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    For yourself, for your loved ones...

    One of my good friends from high school lost his girlfriend today. She was a wonderful young woman who had a lot of loving family and friends (me included). She died due to complications from an infection with H1N1. That's one of the most upsetting parts -- this horrible event could have been prevented. So here is my call to all of you:

    Please, for yourself, your loved ones, for every other person out there, get your flu vaccine. It's cheap, accessible, and it saves lives. H1N1 can kill healthy young people; Jessica was only 22. This year's flu vaccine includes H1N1, and for those of you who can't handle needles, there is even a nasal spray version.

    Please help prevent these terrible losses. Take care, TFers.
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    Profound condolences to you and those that knew her. I'm very sorry to hear of this tragedy. May she rest in peace, and may you all heal with time.
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    Sorry for the loss, although it saves likes....its also destorys them, my cousins father was insantaniously paralized from the neck down as soon as he had gotten the shot, come to find out its not that rare, 1 - 136,000 has a chance of becomeing paralyzed.....

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    That's awful
    However, I will not get the vaccine because of possible hidden side effects that come out 5 years from now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by awgaupp View Post
    That's awful
    However, I will not get the vaccine because of possible hidden side effects that come out 5 years from now.
    There was the 1976 case of the Flu vaccine possibly causing Guillain-Barré syndrome:

    http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/gbs_qa.htm

    but apparently in 1976 you had a one in one million chance of developing this GBS if you got the flu shot in 1976..and there has been no conclusive link between GBS and the flu vaccine since then..

    Getting accurate data for "what are your odds of dying from the flu" are difficult,
    but using a reasonable estimate of 25,000 people a year in the USA:
    http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease...ted_deaths.htm
    and the US has a population of 307,000,000 people..
    then your approximate odds of dying from the flu are one in 12,000..

    not precise math perhaps..
    but the odds of dying from the flu are MUCH MUCH higher than any "possible hidden side effects that come out 5 years from now."..which in reality probably doesnt even exist..

    I agree with Est..get the flu shot!

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    the problem with associating getting a vaccine with Guillain-Barré syndrome is a whole list of things cause Guillain-Barré syndrome........whole lot of ppl that never get a flu shot develop Guillain-Barré syndrome......
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    I'm really sorry to hear about your friend, Est.
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