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Does anyone find it strange that the flu vaccine is suddenly a really big thing? And how suddenly the flu season is major news? I dunno, the flu always seemed to me like a really bad cold that lasts about a week, and I don't understand the big panic about it. I know a few people have died of it this year, but doesn't that happen every year? Why is it such a big story now? I see no need to vaccinate anyone aside from people who really need it.

I was almost convinced to get the vaccine myself this season, but I was denied it because I have a contact dermatitis reaction to thimerasol (this was discovered during a patch test to determine something else; I've never had a bad reaction to a vaccine in my life, including any kind of skin reaction.). Then I realized that I've never gotten the flu vaccine, and I've had the flu a few times and it's not a big deal even though it sucks. Not worth all the hype.

I know a lot of you in this forum are totally against vaccination due to bad reactions in you and your children, but, putting that aside, what are your thoughts on this seemingly sudden "fad" with giving everyone a flu vaccination and freaking out when someone gets the flu?
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I was almost convinced to get the vaccine myself this season, but I was denied it because I have a contact dermatitis reaction to thimerasol (this was discovered during a patch test to determine something else; I've never had a bad reaction to a vaccine in my life, including any kind of skin reaction.). Then I realized that I've never gotten the flu vaccine, and I've had the flu a few times and it's not a big deal even though it sucks. Not worth all the hype.
I know a lot of you in this forum are totally against vaccination due to bad reactions in you and your children, but, putting that aside, what are your thoughts on this seemingly sudden "fad" with giving everyone a flu vaccination and freaking out when someone gets the flu?[/QUOTE]



I never thought I would find 'another' who is allergic to thirmersol because of contact dermatitis. Well I am, and I went straight to the CDC for an answer. I emailed them direct and got an answer back. They said because it is so diluted, that they felt I would not be bothered by it in the vaccine. So I took their letter to my Doctor, for she wouldn't prescibe it to me after I told her of my thirmersol allergy. She still refused, so I went above her, and someone else ok'd it. I got the shot last year and to my amasement, it was the best shot I have ever gotten. So swelling, soreness, achiness....NOTHING.... So I went again this year and got the shot again. Felt the usual tenderness at the entry site, but nothing else. So the Center of Disease Control was correct. I will now get the shot every year. I am on Medicare, and it's paid for anyway, and I don't get any reactions from it, so I feel that I am doing what I can to protect myself.





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