The Water Cooler – National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 12, 2013 12:00 pm · 55 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Have you gotten your flu shot, or are you gonna pass on it?

Talk about it….


1 TC December 12, 2013 at 12:02 PM


2 Julie December 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM

I haven’t gotten the flu in over 20 years, so I pass on it.

3 Elwood December 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I’m taking Fluffy to the vet this weekend for his.

4 Cowellian December 12, 2013 at 12:18 PM

I got mine.

5 Getting a flu shot is cheap insurance December 12, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Get the damn shot, dummies! If it keeps you from getting the current strain of flu, you’re ahead; if you do get the current strain, it generally is milder if you’ve had your flu shot.

6 Futurama December 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Pass.. Rather get this years bugs than last years, save them for people with compromised immune systems and the elderly, if your healthy, let your immune system build up it’s antibodies itself.

7 Dee December 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Got it just like I have for the last 15 or si years. Worked in retail for many years and so to me it was a must. I still get it even tho I am retired because I am still going out among the public when shopping etc. And no I have never gotten sick from the shot .

8 Nuttsie the Nutter December 12, 2013 at 12:23 PM


Can’t wait for all the nut-jobs who won’t get a flu shot. And I don’t mean those folks that have an allergy or medical reason. I mean all those that also believe the government is spraying poisonous, mind altering gasses in the contrails.

9 Aunt Aginist December 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM

I just stay away from sick people and crowds.
As a father of three( grown now), I never took
my children out when they were sick.I am
asstounded how many children I see and hear
with green ooze from their nose, coughing,
Etc. Happy holidays All, stay warm !

10 JET December 12, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Pass. No need for a flu shot if you eat well and wash hands (unless you have health issues or are elderly). Just another way for the big medicine companies to make more money on the public.

11 Eddie spaghetti December 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I get one every year……can’t handle the flu anymore at my age

12 Everyone please get a flu shot December 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I got my flu shot & so did all of my family. We get it every year to not get the flu. Highly recommend everyone get it. The following facts are from the CDC website:

How do flu vaccines work?

Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.

When should I get vaccinated?

Flu vaccination should begin soon after vaccine becomes available, ideally by October. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even in January or later. While seasonal influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, it is best that people get vaccinated so they are protected before influenza begins spreading in their community.

Can the flu vaccine give me the flu?

No, a flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness. Flu vaccines that are administered with a needle are currently made in two ways: the vaccine is made either with a) flu vaccine viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ and are therefore not infectious, or b) with no flu vaccine viruses at all (which is the case for recombinant influenza vaccine). The nasal spray flu vaccine does contain live viruses. However, the viruses are attenuated (weakened), and therefore cannot cause flu illness. The weakened viruses are cold-adapted, which means they are designed to only cause infection at the cooler temperatures found within the nose. The viruses cannot infect the lungs or other areas where warmer temperatures exist.

13 Antonio December 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I’ve never gotten one, and never will. The last time I got the flu I was a kid. My immune system is pretty healthy.

14 Anon December 12, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Weirdly, the only times I have ever caught the flu are also the years I got my flu shot, so I always pass on it.

15 Wondering December 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

if all the people who won’t get a flu shot also don’t get other childhood disease shots. I guess if everyone stopped those, too; we wouldn’t get all those awful things back again. Stupid is as stupid doesn’t in this case. Thanks for making the flu passed around because the people who got the shot aren’t doing it.

16 funny man December 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM

autism, syncope, anaphylaxis … no thanks. ill take my chances, im young and healthy but i might if i were old and sickly
altho it seems like half the ppl here have taken them judging by the comments left, claycord is full of idiot savants… emphasize on the idiot

17 Atticus Thraxx December 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Please don’t get inoculated. Maintain a steady course of ignorance and misinformation. Planet is too crowded as it is and the gene pool already has too much stupid in it.

18 @ funny man December 12, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Perhaps a flu shot would inject some spelling and grammar wisdom along with some flu protection. I am not sure there is any hope of gaining other types of wisdom. Autism? Really?

