First of all, I have posted a lot reblogs over the last few days. I have been under the weather and not able to write much. Plus, I reblog because I believe the post is worth sharing.
Secondly, this post is about why I don’t get flu shots anymore. I am in no way suggesting that others do the same. I only want to give my reasons so you can make your own informed decision. There are no doctors’ recommendations involved.
I have a very poor immune system. I always have. I had chronic bronchitis growing up, I catch every cold and flu bug going around and back again. My right sinus seems infected from October to March, plus I have environmental allergies and asthma.
On top of all that, my fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and osteoarthritis don’t help. My husband drives a bus for the elderly and disabled, including patients on dialysis. He has to be careful not to get them sick, but he also catches bugs from his clients and brings the viruses home.
The fact is, it is inevitable that I am going to get sick. I don’t go out much in the winter and I try to avoid places where I may get ill. And, the flu shot actually makes me sick. It gives me the flu within 24 hours of receiving the shot and while it does that to a lot of healthy people, mine lasts a long time.
I do get the pneumonia shot once every five years. It does not seem to have the same effect and has protected me. I have a damaged lung so having pneumonia can be very hard on my good lung.
So, it isn’t that I don’t believe in the shots, I really do. And I encourage people to get it if it helps them. I don’t really feel that a flu shot is the right thing for me.