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Are There Any (Good) Reasons to Avoid a Flu Shot?

Published September 7, 2012 10:16 AM by test test

My cousin won't get a flu shot. No amount of urging or cajoling will get her to take what could be a life-saving step. Though post-menopausal, she also doesn't believe in mammograms or colonoscopies, so suffice it to say she is healthcare-challenged. And to make it all the more ironic, her chosen career is selling health insurance.

How about you? Do you have a reason not to get a flu shot? I recently read a Top Ten list from New Jersey family physician Katharine Garnier, counting the reasons - bad reasons - for eschewing the seasonal needle ***. Here's her collection:

Top 10 (Unwise) Reasons Not to Get a Flu Shot This Year

  1. I'm feeling incredibly lucky this year.
  2. The vaccine is inexpensive so it probably doesn't work.
  3. I'm not afraid of body aches ... or headaches ... or sore throats ... or dangerously high fevers ... and I never get sick!
  4. I like the idea of having a real reason to call out sick from work.
  5. That cute little paper mask over my nose and mouth is a trendy fashion statement.
  6. Getting really, really sick is a great way to lose a few pounds without dieting.
  7. I'm not planning to leave my house, or let anyone in, for the next six months anyway.
  8. I'm anxious to find out if my insurance company really will cover a hospital stay.
  9. I went to the county fair and didn't get swine flu, so I must have a natural immunity.
  10. Getting sick with the flu will give me a reason to visit relatives I don't really like so that I can share the virus with them!

I'm proud to say my flu shot is already a done deal. How about you?

This blog is a post from Guest Editor Valerie Newitt.

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