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boston bean

(36,229 posts)
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 09:49 AM Sep 2020

I got my flu shot

Have you?


46 votes, 0 passes | Time left: Unlimited
Yes
24 (52%)
Plan to receive within next two - three weeks
17 (37%)
No I won't get one
5 (11%)
No I am unable to receive
0 (0%)
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I got my flu shot (Original Post) boston bean Sep 2020 OP
You should consider adding an option for those who got the old folks' version. mahatmakanejeeves Sep 2020 #1
I got mine at CVS. dhol82 Sep 2020 #7
One week Cosmo Blues Sep 2020 #9
It's there for the asking. Not bothering was my primary care practitioner's (PCP's) recommendation. mahatmakanejeeves Sep 2020 #11
How did your practitioner test your immune system? Cosmo Blues Sep 2020 #12
I'm a senior & received my vaccine @ Safeway yesterday. Kroeger's typically also gives them. Illumination Sep 2020 #18
October 7 is flu shot day. luvs2sing Sep 2020 #2
It's also missing a pretty huge chunk of time. bearsfootball516 Sep 2020 #3
You should be getting it by early October. boston bean Sep 2020 #6
Don't forget that it takes several weeks to be effective after the vaccination... Illumination Sep 2020 #19
2 weeks Cosmo Blues Sep 2020 #28
I will get mine today. ProudMNDemocrat Sep 2020 #4
ABSODAMNLUTELY! Friends who call me know they'd better be prepared to say they have or are about to hlthe2b Sep 2020 #5
got it last Friday 9/11 - nt Jersey Devil Sep 2020 #8
My town is setting up drive through flu shots. Tracer Sep 2020 #10
This message was self-deleted by its author Illumination Sep 2020 #13
No. H2O Man Sep 2020 #14
Never took one before yesterday & I'm 65+. It's important this year to get one added to the Illumination Sep 2020 #20
Same here. I do not get the flu. Therefore, I do not get the flu shot. ARPad95 Sep 2020 #37
Until you do get the flu Cosmo Blues Sep 2020 #39
The older you get Cosmo Blues Sep 2020 #40
That's true. H2O Man Sep 2020 #50
Ok Cosmo Blues Sep 2020 #52
Same here. nt Raine Sep 2020 #51
Not yet. I get mine based on the VA availability... Wounded Bear Sep 2020 #15
Now is the time. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to be effective after you receive the Illumination Sep 2020 #21
My Doctor said to wait until October because it is only effective for about 6 months grantcart Sep 2020 #47
No, but I wear a mask everywhere Polybius Sep 2020 #16
You might want to ask your doctor about that theory...I wear a mask & a face shield & received Illumination Sep 2020 #24
It's not a theory Polybius Sep 2020 #25
Flu vaccine is not a 100 % effective either. LisaL Sep 2020 #30
I feel the same. LisaL Sep 2020 #29
Ditto, and I have been taking personal hygeine very seriously for more than a decade, Ms. Toad Sep 2020 #32
Your mask protects others RhodeIslandOne Sep 2020 #33
They are Polybius Sep 2020 #36
Thank god for blue areas. RhodeIslandOne Sep 2020 #38
Walked to Safeway yesterday. They actually have a medical room where they administered the Illumination Sep 2020 #17
Isn't it a bit early? Nt TheFarseer Sep 2020 #22
Planning on going on Tuesday 9/22 SoonerPride Sep 2020 #23
It will be interesting to see if more people get the flu shot this year than in the past. PoindexterOglethorpe Sep 2020 #26
As the first person to click the "I can't receive" button MurrayDelph Sep 2020 #27
3 to 6 million Cosmo Blues Sep 2020 #41
Herd immunity from flu, not Covid MurrayDelph Sep 2020 #46
It's not available here until late October. EllieBC Sep 2020 #31
A little early? BGBD Sep 2020 #34
I think this year is different. I believe they are suggesting to get it earlier Vivienne235729 Sep 2020 #35
The extra Boost senior shot Cosmo Blues Sep 2020 #43
The last time I got a flu shot I ended up with Bell's Palsy Blue_Adept Sep 2020 #42
Did a licensed physician Cosmo Blues Sep 2020 #44
They couldn't guarantee that's where it comes from as Bell's Blue_Adept Sep 2020 #45
usually there's only a problem if you're allergic to eggs Cosmo Blues Sep 2020 #49
and I got my pneumonia. about 10 years ago got a bad case of pneumonia nearly died progressive nobody Sep 2020 #48
Getting my flu shot on Tuesday ChazII Sep 2020 #53

mahatmakanejeeves

(57,881 posts)
1. You should consider adding an option for those who got the old folks' version.
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 09:54 AM
Sep 2020

I did not. My primary care practitioner thought it not worth the trouble in my case. I got the regular version.

dhol82

(9,353 posts)
7. I got mine at CVS.
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 10:05 AM
Sep 2020

They pretty much automatically give you the over 65 version if you over 65.
Costs the same. Essential, what the insco pays.

