Flu Shots

I am a volunteer at Ridge Meadows Hospital. Along with regular employees, volunteers are required to get a flu shot this time of year. I’m on the fence with this one. I don’t normally get a flu shot- I feel as though my immune system should have the chance to react normally and naturally to exposure to viruses, and that flu shots are usually unnecessary for people of my age. (Thirties.) On one hand, I don’t want to expose fragile people or people who may be more susceptible to the flu by NOT getting the shot. I also don’t want to GET the flu from someone at the hospital and expose it to my kids (surely my exposure will be much greater than usual this year, because of hanging out at the hospital on a weekly basis), and so maybe the flu shot is a good idea. However, like I already was saying, I just don’t feel comfortable with the idea of going ahead and volunarily injecting myself with a dead virus. You’re not even guarranteed to get immunized for the right flu- it’s a hypothetical guess on which viruses will be going around this year that determines what is it the shot concoction…hmmm…will get back to you on this one…

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