The school district in which I work offers a 'flu/pneumonia vax (for pay); I got it from them this year, but usually get it from my doc (it means a short shlep, but my co-pay is less than the amount the school district wants).
I’m a 29 y.o., generally healthy woman; though I have a physical disability, it doesn’t affect my lungs. Rarely sick, hardly ever ill enough to call in to work. I had my only battle with pneumonia when I was 26. I wouldn’t wish it on any but the most horrible people.
My first year at the school where I currently teach, I had this cough for about a week before the pre-Thanksgiving Wednesday. I felt sick, but not Sick with a capital “s”. That is, not sick enough to take off during a three day week during my first year at a school. So I powered through; after all, a four day weekend was coming. I’d recover then.
Well, I went home Wednesday, still feeling crap. Something must’ve happened during my ten minute drive home, 'cause when I got there I nearly collapsed transferring from my car to my chair. Went inside, went to the bathroom, went to bed for thirteen hours straight. For the next several days I could leave bed only to use the bathroom.
That Saturday, I went to the ER (first time I could get into/out of bed without help) & was diagnosed with pneumonia in both lungs. Took me until that Friday to feel well enough to go to work, but then I developed pneumona-related asthma. Had to take another few days. Still get a little wheezy when I get a horrible, time-to-take-a-day cold.
Get the shot, I say. Really, do.