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Author: JLC Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 736229  
Subject: Re: Thinking of Flu Shot Date: 1/11/2013 9:05 AM
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I got the flu right after taking the shot. I haven't had another flu shot and haven't had the flu since.

Coincidence. Or what you had wasn't the flu but some other viral disease. I had the flu once about 20 years ago, it kicked my a$$, all I did for a couple days was sleep, drink fluids, take ibuprofen, and maybe pee.

Getting the flu shot today doesn't mean you can't get the flu tomorrow. It takes time for the body to develop antibodies for protection. Then throw in the fact that some people's immune system responds faster than others.

So you can get the flu shot, develop antibodies, get exposed to the flu, and still have a very minor case of the flu as opposed to a major case.

I guess an analogy would be like starting a fire (your immune response). Having taken the flu shot, you have embers in the fireplace, you just need to add a little kindling, stoke it, add some wood, you have the fire (fighting the flu virus) very quickly. NOT taking the flu shot, you have to go out, chop wood, gather kindling, light a spark, stoke the fire, then add wood. And it may be too late to survive.

JLC
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