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Had a routine mini-check up with my Doc this morning. My BP is now normal, with medicine. He invited me to have a flu shot before I left. I asked him if they really worked, as I had recently read that they do not.
He said "They probably work a little for the people who don't need them, and don't work for the people who do need them. They're free from the government, so have one if you want."
--i'm a little taken aback by the large percentage of health-care professionals who adamently refuse them. Or is this an urban legend? At least some of it is true, if you believe the news reports from NYC during the late H1N1 semi-panic.
Yes, buddy - it's true. NY state tried to mandate H1N1 vaccinations as a condition of employment during last year's pandemic and they had to back away from it because health care workers just would not do it. Next time someone leans in close to you to draw a blood sample from you or to check your blood pressure, ask hem if they got a flu shot.
doc told me to get the BP down by quitting cigarets and taking up the oatmeal. problem i'm having is keeping the oatmeal lit. it smolders okay but only with a propane torch, which isn't exactly a relaxing smoke.
Your doctor is under the impression that last year's government initiative that provided no-cost vaccine for H1N1 is still in effect and covers this year's seasonal flu vaccine. Either he gave you the wrong/expired vaccine or he is going to get a surprise when he reconciles his accounts at the end of the month.
Well, not to be contrarian, but since I've been getting flu shots, I have not been sick over winter. And the Mrs., who worked with kids and was exposed to every single communicable influenza and cold there is, hasn't been sick since she started getting them.
Psychological? Maybe. Mind over matter? Perhaps.
All I know is that I've not been sick over winter in many years, not even a cold, and I appreciate that - whether its effective or not.
I should qualify what I said. I have a suppressed immune disorder - well, two of them actually - and flu shots are indicated.
From what I understand, a flu shot for ordinary everyday healthy folks probably isn't necessary as you can't target every single flu virus there is out there and the virus can mutate on a dime making the vaccine useless.
However, for folks like me, its a good idea because boosted immunities are better than no immunities.
With respect to health care professionals, and professionals like the Mrs., my thought is that the constant exposure helps create a kind of immunity anyway.