Flu season is coming, and will be in full swing soon. The decision to get a flu shot is a daunting one. There’s the cost, the possibility of getting flu-like symptoms in reaction to the flu shot, and the actual fear of the needle itself. Ultimately, getting the flu shot is a personal decision, and here are the many factors to consider.
If you work with the public, particularly in the healthcare field, you may be required to get a flu shot. Doctors, nurses, and medical staff are around sick people on a daily basis, so it is often mandatory in these type of fields to get the flu shot.
If you work in customer service, in a call center, or with children, like a daycare center or school, a flu shot may be a good idea. The more you work around people, the better the chance you have of someone giving you the flu. You also need to consider the type of work you do. Can you take a few days off of work to get over the flu? When I worked at a hotel, calling in sick was a huge no-no. Often we’d work through our illnesses and there were times that I actually threw up in between guests and had to rest on the couch in the lobby when times were slow. If you work in a business that doesn’t have enough staff to spare you for a few days, you may want to consider the flu shot so you don’t have to work through your sickness.
Are you prone to getting the flu? If you haven’t gotten sick in the past few years, perhaps your immune system is strong enough to withstand another flu season. However, if you always catch what’s going around, then maybe you shouldn’t chance it.
Have you already gotten a cold or cough, or currently have one? If so, your compromised immune system could just grab that flu bug, no problem.
If you have children, somebody needs the flu shot, or else once somebody gets it, it’s going to everybody. A busy mom or dad can’t afford to get sick, so get your kids or yourselves vaccinated to keep the flu from entering your house.
The best thing to do is talk to your doctor, and see what they recommend. If you’ve already been to the doctor for a cold, strep throat, cough, or other illness, now is a great time to call them up and see if they think getting the flu shot is right for you and your family. While you can forgo the flu shot and likely be just fine, there are many things to consider before declining or going for the flu shot.