It’s that time of year where the Government of Canada puts a big media push on the flu shot. All you hear is flu shot. On the TV and radio. At work and home. Get your flu shot and keep you and your family healthy.
I’m kinda on the other side of the fence about flu shots. The side that is opposed to them for minor illnesses. Something like Swine flu was a bit too much to take the chance of not getting it, so I did. But with the other, regular flu’s that go around, I kind of feel like flu shots are bad for them. Those are not in need of a vaccine because it’s better for your body to build natural immunity to them. Strengthen natures body, I say, before you use artillary (done in the voice of an inspirational speaker inside of my head.)
disclaimer... May I point out that in no way am I a medical professional. These views are simply mine and what I think. … back to the story
That’s all fine and dandy for me… but now there’s another living being I’m responsible for. I gotta think of them when making that call. It’s a whole other card game with a much larger pot. How do you get all the right evidence? How do you know it’s the best decision?
Yes, you can read. You can read and read and read and you’re going to find proof on both sides. Lifestyle and fashion magazine are full of one side. Doctors usually another. Government sites also have information like this one from the Government of Canada . And of course, all your peers and elders have a point of view to share as well.
Getting the flu shot is a touchy subject. These days disclosing if you’re getting it or not is like discussing politics was a few decades ago. You’ll mention it in certain circles but not openly in others for fear they won’t get your perspective.
In my 20’s I was brazen about it. Absolutely vehement in my belief that vaccines aren’t good, over vaccinating is creating new super bugs and our bodies are being over-perscribed drugs making us need stronger doses after (being me I also wasn’t afraid to voice my beliefs.) A lot if that, maybe all of it, I still agree with. But now I’m more worried about the “what if I’m wrong” factor and with Davis to think about that’s one of the most difficult decisions to make.
Again, this is one of those things I find hard as a single mom. I have no one else to shift in on the decision, with a different point of view, different information to put into the equation. No one to do that together and for me it causes undo stress. Since I’m still trying to find a way to deal with other stress in my life this extra stress is really not a good thing. Not at all.
So how do you take the stress out of the situation? How do you know what to do? The best I’ve decided I can do is read the information and listen to your gut. There’s a lot of different information out there so finding out as much as possible about all sides of it is easy. Feed your brain and the gut will digest, giving you a final answer.
In my case I’m throwing in experience. My sister works at a hospital. For the past few years she’s basically told to get the flu shot every year (and in that environment I understand fully why they might have to.) Last year Davis got the flu and gave it to me 2 days before I went to visit my sister. My neice got the flu from me and I thought, “OMG the flu shot worked. Sister Mary doesn’t have the full.” We leave and Sister Mary has the flu. Even though she was vaccinated she still got that flu. Bloody horrible one too. It just hit her later. Now I’m back at my original conclusion – no flu shot unless it’s for a specific SuperBug that they know for sure is coming to hit us.
But I’ve also realized something. Every year I’ll think of this same question, review all information, and go through the whole thought process again. It’s going to be stressful, but I guess with each year I’ll get more confident in making that decision and it’ll be less stressful… at least that’s what I’ll keep telling myself.
If you have info you wanna share on the subject… I’d love to hear it.