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From: Linda ( -
Subject: Should I have my flu shot?
Date: October 29, 2005 at 9:38 am PST

I just became a vegan this year, and I am unsure whether or not I
should continue having my annual flu shot. On the one hand, I read
about the egg industry in The Vegan Sourcebook, as well as a newspaper
article describing how the vaccine is made, and it saddened and
disgusted me. On the other hand, I live with my parents, who are both
in high risk categories(both are elderly, Mom has a heart condition,
Dad has asthma), and they're really pressuring me to have the shot "for
their sake." I also voulunteer part time in a senior's carefacility,
and they just sent m e a "strongly worded letter", regarding the shot,
and the consequenses of not having it. As well, everybody's worried
about the upcoming flu pandemic, which has been the topic of several
recent news reports. With these considerations in mind, should I have
the shot, or shouldn't I? My mom has insisted that I call my doctor on
Monday to make an appointment for the shot, so I really need a quick
answer on this.

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