Join Date: May 2012
Location: Seattle, WA
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Yes, wash your hands!!! I become almost OCD with how many times I wash my hands during flu season. I have never gotten a flu shot, and very rarely get the flu. I may have had it a few years ago, or else it was just a bad cold. I just rested, drank, liquids, etc, and did not go to the doctor, so I don't know. As far as whether or not to get the shot, I think it's pretty safe, and statistically does reduce, but not guarantee, the likelihood of getting it. I've been reading up on the FluMist inhalable variety -- I admit it, I hate needles (big baby) -- but you can't use it if you're older than 49. This is a live vaccine so can cause illness to others for a little while, and since I work with older adults that would not be an option anyway. I think it's really interesting that all of the representatives of the medical community on TV are urging everyone to get it. They are looking at the public health standpoint rather than the individual standpoint, though. I'm sure that if everyone was vaccinated it would reduce at least somewhat the overall incidinces of flu, but most individuals are probably going to go with whichever option they feel is best for themselves and their families. As for me, I'll keep doing what I'm doing, which is try to get enough sleep, eat right, and WASH MY HANDS -- A LOT!