To vaccinate or not to vaccinate is almost never the question with me.
The only time I decline to be immunised is before travelling when the risk of contracting an obscure disease is remote.
The benefits of an annual flu jab were explained to me by a doctor and reinforced a few years ago when neither my farmer nor I got round to getting immunised and both of us got a dose of a very unpleasant bug.
It could have been much worse, though, neither of us died and influenza does kill. While the elderly, very young and people with other health problems are at most risk, otherwise fit and healthy adults and children don’t always survive it.
I’ve had this year’s jab and am up to date with the other vaccinations and I’m grateful to medical science that we are now protected from many of the diseases which used to kill or disable people.