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Old 09-20-2007, 04:43 PM   #1
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Default Flu Shots

To get or not to get? I've never gotten them in the past as I'm not a fan of unnecessary medication. It's also been at least five years since I've had the flu. So I wonder if a.) I've been lucky, b.) the shot isn't necessary for people who take reasonable care of themselves, or c.) I'm just so darn handsome the flu looks at me and says, "I couldn't". I'd like to believe it's the latter, but suspect it's one of the first two.

Any thoughts on the risks to benefit ratio of flu shots?
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Old 09-20-2007, 07:03 PM   #2
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I wouldn't touch them and I advise my patients to avoid them.

Read "The Sanctity of Human Blood", for a good education on the actual massive lack of data on vaccine effectiveness.
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Old 09-20-2007, 07:03 PM   #3
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John Seiler doesn't get the flu, the flu gets John Seiler.

Seriously, I'm in the option B category. No guarantee they've got the right strain anyway.
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Old 09-21-2007, 06:19 AM   #4
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I wouldnt go new a flu shot either, but i had a trip to Thailand recently, the doc loaded me up on Hepatitus, typhoid and malaria shots, the shots were are probably loaded with lead or mercury, but i dont fancy getting one of those diseases!
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Old 09-21-2007, 08:21 AM   #5
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Take care of yourself and you won't get it. Eat a solid Paleo diet and exercise intensely. The worst I've had in the past 3 or 4 years is waking up not feeling on top of my game, but far from sick enough to hold me back from doing things. Might've missed a day or two of exercise here and there from being a bit worn out. You'll know that how you take care of yourself matters when whatever is "going around" miraculously never comes to you.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:47 AM   #6
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never got one....haven't had the flu in over 4 years....
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Old 09-21-2007, 11:02 AM   #7
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It's a total crap shoot for me. I travel so much via plane that sometimes I think it is worth the risk.
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Old 09-22-2007, 11:25 AM   #8
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Of that 3-4 years that I haven't been sick, I spent 1.5 of them doing 100% travel, the majority of it via plane. Eat a solid diet with plenty of vegetables and meat and you'll be A-OK. Let the unhealthy get the shots.
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Old 09-22-2007, 11:09 PM   #9
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Thanks for the replies, gents.

Scott, your experiences pretty closely mirror mine. I usually get about 2 days per winter that I feel like I'm battling something. I knock off work early, get some extra sleep, and I've been good to go a few hours later.
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Old 09-24-2007, 11:38 AM   #10
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From the Canadian version of The Daily Show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWfCnjnShnM

It's funny cause it's true.
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