At my annual physical this week, they offered a couple of different vaccinations. A tetanus shot also protects against whooping cough. The nurse said I was due for that since it's been 10 years, so she stuck me with that one.

They also asked if I wanted a flu shot, which I decided to turn down. I have no reason other than I've just never gotten a flu vaccination, and have no real health issues that put me at risk. When I asked the Breakfast Flakes if they had gotten their flu vaccination, they both said "Not yet."

And then Paul said the flu shot isn't for me. It's for everybody else.

Paul's son is a doctor and told him he should get the flu vaccination. Not because Paul is at high risk. It's to protect all those people who Paul comes in contact with who are.

So, I'll be heading back to get stuck again.

According to the CDC:

All persons aged 6 months of age and older are recommended for annual vaccination, with rare exception.

The Center for Disease Control says these people SHOULD NOT get a flu shot:

  • Children younger than 6 months of age are too young to get a flu shot.

  • People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine. This might include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients. See Special Considerations Regarding Egg Allergy for more information about egg allergies and flu vaccine.


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