I am being forced to get the FLU vaccine this FALL or be forced to wear a mask from now until end of FLU season. I do not believe in the effectiveness of vaccines and am leery of the chemicals they are made up of. I am also pregnant and fear harm to my baby.
I have sensitive skin and wearing a mask all day will probably cause severe irritation if worn for months on end. Any advice or similar situations?
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on October 21, 2013
at 01:13 AM
Unless you have some sort of allergic reaction to the vaccines themselves I would advise getting them. I believe this is where we draw the line between "natural" and "chemical". You have to realize that a lot of the people that try to discredit vaccines are also the same who try to sell natural products and scams. The flu itself is a very deadly virus and even if vaccines were as harmful as most quacks say they are, I would still get the vaccine. It's better off than dying from a virus that could have been prevented with a shot. You also have to realize that our bodies are very resilient and we have many organs that are constantly working around the clock to keep our bodies in homeostasis. So most chemicals that enter the body usually leave the body quickly.
on October 20, 2013
at 06:47 AM
They are not actually forcing you to get a shot as they give you a choice. I'd say that is somewhat of a fair policy. I assume you are in health care, so I can see the employers side of things. I used to get the flu shot but don't bother anymore as my health is so much better that I feel I can fight off the flu. I'd work on the mask situation trying to make it comfortable for yourself as I am not so sure about giving a flu vaccine to a fetus - it sounds like a bad bit of medicine. As far as I know the flu mist doesn't use preservatives so you would avoid that potential issue if you took the spray.
Best of luck whatever you choose.
on October 20, 2013
at 04:50 AM
Over the course of 20 years in the medical field, as someone who has taken care of 5 Guillain Barre Syndrome patients (related to vaccines), AND taken care of 3 patients who died of the N1H1 swine flu and countless others who died of the usual fall flues (most with pre-existing respiratory disorders such as asthma, COPD, or multiple co-morbidities), I can see the pros and cons of both sides, for and against flu shots. (Please remember, you can still get the flu, even if you did have the vaccine).
Here's some info from settled cases of vaccine related injuries:
Here's what the government says:
We each have to decide for ourselves and our families. I already have known multiple chemical sensitivities, and anaphylaxis reaction to a few foods so I believe my immune system is challenged enough and I avoid exposure to any optional chemicals/injectables. I also feel it may be a GOOD thing that I, too, am "forced" to wear a mask at work because I decline the flu shot. In this way, I can in good conscious continue to care for patients without exposing them to a possible respiratory virus I may contract, AND I might be able to shield MYSELF from all the viruses carried by sick patients who are NOT required to get a flu shot, who may be admitted and be frequently coughing near me.
Also, the incredible irony with the many, doctors/interns/residents working along side of me who are NOT required to get a flu shot (independent contractor vs employee of hospital, so hospital can't force them to get a shot) makes me laugh at the idiocy of requiring half the staff to do one thing, while the other half, who are around the SAME patients, can simply forego it.
I get the facial rash from surgical masks at work so I make my own masks to wear at work during the flu season out of colorful 100% cotton fabric. (they can force you to wear a mask, but can't force you to use one of theirs - which is infused with chemicals).
on October 20, 2013
at 03:52 AM
Honestly, the flu is even MORE dangerous for pregnant woman, as it can harm not only the mother, but the baby. I think there's a fine line to draw between wanting to stay all natural and putting yourself in unnecessarily risky situations. Do you read Nom Nom Paleo? She's a pharmacist at a large hospital and a Paleo food blogger. I recently heard her on a podcast explain that sometimes, even if going all natural is wonderful and all, the big guns need to be brought out to solve major health issues.
Anyway, it's obviouslyy up to you, but I think it's silly to wear a mask that'll get on your nerves and irritate your skin for months simply because you don't see the benefit of a flu shot.