Please note that this is not a research paper based on medical or statistical facts. This is just me saying I don’t think it is such a good idea - for adults anyway...
There are those who firmly believe that getting a flu shot is good for you. Apparently, from what I hear, it is supposed to strengthen your body’s immunity somehow by letting it create anti-bodies that is supposed to help it fight flu. And, apparently this happens by your actually getting sick. Isn’t that precisely what we are trying to avoid?
How do you know who got a flu shot? Simple! Just watch for those who are sick (in my experience).
They went to get the flu shot and within a few days they are as sick as dogs. After paying to get sick you now have to pay to see the doctor for a prescription and pay to have it filled – which nowadays could cost you an arm and a leg. Some get to stay in bed for a few days and some are not that lucky. Some refuse to and they are often the ones who stay sick all winter long. What a lot of good the injection did them? And to think that they had to pay to get sick to begin with...
From what I’ve seen it would seem that most people get the flu once during winter. Then, if the flu injection makes you sick to build anti-bodies for something you are likely to only have once anyway... then tell me again: what is the anti-bodies for? Your chance of getting the flu again is slim – even without the injection.
From where I’m standing your options – under considered normal circumstances - would be between having flu once vs. not having it at all, right? My choice is to not have it at all! Therefore – for me - it only naturally means to avoid the flu injection at all cost.
What is my game plan for the winter then? I opt to continue taking (or start taking) a nutritional supplement / multi vitamin – especially vitamin C. I usually increase my intake of citrus fruit (i.e. oranges, naartjies, etc.) – nature's own winter medicine. Isn’t it fascinating how that is the fruit for winter – precisely in the season that we need it most? How wonderful! (and certainly much cheaper than doctor’s bills and the expensive medicine that they prescribe). Drinking lots of water remains very important. I prefer water at room temperature in winter. It is cold enough as it is. Why discourage yourself from drinking water any more than you may already be? Eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Your body needs all the help it can get. And dress warm of course.
Do you believe in the flu injection and if so, why? Or have you maybe been an exception where you got it and actually did not get sick? What do you do to take care of your health during the cold winter months?