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Published on November 09, 2015

Flu shot reason No. 6: My wife makes me do it!

Flu shot reason No. 6: My wife makes me do it!

On an unusually warm November day, with the cold and flu season hard to imagine, dozens of people lined up for flu shots at Our Lady of the Cape Church in Brewster. Sponsored by the Brewster Department of Health, the clinic is one of dozens conducted during flu season by the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod.

An informal exit poll at the church on Stony Brook Road revealed that most people came because they want to protect themselves from this often dangerous illness.

Rosemary and Lisa both work for the Town of Brewster. Lisa never used to get a flu shot but said, “I had the flu two years ago and I don’t want to get it ever again. It was awful. As soon as they said, ‘come on down,’ I said, ‘let’s go!’”

Rosemary always gets her shot at the town clinic and loves the process because it is “simple and easy.” She doesn’t know if she would do it if she had to go to a pharmacy. “I probably wouldn’t get around to it. The VNA clinic makes it very convenient and the environment is better.”

Like Lisa, Colette from Brewster once had a very bad case of the flu and has had a shot every year since 2009. “The VNA does a great job, it doesn’t hurt at all.”

Nancy Ice is the Brewster Health Director. She gets a flu shot every year through the town. “The more people in the community who are vaccinated the better it is for everybody,” she said.

But, not everyone was as happy about being at the clinic. One man, who declined to give his name, said he gets a shot because his wife makes him do it.

“I would rather not get one. Period. Ever.” he said.

Janet from Brewster said she just started getting the flu shot regularly.

“I always thought I had a good immune system, but about four years ago I had the flu, so I thought I would follow through on the vaccine.” She said she always gets her shot through the VNA at Our Lady of the Cape. “It is convenient for a lot of people with mobility issues.”

Karen from Brewster said her husband encouraged her to get the shot. She said she went to a pharmacy in the past, but heard about long lines there so decided to take advantage of the town clinic this year.

Erin of East Dennis has been getting a shot every year for the past 10 years. It started when she worked in healthcare and now that she is a stay-at-home mom., “I just want to stay healthy and not give the flu virus to my kids.”

Richard from Brewster said he has received a shot for the past six years. Prior to that, he considered himself to be healthy and didn’t need it. Now, approaching “senior-citizen level,” and with encouragement from his doctor, he decided to get the extra protection a flu shot provides. “I think the VNA is excellent; totally friendly, very experienced,” he said