Flu shots urged to age 18
No doubt the champagne is being chilled in the posh offices of not a few pharmaceutical companies' CEOs right about now.
I've gotten exactly one flu shot in my life, when I was 16 (or so). In high school, I worked at a nursing home (in the dietary department), and all employees were given the opportunity to get a free flu shot. Not thinking much of it, I got one.
The following year, I decided — for reasons I can't recall — to forgo the shot. It's a good thing I did, as several of the employees who did get flu shots that year got the flu shortly thereafter.
Since then, when people have asked me if I'm interested in getting a flu shot, I say no, precisely because I don't want to get the flu.