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

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
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).
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Prevention: Most vaccines: have low risk, high efficacy. Small pox, Typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria,etc. Flu has some variability since many virus in the groupingH1N1 for example .

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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.
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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