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Have you gotten a flu shot yet? Why or why not?

In 2010, people with diabetes accounted for 15% of flu-related hospitalizations (and 19% of flu-related deaths in the United States). Yet people with diabetes make up only about 8 percent of the U.S. population  (according to the Centers for Disease Control).

We compared reports of flu immunization in the past year from the Fall 2010 TuAnalyze survey with reports of flu immunization among US adults from the CDC monitored in the same time period.  We compared our data to the CDC data for three groups considered at “high risk” for flu complications: adults 18-49 years old with a health problem (such as diabetes), all adults aged 50-64, and all adults 65 or older.


While TuAnalyze users report a higher level of flu immunization than seen in the CDC monitoring system* (see the bar chart below), 36% of 18-49 year olds and 24% of persons aged 50 and above who answered the TuAnalyze survey are not immunized against the flu.


Did you get your flu shot? Why or why not?

*2009-2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and 2009 H1N1 Flu Survey (

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Comment by Hismouse on March 3, 2011 at 3:59pm
yes I got mine, feel like it was a mistake injecting my body with the swine flu one, it is gone and the hype was a big medi hype, so all the lacck of not feeling good better go away from me or I am never getting a Flu shot again!
Comment by LaGuitariste on March 3, 2011 at 4:44pm
I always get the flu shot now. One dance with the flu (four years ago) and I'm done with that mess if I can do anything to avoid it.

It almost killed me.
Comment by Mr. Peachy on March 3, 2011 at 4:54pm
No, and I won't. Flu shots are notoriously ineffective, are not without their side effects, and are less effective than a healthy immune system nourished by the same diet that is so effective at keeping insulin resistance down. That is to say, wholesome natural foods and a few supplements that aren't found in mass produced foods these days, like selenium, chromium, vanadium, and zinc. Think I'm making this up? I haven't been sick in over three years.
Comment by LaGuitariste on March 3, 2011 at 7:29pm
From the Centers for Disease Control:

-- During flu epidemics, deaths among people with diabetes increase 5% to 15%.

-- People with diabetes are 6 times more likely to be hospitalized with flu complications.

-- Each year, 10,000 to 30,000 deaths among people with diabetes are associated with influenza and pneumonia.

The anti-vaccine hype-sters on the 'net aren't doing you any favors! Get immunized, folks!
Comment by Sysy Morales on March 3, 2011 at 7:39pm
I do not get the flu shot. I haven't in about 10 years. I don't because I don't believe it's effective (according to medical literature) and the last time I had the flu (the only time I had the flu) was the one time I had the flu shot. So no, I'll take my vitamin D which helps me not even catch a cold and go with a healthy lifestyle. It seems to work pretty well. I've taken care of people with the flu and not caught it as long as I have my vitamin D up and as long as I make sure to exercise and eat right. Oh and I wash my hands. I understand why others get the flu shot and why they have their kids take it, it's just not what I choose to do.
Comment by Jack on March 3, 2011 at 7:45pm
I get it every year and still get really sick, not sure if its flu but messes me up bad. i had swine flu two years back and they wouldn't take me in hospital as there was no isolation organised. I lost nearly 3 stone in weight, took months to put it back on. anyway i still get the jab
Comment by Gerri on March 3, 2011 at 11:48pm
Nope. I've never gotten a flu shot.
Comment by Terrie on March 4, 2011 at 1:41am
I got my first flu shot in 2004 only because I almost kicked off in 2003 from a BAD Flu. It only takes once to get the BAD one. The shot doesn't hurt and I get no side effects of any kind from it and no flu since(tw).
Comment by Frances on March 4, 2011 at 8:26am
Yes, I always get a flu shot, and so does every member of my family. I don't understand why people who seem otherwise intelligent insist on rejecting good science as though a flu shot were some kind of bogeyman under the bed.
Comment by catlover on March 4, 2011 at 9:40am
Yes, I have gotten a flu shot since I was Dx w/ diabetes 12 years ago. I have never had any reaction nor gotten the flu.


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