I have never understood it, but I see many people who choose not to get flu shots despite knowing better.
Patients will tell me “I never get sick from the flu.” I will then tell them that past wellness is not necessarily indicative of future wellness and that the benefits for flu prevention significantly outweigh the risks. It is also still relatively common for people to to say “the flu shot gave me the flu.” While this is not technically possible for the flu injection, some patients do experience a low grade fever and achiness. Significant side effects from the flu shot are exceedingly rare. Finally, some patients just say, “I’ll get treated if I develop symptoms.”
What do you think about the flu shot? Do you have any other reasons for not wanting to get the flu shot? Do you have any words of encouragement for others not wanting to get the flu shot?
Take Action- Talk with your health care provider about the flu shot– it could be one of the best things you do for your health this year.