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I wish I had gotten my shot when I was at the doctor's office last week. There was so much going on, I forgot and I can't believe they forgot to ask me! That's never happened before.
I had also passed on it at the pharmacy who offered it. It's free for me anywhere I get it. Now, I have something like a cold or possibly allegies. I didn't get much sleep. I'm all stuffy, achy and a little hot feeling. Lots of drainage. I know it sounds like a cold, but I have had this before, but then it disappeared pronto for some unknown reason. It's odd how it works that way with me. Never can tell which it is. Still, I'll have to wait to get my flu shot until he lets up.
I have to get the flu shot. As a Type I diabetic, it would be crazy for me to risk it. People with compromised immunity like we have, can die from something like the flu. I've gotten it most years for a long time and have avoided the flu, though I do wash my hands about 20 times per day in flu season. I'm not kidding.
I didn't get the flu shot when I was younger but now that I'm over 40 and have asthma, metabolic syndrome, and prediabetes, I think I need it. Your body doesn't bounce back from getting sick as easy when you get older and it can set of a series of catastrophic events. My dad and stepmother have both ended up in the hospital when they've gotten the flu from dehydration and complications from their existing medical conditions.
While looking up pharmacies to see if any of them are giving flu shots yet and how much they charge, I found that there's also a vaccine for pneumonia. It's recommended for people who have asthma or diabetes so I asked my doctor's office about it when I called to schedule an appointment for the flu shot. The nurse told me the doctor would talk to me about it to determine if I was a candidate for that shot.
I definitely believe in the old saying an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If I can head off weeks of coughing and gasping for air with a few shots, I'll gladly do it!
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Here are some CDC pages outlining personal prevention tips.
CDC - Seasonal Influenza (Flu) - CDC Says Take 3 Actions To Fight The Flu
I had lunch with and then accompanied a friend and the lady she cares for to a Senior Bingo.
They passed out re-usable Bingo cards ... with little slides to cover the numbers called.
When I got a nasty URI ... I realized it was probably from those unsanitary cards that had been touched by many germy hands!
There are so many places to pick up germs ... grocery carts, gas pumps, the flush handle and door handles in public bathrooms ... etc. When you touch something or someone ... just think about it and make sure you wash your hands WELL.
Okay. Now I am becoming a seasonal germophobe!
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Yeah, I'm a freak about it too. Not so much in my home, but I'm more concerned with door handles, shopping cart handles, bathroom door handles, gas pump handles, and the devices at check outs. I keep sanitizer in my purse and use as often as I can.
When at the office, I wash my hands lots. Just touching things around the office can be risky. Church is the worst. In the middle of flu season those people insist on shaking your hand. I know it's the friendly thing to do, but OMG. If you're sick don't shake my hand....but they do. They cough and then shake your hand. Ugggh... I take my sanitizer and use it as discretely as possible. This year, I'm considering some gloves for church. lol
Last season, during the flu season, I saw a church on the news that put a band on shaking hands until the flu season ended. I thought that was a great idea.
Yes, Debb wear gloves Where my MIL attends church, they asked not to shake hands during flu season.- she was okay with that. I used to carry sanitizer in my purse , but man my hands felt dry, so then I had hand cream in my purse, finally I said enough! certain things I will wash down, others , well we have to live
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I'm getting a flu shot. I don't like to take medicine and hate shots. The flu is worse.
The winter we had cows calving and I had to work outside in 20 degree and below snowy weather with the flu, cured me from not having a flu shot. It was double .
The wipes and hand sanitizer are all good precautions but some germs are immune to alcohol and it takes plain old soap and water to kill them.
All the grocer stores here have containers of wet wipes at the entrance so you can clean off the cart before you use it.
I try to be careful about touching things, especially during cold and flu season, but I try not to use too many antibacterial products. The proliferation of them is leading to "super bugs" that are resistant to them. If you just wash your hand thoroughly with regular soap and warm/hot water, you're fine.
I always have hand sanitizer in my purse and car in case of emergencies, but I prefer not to use it. I also have baby wipes in the car - sample size packets so they don't take up much room - in case of spills or dirty hands at the gas station.
I never get the flu shot. I haven't had the flu in about a dozen years and before that I hadn't had it since the 5th grade. The fact that I work from home does tend to limit my exposure to sickies.
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