questionshas anyone gotten the flu, even after getting a…


Every damn year. My doctor this year finally said, "you know, the flu shot really doesn't seem to help you, so lets try not giving you one and see how that goes". Still flu-free for the year!


I haven't, but keep in mind:
1. The shot is only good for 3-4 months, so if you get a shot too early, you can still be susceptible to flu late in the season. (Most people should not get a shot until late November/early December.)

2. The shot is based on the flu virus(es) they have at the time and that is/are projected to be prominent during the season. The shots don't protect against all possible strains of the virus.

3. The shot simply does not work to build immunity in a small percentage of the population. If you are one of the minority - sorry about that!

Oh and "Poor baby!" Hope you are better now.


I'm glad you're flu-free this year - you may be on to something.
I think this is my first really serious episode after getting vaccinated. I feel so duped!


@adadavis: I am pushing the active window, I wasn't aware of that. Now I feel Super-Duped!
And yes, I'm recovering -thanks for the good wishes.


My doctor said the flu shot "missed" this year... meaning it didn't work for a lot of people including himself.


@adadavis: Actually the flu shot lasts longer than that. In fact, the CDC recommends everyone get the flu shot as soon as it is available.

Personally, I wouldn't recommend someone to wait until late November/December to get the shot. It takes a while for the shot to become effective and the chances of getting the flu are much higher.


Had the flu 10 years ago and missed most of Christmas-haven't missed a shot since, and also haven't had the flu. I've had other illnesses, but not flu.


I never touch vaccine's myself. Don't get me wrong, if you're going to a foreign country or whatnot they're probably important to get, but do your research. They've done as much (if not more) harm than good to a lot of people.


I have a natural immunity to most viruses, especially the flu/cold variety. I'm not sure how or why (for the immunity), but I can tell you the last time I had the flu was in 1976, and that was only because someone on the surgical staff felt "well enough" to come in and assist, and all patients who had surgery that day came down with it.

I still find this a very good use of my tax dollars, and recommend that the more susceptible groups get vaccinated (and cheerfully donate extra $$$ to local charities that do this for free). Both my parents got flu shots every year, and while I'm sorry to hear that @notanaardvark is suffering (and provide the requested "Aww, poor baby"), they were flu free every single year.

I do recommend the consumption of either red wine, or grape juice, which may have properties to help defend against the suite of attackers that comprise the flu/cold war. Besides, I like red wine.

{Parents, PLEASE update your DPT vaccine.}


Never got the flu after the shot.

Last time I had the flu was probably about 1965


@tossthedice: Perhaps you should stop watching the X-Files reruns.


@mtm2: Perhaps people should do their own research instead of blindly following what's told to them. Wait nvm, I forgot that we're on the internet... Deals.Woot is the last place I expected to see that. Forgive me for being a little snippy, but this is something I'm fairly passionate about. I don't believe in going to the Doctor over every little sniffle, or popping an antibiotic to bring down every little fever, and that kind of mindset is something that people seem to find offensive for some reason, and yet my family is one of the healthiest I know, even though the only trips we take to the physician is true need like a broken bone or such. I'm not going to try and argue this point, I don't want to start a flame war on the only forums I've regularly enjoyed. I just want to encourage people to do a little extra research so they can be better informed about their health and the health of their families.

/steps off of soapbox


Never got a flu shot, never had "the flu". I've been sick, but I don't see how it helps, you are going to get sick no matter what


The flu shot doesn't work 100% of the time.

Every year, they use this super computer to try on predict the "dominant strain" of the flu and make vaccines before hand for that year.

So if you got sick after a flu shot (not like the day of/after you got it) then I guess you got hit with a stronger strain or some other strain than the one given.

Microbiology class last week.

But yeah, even though it's not 100% flu-proof... it's better to be safe than sorry.


Never had a flu shot, and as far as I know I've never had the flu. :::knocks on wood:::


When did you get the flu shot? You describe potential flu symptoms, but there have been other bugs going around lately that have had some of the same symptoms in some people while not actually being the flu.

Some people either get a non-matching strain of the flu, or a non-flu condition that has flu-like symptoms, the same season they get the shot, and subsequently blame the shot even though it has nothing to do with it.

It is also worth noting that there are a lot more people who get the flu shot and have zero negative outcomes from the vaccine then there are that do.


haven't had the flu since the mid-80's, and have been getting the vaccine every year since about 1990.

I do find it annoying that so many people don't really know what the flu is. The "24-hour flu" and similar infections are usually food poisoning. I also agree that vaccines are probably the single greatest invention of humanity in all our our existence.

Watch a video of an infant with whooping cough, talk to someone in your neighborhood who had polio as a child. Ask me about my father's case of shingles (it's actually chicken pox that stays dormant in your system for decades), or ask a grandparent about scarlet fever.

Vaccines are not perfect, but the more people who are vaccinated, the greater our overall societal immunity/resistance will be. I wish the chicken pox vaccine had been around when I was a kid, I had a severe case of chicken pox that caused me to miss 10 days of school, including my senior prom.


The influenza vaccine is formulated on the best guess of what will be circulating during the influenza season. The decision has to be made in early spring, so they don't have much hard information to work with.

As such, some seasons are a better match than others. Also (as mentioned) no vaccine is 100% effective: Most are at best 90%, some even less.

It is also difficult to tell if a patient is actually experiencing influenza, or some other viral syndrome. Influenza is generally (not always) worse than other viral illness, but some other types of viral illness can have a prodrome that may be as bad. Testing for influenza in normally not done, only as part of surviellance or in some other exceptional circumstances. So, normally one can't tell.

Lastly, as it turns out, this year is fairly mild for influenza.
(the dark line is this year, that big bump in other years was H1N1.)


Thanks for carrying on without me, everyone. Turns out recovery is a rockier process than I thought.

Didn't intend to spark the immunization debate - it has been verified so clearly how many lives are saved by vaccinations.
Sorry for not linking the evidence - my favorite reference is the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, but my subscription has expired, and I could see how my second choice, the Merck Manual, could be suspect (as a drug company).
& whoa, @joshobra, at first glance I thought you meant the shot never works. Glad I kept reading.

Anway, I was diagnosed via phone by the advice nurse who seemed to be dealing with many similar calls, and now I just need to work on stamina.

Be well.


This past year my mother (a home health nurse) and most of her co-workers got a horrid flu, with crazy high fevers, hallucinations, and much more. All had the flu shot.

Some people get the flu from the shot, though not many. Also, the flu has many, many strains and they have to guess which one or two will be most effective for any given season. So you may be vaccinated against flu-a and flu-b, but flu-d is the one you caught. It sucks.

Get well soon.


Ok this is old, but I'm answering anyway because no one pointed this out:

the shot doesn't work instantaneously. If you get a cold, your body fights it off by building up antibodies to it. And you don't get that particular cold again. There are just a lot of colds. When you get a flu shot, (I'm dumbing this way down) you're getting some of the dead flu virus. That way, your body will react to it without getting sick, and start creating antibodies. But it doesn't happen overnight. You're not fully protected until about two weeks later depending upon the vaccine.

And that fever, those symptoms you have of fighting your cold or flu, you get them because your body has recognized an intruder and started fighting. The intruder was there earlier, incubating and you felt fine. You could have "had the flu" for days before getting your shot. In which case, no it can't help you. You may have not gotten the flu, just something else sucky.

Some basic timeline stuff.


Had the required shot, iWork at a hospital. Shot was wed. Today fever and diarhea . Hospital said I got the flu from the shot! But had to use my vacation time!