Cosmo Blues

(2,527 posts)
9. One week
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 11:09 AM
Sep 2020

My CVS did not have the senior shot, I waited till they did maybe your doctor didn't have it either, poor excuse not to get it since evidently you're old too

mahatmakanejeeves

(57,881 posts)
11. It's there for the asking. Not bothering was my primary care practitioner's (PCP's) recommendation.
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 11:17 AM
Sep 2020

He felt that my immune system was sufficiently robust that hi-test was overkill, and that I could run just as well on regular. If it doesn't work out, I can go back and get a tank of the leaded.

I'm with Kaiser Permanente.

Thanks for writing.

Cosmo Blues

(2,527 posts)
12. How did your practitioner test your immune system?
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 11:30 AM
Sep 2020

I'm guessing he didn't, of all years, you can't go back and get another flu shot, good luck

bearsfootball516

(6,378 posts)
3. It's also missing a pretty huge chunk of time.
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 10:01 AM
Sep 2020

I'm unlikely to get mine in the next 2-3 weeks, but likely will in late October/Early November. But the way the poll lays is out, you've either gotten it, you'll get it in the next couple weeks, or you'll never get it.

Cosmo Blues

(2,527 posts)
28. 2 weeks
Fri Sep 18, 2020, 08:34 AM
Sep 2020

And the shot the seniors get besides boosting your immunity a bit more than the regular shot lasts a little bit longer

hlthe2b

(102,647 posts)
5. ABSODAMNLUTELY! Friends who call me know they'd better be prepared to say they have or are about to
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 10:03 AM
Sep 2020

and mean it. I have little tolerance right now for those who won't take the basic protections available to save their lives during a historical record-setting pandemic. And, getting a flu shot, socially distancing, wearing a face-covering is little enough to ask when lives are at stake. That is my soapbox and I'm glued to it!

BTW, in "normal" years, waiting until October is probably optimal for a lot of people--especially older individuals whose derived immunity may be less vigorous and shorter-lived than the more robust response of the young. That said, this year, one needs to factor in the crowd sizes one is likely to encounter waiting with others for the vaccine when demand is high. While CDC has not addressed that this year, the truth is that earlier may well be better for most or all of us.

Tracer

(2,769 posts)
10. My town is setting up drive through flu shots.
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 11:16 AM
Sep 2020

I signed up, and it was a good thing I did it quickly because the time slots were almost filled!

Response to boston bean (Original post)

 

Illumination

(2,458 posts)
20. Never took one before yesterday & I'm 65+. It's important this year to get one added to the
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 11:51 AM
Sep 2020

dangers of C-19...

H2O Man

(73,748 posts)
50. That's true.
Fri Sep 18, 2020, 03:52 PM
Sep 2020

It is more so for those dealing with health issues in their older years. More, there are actual medical conditions that result in one's medical professionals telling them that they should not get a flu shot. I trust my doctors.

Cosmo Blues

(2,527 posts)
52. Ok
Fri Sep 18, 2020, 06:54 PM
Sep 2020

But know that old age is a pre-existing condition, and that you can't throw up as many times in a row as a younger person could with your heart going out, without diagnosed heart disease. I am saying this is an older age denier myself, but was in Healthcare long enough to know better

Wounded Bear

(58,834 posts)
15. Not yet. I get mine based on the VA availability...
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 11:34 AM
Sep 2020

Seems a bit early to me.



p.s. your poll doesn't offer that option.

Polybius

(15,580 posts)
16. No, but I wear a mask everywhere
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 11:36 AM
Sep 2020

Masks reduce the risks of not only Covid, but pretty much everything else as well.

