I started getting it several years ago when I worked at a doctor's office. I don't work there any longer but my current employer offers them free of charge if we're with our company's health plan so I still get one. I've been fortunate that I haven't had the flu for a while now and hopefully that keeps up this year. I was sick a LOT during college and for the first few years after I graduated so the shot seems to be helping me stay healthier through the winter. Ours are scheduled for the first week of November and I'll be there first thing that morning.