I'm not quite crazy enough to think that my love letter to flu shots here is going to convince you to get one if you're not a fan. I know everyone has their own opinions on flu shots and some people won't agree with me. It's a personal choice. I respect that. Your body, your health, your decision. That said, I love flu shots. I really do. I get one every single year. Have I ever gotten the flu? Sure! Have I been healthier since I've started getting flu shots? Absolutely!
How do I know I'm healthier? Well, it's pretty simple-I've been less sick. Back in my early twenties I was out on my own and no longer on my parent's health insurance. I needed to find a new doctor in my new network's plan. When I went for my first visit the doctor took a pretty extensive medical history. It included tales of my frequent bronchitis and one bout of pneumonia. Later she asked me if I had gotten my yearly flu shot. I said, "I never get flu shots." She looked at me and said, "Seriously? With your history of respiratory problems?" I had no issue with getting the shot. I just never really though about it. I agreed and got a flu shot that day.
That winter I didn't get bronchitis. Or the next winter. Or the next winter. Or the...well...you get the picture. I went from getting bronchitis almost every year to not getting it at all. It turns out that many cases of acute bronchitis are actually caused by influenza. Avoiding the flu can help you avoid bronchitis, too!
The CDC recommends everyone over the age of 6 months receive an annual flu vaccination. You should not get a flu shot if you are under 6 months of age (but kudos to you for reading my blog!), have an allergy to eggs, have a fever (you should wait until you recover), have had a previous severe reaction to a flu shot or have a history of Guillain-Barré Syndrome.
CVS/pharmacy Minute Clinic. They also accept most insurance plans. Check with your local Minute Clinic for more details.
Your mileage may vary. You might think the flu shot causes the flu. (It doesn't, it just can't prevent all flu.) You might just think it's best to let your body fight these things on it's own. That's cool. I just know that I was more than happy to get my flu shot this year. And over fifteen years of no bronchitis later I know I'll be happy to get one next year, too!
Disclosure: CVS/pharmacy Minute Clinic provided me with a flu shot voucher which was used by my best friend to get a flu shot free of charge. This post was not required to receive the voucher nor was it compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own. Also, my best friend reported that it was slightly longer than one minute to get his flu shot but that he understands that 15 Minute Clinic isn't nearly as catchy sounding...