I know any vaccination question can be contentious, but I have to get on my soapbox for a minute and then open up the floor for any other soapboxes.
Personally, I think the theory of vaccination is well studied, well understood and for the vast majority of people, highly effective.
I think that the potential for complications and severity of influenza is quite serious, and that if you don't agree and instead believe on "letting nature run it's course" that you've likely never been hospitalized, or had a loved one hospitalized for complications like dehydration or breathing difficulties.
I've gotten the influenze vaccine in Ontario ever since they started giving it out... I have athsma, I've always been in the "high risk" group. My kids will all get it as well, despite their screaming terror of needles in general. I feel that even if it is only partly effective, it will be better than running up against the full strength influenza virus.
Although I feel that the media has blown the "Swine Flu" fears ridiculously out of proportion, that influenza is a serious enough illness to vaccinate against. I don't feel anti-virals are particularly effective as an alternative.
I would also come out and say what I think about the average person* who chooses not to vaccinate in favour of the all natural human immune system, but I would really be getting out of the spirit of Offsprung. I choose to respectfully disagree REALLY REALLY strongly with that perspective.
*Well, really just the only two people I've met this week that have vocalized their opinions on the matter... did not strike me as informed or well-thought out. And it makes me cringe.
What are your plans for this seasons flu vaccine? Have you (or a family member) ever had serious complications from influenza? Have you ever had a serious reaction to the shot (beyond the 'feeling unwell' reaction, I mean allergic reaction or serious illness) ? Do you participate in or skip the other vaccines (measles, polio, diptheria, etc?)