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I can't remember the last time I had the flu. When I do get a bug, I invariably recover faster than everyone around me. I generally don't get the shot. When my kids were very little and it was recommended that they get them, I did too, so they could see I was in the same boat with them. But as they got older, we stopped going for the shots (more out of apathy than active choice). We really haven't had much trouble with the flu.
I think Dorothy's right. I also think there are a few other "common sense" factors at work in determining individual immunity, such as what your DNA brings to the table, how healthy you are to start with, and whether your immune system has recently been battling something else.
The flu shot has failed a lot of people simply because it only targets a few strains. If it combats a and b, it can't do a darn thing against strains c, d, e, etc.
That's probably what happened to Dorothy's husband--he got a strain that his flu shot hadn't even targeted. The shot, in their particular case, was probably a moot point, and D was saved from the worst effects by her toughened immunity.
It's interesting. I didn't get a flu shot, but my husband did. We both got the flu, but my case was mild. His flu had him down for over a week, and a Sunday trip to the emergency room, because we thought he had pneumonia. It was just the flu. Of course, I'm a teacher and I think our bodies build up some resistance, since we're exposed to a lot of germs.
It would be good to ask how many have had the flu who also had flu shots!
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