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If the answer is yes, you are skipping the flu shot, Consumer Reports says that decision could be a big mistake, especially if you want to stay healthy this year.

According to a survey of 2,011 adults conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center in October, more than half of Americans said they were foregoing a shot this year. The survey also found that parents who skip the shot also seldom get their kids vaccinated, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone age 6 months and over should get the shot each year.

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Says CR:

Another reason why you should get the flu shot, CR says, is the added urgency this year that people weakened by the disease are also prone to bacterial pneumonia, including a form stemming from increasingly common antibiotic-resistant bacteria. More people than usual died of such infections last flu season, CR says.

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I got my flu shot a couple weeks ago when they had a clinic at the paper. It cost me ten bucks. I'm afraid of shots, so I yelped a tiny bit when the nurse stuck me in the arm... but I figured I'd give the shot another chance. Last year, good friend and former Mutts blogger John, who now runs the delightful ohmidog.com, dragged me down there and bought me a shot (ah, if only it were Captain Morgan instead).

I promptly got the flu a few weeks later. (hehehe) It knocked me flat for a week. Of course, I was convinced the shot gave me the flu, but CR says that's a bunch of hooey. Stay tuned for the next post on why CR says the shot does NOT give you the flu and why your 12 excuses to not get a shot are too flimsy to use.

(Sun Photographer Monica Lopossay)

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