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  • Flu Shots?

    With the shortage of flu shots available this year, what is the consensus of trying to have one?
    Nancy

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    Re: Flu Shots?

    Hi Nancy,
    What I’ve heard about the order of taking flu shots is;
    1. – The elderly (over 65)
    2. – The chronically ill
    3. – Pregnancy
    4. – Special needs people (care givers, etc.)
    5. – Everybody else (depending on supply.)

    I’ve heard this list a few times, so I guess it’s right. The first three are equally weighted, and then comes the fourth, and fifth is last. I hope this answers your question.

    If you happen to be a chronically ill, pregnant woman over the age of sixty-five I think you should get a flu shot immediately – especially if you are caring for someone.
    Burt

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    • #3
      Re: Flu Shots?

      Up until last year, I had never had a flu shot and fortunately never got the flu.
      But last year I was at the doctors for an unrelated visit and he said while your here roll up your sleeve and I'll give you a flu shot. He said it was probably a good idea because of my heart condition anyway.
      So I had the shot and my wife didn't.
      I didn't get the flu, but between Christmas and New Years she did.
      It put her down for about a week and a half and she seemed to be getting better.
      Suddenly it got worse very quickly, she went to the doctors and he said you have pnemonia. It took her the whole month to get rid of it and I have never seen her that sick.
      She had to go back for two batches of meds and was just about put into the hospital.
      The doctor said she got it because of her weakened state from the flu.
      It made a believer of both of us and we will not miss the shot this year.
      Every great thing that has ever happened since the beginning of time has started as a single thought in someones mind.
      So if you are capable of thought then you are capable of great things
      Good luck and stay well.
      Glen

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      • #4
        Re: Flu Shots?

        Hi Nancy
        I started getting the flu shot two years ago. Both my cardiologist and family doctor highly recommends it for their heart patients. Every time I am admitted to the hospital, they ask "Have you had your flu shot yet?"
        This year my family doctor told my husband that he should get it too because of being around me. I made appointments for both me and my husband for tomorrow, but with the shortage, I don't know if they will limit it to me only. We'll see.
        It is a precautionary measure and we, as heart patients, need it as well as others that Burt listed. Remember there is still a chance of getting the flu even though you get the flu shot, but you probably won't get it as hard. AND there are different kinds of flu, you may get one of them.
        My opinion, if you can get it, do it!
        Esther

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        • #5
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          I've worked at a doctor's office for 18 years & the physicians always encouraged staff to get a flu shot. Every year I got my flu shot except 1 year, I was sick thought I'd get it later. I forgot! Guess what, that was the year I had the flu!! Bet I never forgot after that! This year is a problem because we did not get any flu vaccine as our order was cancelled. I'm going to try to get a flu shot at the local health dept. Good luck to all of you that want them but are having a hard time locating the vaccine.
          Sheryl
          HOCM

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          • #6
            Re: Flu Shots?

            Out here in Vegas I hear people referring to what I think are flu shots, but they call it Fu-Slots. I don’t completely understand it, but from what I hear it is extraordinarily expensive for a shot – or slot.

            They say it only costs some change, but then they say they spent over a hundred dollars on it in one day. Personally, I can’t understand a doctor charging that much for one shot – can you?

            My wife just came in and said flu shots are one thing, but the people I overheard were referring to slot machines, and I heard them saying ‘Phooey.’

            Never mind - - -
            Burt

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            • #7
              Re: Flu Shots?

              pregnant woman over the age of sixty-five
              I think they'd have a lot more issues than just the flu.

              Burt you been up to things again!

              Mary

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              • #8
                Re: Flu Shots?

                I just got my flu shot. I was surprised they didn't question my husband getting one because of the shortage. Although my family doctor did tell him to get it too. I've spoken to many people in our area and there doesn't seem to be any problem getting an appointment here at our clinic/hospital. We are good for another year
                Esther

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                • #9
                  Re: Flu Shots?

