I want to thank everyone for making me feel like an idiot for not taking the flu shot and suffering four days with the flu. I'm still sceptical of pharmaceutical companies.
Not all pharmaceutical companies are created equal. Although the flu shot cannot possibly cover every variety of flu , it sure seems to keep the symptoms manageable. I am fortunate to have it covered in my health insurance from work so I have been getting the flu vaccine for over 20 years now with no ill effects. Any flu-like symptoms I get are minimal. It has really been worth it for me since I don't have to sacrifice my personal days off for sick days. Talk to your doctor. Medical professionals get the flu shot themselves and suggest that most people get it...it's not a conspiracy or a dangerous risk. I'm sorry that people are being mean to you about this matter....you are not an idiot....just anxious and that's understandable. Think of it as a way to be part of the 'herd' that are immunized instead of the ones that pose a risk to vulnerable folks like the elderly and infants.
Flu shots are required where I work otherwise you wear a surgical mask for months the whole time you are working. There’s no reason to be skeptical of a flu shot, it’s one of the products doctors and pharmacies make the least amount of money on compared to the nearly 80,000 people that died from the flu in the US last year(per CDC).
For some of us who are of advanced age, being sick for four days with the flu may not be the worst result...we oldsters (especially those of us who have had their immune system compromised), are more likely to die. So...I was not foolish and got my flu shot again...especially this year, post Lymphoma.
Sometimes the only choice we have is how we're going to die. I'd prefer it not be in the hospital hooked up to respirators because I was suspicious of an inoculation. If a bunch of people died from getting flu shots, that's be the big story in the news instead of the stories about people dying from getting the flu.
I had the flu three years ago. For three days I could barely get out of bed, and took three sick days (I never take sick days; I just "battle through", but I was too sick to do that). The fourth day I could walk a bit. It took 2 full weeks before I felt like "normal" was on the horizon.
When I have a cold, I just feel bad while going about my life. Not the same experience.
Were you diagnosed by a doctor to see if it was truly the flu or just a bad cold? 4 days seems really quick. I got a flu shot this year because I am exposed to babies and toddlers in germ pools. I mean Day Care. Sooo to protect me and them, I got the shot. Some years I skipped it because I was not directly exposed to massive germ factories. Then one of my coworkers brought her germ factory (child in day care) into the office, just for a minute. That was all it took. I was afraid I'd die and then afraid I wouldn't die fast enough.