't deliberately do it).

I am reminded of the push to vaccinate my kids against chicken pox. All the information we got was about how lethal it was and how many complications there were from chicken pos. NEver mind that prior to that, it was considered to be one of those rites of passage of childhood. Well, both kids have had chicken pox (sadly, Tania came down just before my brother's wedding). And the vaccine for chicken pox is not that effective, requiring people to get regular booster shots (chicken pox in adults is worse than in kids - so they may need booster shots all their life).

In Spain, there are large billboard campaigns promoting H1N1 awareness (wash your hands, don't cough or sneeze at people, etc). Not sure what is going on about the vaccine.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very personal decision.. that is for sure. Both sides can present strong arguments. But for me and my family .. the answer is yes.. we are all getting the shot.. actually have already gotten it. :-)

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

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