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Re: [IP] re: flu shot good or bad - definately good

On 22 Oct 2001, at 14:00, email @ redacted wrote:

> I used to not get the flu shot and never had a problem. (I'm just lucky
> that I didn't get the flu during those years.)  But then my brother nearly
> died from getting the flu which turned into pneumonia, and he is not
> diabetic.  That very same year an old classmate of mine who had diabetes
> died from the flu.   Ever since then I have gotten the flu shot, which is a
> good thing because my son had the flu during one of those years.  I was
> lucky that I had been immunized.   Sometimes you do get the flu even after
> immunization, but it is supposed to be a more mild case.  The true flu, not
> just a virus with a fever, is a very serious  sometimes life threatening
> illness, especially for us diabetics.  I'll gladly take the discomfort and
> fever that I get 48 hours after the shot in comparison to ending up in a
> hospital. Jenny ----------------------------------------------------------

CDC reports that up to 20,000 deaths and 100,000 hospitalizations are 
associated with influenza in a typical year.  As long as I'm not among 
either of those numbers, I don't mind ANY ill effects of a vaccine.

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