Violent Metaphors has a post about getting the flu shot and why you should get it. It’s a good post on the science behind why you should get it.
I’ll add a personal side to it.
I get the flu shot every year. I happen to be a recovering needlephobe. I still really don’t like needles. But I make myself go get it anyway. Why?
The last time I caught the flu, it took me two years to fully recover. See, I have asthma. Asthma puts me in the “high risk” population – those who are far more likely to have severe illness when they catch the flu. And hooboy, I sure as heck did.
My lung function bottomed out at a third of normal. My asthma went from mild to severe and uncontrolled. I went from not going to the ER at all in the previous decade to making an ER trip twice a month. I couldn’t walk up stairs without stopping on a good day. On a bad day, I had trouble walking across a room.
Thanks to modern medicine, I eventually was able to recover, though it took two years and my asthma has never been the same. I’m now a moderate asthmatic.
When you get the flu shot, you’re helping to prevent someone going through what I did.