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Does the flu shot make you sick?


Question Posted Friday November 21 2008, 6:28 am

My mom is wanting me get the flu shot but I have a few questions. Does the flu shot give you the flu? Does the flu shot make you sick after having it?

My best friend had the flu shot last year and was terribly ill for a week or better afterward. She said that if she hadn't had the flu shot then she probably wouldn't have gotten sick because she rarely gets sick (she was just taking the flu shot because she could get it for free and figured, "Why not?").

I don't want to end up sick because I was trying to avoid getting sick. I really hate when I get the flu (or any kind of illness, actually) so I am trying to avoid people that are ill already with it. I'm afraid that if I get the flu shot then I'll end up sick too, just like my best friend was last year.

So, does anyone know if the flu shot makes you sick or if the flu shot actually gives you the flu? If it doesn't make you sick then why did my friend get sick last year right after having the flu shot?


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Jackieee answered Saturday November 22 2008, 9:36 pm:
The answer to your question is yes. The flu vaccine has dead or weakened pathogens. They inject these dead or weakened pathogens in your body because your immune system will see them as foreign and your system destroys them. This prevents you from getting a serious strain of the flu because now your immune system will remember and recognize the germs and kill them.

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GilbertMar answered Saturday November 22 2008, 3:41 pm:
The flu vaccine is the makers best guess at what type of flues will be around this season. They should be dead viruses that your body will then react to. Since you can't get the same form of flu twice, you will not get those particular strains this season. Since your body doesn't know these viruses are dead, it fights them as if they are not, so some mild reaction is common. However, should the vaccine happen to be tainted by a live one, you will get that strain. This should not happen and no maker is going to admit it when it does.

You can still get the flu after the flu shot, if the maker has guessed wrong about what strains are going to hit this season. Either way, life is a crap shoot, if you feel there is a need for one,(is there a lot of risk that you will come in contact with a flu bug? Are you at risk of not being able to fight off a bug? Do you have bad habits, touching your face, not washing after using a public wash room etc...?), if so get the shot and expect to have a short time of not quite feeling yourself, should be less then 24 hours. Most likely not more then a few hours after you get it.

I personally have never got one, though when I reach old age, I may start then. My wife does though, because of an illness she had some years back that almost killed her, her system may not fight it as well as it should. I believe that so much of what medicine does these days is harming us, making us weaker, more unable to fight off things naturally. Germs, bugs, etc..., make our system stronger in the long run. There are times when we need the help and there are times when we don't. Planning for everything, means doing nothing and this kind of paranoia is going to do great harm in the end, though we may not live to see it.

If you have not had children yet, there is that to consider. Will these things over generations weaken your family tree and the human race in the process? Do you risk this so that you can have the convenience of not getting sick?

There are those who believe that man will not kill ourselves off through war, it will be a super virus that we cause trying to fight lesser viruses. Thinking about these things harms no one, doing things with out thought can do great harm to us all.

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