Yep, got mine yesterday. I never used to get the flu, until about 2 years ago. It was awful, and I have NO desire to repeat the experience!
The weird thing is: my dr's office didn't make us pay for the office visit! I've never heard of that before. I had to pay my $5 co-pay last year.
I think everyone who is medically able to receive a flu shot should get one. I'll tell you why: the world right now is at a very high risk of an Avian Influenza ("Bird Flu") pandemic in the next few years. This type of influenza has NO vaccine; and NO cure, and about a 50-60% fatality rate. Yes, only about 400 people in Asia have died in the past 10 years; but, historically, we're are far overdue for a major flu pandemic, like the 1918 "Spanish" Flu pandemic, which may have killed up to 100 million people over the last part of 1918 through 1919. All this virus needs to do is mutate again, to enable easy human-to-human transmission (which is thought to have happened in 2 circumstances since 2004). And flu viruses LOVE to mutate/reproduce; they make bunnies look like amateurs. The WHO (World Health Organisation) website says we're at stage 3 of 6 stages to a pandemic; the next stage would be easy human-to-human transmission, and that's when the fun begins for humankind. It won't be pretty, should that happen.
No, the seasonal flu shot will not prevent nor help Bird Flu. But, my theory is: they can both circulate at the same time; theoretically, you could (though it's unlikely) have both at the same time. Or, more likely, you've just survived one, only to have the other flu take advantage of your low resistance--and THAT could kill you.
I'm not trying to whip up panic (oddly, this word is the root word of "pandemic"). But, I wish more people would read up on the Avian Flu threat, and educate themselves, and prepare for it. The theory is that, should this happen, it will sweep through in 3 waves, as most pandemics do, over 1-2 years. This means a great deal of the workforce will either be dead, or too sick to work. This means not only the paperboy/girl, but also those folks who run the electric plant, public water, truck drivers who deliver our food to stores, you get the idea. Please take this into consideration, and think seriously about stocking up sensibly, so you and your family can live comfortably should this happen. Even if you and your loved ones escape this flu, the social infrastructure most likley will be severely impacted for quite some time.
I hope I haven't scared anyone. I'm just laying the facts on the line for you to think about. You DO have control over this situation, if you plan for it now, so you don't need to be scared.
Flu Wiki is an excellent forum of "flubies" (such as myself), who research Bird Flu, and discuss it--TONS of excellent info over there! (Make sure you get into the "new" forum, not "Old Yeller", which is the old version (named as it has a yello background).
Stepping down from the soapbox now...