Originally Posted by cutthemdown
I had a friend who was one of the 1 in 100 thousand. He almost died from a flu shot he probably didn't need since he was only 38 yrs old. But I don't know anyone who ever got really sick from the flu. Sort of makes me lean to the wait until i am older and weaker to get the flu shot.
Preventing flu is not just about the person getting the shot, it's about preventing others, particularly those who are at high risk from the flu.
A healthy 38 year old doesn't have much to fear from the flu (though the risk of serious problems, including death, is not 0) but all the people he may infect, and those additional infections from the people he infected (and so on) are also part of the equation.
And, know that if you are infected with a virus, you are contagious before you are symptomatic, so saying you'll just stay away from others when sick is a good thing, but not sufficient.