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Who got a flu shot but got the flu regardless?

Asked by Aster (18231points) January 18th, 2013

For 2012–13: did you get your flu shot but have gotten the flu? I don’t get flu shots and haven’t had flu since ‘88.

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tedd's avatar

Flu shots on good years are around 60% effective, as in 40% of people who get them are still capable of catching the flu. Unfortunately the Flu mutates so quickly that a lot of times the vaccine we work up is for an older version of the flu by the time we start giving it out in shot form.

I didn’t get the Flu at all until college, then I got it like 3–4 times, once a year in the first few months of the year… and shortly after starting to get physical with a new girl each time.

Aster's avatar

Did you get the shot but still get the flu ted?

tedibear's avatar

This is the first year I’ve gotten the flu shot. I’ll let you know if I get the flu. If I do, it won’t be because of the shot, it will be because I got a version of the flu not covered by the shot.

tedd's avatar

@Aster I don’t remember ever having got a flu shot in my life. My mother may have had me get it when I was younger and I just don’t remember, but I can’t verify that at the moment.

mazingerz88's avatar

Pardon my intrusion but I already had the flu two weeks ago yet there are still people around me who are having bouts with it. Would I need to get a flu shot?

Aster's avatar

In my opinion, it’s too late now after all that exposure.

hearkat's avatar

I’ve gotten them nearly every year that I’ve worked in healthcare. I only recall one year when everyone in the family got very sick – I don’t know for sure if it was the flu, and I’m pretty sure it was one of the years that I was out of work.

Berserker's avatar

Got no flu shot, got no flu.

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