I’m not one to get super political or to bring up controversial topics – not in person and not on my blog, but times are changing and today I have to share. You see, I believe that we can and should each make our own decisions, no matter the topic but I also believe we need to make informed decisions and be sure we’re doing what we believe to be best for ourselves and for our families.
If you asked me a few years ago if I would get a vaccine, I wouldn’t really have any reason to say no other than I don’t like shots. But since working for my current employer, I’ve been subjected to a different view and more information about vaccines (and other health related topics) that I never knew.
And since we’re gearing up for Flu Season and the talks about the “importance” of getting a flu shot are all over, I just wanted to do my part and share this article published in Mind Body Green the other day. I shared it via my Facebook page and Twitter but I wanted to take it a step further, take a step outside of my comfort zone and spark this conversation.
I read that article and personally, I don’t want to put those things in my body. I will continue to get regular adjustments from my chiropractors to boost my immune system; I will take care of my body with proper nutrition, exercise and sleep; and if I begin to feel under the weather, I will care for my body with natural supplements and more rest.
I will not be getting a flu shot.
But at the end of the day, I’m not going to tell you to do one thing or the other but I want you to make your own informed decisions.
I think flu shots are good for those who are really susceptible to illnesses (elderly and critically ill), as well as people who work with those people. However, healthy people really have no need for a flu shot. A vaccination exists so people don’t get terminally or critically ill. We will likely not get that sick if we get the flu.
I finally made it to the chiropractor yesterday! I had some tests done and hopefully this week will start with the adjustments to get my back in normal shape again. So excited!
I also have never had a flu shot (maybe as a small kid, but dont recall any since high school) and don’t plan to either. Kaydin had them when she was a baby. She obviously has vaccines for diseases and such and I always plan on that, but the flu vaccine is just not for me!
Well I watched my friend in high school get one every year and every year she got the flu and I did not…I guess I’ve just never had a problem and never seen positive results from it when others have gotten the shot!
So, the only time I’ve ever gotten a flu shot, I got the flu. And not just measly flu… no, I got H1N1 :/ The things don’t work like other vaccines… It’s just a guess to what strain will be around the next flu season! Now, just to be clear, I still believe in vaccines and when I eventually get around to kids, they’ll be vaccinated but just not for flu 😉
I’m with you!
I don’t get flu shot either – even when my company last year paid and highly encouraged us to get them. I don’t know if its coincidence, luck, or what, but since I moved to a more moderate climate (CA) AND started eating healthier/getting in more exercise, I haven’t been sick in about six or seven years. Not even a cold. So no flu shot for me, but it’s a personal choice and I understand that others may choose to get one and it works for them.