19 MadMom December 12, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Got my shot a month ago.

20 Pyrrhus December 12, 2013 at 1:57 PM

@funny man I see you go with the Jenny McCarthy way of crazy. Now I know who to avoid.

21 Incognito December 12, 2013 at 1:57 PM

There’s no right or wrong here as to making the decision to get a flu shot or not. It’s a personal choice, one probably based on one’s personal health conditions, age, etc. Let’s maintain the freedom to make this choice on our own and not judge those who wish to either get one or not.

22 ha December 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Everytime I’ve ever gotten the flu it was within 2-3 days of getting the shot.

So screw all that nonsense.

23 Sacto Rob December 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM

When it comes to the flu, diet, exercise and washing your hands alone just doesn’t cut it. The only way to develop antibodies to Influenza (the flu) is to be exposed to the flu virus, or to vaccines that trick your body into developing the antibodies.
I’m 55 years old and generally healthy as a horse. I’ve had the flu twice; once as a kid and again about 15 years ago.
The Flu kicks you hard and fast. It’s not like getting a bad cold. It’s much, much worse. Get the flu and you can expect to be so weak you’ll get tired out just getting out of bed and getting dressed and want to do nothing more than get right back under the covers. If those symptoms don’t sound familiar to you, then you’ve never had the flu.
I don’t want to get it again, so I get a flu shot every year.
And no, you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Again, if you think that’s the case, then you got sick before the shot’s protection’s kicked in, or more likely you didn’t really have the flu. Just a bad cold or other viral infection you mistook for the flu.
And don’t fool yourself into thinking you just had a mild case. That’s like claiming you had a mild case of Cholera.

24 carebear December 12, 2013 at 2:08 PM

We all got our shot this year. The shot has never made sick. It’s a must in my family as my son has a compromised immune system.

25 Dorothy December 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Got mine when they were first available. Been doing it every year since I got the flu really bad several years back.

26 anon December 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM

I got one over a month ago and get one every year. Now I glow in the dark.

27 EdiBirsan December 12, 2013 at 2:41 PM

I have always gotten the shot since it was offered. It has been good for me.

28 KJ December 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM

I had an elderly friend who’s father, step-mother, and baby brother died within hours of each other on Christmas eve, 1918 of the Spanish flu. Granted, that was a particularly virulent strain of influenza, but her story always comes to mind when I hear people talk so cavalierly about not getting vaccinated. It seems to me that losing a family member would be especially difficult if you thought they might not have died had gotten a shot.

29 Lari December 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Yep…not elderly, but work around a lot of people, take public transportation, and want to protect my loved ones in the house. Plus, I like getting a discount on my groceries when I get one!

30 mutts December 12, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Been wondering how Fluffy is!
No shot for me, never get one and never get the flu. Just food poisoning now and then!

31 FluShottttt December 12, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Got it in October. I get one every year. It really helps.

32 tired of taxes December 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Yes, all the dumdums always get vaccinations because they can’t think for themselves.
Since when has the government or big pharma looked out for the little guy? Dumdums. If you know how to operate a search engine, look up “normalcy bias” as well.

33 Michelle December 12, 2013 at 4:29 PM

I’m getting my flu shot this weekend. No sneezing or coughs for me. :-)

34 @ tired of taxes December 12, 2013 at 5:22 PM

From the bottom of your referenced web site,

“The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind.”

Dumdum. If you know how to operate a search engine, read the disclaimers on the pages you look to for your “scientific” information.

35 Silva December 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

I love my flu shots. Won me over the first year I had it. Many many years ago.

36 Elwood December 12, 2013 at 5:50 PM

The real Elwood knows that Fluffy is a girl sheep.

What do you think I am, queer?

37 Nurse Oz December 12, 2013 at 6:08 PM

People believe anything. It may not work at all and it is loaded with bad chemicals. A boy died from it recently……. It does not give life long immunity like the actual flu does. Even most Doctors pass on it!

