Either really lucky or really healthy
September 7, 2009 4:34 PM Subscribe
I've never had a flu vaccine. But -- I've also never had the flu, either. Am I safe continuing to skip the vaccine for a while longer?
posted by EmpressCallipygos to health & fitness (57 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
No, mean it -- I have never, ever had the flu. Not once. For a while I thought I may have, because I have had very quick "a little achy and queasy for about a day" kinds of things now and then, but when I've told people that they just laugh and say "oh, honey, that was NOT the flu, trust me."
I also haven't ever gotten flu vaccinations, because I am a big chicken when it comes to needles. So I've always crossed my fingers and went without -- and never had the flu.
So either I have the immunity of The Very Gods or I've been very, very lucky. But I'm wondering just how much I can tempt fate. What's making me also reconsider is a) the swine flu, and b) the fact that I now have a year-old niece. But I see her very infrequently (she's 3 states away and I don't have a car, so I only have seen her on major holidays).
That said: all things being equal, I know I should get it. But again -- big chicken when it comes to needles. Am I safe skipping it again this year?