We held my first flu shot clinic this week – it was great to have such a successful turn out!
There’s very little risk to getting a flu shot – sure it hurts a little bit, but you can manage that. You can’t get the flu from the shot (though the activation of your immune system can cause some really mild flu-like symptoms for a day, or so, in some people). Even folks with egg allergy can get the vaccine now.
“But I never get the flu,” I can hear you saying already, “do I really need to get a flu shot?”
I have admitted my bias to a number of you, already, but thought I’d explain it here for anyone I haven’t gotten to speak to yet.
I see the people who get really sick with the flu. Nobody books an appointment to talk about how they “didn’t get the flu this year”, and most people who get the flu stay in bed for a week, feel crummy, and then recover uneventfully – I don’t see most of you, either. The people that I see, that stick with me most, are the people who end up in the hospital with the flu. Sometimes in the ICU. Sometimes needing tubes to help them breathe. Are these representative of most people? Absolutely not. But they’re the ones that are in my head when I’m recommending you get your flu shot. Because if you’ve got a chance to prevent becoming one of these people, why wouldn’t you take it?
Our next flu shot clinic is December 1st, from 10:30-12:30. No appointment needed. I’d love to see you there.