Re: Flu Shot: Are you getting one?
I think the media is most successful at talking people out of common sense. The whole thing seems pretty straightforward to me. If you're at risk, it makes sense to get it. If not, then weigh the risks and decide for yourself. If you work with a high-risk population (e.g. little kids), that should also be taken into consideration. You should educate yourself, but I don't really see how this is more than a couple-of-hours common sense desicion. This is pretty simple risk/reward with a touch of personal thresholds thrown in. The media really teaches people not to listen to themselves sometimes.
I'm extremely healthy (knock on wood), I work from home, and I take good care of myself especially if I feel like I'm getting sick, which isn't often. I don't react well to shots. So for me this is a no-brainer. That said, I'm sure personal experience plays a role, even in scaring people, and that's fine too. I had meningitis a little over a year ago and if I could be vaccinated against that I'd be first in line. I didn't even have the scary meningitis that kills you (there's viral and bacterial -- I had the former I think), but the pain was so bad I almost wanted to die. If I'd had bad experiences with the flu I might take the shot.
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