DarthKermit: We get the flu jab offered free at work, but I'm going to take my chances.
I wouldn't take chances this year.
Eleven days ago, we boarded a plane in Canada and thought the aircon was faulty. We were both either shivering with cold or melting in heat the whole way back to NZ. We had both been taking stuff over there for sore throats and noses, thinking that it was caused by dry aircon in the buildings we had stayed in (reasonable assumption since it started with bleeding noses that are common in closed-up rooms in Canada over the winter if humidity gets too low). A couple of doctor's visits later and it's confirmed we have the 'flu. The north American one that has killed a number of people.
I have a 'flu jab every year but it wasn't available before we left. For three days last week we would have been exposing a lot of people to our bugs. Since confirmation we have been keeping out of circulation. It took a couple of days after our return before we started feeling incredibly ill. He has been off work for a week now. Fever, pain, headache, complete lack of any energy, and a cough that threatens to rip ribs apart despite any meds you throw at it, are still around ten days later. We've been unable to move some days, with it being so bad we had to take our dog to the kennels because we struggled to meet her needs.
There is light at the end of the tunnel now, but its been a very long time coming. I wouldn't wish this 'flu on my worst enemy.
If the vaccine is available to you then I think that, this year at least, you'd be a fool not to take it.