Should I get the H1N1 vaccination?
October 25, 2009 5:38 PM Subscribe
Is it really worth getting the H1N1 flu shot?
posted by KokuRyu to health & fitness (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
First of all, I trust the medical system and doctors in general, and understand the need to vaccinate the general public against this new flu, as well as other seasonal flus.
However, I've heard that it is possible to get slightly sick as a result of the H1N1 flu vaccination, which is something I don't want to experience.
I've never actual had the flu before. Although I am susceptible to chest colds each winter, I've never experienced influenza, ever.
I live in an area that has been identified as an H1N1 "hotbed", and I do a lot of business travel, and have been traveling a lot this fall, and am therefore in a lot of situation where I could be exposed to the H1N1 virus. I have a child in elementary school, who could also act as a vector.
I have also worked as a teacher in the past, and when 15-20% of students stayed home sick because of the "flu", I always thought it was an exaggeration - I was so ignorant of the flu that I thought they must have a common cold - but I never came down with the virus.
I suspect I may be immune to the flu. Do I still need to get a vaccination?