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Through my Nyquil induced haze I almost have regrets for not getting a flu shot…

Through my Nyquil induced haze I almost have regrets for not getting a flu shot…

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It could be delirium…or the fact that I have been flat out on my sick ass for the last three days, or yes…even the Nyquil in the middle of the day buzz that is making me question the reasons why I have never gotten a flu shot.

And just so you know, if there are spelling mistakes or this doesn’t make any sense at all, it’s not my fault.

I feel the need to blog even when I am dying.

Go figure.

Today is a better day than the last two have been. Saturday I was pretty sure that the headache I had, that even my migraine medication couldn’t kick, was going to win. All I wanted was a 5 cent bullet to end the pain. Never mind the body aches and the chills and then hot spells that took over my plagued body.

Today’s fun is the dry hacking cough that makes the nightmare headache keep popping up in the back of my skull. Fun.

Hence the Nyquil in the day. I haven’t got any cough medicine yet, well except the Buckley’s that I got for $2 on sale, thinking having that was better than nothing.

No, it’s not. It tastes like ass, for about an hour after you take it, and it doesn’t. do. squat.

No offense Buckley’s…but under zero circumstances do I want the taste of ass in my mouth for an hour if it’s not even going to stop me from coughing up a freaking lung. Sorry.

So back to my original thought…the flu shot.

I have never had a flu shot. Ever. I have heard more negative about it than positive. I have also in the last ten years have two of the worst flues ever. Now if you think about it, those are pretty good odds right? We all get sick, such is life, but I am telling you, that on Saturday night, if I had had the choice to have some government created possible nightmare shot into my arm that would have lessened the pain  by even a third, I would have been all in.

The reality of it for me, when I am thinking clearly, is that the risks outweigh the benefits. I don’t want mercury shot into my body, I do enough bad stuff to it on my own. It’s not proven that it would actually even make a difference, depending on what strain of the flu you have.

And then there is this:

Part of an article from Experience life. com by By Pamela Weintraub / October 2012

First, the flu vaccine is prepared in hen eggs — so if you are allergic to eggs, you could have a reaction. You should also ask questions about the chemical makeup of your shot. The majority of flu vaccines come in multidose vials preserved with thimerosal, a form of the heavy metal mercury that has been widely implicated in neurological and inflammatory disease. (Single-dose vials and the live flu-vaccine mist are generally thimerosal-free.)

Doshi also wants people to know that flu vaccines are biologics, “meaning they are made with living materials,” he says. “Problems with the manufacturing process continue to crop up,” he notes, because dealing with living material presents challenging complexities, and contamination is a near-constant threat.

He points to the recent spike in cases of narcolepsy in Finland and febrile convulsions in Australia in 2009 following vaccination. Use of the respective vaccines was discontinued and the problems disappeared, though the root causes were never determined. “The process is messy,” and it’s impossible for something retooled each year to be risk-free.

Jefferson also points out that advisers on government vaccine committees vested with product approval have suspect ties to the manufacturers. With many of pharma’s most profitable drugs coming off patent in recent years, new vaccines, including influenza vaccines, have taken on an added luster. Experts predict that the seasonal influenza-vaccine market will grow to a $4 billion a year industry by 2015.

Despite all this, Doshi believes that a concern for the public’s well-being is what motivates most health officials. Looming in the back of everyone’s mind, after all, is the fear of another great pandemic. Pharmaceutical companies have convincingly argued that we must maintain a “growing and stable” market for garden-variety annual influenza vaccines. Otherwise, they warn, when the next flu pandemic hits, we won’t have mechanisms in place to stay ahead of the disaster — and we’ll be defenseless in its wake.

Jefferson doesn’t buy this argument: “Vaccine policies are made on the basis of personal belief. Once the policies are made, those who made them [selectively] publish the evidence to support their point of view. They keep justifying their policy on the basis of studies done by pharmaceutical companies, and they are unwilling to reexamine their decisions and reevaluate the policies.”

Shortridge points out another problem. “When a pandemic virus emerges,” he says, “it takes time for the world to recognize that it is on the cusp of a pandemic. Time for preparation of a vaccine and safety testing hinder widespread distribution and protection.”

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization and the CDC continue to push for widespread influenza vaccination as the most effective means of prevention, and many experts flat-out reject the notion that influenza is benign.

This debate will likely rage for years. So for now, each of us is left to make up our own mind about whether to get that shot — or not.

I have never had narcolepsy or  febrile convulsions before. I am thinking I want to keep it that way. Now that I actually know that narcolepsy is the sleeping disease where you fall asleep randomly, and not necrophilia…don’t ask, it was awkward, and only Bill would think that was funny. Now. At the time he was a wee bit disturbed that I thought he had necrophilia. Seriously.

So weighing the odds, and feeling like I am almost going to come out of this on the alive side, even though I have to write off a perfectly good weekend, one of the last I might add, before I go back to work…and the fact that the stupid saying that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is pretty much just pissing me off…

I think I would make the same choice all over again.

It could just be the Nyquil talking though, I am not totally sure.

How do you all feel about the shot? I would love to hear your opinions on this and your different insights…

Here’s to healthier days :)

5 thoughts on “Through my Nyquil induced haze I almost have regrets for not getting a flu shot…

  1. Separated Dad

    Hi RNP,

    You know I love you to bits so this should mean you take a little offence at this:

    I’d award you the Bozo Award for not getting a flu shot if there was one on WordPress. I had a flut shot for over 20 years. Last year I didn’t get one and I was unlucky enough to get the flu just at the same time that my youngest was in pediatric ICU. I was alternating between wearing heavy sweaters and other clothes in the warm hospital and wearing T-shirts when the Tylenlol (Panadol to some readers) kicked in and brought my temperature down.

    Waaaaayyy more people die from the flu than from the vaccine. Just because some Internet dummy thinks that flu vaccine being made using eggs is dangerous (guess what… OMELETTES are made using eggs too!!) doesn’t make it dangerous. Millions and millions of people around the world get the INACTIVATED vaccine without problems.

    So, lesson learned? Get a flu shot every year. It does so little harm compared to having the flu for a week or so. Which, as you get older, can kill you.

    Lots of love, SD.

  2. Hortophile

    You know I believe in vaccination – and ever since the year (about 10 or 12 yrs ago) my daughter had pneumonia at Christmas we’ve gotten flu shots – even my husband started after he got very sick one year and the rest of us were fine. And I rarely catch colds now that I take extra vitamin D all winter.
    This last Christmas half my sister’s household went down with the flu while we were visiting for the holidays – sharing one house, food, bathrooms and all that – and none of us got sick.
    We’ve never had any adverse reaction to a vaccination beyond a slightly sore shoulder, no narcolepsy (or necrophilia) and I plan to keep getting flu shots.
    Vaccination – in general – has been one of the most life-saving advances in modern medicine but the people who remember what it was like before we had vaccinations for deadly diseases are old (or dead) and the rest of us have no concept of how we are protected from polio, smallpox and the like by our vaccinations.

    1. Dr Mim

      I too get flu shots and take extra vitamin d all winter. NO flues or colds last winter at all.. Zero illness.. And I take public transport 3 hours per day. Germy.. I also work in risk management and flu outbreaks is something we prepare for… and I know from a population health standpoint the risk benefit scenario..IMNSHO LOL Risks from vacs are tiny benefits are huge. Get better Ms D!