10 Flu Shot Pros & Cons to Help Decide About Getting One or Not

Emily Abbate | Oct 15, 2012 Healthy Living

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I have a confession to make: I've never gotten a flu shot. Yep, it's true. I've just always been skeptical. I've never actually gotten the flu, but I've also never lived in New York City ... until now, that is. And now that flu season is upon us, I can't help but wonder: Will this be the year I cave? Should I go through with getting the flu shot, or skip it yet again? And what are the pros and cons?

Like most everyone, I feel like I'm always bombarded with differing information. Some people say they get a little sick after getting the flu vaccine, other flu shot veterans say it hurts worse than the average immunization prick, and then there are those who say that, as a healthy woman in my mid-20s, I should be just fine without getting one. It's hard to know what to believe. 

Well, according to the CDC, everyone over 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine, unless the person is allergic. But, let's be honest here, how many of us always do as we're told (like, ahem, flossing our teeth every day)?

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Well, we've rounded up some useful information about the flu shot here so that it's easier to make a more educated decision about whether or not to go ahead and get one. Read through these 10 flu shot pros and cons in order to make the best decision:

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