Will The Flu Shot Give Me The Flu?

Question:  I have heard that the flu shot contains the flu virus.  Won’t this give me the flu?  In other words, does the flu shot actually give you a bit of the flu?

Answer:  Does the Flu Shot Give You The Flu

This is a question that is often asked.  People hear that the flu shot contains the flu virus and, naturally, they wonder if the flu shot will inject them with some form of the flu. 

The answer, fortunately, is NO.  The flu shot will not give you the flu. 

You are correct, however, that the flu shot gives you the flu virus.  Importantly though, this is not a “live” version of the virus.  It’s dead.  Like many antecdotes to many maladies, the remedy contains a little of the disease to teach your body what it is and how to fight it.

But, fear not, the flu shot will not give you the flu!

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What Are Some Unique Ways to Transform A Garage?

Remodeling your garage door into a spare room or office is old hat. If you don’t need your garage to park your cars or store your sporting or gardening equipment, you can get as creative as you want. When you think about it, outside of the space required to store a vehicle, the garage represents an underutilized area of the home. Many garages are not only larger in square footage then the living areas, but they also have taller ceilings. Here are a few bizarre things you can turn your garage into that just might add a bit more to your life.


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How much does a Retirement Community Cost?

When planning for retirement, the choices can be overwhelming. Mostly because you have to make a prediction on how to handle the unpredictable when it comes to the cost of care that will change as you age. The three main options are to stay entirely independent in your own home, buy into a 55+community, or move into a combination independent/assisted living community.Read More

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What Are The Weirdest Foreign Toilets?

Notice the title is weirdest foreign toilets, not weirdest foreign objects found in toilets. So, if you were able to flush a flaming arrow, a pound of salami, a pair of socks or eight miniature model cars, you won’t find a celebration for your efforts here. Good for you, but that is not what we will discuss in this article. We are going to take a virtual world tour, travelling the globe in search of strange, unusual and even uncommon varieties of commodes.Read More

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Where Did Bookmark All Pages (Tabs) Go In Firefox?

Question: I used to use the feature in Firefox to Bookmark All of My Open Pages and now, in the new Firefox, that option is gone. What happened to the Bookmark All Pages option in Firefox?

Firefox Bookmark All Tabs
Firefox Bookmark All Tabs As It Used To Be

Answer: How To Bookmark All Tabs/Pages In the New Firefox

It’s annoying, isn’t it? We used this feature all the time on Firefox and then–BOOM!–with the automatic upgrades or whatever they do in the background, the bookmark all tabs feature is gone as you see in the image below in the new Firefox:

Firefox Bookmark All Tabs Disappears
Firefox Bookmark Tab Gone In New Version

Well, Since You Asked so nicely, we’ll go ahead and tell you what the solution is…and fortunately there is one :)

If you would like to use the bookmark all tabs/pages feature in the new Firefox, simply click the ALT key and B. That’s ALT-B. As you see in the graphic below, this will bring back the “Bookmark All Tabs Feature”.

Firefox Bookmark Tab Pages Returns
ALT-B Brings Back Firefox Bookmark All Tabs :)

We hope this post has helped you find your sanity and easily bookmark all of your pages at once, once again.

Cheers from the gang at Well Since You Asked!

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When Should I Get The Flu Shot?

Question:  Hello there.  The upcoming winter time seems to be the time when people get the flu so I was wondering when I should get my flu shot?

Answer: When You Should Get Your Flu Shot!

The flu shot vaccine can take 2 weeks to achieve full immunity.  Thus, you will want to get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before flu season, which varies every year but can begin as early as October. 

If you have not gotten the flu shot before flu season begins, this does not mean that you should not get it at all.  You should get the flu shot at any time during the flu season if you forgot to do it before.  This will protect yourself and others.

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Should I Get a Flu Shot?

Question:  Hi there.  As winter approaches, I see signs all over the place to get a flu shot.  I am wondering should I get a flu shot or should I not?  What are the plusses and minuses of doing this?

should i get a flu shot

Answer:  Should I Get a Flu Shot? 

This is an absolutely tremendous question as we enter the flu time of season.  Now, I am going to give you my first impression and then I will tell you what the respected research says about whether or not you should get a flu shot.

My First Impression About Getting  Flu Shot:  Advice From My Friend, Who Is a Doctor

flu doctor adviceWhen you have a friend who is in the medical profession, you might as well seek their knowledge, right?  So, I asked my Doctor friend Eric “Should I Get A Flu Shot?”

I was surprised by his response to me, which was, “No, I don’t believe in flu shots for most people.

I was a bit surprised by this because most people tell me that you should get a flu shot.  His reasoning made sense though.  He said:  “People today are taking WAY TOO MANY medications for diseases and they not letting their natural immune system function.  Thus, they are weakening their ability to fight disease and, at the same time, they are taking drugs when they do not need them which may render these drugs ineffective when they really DO NEED THEM.  So, for most people with a regular immune systems, I say no to the flu shot.”

I liked his advice on this matter and I do believe that people take way too many medications when living and practicing healthier behaviors would be the right course of action.

So, my first impression from my friend-doctor, is “No, you should not get a flu shot.”

Flu Shots:  Further Advice

Of course, for every medical malady, there seems to be different advice and the case of getting a flu shot fits this bill.

According to the CDC’s page on Who Should Get Vaccinated Against Influenza, “all persons aged 6 months and older should be vaccinated annually.”  They go on to say that, when the flu vaccine supply is limited, doses of the flu vaccine should be given first to youngsters between 6 months and 4 years and those of 50 years of age and up.  Essentially, those with weaker immune systems should get the vaccines first.

The CNN page on the flu draws similar conclusions but points out several risks associated with the flu shot that you may not know.  For example, did you know that “26,000 adverse events”, such as fevers, rashees, headaches, and hives, have been reported by people who have taken the flu shot.  Importantly, this page also addresses whether healthy people should get the flu shot and concludes that this may be a charitable thing to do if you spend a lot o time in public places.  This way, you will not pass it on to other people. 

You will find many other articles that share the sentiments of the CDC and CNN page.  They are all essentially saying the same thing:  That the flu shot is a good idea.

Conclusion:  Should I Get a Flu Shot?

Well, after donning the research cap, it seems that nearly every expert disagrees with my friend, the doctor.  However, I am partial to his rationale that we as a society over-medicate.

So, should you get the flu shot? 

All the experts, except my friend, conclude that the answer is, “Yes, indeed, you should get a flu shot!

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