Why Our Family Skips Flu Shots

Flu shots! The signs are everywhere. Our local Walmart, Target, all the pharmacies, they all have them ready and available for you to walk in and get your annual vaccine.

But in the Elwood house, we do things a little differently. In fact none of my children have ever had a flu shot. I have opted out of them for years, as has Will.

It isn’t because I think my children are going to autism or some kind of conspiracy theory about the flu shot. It is because we have had bad experiences with the shot even before having children.

The only time I have come down with the flu is when I have gotten my flu shot, as have most of the adults I know. I figure I made it through the vast majority of my childhood healthy without getting it annually, so I don’t see the big deal.

Now, I understand for some people it is necessary. For years my nephew and sister had them religiously because of their compromised immune systems. We learned as a family that when your child is sick or you are sick, stay home as much as possible. Which is what I continue to do today.

If my children are sick, they won’t be going to school, period. Whether we are paying for it or not, it simply is not right to send them off to school to get everyone else sick. It is rude if you ask me!

Once again this year, we will skip them.

I respect those who choose to get their flu vaccine annually. I just wish people wouldn’t give me so much crap about our choice!

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