Each fall, a smattering of advertisements promoting the seasonal influenza vaccine sweeps onto our radar, causing many people to consider whether they should get the “flu shot.” Since the infamous “H1N1 Swine Flu” scare, promotions for the flu vaccine have skyrocketed. This influx of propaganda telling us that we should all endure the pain of a needle to prevent us from getting sick has caused many people to question whether it actually is worthwhile to get a flu shot.
There are two types of people: Those who always get the flu shot no matter what, because they’ve always gotten it; and over at Camp B, there’s the “I’ve never gotten a flu shot, and I’ve never gotten sick, so what’s the point?” group of people.
If you belong to the “I always get my flu shot, no matter what,” category, congratulations! You are one of the enlightened people out there who actually cares about your health. Regardless of your motives, you understand that being sick sucks, and there is a simple way to avoid this inconvenience. Or you’re paranoid that H1N1 will make a comeback, and this way, you’ll be ahead of the game. Either way, you’re doing the right thing.
For those of you who never get the flu shot, shame on you! You are the reason that the flu continues to wreak havoc on our hospitals and health care systems. We are lucky enough to have a health care system where EVERY Albertan can get vaccinated for free. As The Wanderer Science Myth/Fact Column clarified, you cannot get sick from the vaccine! And on campus, vaccination clinics are set up in SUB from November 6-9, 2012. I know that it hurts a little bit, and takes a whole 15 minutes out of your very busy schedule, but if you think about it, that quick study break when you get your vaccine could give you a whole week that would otherwise be spent in bed, sick with the flu. I’m no expert at math, but I’m pretty sure that 15 minutes is a reasonable price to pay for a whole winter of health. I would also hazard a guess that many of you spend at least 15 minutes in line for Tim Horton’s on a pretty regular basis… think about that.
If you’re still waffling over whether to get your flu shot, keep reading the Wanderer Online for our Flu Frenzy week. By the time you’ve read this series, you should be running for the flu clinics!