Alright - I am aware that there is a thread about vaccinations but I feel like this is slightly different because I'm not relating it to children as such.
I was watching The Doctors the other day. Yep I'm a bored university student who is currently on break and I only work a few hours a week right now, I have too much time on my hands. On this particular show they were talking about germs and the Flu shot and it got me thinking about it. The way they were talking about it made it sound as if every American, regardless of age, race, gender etc should get a flu shot; they also made it sound as if it is a really common thing to get.
I was under the impression that the flu shot wasn't really for everybody. I know my best friend gets a flu shot once a year but that's because when she gets sick - she really gets sick. I mean I get a cold or the flu and that's me done for the season, I get over it after a little while and I won't get sick again (or not to that extent) but she gets sick, gets better, gets sicker, gets better and it's a yo-yo season for her - thus why she gets the flu shot (although she still gets sick every year so I don't know how effective it really is for her...) ANYWHO, I'm pretty sure if I went to my local doctor, he'd tell me not to worry - that only people at risk, such as the elderly, should get the shot and I shouldn't be concerned.
I have no intention of getting a flu shot any soon. I seem to have a kick-ass immune system going on at the moment and don't want to jeopardise that until it's absolutely necessary (like when I'm old - then I'll have reason to get the shot). But the show did get me wondering if Americans (Or other countries) feel the need to get this shot every year - regardless of how they are health/age wise?
I guess here in Australia, well from my view on things, it's not really promoted as a shot for everyone, it's just people at a higher risk, but like I said, that American show seemed to be advertising it in a way - like they wanted everyone and anyone to get it.
So....do you get the flu shot? and Why?