I've been getting a flu shot since I was pregnant with my youngest. I don't really remember there being much talk about flue shots earlier than that and that was fall of 2000. I followed my doctors recommendation and got one, wanting to do whatever I could to help keep my baby safe. With two other kids in the house, I couldn't afford time wise to be sick either. I've just sort of gotten one ever since. I don't really know if they have protected me or not. I seem to get some sort of upper respiratory thing each year and three years ago, both DD2 and I, first her then me, ended up with the bad strain of flu that put you down for over a week. DH won't get one again. One, he hates needles with a passion and is too old for the alternative which I thought I read was 16-49. Two, his one and only shot, he swears, made him death bed ill. He still recants the details each year when I share I got my shot.
Both my last employer and current have flu shot clinics one day a year. I've pretty much done this except the odd year or two when I had a schedule conflict. It was quick, and for me, painless. I honestly yesterday did not even feel the needle and was actually surprised that when I took the band aid off later, there was a bit of blood on the pad. I will say though, even though tiredness is not a supposed side effect, each year in the evening I do feel a bit wiped out. Last night was no exception. All we had to do was show our medical card and there was no charge. I don't think there was one in the clinic either, but this was definitely convenient. Of course a work place wants it's employees to stay flu free. I'm sure someone has done some math calculation of the cost of investing in an on site clinic compared to potential lost productivity days. I have over 320 sick hours accrued. I don't use much sick time and usually stagger my appointments to be as least disruptive as possible, but true sick days are hard to make up work wise.
I went to bed early and gave myself another 30 minutes of wake-up sleep. My coffee pot is so pokey-doubt I'll get a first cup in before I need to get dressed and on the road. I love travel cups for that reason though. You would think though if I start the pot before I get in the shower, it could be just about done when I am. My older daughter is having me for dinner tonight. She thinks she has perfected a bean burger recipe and is going to make them with some oven fries. I'm going to try and get out of the office a little early so I can walk pup and not be too late to her house. Have a good Tuesday.