[quote=Cupofkindness]Since most of my children have asthma, I get the flu shot for all seven of them annually. We’ve never gotten the flu. I wouldn’t think of missing my flu shots any more than I would miss a vaccine. Not that vaccines and flu shots are exactly the same thing, the vaccine is far more important, but that having seven children sick at once is tremendously overwhelming and I’d rather avoid all that comes with it: appointments, making up school work, staying up all night with sick children, endless trips to the doctor and pharmacy, staying up all night because I’m sick, cleaning after everyone is better. Plus, my husband travels a lot so he usually misses the fun. Flu shots are a small price to pay to be flu-free. However, if we had gotten the flu anyway, I’d be much more wary of hauling everyone to the doctor to get shots. When I homeschooled, we were rarely sick, so flu shots weren’t as important.
Whenever I’ve gotten the flu, it’s always been when I was in school classrooms or around large groups of children. Or, when I was traveling for speaking engagements and in close quarters with sneezing, coughing people and breathing in 50% recycled air while on the plane.
However, I’m staying put this winter and won’t be exposing myself to all the lovely germs coating the fingers of little children (except for family), nor will I be traveling by air.
Soooo, hopefully I’ll have a better chance of being well.