Friday, August 24, 2012
Flu Shot or No Flu Shot?
It all started with the sniffles...my son's sniffles. Then dad got 'em, and I followed suit. They lasted a few days and we thought that was the end of it, hurray! But no...mom, that would be me, had to go ahead and get the full-fledged flu. Yuk! I was down and out, to say the least.
So now, here I am at 3:00 in the afternoon, finally able to get up a little bit, and I even snacked a bit on an apple. Food, woot!
But now I'm sitting here thinking about the flu shot. Do I want it, or do I not? Everyone except my husband got it last year, and everyone got sick, several times, except my husband. I must say though, aside from the occasional sniffles or scratchy throat, his immune system is like none I have ever seen. He gets sick about once every five years. For me, however, the last couple of times I've gotten the flu shot haven't really seemed to help.
I know I'm not the first person to ask the question of whether a shot for Influenza will be a benefit or not...I remember there being a big controversy over the flu shot being mandatory for some people in specific careers, and I've heard others at work and in my personal circles do the debate, but I'm still left wondering...how do you really know if it's helping or not? And if there's a chance it's not helping, why would you want to get it?
I looked it up a bit online, and I'm still not convinced of whether I should or should not get it. The two most interesting facts I learned were that 1). It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take effect (so if you do get it, the earlier the better, and 2). There are a lot of people, especially those over the age of 65, who die from the flu each year. The last one really surprised me, so I looked it up more, and there's quite a bit of controversy about those numbers too, in the media and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So after looking for information on the flu shot to help me make up my mind of whether or not to get it this year (for me and my family) I am just as confused as ever.
There is no doubt it is a vaccine that is touted highly by the public school system, public professionals, and doctors. And for many things that might be enough for me, but for some reason, with the flu shot, it just isn't. I'm still uncertain as to whether or not it's something worth getting. And truthfully, because I've gotten as sick in the years I've gotten them, as I have in the years I haven't, I'm leaning (not decided, but leaning) towards no.
What about you? Do you have any thoughts on it, past experiences, or facts you'd like to share? I'm up for hearing anything flu-shot related at this point, and would love to hear what you have to say about it.