Flu Shot...to get or not to get. That is the question. Is it our moral responsibility to have one? Does that only apply if you have children? Unfortunately, staying home during the day, I have the ability to tune into "The View" and listen to the women fight over getting the flu shot versus not.
Is it money, she asks, because they are only $20 in this, that and the other place.
No, it is not the money. What if I get the flu from it? I ask her.
That is impossible, she scolds me. The virus they inject you with is dead.
I feel much better now. Excuse me, where is the nearest shop selling dead virus injections?
Meanwhile, my boyfriend's father is a doctor and has been pressuring him for years to get the flu shot. He explained that every year you get the shot your body has more and more defenses against more and more strands of the virus. Admittedly, it does scare me that when the world comes down with a flu that wipes us out, I will be the first to go, as I am years behind everyone else in my shots. So, why start now? I wonder. I have a feeling my sister knows the answer.
My boyfriend did get the shot this year, formally ending one of my very researched arguments for my sister as to why I did not get it. "Well, he didn't!"
He got the regular flu shot. When he started to get sick a week later, his father explained it takes up to two weeks for the shot to work. Great.
He did avoid the flu though and everything worked out.
Now, what about the H1N1 shot! A totally separate shot, totaling two big needles needed through my skin. Half of offices are home sick from it, or quietly oinking at their desks infecting co-workers. Meetings and outings are being canceled as people are out of the office to care for themselves and for sick children. It is disgusting.
Shot or not, I honestly cannot think of a better time for my 'forced work hiatus'.
As for my flu shots-To be determined..