The Flu—The Excuses It’s that time of year again, time for the annual flu shot, but for many, there are seems to be excuse after excuse about how or why not get one, one for yourself or your family. Top 8 excuses we hear — I’m healthy! ANYONE can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious flu-related problems can happen at any age. I NEVER get the flu! The flu virus doesn’t play favorites. It spreads mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. Is this the year your luck runs out? My whole life and no flu shot, EVER! As we age, our immune system has a harder time fighting off illness. If you’re 65 or older, you are at HIGH RISK for serious illness during flu season. There’s a first for everything—even the flu shot! I’m too busy! 5 minutes to get a shot, or a week in bed. It’s an easy choice. My child is too young. The Centers for Disease Control recommends flu vaccination for EVERYONE 6 months and older. My kids aren’t exposed to the flu! The flu is sneaky. Healthy kids (and adults) may be contagious with the flu even BEFORE their own symptoms develop. Children, especially those younger than 5 years, are at higher risk for serious flu-related complications. Be safe, not sorry. I’m pregnant! The flu shot protects you AND YOUR BABY from potentially serious illness during and after pregnancy. It is safe and can be received at any time during pregnancy. It’s no big deal! The flu is a contagious disease that can be very serious. Every year, millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands even die. The best way to protect yourself and your family is by getting vaccinated. Get your flu shot today. Protect yourself and your loved ones. Flu clinic now open through November 30, walk right in, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at all of our locations: Mora, Hinckley and Pine City More information about the flu can be found on the CDC site. FirstLight has been recognized by the MDH for its commitment to staff immunization. Click here for more information.