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For fear of jinxing it, I hesitate to say the flu season, so far, has spared me her wrath.

Colleagues, friends, family and acquaintances have not been so lucky. Reports of flu cases on the rise in New Brunswick have triggered much discussion over the flu shot.

Those who got it, who haven't been sick, are likely pleased with their decision. Some who didn't get it are asking for it now. Others are taking their chances. It that a foolish choice?

Some, like an epidemiologist I interviewed this week, would say yes. Others may say no, pointing to a report by CBC News this week that early data from doctor's offices suggest this season's flu vaccine in Canada is about 45 per cent effective.

The epidemiologist I spoke to strongly urged people to get the flu shot, yet said there are no guarantees you won't get the flu if you did get the vaccine. What's a person to do? If you choose not to get it, should you be pressured or guilted into getting one?
And do those who receive the flu shot but still get sick, deserve sympathy? And those who become sick with the flu who don't receive the shot get an "I told you so"?

Maybe I'm just overthinking this. But it's a touchy subject. I appreciate that certain categories of people should receive it. And I would never try to influence anyone one way or the other. Is it a personal choice? Or should the greater good be considered here? I leave those questions with you.

To those who've been hit by the flu, flu shot or no flu shot, you have my sincere sympathies. To those like me who've been spared, may it remain that way.

To your health,

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