I never miss getting a flu shot---I've got asthma, and the flu has been known to put me in the hospital. No thanks, I haven't got time for all that!
As an ALF nurse, I'm rather militant about protecting my residents from flu.........what would be a week or two of misery for a young or middle-aged person, is a potential killer for the frail elderly. So I very
strongly encourage my staff to get flu shots, and of course we make sure all the residents have the opportunity to be vaccinated.
Now, I would never "force" anyone to get the flu vaccine, but I do see it as something of a social responsibility whenever one is caring for elderly and immunocompromised patients. From what I understand, in years past only about half the residents and maybe 10% of the staff where I work got flu shots; this year, 90% of the residents and 80% of staff have been vaccinated. There's a few hardcore folks who proudly boast that they've never gotten a flu shot and never get the flu, and I think they're full of it, but I really can't MAKE them do it. I just give 'em all my little speech about how terrible they would feel if they brought flu into the facility and somebody died from it.........what's that about "guilting" people into doing something they don't want to do? Who, me?