Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Flu Shots

With the cold season upon us people are starting to get flu shots. Have you ever gotten a flu shot? Well...I haven't. I've considered. Many times in fact. However, I can never seem to justify it. I haven't had the flu in years (knock on wood) and the first time I was horribly sick since moving out of my parent's house was in January. It was awful, but I did have some awesome hallucinations. However, it wasn't the flu. So...should I get a flu shot this year? I'm thinking not...but who knows YOU might be the one to change my mind....


5 comments:

Sam, The Nanti-SARRMM said...

How long are flu shots good for? But I agree, don't get one.

yellow m&m said...

I could have gotten one free from work, but I was too lazy, and decided that it wasn't worth it. I haven't really had the flu either.

Also: what kind of cookies do you want me to make you?

erin said...

I always get a flu shot because I fall into the 'high risk' category because of my asthma. So maybe you should classify yourself in the high risk category too and the choice will be easier. :-D

jacob said...

I was given a flu shot on my mission. It is hard to say if it worked or not.

Here is the deal about flu shots:
Every year they try and predict which strains of the flu are likely to occur. They then make an immunity formula based on inactivated forms of those strains, and that is what they give you. Your body can then make the proper form of anti-bodies to combat those forms of the flu, so if you body gets infected by an active flu strain, you might already have anti-bodies to combat it.

Whether or not you choose to get one is up to you, but I would say that if you are at high risk of either catching the flu or not being able to afford the downtime if you catch it, then it would be a good idea.

I've also heard that some people actually catch the flu from their flu shot, so if you do get vaccinated, don't do so before a major life event.

The Tings said...

As a mom, I say that you should get one. You might not get the symptoms harshly, but you could be passing it onto someone who is high risk and cant get one. Kind of like there is an uprising of whooping cough in infants because adults are not getting the immunizations. Adults are not really seeing the immediate effects, but they are passing them on to the high risk!