COPD and the flu jab

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I have recently been diagnosed with very mild COPD and am not on any medication. I have only ever had flu once in my life ... and that was just after I gave up smoking 16 years ago! My doctor has recommended I have the flu jab and I have an appointment this week. However, I have been reading many stories of some rather disturbing side effects, particularly from this year's jabs. I know that you cannot contract flu from the jab as there is no flu virus in the vaccination, but I wonder if it's worth having or not, especially at this time of year. I'd be grateful for any input at all. Thanks.

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    Anyone vunerable especially with c.o.p.d. always have the flu jab lits of us with lung complaint s always have in the pnumonia one two would always recomend it you can sometimes get a bit sniffly when you have but nothing to comlain about it could save you from the terrible flu there is a few that do have problem with eggs some of the vacines are cultivated with eggs mention it to your dr I would recomed having it done eileen
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    51. CA. PLEASE do some more research on the flu drug. My opinion after a LOT of research is DO NOT DO THIS. Eat correctly, mix in your herbs and spices and be healthy and normal, do not believe everything the doctors tell you, they are only acting on Big Phamas advice, so try to find a Natural Healer . . . . . good luck. Jay
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    Please check out this page: http://www.flufacts.com/prevent/vaccine.jsp

    Note that there is an alternative to the shot. Note also that, while most of the information here seems reasonable and probably is accurate, there IS one discrepancy: At one point, you're told you can't get flue if you've had the seasonal vaccine; Then, further down, it's said that a new strain could infect you.

    That kind of careless editing makes me question the 'value' of all that site's information -- but, as I said, most of it probably is accurate.

    Good luck!

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    What the site actually says is you cannot get flu from the vaccine but "Sometimes a new strain appears after the vaccine has been made and distributed to doctors’ offices and clinics. As a result, you still may get infected even if you get a flu shot." which means you may catch a new strain after being vaccinated, not from the vaccine itself.
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    This is always a personal choice but if you refuse it and you do end up with flu or pneumonia you will suffer greatly I personally have the vaccines up to now but I don't think I will be here for the next one. They kept me going for the last 15 years though. Hope you feel better but always do what you feel is best for yourself as in this you are the final arbitrator
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