Update on September 16, 2012
Are you, a member of your family or a friend avoiding getting a flu shot? Is it because of the "vaccine debate" that has been widely promoted by various websites and a number of celebrities?
I'd encourage anyone who is on the fence about getting their shot to visit the Flu Shot Project via the link on this page. Scroll down the page until you reach the comments section. The comments on the page are open to everyone and no one is banned from posting (though that is possible if anyone becomes abusive or excessively rude). The first thing you'll notice is that a great many of the comments are from people who are strongly opposed to the flu vaccine or any vaccines at all.
Why is this? I suspect it's because most people who take the pledge know that the research is in, that vaccines are safe and effective and they are the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community from the ravages of influenza. They have no great need to comment. But there is another point of view that makes a disproportionate amount of noise.
I'd invite you to read some of the anti-vaccine comments with your critical thinking skills engaged. Do they sound rational and well informed? Are they shrill and opinionated? Do they even make sense?
I find that the irrationality of many of the opposing arguments actually helps make the case for vaccination. What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments if you're moved to.
If you want to get some good solid information about influenza and the flu vaccine please visit the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/
And please get your flu shot. It will make a difference for all of us.