I’m not particularly sure why, but I’ve never gotten a flu shot. I think it’s left over thinking of an American who would have to PAY for the flu shot, or perhaps from years past when there’s been a shortage and the shot was said to be for pregnant women or elderly. There’s also the old thinking that getting a Flu shot gives you the flu (that might have been true in the past, but it’s definitely not now)
Ironically, I started working in a place that promoted the flu shot, and even had posters up that talked about how you have a responsibility to get a flu shot to protect those most at-risk, such as pregnant women and the elderly. I’d started to give it some thought, but not soon enough. So now I want to go on record with the 10 reasons of why I’ll be getting a flu shot from now on:
- Severe flu symptoms are THE WORST
- I don’t deserve to have my annual Disney trip cut short due to severe flu symptoms
- Once you have the flu, you’re more likely to get it again the next year
- Missing work and a paycheck because you are at home on bed rest isn’t fun
- Six days of foggy and uncomfortable bed rest is a waste of precious time
- It’s really embarrassing to be a grown-up and admit that I was taken down by the flu because I didn’t get my flu shot
- The shot is free & easily available
- Herd immunity is a good thing
- I’m an altruistic person, so why not get my vaccination for all those those who can’t get the shot themselves?
- I have asthma and am at higher risk for pneumonia
Yup. If for nothing else, this is going to sit here as a reminder for myself to get my flu shot this month when I’m able to (when all symptoms are gone in a few weeks), and again every November until the end of time.
Word count: On the first day that I felt alive, I managed to knock out 5000 words! I attribute that to the hours I’d spent in bed tossing and turning and throwing ideas around in my head that I couldn’t type out of it!