I work remote and spend 2 weeks of every 4 billeted at a "man camp" in the
Arctic. My coworkers commute from all over the USA and many of them have
kids at home in public schools in their various states. As such, I live in
probably the most intense disease exposure environment possible. I get
exposed to whatever is going around in communities all over the USA. I
always get the annual flu shot and have for 20 years. I am absolutely
convinced it has enough utility to warrant getting it. I don't believe I've ever
had an adverse reaction beyond local soreness from flu shots.
I have had adverse reactions to other immunizations. I lived in Asia as a kid
(Philippines and Thailand) and worked ex-pat in my earlier career (Angola and
Equatorial Guinea) and as such, have probably had as many immunizations as
anyone alive. Cholera shots used to really put me down for several days. I was born in Holland and received the european version of the smallpox vaccine as an infant. That vaccine had a tendency to cause a localized scar much more than the USA version. I still have a very noticeable smallpox immunization scar 60 years later.
The second shingrix shot I took about a month ago seemed to cause a
malaise for several days and a really sore arm. The flu shot I had 2 weeks ago
was a non-event.
Retired 9/30/20 at age 61 from Evil Mega Big Oil Corp (EMBO corp)
A day in retirement is like a day on the farm. Every meal's a banquet. Every day's a parade. Every SS & pension check a fortune!