“I’m not in a position where I’m worried about being sick.
If I had a really bad case of flu and it turned out that I wasn’t going to be able to get a flu shot, I would just take a flu pill and get home and get well.
I’ve never had that.”
She’s referring to the risk of dying from complications from a flu vaccine that she said is less than one in a million.
She’s been in the hospital for at least four days and she’s been diagnosed with pneumonia.
“I’ve been in a lot of hospitalization, but I’ve not had any pneumonia,” she said.
She said she would still need to be vaccinated but would be at lower risk of complications.
What about people who have been vaccinated and don’t have a vaccine?
“I think most people would say that if they’ve had their vaccine, it’s a win-win for them,” she added.
Why do you think it’s so important to get vaccinated?
She says she doesn’t feel as if she’s being pushed into it.
“It’s just so important.
We have to have a conversation about how we’re going to make sure that we’re giving people the information that they need.”
How do you feel about the political climate right now?
In a presidential election year, “there’s so much of a political climate in this country right now,” she says.
“A lot of people are looking for answers.”
What do you hope the future holds for you?
What she’d like to see happen is a change in the way people think about vaccinations.
“That we should just vaccinate everybody, we should vaccinate them all.
We shouldn’t vaccinate people, and we should be more responsible with the money that we use to vaccinate.”
Are you worried about having the flu in your home?
Not really, she said, and if she had a flu case, she would have been in it for sure.
“If I have a really, really bad flu, I could probably get a vaccine, but there’s nothing in the current laws that says that.”
Who do you trust to handle vaccines and other health care issues?
Her daughter has had the flu for about a year now and she has not had the vaccine.
She would probably have a different perspective.
“My daughter has been very open about being able to take the vaccine, which I think is great.
I’m not a doctor, but she has her own opinions.”
Will you be taking the vaccine again?
Yes, she says, but only after she’s had the second shot.
“There’s a lot to take into consideration, and I want to be there for my daughter.”
Can you see yourself taking the flu again?