or why you should get a flu shot.
Flu season is coming, and hopefully this year's outbreaks will be preceded by a robust flu shot season. Here are the 2 most commonly cited reasons why my patients decline the vaccine:
- I always get the flu from the flu shot. While some people notice fluish sorts of symptoms such as mild fever and muscle aches after receiving the shot, the inactivated viral particles which comprise the vaccine cannot cause disease.
- I never get the flu. Well, lucky you. Remember, however, those who await your arrival back home. Perhaps you generally don't get the flu, but if you with your hardy immune system pick up a mild case while in close proximity with the coughing public, that young child, elderly grandma, or chronically ill spouse could be vulnerable to an amplified version of same with devastating or even fatal results.