I am very pro-vaccination and I believe the world is a much better place because we have vaccines for deadly diseases. I believe they’re scientifically proven to be very effective, and for the vast majority of people, very safe.
With that said, I’ve never had a flu shot in my life and I don’t really plan on starting. My doctor always advises me to get that and a pneumonia vaccine because I have mild asthma, but I also have a major needle phobia, so for me it’s really about weighing if it’s worth putting myself through some trauma! I get all other vaccinations but skip the flu shot.
The flu vaccine is developed with really no idea which strain of flu will be most prevalent that year. It’s an educated guess and some years can be quite ineffective. So for me, getting a shot for something I’m not even sure will work, isn’t worth it. I’d definitely have to re-evaluate if I worked in a job where I was more likely to be exposed to it.
I think for people who don’t mind getting shots and for people who are extra vulnerable to flu complications, it really can’t hurt. The chance of having a negative reaction to the vaccine itself, like other vaccines, is very low. Especially if you’ve been vaccinated with no complications before.
So for me it’s a pass, but in theory I think it’s a fine choice to get it.