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Indians on Blind, Do you guys take Flu shots?

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I came to US about 3 years back and never took flu shots till now. Last year I went to a Doctor and she told she wouldn't recommend if I haven't taken. Not sure if avoid flushot is right anymore. I feel like an anti-vaxxer.

Do you guys take Flu shots?

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  • RingCentral / Eng
    Duck-Bezos

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    Depends person to person but in my opinion we are exposed to all those viruses in India from birth and we are quite immune.

    Correct me if I am wrong!
    Nov 2610
    • Microsoft / EngHarmar
      Flu is constantly mutating, that's why it's hard to get a highly effective vaccine (they target the predicted most prevalent strains for the year before flu season starts, sometimes the predictions are misses).

      Same goes for your immune system. If you're exposed to a new strain, there's a high chance you're getting sick.
      Nov 26
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      Doctor told me the same. It's not required for us as out our bodies have built immunity over the years
      Nov 26
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      But if we take flu-shot, will our immune system stop building anti-bodies and start relying on flushots?
      Nov 26
    • Microsoft undefined
      That is simply not true. You do not have a naturally acquired flu immunity. Nobody does.

      And no, it will not weaken your immune system in any way. The way these vaccines work actually uses your immune system. Flu shots simply include inactivated viral material - basically dead flu virus. This trains your immune system to fight it, without any risk of actual infection. This in no way weakens your immune system, the entire point is to strengthen it.

      This is very different from antibiotics, which work entirely differently (and against entirely different organisms - bacteria, with entirely different impact on the immune system).
      Nov 26
    • Microsoft / EngCrashOverr
      Lol plz. Do you understand how vaccines work?
      Nov 26
    • Microsoft undefined
      @CrashOverr - Who are you talking to?
      Nov 26
    • Microsoft / EngCrashOverr
      The other guy. You are good
      Nov 26
    • RingCentral / Eng
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      Flu is mutating and your body will adapt itself. I have seen people (non indians and citizens) getting flu shots every year and still catching flu. Some have flu throughout the year.
      Nov 27
    • Microsoft / EngHarmar
      It's not 100% effective, no. That's not a good reason to skip it. Stopping 50% of flu infections is better than stopping 0%.
      Nov 27
    • Microsoft / EngCrashOverr
      It is effective. But it doesn't target 100% of the existing strains. Only the trendy/most severe one
      Nov 27
  • Salesforce Srinimama
    Clever pharma injects you with anti biotic to kill the virus. They are cultured in such a way that by next winter they become bad virus and give you flu.

    It’s a huge market to make money. An endless loop to keep millions enrolled, so better avoid it.
    Nov 262
    • Microsoft DOyu71
      How do you have a job? That's not how vaccines work, at all, not to mention influenza is a virus not a bacterium.
      Nov 26
    • Microsoft undefined
      That’s it. The dumbest thing I’ve read today.

      Vaccines are not antibiotics. Vaccines do not target bacteria. Flu is not caused by bacteria. Flu shots cannot make you get the flu, now or ever.
      Nov 26
  • Microsoft Gzlla
    Please do the needful and get flu shot. Awaiting your kind and timely response.
    Nov 261
    • Microsoft Gzlla
      Also, many returns of the day!
      Nov 26
  • No harm in taking flu shot. Better safe than sorry
    Nov 268
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      The problem with taking flushots is that you need to take it each year as each year has different strands. If you ever go back to India your immune system will not adapt it very well. That's why many people fall sick once they go back to India.
      Nov 26
    • Microsoft / EngCrashOverr
      That's not true at all. You need to take it every year because the virus mutates. It's the same shit in India.

      But being far away from the bacteria you built immunity against for years might make you weaker. Totally unrelated to vaccines though
      Nov 26
    • Microsoft undefined
      @hdhhj You are spreading myths. The flu vaccine is updated every year (actually twice a year) to target the strains expected to be most prevalent that season.

      It is not possible for this to affect your immune system in a way that would make you more likely to get sick when you go back to India. That just isn’t how any of this works.
      Nov 26
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      My intention is not to spread myth but I have heard this from a Doctor. Not sure whether it is accurate not but she sais that your immune system will not be adapted to India and are more likely to get sick.
      Nov 26
    • Microsoft / EngLOL CAT
      If anything the flu shot improves your immune system by triggering a response... as opposes to 0 contact with the virus.

      Doesnt even make sense.
      Nov 27
    • Microsoft / EngCrashOverr
      That is correct, but has absolutely nothing to do with vaccines
      Nov 27
    • Microsoft undefined
      @hdhhj Your doctor is right that you are more likely to get sick when you travel because your immune system has not been exposed to pathogens that are common there.

