jeromemsn wrote:Well if I can save the life of another coal burner then my life has not been wasted.
The best way you can save the life of another coal burner is to get vaccinated. That way you most likely won't get the flu and pass it on to someone really vulnerable, like pregnant women (I bet you know some), people who are on immune-suppressant drugs due to organ transplants (I bet you know at least one), people with underlying heart or lung conditions (you know some though you may not know they have the condition). You probably don't know, personally, a single soul who has died of a flu vaccine, though we all know OF someone's brother's aunt's neighbor's sister's uncle who did -- it's the urban legend thing.
So getting the flu shot is as much altruistic as it is anything else.