Just the thought of a flu shot makes my arm hurt.

As the weather finally finds its way to the cooler side of the thermometer, flu season risks begin to increase. The flu is nasty and not something to be trifled with. There are several ways you can protect yourself from the flu virus that don't involve a shot however, many people feel that getting the shot is an added safety precaution.

I'll be honest with you. I'm skeptical about the shot because I have witnessed and read about some horrible side effects of the flu shot (other than actually getting the flu).

So, I'm curious to see how many people in our area are pulling up their sleeves to get the influenza vaccination. No judgments either way, I just want to see where we stand. After all, whatever helps you and me stay healthy during these cold months is the best option.