I am opening up what could be a monstrous debate here – but I’m doing it with the knowledge that This Sisterhood is a community of good willed women who respect and value that fact that we don’t all think the same thing.
I read this article earlier about why you should not get a flu shot. I realize that it is written from the far end of one perspective, and I know that we have all seen the ads and articles that recommend that everyone who is able, does receive a shot. I struggle to find an article that balances the two perspectives well. If any of you have one to share I certainly welcome it!
We, as a family, generally don’t get flu shots. One year I did, because I worked in a long term care facility, and I felt like my not having a flu shot would show a reckless disregard for the elderly people in my care. That year I got unbelievably sick and so did my then 2 year old daughter. Likely unrelated, but it does make me wonder.
It is my opinion that there are times that a flu shot is beneficial (if you are around seniors and infants regularly, if a close connection has a compromised immune situation, etc…), but I definitely do not agree with it’s use as the primary defense against the flu. I do not agree with the t.v and radio ads telling us all that we need to have it, and I cannot stand the “It’s okay to touch things again” messages that are circulating.
I want to know what you think:
Do you and yours get the flu shot each year?
Why or why not?
Did the article I linked to spark any curiosity, or new concerns for you?