(05-16-2015 01:21 AM)me50 Wrote: I didn't get vaccinated this year because they said that the flu vaccine would not help against the strain that was going around this year. But, I also don't go out where there are a lot of people very often and certainly don't if I am sick. I just got off an antibiotic (CIPRO) which I absolutely hate taking and avoid it at all costs. It is a miserable antibiotic. I slept a lot at first and then got insomnia. You can't have calcium within a certain time frame and most everything has calcium in it and no caffeine, etc. etc. and it made it hard to eat anything. I didn't have the flu though.
No one gets the flu every year (actually, I knew someone who did, and she actually lived to 92, but don't let that encourage you not to get a shot).
Sorry to hear about the CIPRO, yeah it is a bitch and I hate to prescribe it. In fact I usually avoid doing that if I can. But sometimes there is no choice. Antibiotics will do nothing against flus, or even colds for that matter, so don't ever take them unless it is something that is confirmed to handled with an antibiotic. US doctors give out antibiotics like candy and it is creating superbugs and strains that are threatening to kill a lot of people. Us European doctors have never like that tendency in the US and warned about it for years, and now it is creating havoc. If we don't develop new antibiotics soon a lot of people will be harmed, but there is little incentive for drug companies to do so, as they make no money out of them (because new antibiotics are held in reserve for years, even decades before being put into circulation so that new resistant strains don't develop).
(05-16-2015 01:21 AM)me50 Wrote: I did have a pneumonia shot 3 or 4 years ago and that was the first one I ever had and the first time a doc told me about it. I never concerned myself with measles shot after 50 because I was told measles was under control but is it really? People still get measles so it may not be like it used to be but people still get measles. We all had the measles and only one of us had the mumps and that sibling had to be hospitalized.
Measles is about as under control as it could be expected to be, which is sort of a lid kept on a boiling pot. More or less having had it as a child inoculates you until you are round 50, after that you are vulnerable again. Actually true of most inoculations from childhood.
(05-16-2015 01:21 AM)me50 Wrote: We just get too comfortable sometimes and some of us have experienced bad doctoring (I know I have and with HMO's, PPO's and medicare dictating coverages and what docs get paid, docs schedule appointments every 10 minutes and rush patients through like cattle here).
When there was a national vote on introducing HMO models here in the insurance it was roundly declined. No one wanted it, even though we have insurance models that are similar in some respects. But doctors seeing patients as rapidly as possible is everywhere and not dictated by financial pressure alone - even in Switzerland we need more GPs. Here, btw, we have a 15 minute limit for basic billing (we then charge per extra 5 minutes), but most patients can be seen and dealt with in 5 to 10 minutes.
(05-16-2015 01:21 AM)me50 Wrote: Personally, I don't think saying hateful things to anyone is going to solve anything. It is very disrespectful and bothersome when we are all here for the good of each other and to help each other.
Sorry about that, but I get really angry at people who say just because they don't see it then doctors are running a scam and the like.
(05-16-2015 01:21 AM)me50 Wrote: I am more inclined to accept what the doc says but I am not always that willing to trust what I am told. To ME, what he said makes sense to me.
I am sure your doctor also told you then that your inoculations fade as you age. Not all do, but measles and others do. I doubt he said to not get the flu shot, but said that this year's new strain is not covered and left it up to you. It is more or less the standard way to say it, but I wish we would say (and yes, it is the fault of the doc for not being as clear as possible, we forget that patients don't always fill in the blanks we leave) that there are still a ton of other strains out there that will pop up again this year and you may wish to be protected from those, particularly the strain that was new last year and not in last year's vaccine (it is always a sort of rear guard action, alas).