First, I want to express concern for those 88,000 people in Davidson County who won't receive a flu shot this year because of a malfunctioning refrigerator at the health department. The State of Tennessee offers flu shots for state employees, but there were a few years when vaccine was late or not available. Those years I went to the Metro Health Department to get my shot. The doctors and nurses were very professional and efficient, and the price of the shot was cheap.
What is it about getting a flu shot that upsets some people? I know many people who are afraid to have a shot. They always remember that someone once got a shot and then had the flu. Everything I have read for the last several years states that there is nothing live in the vaccine and, therefore, it is not possible to get the flu from the shot. Perhaps Dr. Monajjem can elaborate on this better than I can.
You can get a flu shot at many locations in Shelbyville. I know that Kroger and Walgreens both offer them. I haven't checked, but the Bedford County Health Department probably gives them too. I have seen ads where some doctors' offices have the shots available at a reasonable cost. This cost is much less than the cost of medicine or loss of wages for being off from work. If you have the flu, you also run the risk of passing it on to others who didn't receive the shot.
So, to ail or not to ail, that is the question. However, it is your body and your choice.