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October 06, 2008


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Interesting -- because when I stopped at the drug store a couple of days ago to pick up something on the way home from work, I was a bit startled to see the nurse there, giving flu shots already. Huh? I thought. It's only October! What's going on - we usually don't see much about flu shots until November or even December.

So I did some checking when I got home and found just about the same information you've found: the new concept of preventing massive outbreaks by breaking the chain in more places along the line. As it happens, I have a routine appointment with my doctor this week, so I've added "Flu shot?" to the list of things to discuss with her. Because let's face it: the momentary pain and minor inconvenience of a flu shot sure beats 5 - 10 days feeling wretched with the flu! And if I don't get it, I can't pass it on.


All good points and very persuasive as to why to get a flu shot, but I am still hesitant. One big reason is the data that shows that getting shots to prevent so many different potential diseases, the flu included, builds up a an imunity in us that leads to virus' getting stronger and stronger. Also, the shot only fights certain strains of the flu so the chances of catching it is still out there. The flu is inconvient, and is some cases very serious, but can we really avoid it? I am not sure what I am going to do.

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