Thanks for the input, I think we probably will get her the flu shot, she is in contact with a few dogs on a regular basis who are in contact with MANY dogs on a regular basis, so that leans me towards yes. I didn't realize it was a 2 series, but I'm glad little side effects.
If I get the flu, I'm down for more than a few days.. so i just get the shot every year and this year's was a tough one, sleepy for 2 days and everyone I know that got it said their arm was super sore. Indeed!
Good article, Dave!
Yeah, but you are another one with RA, aren't you, Kara? I know that because of the meds I'm on for my RA (all of which lower the immune system) my Rheumatologist is on me by Sept. to get my shot! This year, I had an appointement with him in early Oct. and hadn't had it yet, and he sent me right doen the hall at the hopsital to get it then and there.
So I don't think it's the same for us as it is for the "general" population.
And I got my two college-age sons to get it too. With the real flu, (as opposed to a bad cold that people often CALL "the flu") people are really down and out for a lot more than a few days. It can mean a week or more in bed. In college, a week out of school (heaven forbid it's longer!) can torpedo a whole semester. They (and we!!!) just can't afford that.
But I still am not planning on getting Kodi a flu shot. I just don't think his exposure is that high. He doesn't go to day care, doesn't hang out with dogs who do, and when I have to board him, he stays with my groomer, in her home, with her 3 dogs who also don't go to day care or hang with dogs who do.