This TED Talk Clip Claims You Need To Get A Flu Shot Every Year?

Submitted by: fancylad 3 weeks ago in News & Politics Science


Do you though? I don't think I've ever had a flu shot in my life, and I can't remember the last time I had a flu.


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Female 8,184
NHS recommend you get one if you are elderly or infirm- or immuno compromised or work with the aforementioned. They gamble on this years jab protecting against this years strain- but its better than nothing IF it matters. 
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Male 4,383
Where I work we have to get a flu shot every year as a condition of employment. How eff'ed up is that?
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Male 1,038
trimble In several industries, this is standard.  Not necessarily to protect you, but certainly to protect others you come into contact with.

The work I used to do (now retired from that) meant that my list of vaccinations was extensive (6-8 shots every 2 years), but did not include a flu shot, that was up to me.
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Male 433
I'm not a doctor but I read a lot:

1) Since there are many strains of flu, you can get the wrong shot. Delivering the right shot is a guessing game, and e.g. in the H1N1 year, there were two kinds of flu competing. (That's why people freaked out about them possibly combining and flu shots were recommended. Fortunately they didn't know the fusion moves and the pig flu turned out to be the lesser of the two strains.)

2) if it's not a passive shot, you'll have the virus you caught _and_ a little bit extra from the shot. I don't see how you can expect having a lesser flu if a shot and catching a life strain coincides, but I guess you were doomed anyway. (Therefore having a bad flu after a shot it's a valid observation.)

Therefore and again my ¢¢:
1) you should get a shot if you're one of the people dealing with many other people or if you have low health. For other people, especially if if you can stay at home, you can skip it.
2) you should get your shot before being infected … weeks before being infected. If you wait for the season to start, you're too late.
3) even then, you may get a different flu. That's life.
4) See toetagmodel2.

5) and BTW and not about flu:  Doctors should ask their clients weather or not they refreshed their vaccinations. Most people don't and are unaware of not having an effective vaccination while complaining about other people not having a vaccination.
6) Also: If you want everybody to vaccinate, make it mandatory by law instead of pretending it's a free choice and then punishing those who didn't.
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Female 4,664
I got a flu shot 30 years ago, got the worst case Ive ever had in my life.  Ive not had the flu since, at all.. so either the shot worked a miracle or my immune system is off the charts (im guessing the latter because ive been handling money for 20+ years lol )

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Male 349
I don't know how effective they are, toetagmodel2 sounds like a qualified person.
I get a flu shot every year after having my daughter and now I work with the elderly.  I think it is the right thing to do to help protect infants, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems in our population.  But I am sure it is far from a magic bullet.
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Male 572
The flu shot is a roll of the dice. I do 6 hours of training and give hundreds every year. The scientists are GUESSING about what flu strain is likely to become prevalent/virulent in the population. Every year the CDC and WHO choose the 3 or 4 most likely strains and vaccinate. It is no guarantee against flu season, but it will keep the 3 or 4 strains minimized. 

Take it if you can handle it. 
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Male 6,309
Before I came here I was immunized against all known Earthly diseases but I still got sick from the horse flu
A vaccination would have prevented it
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Male 6,309
thezigrat Cough Cough Sneeze! (hard to do with no nose) Hey fancylad can I borrow your tooth brush?
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Male 6,690
i don't bother
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Male 1,038
If you don't have any contact with the outside world, then don't get a flu shot.  If you have elderly co workers, family, or friends or friends/family that are of child bearing ages or are infants themselves, get a flu shot.

You may never get the flu, but you may become a carrier (without the shot) and lead to other folks getting sick.

You may still get the flu.  You may still become a carrier, but the flu shot will significantly reduce the possibility.

This isn't about you.  This is about protecting others.  Can't make you do it, but I sure wish you would.
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Male 1,562
punko excellent advice.  All immunizations depend on high participation to be most effective.
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Male 349
punko Yep.  My mother has a compromised immune system.  Everyone is required to get a shot to keep from being carriers.  I don't get one because it gives me an excuse not to go see her.  Win-win for everyone.
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Male 4,244
I got them every year while in the military and just keep getting them.

I haven't had the flu since I was a child.
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Male 15,408
Influenza mutates. You need a new shot every time a new shot is available, which is every year.


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Male 3,354
Design the vaccine for the next flu season, using last years flu samples.
Golly, that makes sense, huh?
Never had a flu shot and I don't get the flu.
But I'm thinking that the typical American who eats poorly and exercises rarely - if at all - would have somewhat compromised immune systems - at least to the point they'd be more susceptible to catching colds or the flu - or develop allergies such as hay fever or reactions to peanuts or gluten. 
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Male 433
captkangaroo They don't take last year's sample, but it's still a guessing game. They are good at it, but far from perfect.
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Male 3,354
7eggert 
You play guessing games with crap big pharma and big brother want to inject into your body - I'll pass, thank you.
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Female 9,604
I got one this year as it was recommended due to a preexisting disease. 
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Male 41,618
You need to because the Flu (or Influenza) changes itself every year to overcome human immunities.

I got the flu shot once, my arm was numb for 2 days :p Not worth it.
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Male 609
Just because you don't have symptoms does not mean that you are not carrying the disease.  You have to remember that most of the symptoms are your body's reaction to the disease, not the disease itself.

So you as an apparently healthy person can unintentionally spread the disease to people that couldn't get the shot in the first place.

Don't get the shot for yourself.  Get the shot for everyone else.
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Male 15,408
muert true. People who can afford it (or can get a free shot) and don't are essentially anti-vaxers.
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Male 331
The last time I had a flu shot, I got the flu as a result most likely.  No thanks....
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flagler 

No, you didn't.  The shot contains weakened or dead virus depending on the year and method they used.  If anything, the shot probably helped your experience with the flu be better than it could have been.  This is the problem with medicine in general - there's a ton of science and study that goes into it but just a couple people with anecdotal stories can 'over-ride' that information because as a whole our population is made up of idiots that would rather get their info from facebook than real science.
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Male 6,309
tom-line Welcome to IAB
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Male 331
tom-line Actually, you could have just pointed out that my experience was a common anecdotal story and was not correct scientifically.  I learned something new today with that now, but I'm not an idiot.  I can assure you that I don't get much of my information from facebook instead of real science. I'm not an idiot.  Now let me just inform you that people like yourself are the problem with humanity in general- absolutely no respect for other people whatsoever. You make assumptions and insult other people by grouping them into categories based on your holier-than-thou self righteousness. It's a shame.  You don't have to be like that.  You contribute to the ridiculously divisive social atmosphere that exists nowadays.  Thanks for correcting me, but I hope you can get a nap in or something.  
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Male 10
tom-line I agree and disagree. I agree with the science studies vs anecdotal stories, but I had the same experience. I got the shot the year after the h1n1 scare and I got the flu worse than I ever have. Haven't had a shot or the flu since. Never again, unless I make it to 65 or whatever the recommended age is...
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Male 572
justsomemnguy the flu shot is going to give you an immune response similar to, but weaker than, the actual disease. 
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