I'm 40 years old and very healthy. Nothing about my life puts me at high risk for contracting influenza. Should I get vaccinated?

In theory, vaccination of healthy people should be beneficial for the community because, even though healthy people don't benefit much from avoiding the flu, their immunity reduces the spread of the disease to weak and elderly people. If that's true, I'd be glad to get a flu shot just to "strengthen the herd".

If it is true, however, then why don't the CDC recommendations include a suggestion that healthy people get vaccinated? I've read recommendations from the CDC and from other agencies, and I'm forming the opinion that, although there may be a theoretical benefit to flu vaccination for me, it isn't significant enough to bother.

-TC
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replied December 11th, 2008
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i dont get the flu shot..i've luckily been able to avoid it thus far..*knock on wood*
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replied December 11th, 2008
I get the Flu shot every year. The Flu can make you feel like you want to die for a week or two. Its worth getting the shot.
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