 

Illumination

(2,458 posts)
24. You might want to ask your doctor about that theory...I wear a mask & a face shield & received
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 12:00 PM
Sep 2020

a vaccine yesterday. First flu vaccine in over 65 years! Have heard warnings over & over again how important it is to get a flu shot in 2020 coupled with C-19. Remember that masks aren't 100% effective. Be well....

Polybius

(15,580 posts)
25. It's not a theory
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 12:05 PM
Sep 2020

It's a fact that masks help reduce the risks of Covid, colds, flu, etc. I will agree with you on this: They are not 100% effective, especially the cheap masks. Luckily though, I live in a masks mandate state (NY), so I'm around other people who also have masks on. When both wear it, it greatly reduces the risks.

LisaL

(44,989 posts)
29. I feel the same.
Fri Sep 18, 2020, 09:46 AM
Sep 2020

Covid precautions (masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, social distancing) should work for flu. I haven't gotten a flu vaccine in over a decade (at least). I am not sure if I ever got it.

Ms. Toad

(34,178 posts)
32. Ditto, and I have been taking personal hygeine very seriously for more than a decade,
Fri Sep 18, 2020, 11:16 AM
Sep 2020

With an excellent success rate. As a teacher as the post-grad level (with mandated attendance for professional certification reasons) I'm in contact with a significant number of germy students every day. Haven't had the flu since I started this gig in 2013, and I think only once since I started paying such close attention to personal hygeine. This year I will be even safer, since I've added a mask - and others are also wearing masks.

 

Illumination

(2,458 posts)
17. Walked to Safeway yesterday. They actually have a medical room where they administered the
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 11:40 AM
Sep 2020

vaccine. Just had to fill out a one page form. It was free with Medicare. Received 2
coupons to use in the store. My own doctor didn't have any openings for the vaccine until October. That seemed too late because it takes several weeks for the vaccine to be effective Therefore, the time to get one is NOW!...

PoindexterOglethorpe

(25,939 posts)
26. It will be interesting to see if more people get the flu shot this year than in the past.
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 12:19 PM
Sep 2020

It's also worth noting that the Southern Hemisphere had essentially no flu season, this winter just ended. Apparently, greatly reduced travel to and from China made a difference.

So chances are we will also have a greatly reduced incidence of flu this year.

MurrayDelph

(5,312 posts)
27. As the first person to click the "I can't receive" button
Thu Sep 17, 2020, 12:20 PM
Sep 2020

I'd like to thank you for including that option.

I'm up-to-date on my other vaccines, so I can participate in herd immunity, but there is something in flu shots I react to. And my history of reactions shows that successive doses cause increasingly severe reactions.

EllieBC

(3,057 posts)
31. It's not available here until late October.
Fri Sep 18, 2020, 10:22 AM
Sep 2020

Often the flu shot clinics are in November here but my gp said it’s because our flu season tends to start later and run later.

 

BGBD

(3,282 posts)
34. A little early?
Fri Sep 18, 2020, 11:35 AM
Sep 2020

flu shot effictiveness wanes over time, so getting one now might lead to decreased coverage in the late days of flu season, which has lasted into March and even early April the past few years.

Vivienne235729

(3,391 posts)
35. I think this year is different. I believe they are suggesting to get it earlier
Fri Sep 18, 2020, 11:54 AM
Sep 2020

This year bc they expect the flu season to peak earlier. And that it will be more virulent.

Blue_Adept

(6,406 posts)
42. The last time I got a flu shot I ended up with Bell's Palsy
Fri Sep 18, 2020, 02:33 PM
Sep 2020

I'll stick to wearing my mask and keeping my contact low in general.

Blue_Adept

(6,406 posts)
45. They couldn't guarantee that's where it comes from as Bell's
Fri Sep 18, 2020, 02:36 PM
Sep 2020

just has too many unknowns to it still.

Only recovered about 85% of my facial use. I'm better off than how Richard Painter is with the mouth though.

Cosmo Blues

(2,527 posts)
49. usually there's only a problem if you're allergic to eggs
Fri Sep 18, 2020, 03:02 PM
Sep 2020

Sorry about that, I hope you continue to improve. I always appreciate it when I can reference someone rather obscure like Painter and have people know who l'm talking about

 

progressive nobody

(816 posts)
48. and I got my pneumonia. about 10 years ago got a bad case of pneumonia nearly died
Fri Sep 18, 2020, 02:50 PM
Sep 2020

develop asthma after that.

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