I work in public health policy and lately I've been doing a project about adult vaccines. I was very surprised to learn that all people with diabetes are supposed to get the pneumonia vaccine. I have never had my endo, my primary care doc or my gyno mention this and I have not received this vaccine. Has anyone under 65 received it?
Basically, this. It's also my understanding that it's impossible to actually get the flu (or whatever else) from a vaccine. You might get a vaccine and still get the flu, but it's not the vaccine itself that caused it.
Also, even though I seem to have an overactive/strong immune system (Type 1, many allergies, hardly ever get sick), I'd still rather get a vaccine that decreases my risk of getting sick. I've heard lots of stories of diabetics ending up hospitalized for "only" a flu or some other illness that would be minor for most other people.
I also work with many elderly people and people with multiple medical conditions. Even if I wasn't diabetic myself, I'd probably still be recommended to get a vaccine every year because I work with a vulnerable population.
Yep, you are right on all counts. And being around other people who are vulnerable to complications from the flu is a definite reason to get the vaccine. Again, if you're not vaccinated, you can carry the virus and have no outward symptoms and still pass it on to others.
I refuse a flu shot every year & won't be getting a pneumonia vax either. The worse type of pneumonia is bacterial, for which there is no vaccine, of course. I've had viral pneumonia twice. Since my own immune system hasn't developed immunity from having had it, I question how effective a vax would be anyway.
I don't believe vaccines are safe or necessary & bristle at being told what I must have. If I followed medical advice, I'd be taking unneeded statins for perfectly good blood lipids, daily aspirin & eating an ADA diet. Honestly, am tired of being a receptacle for big pharma profits.
Since I've gotten D levels up, I haven't had even a sniffle in years. My husband's a college professor & frequently catches the flu & colds from students. I've avoided getting anything he has.
My daughter is 3 and she got it. I wouldn't have known about it except my baby was going for her routine immunizations and my 3 yr old was with me. T1 came up in conversation and it was the public health nurse that told me about it. I discussed it with our dr at a later appt and decided to go ahead with it for her too.
I had it when I turned 60.