Most of us have a definite feeling about getting or not getting a flu shot. Do you or do you not? Care to share your reasons why?
I am about 99% opposed to a flu shot because, in my limited (very) medical knowledge, the shot is a best guess as to what particular strain of flu bug might be active for that year. I do not trust the government to make the right decisions about much, nor do I have much faith or trust in the CDC, WHO, FDA or whichever agencies work on the vaccine. Those of you who know me and know how I think know how I feel so I will say no more.
But . . the 1% wins out with the flu shot and here’s why. Probably 20 years ago, I managed to come down with the flu. I had not taken a flu shot that year, nor had I ever had a flu shot. I was 20 years younger and thought I was going to die! Chad was in 2nd or 3rd grade and I couldn’t fix food for him, I couldn’t take him to school, I couldn’t do anything. I was really sick in bed for 7 full days. You know I am not a wimp and was even less of a wimp back then. When I finally felt like going back to work, it was about 2 weeks before I was able to work a full day without going in to the attorney I worked for and saying “I can’t make it any longer! I’m going home!”
Each year, I feel like I’m rolling the dice when I get a flu shot. Will I have an adverse reaction? What may happen months or years from now because of the vaccine? And worse . . If I don’t get the vaccine and get the flu, I’ll have to listen to Vince say “I told you to get the shot!!”
So, I’ve now had the shot . . and I’ll hope for the best.