                  Well we are having the oposite problem here. I was told by my PCP that they only have a few for children and they ran a clinic and used up all the adult doses they had. As some MD offices earmarked certain patients in their practice for need, my doc did not. So when I called they said, " gee we are sorry ."

                  Some nurses have already told me that alot of institutions gave it out too indescriminately without adhering to guidelines and did not take the forcast of shortage and priority need into consideration soon enough .

                  Oh well I hope I don't get the flu. I am going to try and beat some of the well seniors in town who think just because they are over 65 they must have it. Of course I will have to be thick skinned that day as they stare me down and try to intimidate me into dropping out of the line. The line will probably be around the town and start the night before given the local hysteria. I will be reasonable but am not going to break into a sweat or get violent if I can't get it.
                  Oh well,
                  Pam
                  Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
                  Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
                  Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
                  SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
                  [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
                  Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
                  Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
                  Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin

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                  • #10
                    Re: Flu Shots?

                    Well i got my Flu shot yesterday, My PCP doc has it in flouresent green on the front of my chart, i never said a word and he said roll your sleeve up little lady

                    Shirley
                    Diagnosed 2003
                    Myectomy 2-23-2004
                    Husband: Ken
                    Son: John diagnosed 2004
                    Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

                    Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9

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                    • #11
                      Re: Flu Shots?

                      Pam,
                      I contacted my High Risk caseworker at the insurance company, and she sent me a schedule of where and when the shots will be given around town – supported by the insurance company so I won’t even have to pay for it and then get it reimbursed.

                      The next one is on the second floor of a casino fairly close by, between the hours of eight and four. Knowing how things are, I am taking my scooter and Shirley is taking a folding chair. We plan on being on line no later then seven thirty, and hope to get ours before the supply runs out.

                      They were scheduled to give the shots at the Senior Center, as there is a rather large population of elderly and infirm people there, but had to cancel the date as no shots were available at all.

                      I would suggest contacting your insurance company and trying to get your shot using their services. It only costs a phone call – and if you find a place, get there way early, before they run out. Bring a folding chair and a book or newspaper. Good Luck.
                      Burt

                      PS – On my earlier list I forgot to mention infants and young children, as I don’t have any and my grandchildren are already driving. The toddlers would fall in the first group of people to get the shots.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Flu Shots?

                        There are no shots here. yesterday, one grocery store had 200 doses and people were lining up three hours ahead of time to merely qualify for getting the shot. I was already feeling yucky, fighting a cold, so I didn't go but I am very afraid of not getting my shot. I dehydrate easily and getting the flu would be very bad. I've gotten a shot every year for the last seven years or so.

                        S

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                        • #13
                          Re: Flu Shots?

                          Well supposedly they were making more for this year then last – then lost half the supply when an English manufacturer’s product was found to be contaminated. To my way of thinking, only a little over half the people who got the shot last year will be able to get it this year.

                          I have also heard stories that some inoculation locations were giving the shots on a first come first served bases, with no regard to need. Consequently many people who really needed the protection were turned away when the supply ran out.

                          I know the firm that was going to give shots to the aged and infirm at the senior center had there order for flu serum denied completely, and they had to cancel the program. Hopefully this flu season will be a light one, otherwise there will be people dying from complications of the flu – and I do not wish to be one of them.

                          It’s interesting to me that we can buy large quantities of drugs (flu serum) from England, but it is totally illegal to buy it from Canada - since they have lower prices.

                          Remember folks, vote early and often.
                          Burt

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                          • #14
                            Re: Flu Shots?

                            I was able to get a shot at work last week. The company's regularly scheduled flu shot company came and gave shots to everyone who wanted them on October 8, which was just before the rationing was started.
                            Daughter of Father with HCM
                            Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
                            Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
                            ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
                            Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Flu Shots?

                              Just heard today that the flu clinic that I was trying to get to is now cancelled , no vaccine is coming . I am going to have to try elsewhere.

                              Burt I have medicare so I fall in the catchment with all the seniors even though I don't meet the age requirement for senior. I will still keep searching.
                              Pam
                              Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
                              Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
                              Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
                              SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
                              [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
                              Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
                              Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
                              Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin

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