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Flu Shot

Today at my workplace, my employer had a public health nurse come in and give everyone who wanted it a needle with a vaccine to prevent influenza (i.e. a "flu shot.") It was interesting listening to different people's takes on how effective a flu shot is and their reasons for getting one or not getting one and their past experience with flu shots. So I thought I'd see how the experience of members of this community compared. Do they even have flu shots in tropical countries? Anyhow, here's a poll about the flu shot.



Poll #1084881 Flu Shot

Will you get a flu shot this year?

Yes, I have already gotten one
16(17.2%)
Not yet, but I plan to
5(5.4%)
I'm not sure
4(4.3%)
Probably not
21(22.6%)
Definitely not
40(43.0%)
No because a flu shot is not provided for me and costs too much, but if one were available to me free of charge I would get one
7(7.5%)
Other (explain what I missed in a comment)
0(0.0%)

Do you usually get a flu shot?

Always
9(9.7%)
Usually (most years)
9(9.7%)
It's hit and miss, some years I do, some years I don't
6(6.5%)
Usually I don't, but I have some years
12(12.9%)
Never
57(61.3%)

Some people believe that a flu shot can actually cause you to get the flu when you first get the flu shot or shortly thereafter. Do you believe this?

Yes
26(28.0%)
Maybe
40(43.0%)
No
27(29.0%)

Do you think flu shots do any good?

Yes definitely.
18(19.4%)
Probably
31(33.3%)
I don't know
33(35.5%)
Probably not
8(8.6%)
Definitely not
3(3.2%)

Which of these statements do you agree with or apply to you

I don't get a flu shot because I hate needles
2(2.4%)
I don't get a flu shot because I think it makes you more susceptible to get the flu
3(3.5%)
I don't get a flu shot because my employer doesn't pay for one and it's too expensive to get
1(1.2%)
A flu shot isn't available to me as far as I know
0(0.0%)
Where I live, getting the flu isn't a big problem
1(1.2%)
In years that I've gotten a flu shot, I still got the flu
0(0.0%)
In years that I've gotten a flu shot I never got the flu
5(5.9%)
When I've gotten a flu shot sometimes it made me sick or nauseous shortly afterward
0(0.0%)
When I've gotten a flu shot sometimes it made me very tired afterward
0(0.0%)
Renegade penguins in Antarctica with exploding bills are planning on taking over the world and it's up to me to stop them
19(22.4%)
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