We had a saying back then which I have always remembered. "IF it ain't broke, DON'T fix it". My grammar is usually better than that today, but the phrase had a certain ring to it and over the years, it has proven itself.
I have read several well written articles specifically on getting the annual flu shots and advising in MOST cases not to get one. I am always asked by the local pharmacies and a lot of other folks if I got my flu shot. My answer is that I am 68 years old, never had the flu and only had one flu shot in my life.
We are always encouraged to get our flu shot and RARELY told anything about possible side effects, dangers involved etc.
When you tell the nurse or doctor or local pharmacy that NO you have not had your flu shot and don't want one, they are surprised and puzzled and try to convince you the shot is safe and will likely save you from getting the flu this year.
(I am NOT a doctor, or a nurse or medical practitioner of any composition whatever and am NOT giving medical advice.)
I am just a guy who reads a lot and believes as a nation medicine is NOT practiced as it was when I grew up. (SEE my recent post on differences between a DO and an MD). My basic premise is that as a nation it seems the overwhelming emphasis today is on a shot, or a prescription drug or surgery or some medical procedure to make us or keep us well. I believe as a nation the pharmaceutical industry has grown to gargantuan size in my lifetime. If you watch any TV at all, I don't have to tell you that Prescription drug ads absolutely dominate the T.V. commercial industry.
We need to get back to ASKING questions about exercise and diet and could the current ailment and reason for a doctor's appointment be related to multiple SIDE EFFECTS of existing prescription drugs. or poor dietary habits, total lack of physical exercise etc.
The real crazy part of it, is that many drug ads now routinely include the word DEATH in the very ad that they are promoting the latest greatest drug as the return of Christ and the answer to all your problems. Mixed in with those drug ads are ads showing smiley faced children eating the latest breakfast cereal loaded with additives and sugar along with one or another form of Pepsi, Coke etc. as a refreshing healthy drink.
In any event, DON'T take my word for it. Here are a couple of links and excerpts regarding flu shots:
Recent Rise in Vaccine Victims’ Court Decisions and Concessions Not Reflected in Revised Government Chart
Safety of Flu Shots Not Established- See more at: http://healthimpactnews.com/2015/flu-shot-remains-most-dangerous-vaccine-based-on-injuries-and-deaths-compensated-by-government/#sthash.ZWqytHLt.dpuf