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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if it ain't broke, don't fix it - why should i get a flu shot if i never get sick?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
To prevent: you from getting the flu in the future. Although not completely protective , if you do get the flu - it usually lessens severity of symptoms.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Poor analogy.: For the same reason you buy insurance, wear a seat belt or helmet, or use birth control. You will be well right up until the time that you are not.
Dr. Ruth Seaman
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Influenza is a fairly rough illness and it is not "the flu" which the media and public call any viral illness. It kills many thousands of people every year. Vaccines are usually about 70% effective each year.
Nov 4, 2014

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What happens if it ain't broke, don't fix it - why should I get a flu shot if I never get sick?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Because if you: come in contact with the influenza virus you could become very ill. At that point you would wish that you had gotten prevention (influenza vaccine).
Palo Alto, CA
A 32-year-old female asked:

Should I get a flu shot if I've never gotten one?

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Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Yes: the flu shot prevent influenza and each season virus change.

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