Do You Get the Flu Shot?
The subject of the influenza vaccination has come up a few
times this term amongst my class mates and it is a debate: do the benefits of the
flu shot outweigh the potential side effects?
We are of course not only talking about the sore arm you may get after
to flu shot, but the types of side effects listed as “severe” by the CDC. According to the CDC, pretty much the only
severe side effect that one has to worry about from the flu shot (both live or
inactive) is an allergic reaction. However, I know several people who will not
get the flu shot because they are afraid of something drastic happening to them. I have gotten the flu shot for the many years
now and will not go a season without one.
Having worked in day care and now going into health care, I feel that
the sore arm I get from the flu shot is worth not getting sick and having to
miss work or school. However, I am
interested in what others think. There
is an inherent risk in every thing we do, just stepping out of bed in the
morning, driving down the road, walking into the store could be hazardous to
us, yet we all do these things every day without a second thought. However, something as seemingly innocuous as
a flu shot has people not only thinking twice, but out right refusing to
participate. So, as health care
professionals, do you get the flu shot?
Are you concerned about side effects?