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09-26-2011, 05:47 PM
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Is that a joke? Plenty of people who get the shot still get the flu to the point of not being able to play a sport, even professional athletes.
Especially when it's actually the flu, and not a cold.
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When I was a kid I used to get sick all the damn time dude. As soon as I moved out and stopped following the advice of parents to get shots I stopped getting sick as often. Funny part is my diet is far worse now than it was while living at home. I think maybe it could have to do with how often I got sick when I was younger. Maybe it helped me build up some immunity. That being said I still find it pretty weird that I get the flu less often now than when I was younger and actively getting the shots. I get a flu like once every 3 years now since I moved out. Used to get them annually at the minimum.
No, you didn't. I don't know you from a hole in the ground, but I will without a doubt 100% guarantee you that you did not get the flu annually. You may have gotten a COLD annually, but you absolutely did not get the flu every year.
Part of the problem with threads like these, or at least when the get to the topic of colds/flus is that too many people think they are the same thing. They aren't, not at all. Pretty much all the people who think they still get "the flu" after getting a flu shot, are referring to a cold, not the flu. People (primarily the elderly) can and do actually die from the Flu. If someone actually has the flu, it's absolutely understandable that they can't play a game of hockey. A cold? you can fight there that depending, but if it's the flu? unlikely.
Having a flu shot won't do squat to prevent you from getting a cold, and also it needs to be kept in mind that the flu shots that people are given are only done to protect you from that particular season's most likely and plentiful strain of the flu. There's many different strains and they are constantly mutating.
But no, (and I really don't mean this as any sort of shot at you), you did not have the flu annually as a kid. And absolutely, if someone actually has the flu, it's 100% understandable why they may miss some games.
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