The needle you don’t inject yourself. Flu shot anyone?

Another needle for you. Another for me.

Before my vacation I had a meeting with my diabetes team at the hospital. My nurse Sue said I HAD to get the flu shot.

“How about I get it after my trip? Last time I got the flu shot years ago I got very sick.”

I ended up getting it yesterday at my local Shoppers Drug Mart, almost a week since I returned back from my vacay. It took less than 10 minutes, quick and easy. I didn’t know this but now every Shoppers Drug Mart in Ontario offers the flu shot.

After my jab, I Instagramed this photo:

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Thank you to everyone who responded to my photo on IG! It was interesting, as I’m a newbie type one diabetic, to hear the wide range of comments about the flu shot. Some of you said you wouldn’t go without it and others made it clear you would never take it again.

A few months ago I came down with the flu and it was terrible. It was three weeks before I got back to my old self. The nasty bug also threw my half-marathon training out of whack. This was my first big sickness since getting diagnosed and the awful feeling was one I never wanted to experience again. That, coupled with my nurse’s advice, is why I decided to get the shot this year.

Does your diabetes team advocate for the flu shot? Do you take it? I’d like to hear your thoughts.

Sore arms (from today’s workout, not the shot),

Jessica

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8 Comments

  1. My doctor has always encouraged the flu shot, and I ignored the advice until in 2007 I was struck down with the flu and have never been so sick in my life – like you I was down for weeks and recovery seemed to take forever… so now I get it every year, like clockwork, and have never had the slightest of symptoms from the shot itself. I know opinions on this can be mixed and heated, but the way I see it – I know what happened when I DIDN’T get the shot, and I’d prefer to take any measures to avoid that!

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    1. Thanks for the comment Jennifer. Looks like we had the same reasons to get the shot. I had never experienced a flu quite like that one. I was most bummed about my training so I hope to be up and healthy without the flu this season.

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  2. I’m totally anti flu shot mostly because it’s a false sense of security. We still get sick. It doesn’t mean you won’t get the flu. Plus it does absolutely nothing for stomach viruses and IMHO that’s WAY worse than a run-of-the-mill flu. I’ve pissed off a lot of people by voicing this opinion also.
    Also, I am not near children, seniors, sick people or even the public really. and when I get sick I stay home from work (unlike most people).

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    1. People love to get angry online. To each their own! I’m like you, when I’m sick, I stay home. I don’t know why people drag themselves to work, coughing all over the place, looking like death and just really prolonging the healing process. I don’t think if ever works in their favour.

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  3. When I was diagnosed it was because I got the flu and my honeymoon ended about the same time, what a perfect storm! I was 12 and in a coma for 3 days with horrifying blood sugars. I’ve gotten one almost every year since then (1998). This year I didn’t get sick from it but its the first time I’ve gotten it since stepping up flying trapeze training to 2-3 times per week. Now, 2 weeks later and that arm is still killing me to swing on…gonna give this some serious though next year in regards to timing and if its even worth it!

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    1. First off, flying trapeze? How amazing! That sounds so fun and athletically challenging. I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis and that coma you had to go through. It’s so interesting to hear everyone’s varying views on the flu shot. I’ve got a little bit of the sniffles now so I keep thinking “Is this the flu shot?” I hope your arm gets all better so you can swing in peace 😀 Thank you for commenting

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