Every year about this time, the question comes up, “Are you going to get your Flu shot, Should I get a Flu Shot?” It is a topic that can spark some heated debate. Many people believe that the shot will “make them sick”. It’s a consideration that some people have a better immune system than others. Will it make you sick? There is always a potential of side effects from any medication that you take. Vaccinations included. Research and documentation show us statistically, the very old and the very young are more susceptible to illness and disease when exposed. This stands true for the Flu as well.
Personally, as a part of the medical community, this is a non-issue for me. It’s my job to not only care for you but, to protect you from what others (myself included), can transmit to you. In doing this, I have gotten my flu vaccination yearly. This is the only conscientious thing to do knowing that I will myself, be exposed daily treating patients and delivering care. Many times deciding to get a flu shot becomes a personal choice, but I feel that it’s important to have all the facts before you make the decision not to protect yourself and others. The choice is ultimately yours to make, I encourage everyone to educate themselves when making this decision.
Christy Lee – Nurse Practitioner MSN, APRN, FNP-BC