It’s that time of year again, when flu shots are offered everywhere for free, to stave off the epidemic. And, of course, there are the naysayers who refuse to get it on some grounds or other that I’ve never been clear on.
I am cynical when the government tells me what’s best for me.
Is the government really saying that getting a flu shot is what’s best for you? I know that they recommend getting a flu shot, but I’d hardly call that the same thing.
Besides, what’s wrong with that anyway? They also say that it’s best not to drink and drive. Granted, that’s a more extreme case, but I think it goes to show that there’s nothing inherently abhorrent about the government stating what it thinks is best.
I say get the shot. It doesn’t cost much, and it could save you from losing days of productive work.
In past years, availability of the flu shot was tight…so only the high risk folks were highly encouraged to get the shot.
This year, supplies of the flu shot are more plentiful. Predictions are that this will be a nasty flu season, so more folks are being encouraged to get the shot. (There is also the FluMist spray…which is more expensive $40-50 than the shot which is about $17 See here ).
There are other consideration…do you have kids that you could spread the flu to…etc…
I didn’t get one last year and was healthy all winter. Told my doctor this and she said that was probably because of a healthy immune system, but that it’s a craps shoot. While it’s generally recommended for older folks and other at-risks, she said that she had a lot of 20-somethings in her office last year that were begging for cyanide tablets to put them out of misery. I got one this year.
Last fall my mother and wife told me to get a flu shot. They told me and told me and told me. I didn’t get one. I got the flu. Big time. This year I’m getting a flu shot, not because I fear the flu, but because I fear the incessant “I told you so” chants I had to put up with for weeks on end.
In my town the clinic identifies specific groups that they recommend get the shot. They don’t recommend it for everyone. I’ve been getting one for the last four years because five years ago I got the flu and suffered the after-effects for weeks. I had never had it before and didn’t realize how sick you get.
Hm. I started this thread because I know there are people who say “DON’T GET THE FLU SHOT!!!” and I wanted to know why they said that - it seems that none of them are here ! So asked around IRL (strange concept, I know) and discovered that some people say getting the shot will make your immune system less able to fight the flu in the future. After a bit of googling I found this:
Hello Again, remember that I’ve got a little germ vector in my house, and he goes to not just one but TWO different school environments with other little snot-nosed anklebiters. Three, if you count karate. It’s gonna be a long winter.
We’ll get you yet. Just keeeeeeeep on coming overrrrrrr… P.S. I have 8 cups of frozen raspberries awaiting our mad canning skillz.
I got the flu shot last fall, and haven’t had a sniffle since. No flu, no colds, and I usually get two little head colds every year.
I decided to get the shot because I couldn’t afford to get knocked out of my studies for two weeks plus recuperation time, and because I go to school at a medical university where I’m in constant contact with clinicians, who are in constant contact with (imagine this!) sick people. I’ll get it again this year … I can afford the down time even less this fall.