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I do not know if the flu vaccination works or not.

The first time ever I got myself vaccinated was four years ago. I did not fall ill the next spring, but I did not either for several yeras before that. Or I did. Then for two years I did not get the shot and got the flu the following spring. Last year's recurring one was particularly nasty. It returned twice, and the first return in particular was bad.

So I got vaccinated again last year, and so far I have not had the flu (fingers crossed, for it usually happens earlier in the year). I've had a nasty case of fever-less tonsilitis instead for the first time in over a decade (hooray for the Lugol solution now sold in spray bottles), and the usual couple of seasonal colds, but one of them also felt as if it could have been the flu if not for the vaccination. The feeling might be wishful thinking and it is difficult to describe, like the cold sluggishly struggling to become something more but not being able to.

I am getting vaccinated again this year, I think.


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Я не знаю, работает антигриппозная вакцинация или нет.

Первый раз я прививалась года четыре назад, и следующей весной не заболела. Но два или три года до того я тоже не болела. А ещё раньше то болела, то нет. Следующие два года я не прививалась и потом болела, и прошлогодний грипп был особенно мерзким и возрватным. Возвращался целых два раза, и первый раз было особенно неприятно.

После этого в прошлом году я привилась во второй раз, и вот пока не заболела (тьфу-тьфу, но уже апрель, обычно грипп прицпляется раньше). Вместо гриппа правада у меня впервые больше чем за десять лет была пробочная ангина без температуры, тоже та ещё гадость (ура новой упаковке люголя с распылителем), и парочка простуд. И одна из них была странной. Казалось (придумалось наверное), что она пытается стать хуже, и не может этого сделать.

В этом году опять привьюсь, наверное.

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majesticarky
Apr. 22nd, 2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
Last time I got the flu was spring of 2003. I liked having it because I got to stay home a week from school. Some years I vaccinate, some I don't. You're out for at least a week though, with the flu. Kinda sucks in that regard!
kehlen_crow
Apr. 22nd, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
I also kind of like mild fevers, but can't stand the weak feeling that follows getting over it. And it is usually more like two weeks for me.
jem0000000
Apr. 22nd, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
IIRC, how well the vaccination works in any given year depends on how well they predicted what the flu's most common mutation would be. Some years it's super-great, some years it's partially effective but misses one strain or something and some people catch it anyway, but less than would have without it.

IMO, even in a partially effective year, it's worth it for the chance of not losing that week or two of productivity. *shrug*
kehlen_crow
Apr. 23rd, 2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
I start to see the point in doing it, too. Thank you for you opinion :)
jem0000000
Apr. 23rd, 2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. :)
basric
Apr. 23rd, 2014 10:00 am (UTC)
The flu shot works for three types of the flu. If you already have one f the 3 incubating in your body you will get it just a milder form. I couldn't do IDOL for two weeks because I felt like I had the plague. Don't get one of the flues not in the vaccine when you don't have a spleen. GET YOU FLU SHOT. Wr have people dying from the flu here.
kehlen_crow
Apr. 23rd, 2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
We had them dying from it last year as well, including at work. :( And the was a ridiculous occasion where they though an older co-worker had a heart attack but in reality he just fainted from dehydration when he went back to work too early after having it.

Thank you. I will from now on.
kehlen_crow
Apr. 23rd, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
Maybe I had it incubating like you said, this year. Thank you for the explanation, I did not know it could happen that way after the shot.
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