Do you get the flu vaccine every year?


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Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 14, 2012 - 03:26pm PT
Just wondering if climbers out there are following the recommendation of the US CDC and Canada's Health agency?

If not, why?

If so, thanks!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 14, 2012 - 03:28pm PT
No, never, don't ever get sick.

Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 03:31pm PT
How many people have you gotten sick?

Sorry, the scientist in me made me ask...

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 14, 2012 - 03:42pm PT
If not, why?

Is that a rhetorical question? Aside from those of us smart enought to get
the flu shot I'm sure those others never listened to their moms' orders not
to run with sharpened pencils or scissors.

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 14, 2012 - 03:46pm PT

One month of the Wellness Formula between Thanksgiving and Christmas hasn't let me down in well over 20 years.


I used to get the Mammoth Crud during early season training - when all the new employees spread their slime. . . then I learned about the Wellness Formula from a brilliant gal at the healtfood store and. . . the Crud and all its buddies were history!

Gym climber
BigWall Baller From the Holler
Nov 14, 2012 - 03:46pm PT
No sir. Don't believe in em.

Santa Monica, CA
Nov 14, 2012 - 04:01pm PT
No, neither of us do. Why? Because we're (thank the powers that be) healthy, we are not elderly, we have never gotten the shots before and rarely, if ever, get the flu (knocking on wood). So am I superstitious? Maybe a bit! : ) Plus our doctors agree that we don't need the shot at this point.

Now, if you have an autoimmune disease or are otherwise comprimised in your health, perhaps you should get the flu shot. If you travel a lot especially overseas, perhaps you should get the shot. It's probably recommended for people with small children. It really depends on your personal situation and your health - best to discuss with your own doctor to see if you really should get it.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Nov 14, 2012 - 04:04pm PT
Never got a flu shot or the flu in 48 years. I never get sick (except Dengue) and assume its because of my regular exercise. My diet consists of crap like fried chicken and bags of doritos but I don't have high colesteral, high blood pressure, or any other problem I know of. I also don't need more than 6 hours sleep. I attribute all of it to a regular workout routine that I've had for years.

Social climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 04:11pm PT
Never had a flu shot. Won't ever have one. I believe that, for starters, it's somewhat of a false premise - as I understand it, the shot has in it flu strains "they " think will "be going around" for the given "flu season".

So what if something new comes up ?

I had a mild case of the H1N1 a few years ago - caught it in hospital while there with my husband ( on unrelated reasons ) . He caught it too.

Other then that, I get a few colds and G-I tract stuff every now & then.

I am not a believer of gov't propaganda for the most part. But it is hard deciphering the bs from the cream.


Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 14, 2012 - 04:51pm PT
No. Well once. When on chemo my oncologist made me have it. I've never had the flu and have no interest in getting the shot.


Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Nov 14, 2012 - 05:29pm PT
No, because I was raised on the titty.

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 14, 2012 - 05:31pm PT
Definitely as I'm prone to respiratory problems but would regardless.

Yes, it's a 'best guess' of what strains may appear this season and until we have a universal vaccine that's the best that we can do. If you're old you actually have a better chance of fighting off a really bad flu strain; it's the young with highly reactive immune systems who have the tough go.

The vaccine insanity is just that - complete anti-science hysteria. Might as well be trying to get the moon out of the pond with pitchforks. If only they had a vaccine against ignorance and stupidity.

Mckinleyville, Ca
Nov 14, 2012 - 05:36pm PT
__ck No!

Because my Neanderthal ancestors didn't need it either.
gonzo chemist

Fort Collins, CO
Nov 14, 2012 - 05:41pm PT

But two winters ago, in January, I did get the flu (for the first time in like 15 years). HO MAN. It was bad. Seems like flu strains have gone the way of pot strains. STRONG.

I was completely incapacitated for like 72 hours. I basically couldn't even get out of bed to get a glass of water, I was so sick and weak. Full recovery took 10-12 days. If I were old, I probably would actually have died.


Nov 14, 2012 - 05:54pm PT
No. I don't work or live with infants or seniors. I'm middle aged and healthy, haven't missed more than a day or two of work for illness in a decade and would rather let my immune system handle what's out there so that I build up my memory cell repertoire.

Nov 14, 2012 - 10:12pm PT
Sometimes, like this year, when I don't flake.

__ck No!

Because my Neanderthal ancestors didn't need it either.

Your Neanderthal ancestors didn't need it because the flu virus had not evolved to infect people. That happened in the last few thousand years when humans domesticated pigs and other animals that carried the ancestors to the modern flu virus, and the close association between humans and these animals enabled the flu ancestor to jump from animals to people.

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Nov 14, 2012 - 10:24pm PT
I work in the ER and swab kids noses nearly every shift that come back positive for some strain of the flu. This year I did, primarily because it was somewhat mandated by my employer. You had an option though, get the shot or wear a mask from November to April.

I agree that general health and a strong immune system are probably the best defenses and I've not been a proponent of flu shots in the past, although my opinion has changed since I am working in health care now.

Several years ago I was spouting a lot of the same reasons already mentioned by other posters here in this thread, for not getting a flu shot to a friend of mine who works for the CDC. She said that if I ever got what actually is considered the flu and experienced the 72 hours or so of pure hell associated with it, that I would be likely to get one in the future. According to her a lot of people consider things that aren't the flu to be the flu. Apparently the actual influenza is terrible and will make you want to get a shot in the future. It's not just some nausea and vomiting, it's much worse and all body encompassing.
Hmmm.... lets hear some stories!!

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
Nov 14, 2012 - 10:37pm PT
No, I never do...

Nov 14, 2012 - 10:39pm PT
Never got a flu shot until, in my mid to late 30s I actually got the flu. I mean, I'd been sick a few times before growing up, but I'm generally pretty damn healthy (malaria and other crazy traveling shite aside).

In any case, oh man, did the flu suck. I think in retrospect that it was actually the first time I'd ever gotten the flu, cause it made me really sick. I thought I was gonna die (not really, of course, but it sure felt like it--my fecking hair hurt!). After that experience, I get the flu shot each year. Cheap and easy and I don't need to worry about that shite anymore.

Yes, they can can be off in their predictions of flu mutations and you can get sick, but you might get some partial immunity.

As someone above said, if you really get the flu, a real hard core flu, you'll reconsider that shot. YMMV.


Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Nov 14, 2012 - 10:57pm PT
No I dont but I have always said I am a walking antibody. Also I give a pint of blood every 8 weeks or so and I remember the literature saying you have to wait for some period if you get a vaccince. Since many get the flu but only 2% donate blood, I'll stick with being a 2%er!
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