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Old 01-10-2013, 08:17 AM   #16
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I went to Walgreens and received the shot, my insurance covered it fully.
Now I will hope for the best.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:44 AM   #17
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Not to be real negative, but there may not be flu shot available in May. It usually comes out around September for the coming "flu season" and by spring it's not even being produced. I wouldn't be surprised if the grocery store and drug stores will not be offering flu shots in May as it's off-season. That said, if it is available it may or may not offer protection against the whatever strain is expected for the following winter, but something may be better than nothing.

As clarification...the flu "shot" is not live. However, the flu "mist" that is administered as a nasal spray is live.
Thats not negative that is helpful advise thank you! I hadnt thought of that. Might not work out then. Hope maybe our flu shots hold similar resistance! Thank you again.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:50 AM   #18
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I have never gotten a flu shot before but with the severity of the flu this season I am going today.
We leave 2 weeks from today for a four night out of Miami and I am freaking out that we are going to get sick before or worse during the cruise.
Of course this is the first cruise we haven't purchased trip insurance.

Anyone else feeling nervous?
YES! I always get a bit nervous before vacationing in the winter when there is so much crud going around. We fly to wherever we are going, so are in close quarters with people at the onset of vacation. That said, we all did get the flu shot a couple of months ago. I told DH this morning with the flu as widespread and bad as it is, we need to ramp up our immune systems, as we leave in just under 4 weeks. I will probably get some Airborne, drink lots of OJ, etc. So, get your flu shots and wash your hands Also, we never cruise without trip insurance - for many reasons. You should seriously consider it for your next vacation.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:06 AM   #19
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That's a myth. The flu shot, in itself, has never made a person sick. You likely were already sick when you recv'd the shots.
Well call me a fluke because 2-3 weeks later I would get the flu. I have not had a shot in 14+ years. I have not had the flu in 10 yrs.
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Well call me a fluke because 2-3 weeks later I would get the flu. I have not had a shot in 14+ years. I have not had the flu in 10 yrs.
Both times my mom had the shot, she became very ill. Of course it was over 10 years ago so maybe they changed the vaccine.
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Well call me a fluke because 2-3 weeks later I would get the flu. I have not had a shot in 14+ years. I have not had the flu in 10 yrs.
I will take my chances with the flu. My husbands uncle had a VERY BAD reaction to the flu shot. He has been in the hospital for a month now. There are also 6 others in the hospital with the same bad reaction from the flu shot.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:39 AM   #22
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YES! I always get a bit nervous before vacationing in the winter when there is so much crud going around. We fly to wherever we are going, so are in close quarters with people at the onset of vacation. That said, we all did get the flu shot a couple of months ago. I told DH this morning with the flu as widespread and bad as it is, we need to ramp up our immune systems, as we leave in just under 4 weeks. I will probably get some Airborne, drink lots of OJ, etc. So, get your flu shots and wash your hands Also, we never cruise without trip insurance - for many reasons. You should seriously consider it for your next vacation.
We have been on 4 other cruises and always purchased the insurance.
This time we booked it kinda last minute and just didn't think about doing it like I have done in the past. I will never do that again, not worth the anxiety of "what ifs".
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I think it may be splitting hairs, but I do know with any vaccine (and with a very small number of people) there is a possibility that your body may react to the invasion of the vaccine into your body, often dependent on the shape of your immune system at the time of the vaccine and that reaction can create a wide range of symptoms - but is technically not giving you the flu. Then, when your body is weak, fighting whatever reaction you are experiencing, you may pick up something else going around a bit more easily.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:52 AM   #24
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I am terrified! We leave tomorrow. The flu is running rampant here. Hospitals are over capacity. We got the flu shot the 2nd day it came out here, and so far have been ok. Everyone in my close extended family has gotten the flu thus far- except us. I always get so nervous before flying, so the fact that I'm feeling off right now is nothing new... but it still is messing with me!

What scares me the most is that we'll be spending a week in DisneyWorld before boarding the disney fantasy. I cringe at the amount of germs on the rides.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:23 AM   #25
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I actually don't think it's too late to buy trip insurance, if you wanted to. Go to squaremouth.com or insuremytrip.com and look into it. You will likely not be able to get coverage for pre-existing health conditions, but I think you can still purchase insurance.

IMO, the bigger risk is norovirus. My 18-month-old DS got it last time we cruised, and it was horrible, though we somehow avoided it with tons of hand-washing. On the Cruise Critic boards, there are always people saying they'd never cruise during hurricane season (which is half the year), but I'm always leery of cruising during flu/noro season, which is peaking in the winter (though noro can be circulating at other times of the year).
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Also, for what it's worth, if you have upcoming travel plans, I'd plan to be sure that everyone in the family is getting sufficient Vitamin D (which is not the 400 IU recommended by the gov't). Numerous studies link Vit D deficiency to susceptibility to flu, and higher Vit D levels with less risk of flu or lower severity of flu if you get it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_D_and_influenza The Wiki article cites to randomized clinical trials on it.
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I am terrified! We leave tomorrow. The flu is running rampant here. Hospitals are over capacity. We got the flu shot the 2nd day it came out here, and so far have been ok. Everyone in my close extended family has gotten the flu thus far- except us. I always get so nervous before flying, so the fact that I'm feeling off right now is nothing new... but it still is messing with me!

What scares me the most is that we'll be spending a week in DisneyWorld before boarding the disney fantasy. I cringe at the amount of germs on the rides.
Have a wonderful time!!!
I know kids touch everything, those ropes in line make me cringe, my kids and now my grandkids are attracted to them. Get some hand sanitizer and wet ones to carry along.
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Well call me a fluke because 2-3 weeks later I would get the flu. I have not had a shot in 14+ years. I have not had the flu in 10 yrs.
You may have been infected with a different strain than what was in the vaccine. This doesn't mean the flu vaccine is useless...

The flu shot is not 100% guaranteed, but gives you much better odds of not getting sick. I just saw a report that said one strain of flu circulating is 100% matched by this year's vaccine, another strain is matched about 70%, so it is offering good protection. A third strain going around is not covered by the vaccine, and is causing about 10% of the flu cases being reported. (This was on a CNN health update.)
So the vaccine isn't a cure-all, but is definitely worth getting. Even if you get the flu, your symptoms may be lessened if you have been vaccinated.

My entire family is vaccinated yearly, no reactions so far. Hope you continue to be lucky...it's a nasty one this year.
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Have a wonderful time!!!
I know kids touch everything, those ropes in line make me cringe, my kids and now my grandkids are attracted to them. Get some hand sanitizer and wet ones to carry along.
Thanks so much! Our first stop will be to target to purchase hand sanitizers and wet ones. Thankfully we are renting a home, so we will not have to worry about elevator buttons etc at a hotel.

I dropped the girls off at preschool today (4 other kids attend plus my 2) and the teacher had no voice and the brother of one of the kids had a runny nose. I wanted to grab the girls and bolt, haha.
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Thanks so much! Our first stop will be to target to purchase hand sanitizers and wet ones. Thankfully we are renting a home, so we will not have to worry about elevator buttons etc at a hotel.

I dropped the girls off at preschool today (4 other kids attend plus my 2) and the teacher had no voice and the brother of one of the kids had a runny nose. I wanted to grab the girls and bolt, haha.
One more thing, Get a can of lysol and spray the rental house down really good.
Especially the door knobs, light switches and TV remotes.

I don't blame you for wanting to grab them and run!!!!
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