This may seem tangential to PR and media, but it's a question all of us face each year--especially now that companies are providing easy and sometimes free or discounted access to the vaccine. That the shot now includes H1N1 is an additional perk.
For some it's a no-brainer. Why not? What's the risk? I don't want to catch the flu.
However, there's a growing legion of people who have sworn off the shot, believing it's better to build up their own immunities to the flu or fearing that it could cause a severe reaction. (The popularity of this YouTube video, telling the story of a woman disabled after receiving a flu shot, has fueled it. Although the authenticity of her story has been questioned by numerous sources.) A survey from the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases found that 43 percent of Americans say they will not be getting the vaccine this fall, reports Yahoo.
Remember when we were H1N1 crazy? So much for that.
Where do you fall? Will you be getting the shot this year? Or taking your chances with the flu?