Even if you say, "Whatever, woman, you don't run my life!!!!" to everything else in this post, please don't disregard getting a flu shot.
"Outside of all of these other preventative measures like washing your hands, it’s the best way to prevent infections," Eiras says. Not only do you definitely not want to get the flu, but you don't want to run the risk of getting other people sick, too. Some people — babies, pregnant people, elderly folks, people with other serious health conditions, and people with allergies to the vaccine —are incredibly vulnerable to the flu, and if you don't get vaccinated and then get sick, you're in grave danger of spreading it. Put simply, the more people who get vaccinated in a community (or office), the less the flu can spread.
"There's very, very little downside to getting the shot," Eiras adds. "Even if you happen to get the the flu after the shot, the vaccine can decrease the severity very significantly. I can’t stress it enough. It saves lives, it decreases infections, and makes people healthier. Everyone above the age of six months should get it and get it right now."
PS: You can't even use the "but I don't even know where to get one near me" excuse, because the CDC has a super easy flu shot finder tool. You're welcome!