      But that has nothing to do with vaccines. Maybe she meant the vaccine won’t help you in that case. But it definitely won’t make anything worse.
      Nov 27
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      Thanks for the response. I'll take the flushot.
      Nov 27
  • Symantec O (1)
    Shots or not, I still end up getting flu.
    Nov 260
  • Roku / Eng
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    Any living human can get a flu, how the f*** is this related to Indians? Dumb f***ks these days 🙄.
    Nov 262
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      Indians are more prone to flu here as they have not taken flu shots back in India.
      Nov 26
    • Facebook / Eng5'6"Indian
      Enjoy it while it lasts. Give it a decade OP. Once you live here long enough you will fall sick every time you visit home. You'll need all your shots then.
      Nov 26
  • Amazon / Eng
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    Always use a condom.
    Nov 260
  • Salesforce Nullpoin
    Go research what’s in a flu shot. Its not a “vaccine”. It’s a dormant virus. Stop getting succumbed to what pharmaceutical companies want you to believe. They just release a new strand every year.
    Nov 271
    • VMware BobbleHat
      Tin foil is on sale at Safeway.
      Nov 28
  • Google / Eng
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    I came from India, and everytime i take flu shot, i get cold 😣
    Nov 261
    • New Gigzy
      It's very common to have flu symptoms after the shot. It lasts for a couple of days.

      BTW, nobody has influenza immunity, and if you think that being young and healthy helps, read about the Spanish flu.
      Nov 27
  • Microsoft Gambini
    If you are healthy and don’t have young kids or old people living with you, it’s not necessary.
    Nov 261
    • Microsoft / EngHarmar
      It's less important, sure, but it's still useful. Getting it can prevent or reduce the impact of the flu, which probably won't kill you but still isn't terribly pleasant. Also, while less likely, you could still spread your flu to seniors or children outside your household.
      Nov 26
  • Salesforce Hdhshjaj
    I never took in last 12 yrs and no issues
    Nov 261
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      Cool, this gives me confidence
      Nov 26
  • Apple ijyA68
    How do you get immunity from the flu by living in India?
    Nov 261
    • Microsoft / EngHarmar
      You don't.
      Nov 27
  • Facebook uhhhhhuh
    What the fuck does your total comp have to do with flu shots? Go fuck yourself.
    Nov 264
    • Google / Eng
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      Bcoz ppl dont reply if no TC given
      Nov 26
    • Facebook uhhhhhuh
      Sounds like this is simply a pissing contest justified by people thinking it “gives back to the community”
      Nov 26
    • Facebook uhhhhhuh
      Like, you don’t know the person’s role, yoe, expertise, degree. Makes no sense to me.
      Nov 26
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      That's what makes the blind community unique. Now TC or GTFO
      Nov 27
  • Facebook frustsoul
    Don't take shots. They are not of much use. Better to use some sick days. Now don't tell me that one could lie and take a sick day anyway. I did and took a few days off citing flu. And then the next week I actually had flu and had to come up with new legit sounding sickness.
    Nov 271
    • VMware BobbleHat
      Get the shot so you can have fun during your sick days
      Nov 28
  • Indeed / EngdnPd12
    Idiots up in here. Take the flu shot or not. It’s not going to harm you in any way. I think flu is annoying so I usually take the shot. It doesn’t matter what country you’re from or where you’ve travelled it works just the same. It protects against 4 or 5 strains each year, but you still have the chance of catching a strain not in the vaccine. Life’s a risk. Vaccines work.
    Nov 270
  • RackWare Dreamlight
    Never took a flu shot in two years.
    Nov 270
  • Intel / Other10% ESPP!
    Wow so much ignorance in this thread...
    Nov 260
  • Cerner 81asharma
    We are required take flu shot search flu shot to understand how it works
    Nov 264
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      If you take flu-shot once, then it is necessary that you take it each year.
      Nov 26
    • Microsoft Mr 🌏
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      Nov 26
    • Facebook uhhhhhuh
      Not true @hdhhj
      Nov 26
    • Microsoft / EngHarmar
      Most vaccines do not have to be taken yearly, but the flu does. This is because each year the vaccine works against different strains, as flu continues to mutate.

      They're trying to come up with a universal flu vaccine (which you would not need yearly), but haven't been successful (yet).
      Nov 27
  • Cisco Wakeup
    For all those who think not taking a flu shot is sign of strong immunity, it is not. It just means you didn’t catch the flu. Know of several Indians who caught it.It’s highly recommended to take flu shots especially if you have any other health issues such as asthma etc. since It can get much worse if you have other issues
    Nov 270
  • Amazon 123raj
    No
    Nov 270
  • Apple KGHP41
    Take it.
    Nov 260
  • Amazon 6’3 Indian
    Funny
    Nov 260
  • Microsoft Hksbdh
    No man. We give flu
    Nov 260
  • Intel Nagogram!
    Yes I did from past 2 years and it was ok
    Nov 260
  • Parallon Hellyah
    Don't take.. I'm sure my body has necessary immunity from India.. Never got flu here.
    Nov 260

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