38 mutts December 12, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I always thought Fluffy was female! Marriage on solid ground! Lol

39 Clayton Squirrel December 12, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Most doctors DO NOT pass on the flu shot in fact many hospitals require their staff to be vaccinated in order to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to their patients.

40 Cowellian December 12, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Nurse Oz is confused. The flu kills. The shots don’t.

41 @Nurse Oz, #37 December 12, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Getting the flu once DOES NOT give lifelong immunity. There may be limited immunity against that particular strain, but every year brings a different strain. Get your “facts” straight, as well as get your shot.

42 Nurse Oz is from The Land of Oz, otherwise known as Fantasyland December 12, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Unfortunately, her brand of fantasy (misinformation), can be very unhealthy.

43 Mimi (original) December 12, 2013 at 8:30 PM

After a flu season from HELL I Znever miss getting my flu shot! That year I passed out on the throne and melted to the floor while my infant child was in the next room in their crib. Thank gawd for a friend who brought me Gatorade, left it on my porch and BOLTED so as not to breathe any of my sir!! How my baby missed the bug, I don’t know, but thank goodness!! Always Get the Flu Shot and now (that I’m “older”) always get the pneumonia shot, too!

44 Craig December 12, 2013 at 8:41 PM

If you want to get a flu shot, get one.

If you don’t want one, don’t get one. It’s pretty simple.

I have never gotten one because I don’t get the flu. If I got the flu, I’d probably get one.

45 Jess December 12, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Yes, I got my flu shot as soon as they were available. My husband and kids got theirs, too. I don’t want to be sick with the flu. Nor do I want to be responsible for passing on the flu to an infant or an elderly person who might not survive it.

46 reaction December 12, 2013 at 10:32 PM

I got the flu shot last year and the flu mist this year. Both times I had reactions of face swelling and hives. Not sure if it is worth the side effects.

47 Elwood December 12, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Re: those who don’t get the flu shot (or other inoculations)

To paraphrase Will Rogers:

“The good Lord must have loved stupid people ’cause he made so many of them.”

48 Anon777 December 13, 2013 at 5:47 AM

Pass. Never have, never will.

49 Hmmm December 13, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I have never understood why they don’t sell the flu shot at the health food store or the gym. I mean why should you highly intelligent people who can’t wait to inject yourselves have to go to the same place all the sick people are to get your magic shot? This just screws up the truth of the stats on the vaccine.. they can always blame the location and time of year for it not working.

50 @anon777 December 13, 2013 at 8:55 AM

We you get sick please stay home and suffer. Don’t go to the hospital and use their resources, it will effect the insurance premiums the rest of us pay.

51 Lori December 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Got mine early November. Have gotten the shot for the last 10 years, haven’t had the flu in 15 years. I hate throwing up !!!!

52 tired of taxes December 13, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Dumdum @ #34

Do you know why people/corporations put disclaimers on anything? It is so the goons with big money don’t go after them with lawsuits.
Remember the McDonalds coffee lawsuit that resulted in the disclaimer: “Caution Handle with care I’m Hot”.

A disclaimer is no argument for refuting anything. Dumdum.

@Sacto Rob #23
So by your logic, if you get the flu shot and you don’t get sick, it means the flu shot worked? How scientific. Brilliant conclusion! Give this guy a Nobel Prize.

Dumdums all of you.
Now how many of you who got the flu shot even read the flu shot label? Anyone? Most people concerned about eating healthy at least read the ingredient labels on products they buy from the supermarket.
Did any of you even look up “normalcy bias”?

Even the CDC publishes info about reported “anomalies” on their website:
(both links from

So you really trust those vaccine makers? Why not get the HPV vaccine as well while you’re at it?

53 Anonymous December 13, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Old Mark is going to “elevate the conversation” Wow, what courage. Has he elevated the conversation about his SEIU buddies at BART slaming the public around?
Has he elevated the conversation about why BART works 7 1/2 hour days?
Has he?

54 mika December 13, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Just got mine today!

55 Nufsaid December 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Thankyou Claycord for reminding me! Went out and got my flu shot yesterday after seeing this.

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