I’ve never had a flu shot. Why? Well, first, I’ve never had the flu to the extent that I never want to have it ever again. I remember one year, at Christmas, my mother was deathly ill with the flu. After that episode, she has religiously gotten a flu shot every year. I’ve heard others say the same thing – “I never want to be that sick again.” Well, I haven’t experienced it, so I don’t know how bad it is. Second, I’ve heard of people getting a flu shot and subsequently being “the sickest they’ve ever been.” I’d rather not go through that, thanks. Third, there have been shortages of the flu vaccine in the past, and I never felt like taking one away from someone who needed it more than me. I think the elderly and people with underlying illnesses should get the shot first, then kids, then healthy people. I’m young, I’m healthy, I am fully capable of fighting off a flu bug.
My reasoning is changing, though, thanks to H1N1. I’m considering getting a shot this year. But I wonder if it’s being over-hyped, much like Avian Flu, and it will amount to nothing. Do I take the chance?
What are your thoughts on flu shots?