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To ail or not to ail........

Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2007, at 8:38 PM

First, I want to express concern for those 88,000 people in Davidson County who won't receive a flu shot this year because of a malfunctioning refrigerator at the health department. The State of Tennessee offers flu shots for state employees, but there were a few years when vaccine was late or not available. Those years I went to the Metro Health Department to get my shot. The doctors and nurses were very professional and efficient, and the price of the shot was cheap.

What is it about getting a flu shot that upsets some people? I know many people who are afraid to have a shot. They always remember that someone once got a shot and then had the flu. Everything I have read for the last several years states that there is nothing live in the vaccine and, therefore, it is not possible to get the flu from the shot. Perhaps Dr. Monajjem can elaborate on this better than I can.

You can get a flu shot at many locations in Shelbyville. I know that Kroger and Walgreens both offer them. I haven't checked, but the Bedford County Health Department probably gives them too. I have seen ads where some doctors' offices have the shots available at a reasonable cost. This cost is much less than the cost of medicine or loss of wages for being off from work. If you have the flu, you also run the risk of passing it on to others who didn't receive the shot.

So, to ail or not to ail, that is the question. However, it is your body and your choice.

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I'm with Thom on the vaccines. In the military I received an experimental Japanese Encephalitis vaccine that gave me a nasty cough for two months. I had to sign a waiver before they gave it to me. Along with Anthrax, I also received regular doses of all kinds of other vaccines. When I went to college after I got out someone asked me for a shot card in the school admissions office. I showed her my DD-214 and she said "good enough for me!"

-- Posted by nathan.evans on Fri, Nov 2, 2007, at 12:40 PM

I spent several weeks in the hospital one year when I caught the flu before the shots arrived.

New Year's had come and gone before they found a medicine that worked on that year's strain.

They had patients stacked everywhere like cordwood.

I'd be willing to face military type vaccinations if it meant avoiding such an illness or a pandemic like the one during World War I.

(Besides,the nice people at the drugstore gave me a sucker because I didn't throw a fit when I got my shot.)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Nov 1, 2007, at 7:54 PM

Well, as a veteran who did not have the choice as to which "vaccines" I received while in service, I wouldn't get a flu shot for anything now. We were forced to have that flu shot every year, in addition to anthrax, small-pox, and God only knows what else. Flu shot? No thanks.

-- Posted by Thom on Wed, Oct 31, 2007, at 9:15 PM

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