Flu Shot or Not?

It’s the time of year again… beloved cold and flu season.  How do you prepare?

Personally, I’d love the hibernation approach.  Especially with having lots of little kids, it makes perfect sense to come out again about April, when this season has passed.  If only that were realistic.

That said, we do really cut down on the public places exposure this time of year.  We no longer do the “entire family” shop nights like we do in the spring and summer.  We try to limit the exposure of the little ones to Walmart, and the grocery store if possible.  But, we still go to church… and obviously we’re around people every week.  It’s impossible to avoid all germs.  [ because believe me, if there was away… this OCD mom would have tried that approach ]

Let me justify my desire to avoid heavy illnesses like the flu…  in our family, it takes a good month for it to completely leave.  I would much rather be together, and be healthy – than be together… and ALL be sick.  Agreed?  Thank you.  I also realize it won’t ALWAYS be like this… so while it’s a sacrifice for a few years here – (hopefully) our children won’t always be putting their fingers down their throats and up their noses after LICKING the public bathroom stall wall.  YES – it has happened before. [shiver]

Most of us do get flu shots every year – for several reasons. We have family with compromised immune systems, so we want to watch out for them with having so many germ carriers.  Also, obviously something like the flu knocks this family down for quite a bit.  That said, we still got the flu the last two years.  The first year, we got H1N1 right before the separate vaccine was released – and I was pregnant.  It was terrible – and whoever said it wasn’t that concerning – apparently had a lighter strain than we did.  It was 104-105 degree fevers around the clock, and not phased by motrin.  We did have our normal flu shots – yes.  It didn’t matter.

Last year – we got our flu shots in Oct, and my husband brought back Influenza A from a business trip in February.  We probably had a weaker dose, or the virus had changed enough at that point (they can’t always guess it perfectly, and it does change throughout the season).  It knocked us all out.  I will credit with our Dr getting me IV fluids – and that helping me turn around quickly.  I will also say that being in top shape – and staying hydrated helped me bounce back as well.

So – I think it’s a complete personal choice on whether or not people get the flu shots, I think there are pros and cons with all things – but I am thankful for the option and possibly protection!  After the first year “scare” of the H1N1 – things certainly simmered down with it spreading once the vaccine was introduced into the flu vaccine itself.  Praise God.  Praying this year we can STEER CLEAR of the Influenza bugs!

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.” –  Matthew 6:24

Posted on October 30, 2011, in Truth. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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