It's a hot topic.  Especially as we're watching this year's flu virus hit with a vengence.  It doesn't seem to be stopping with the young or elderly or those with compromised immune systems either…the biggest hit have been men and women in their 30's, 40's and 50's.  I'm not going to try and sway you either way.  In fact, I hope you won't be able to figure out my opinion at all.  Because flu shots and immunizations are very personal choices.  But it's important for you to be informed about what exactly a flu shot is.  Simply put, it's a dead virus.  So when it gets into your system, your body fights it off and in doing so builds an immunity to the flu if and when you actually get exposed to it.  It's been said that each year, the flu shot is effective between 55% and 75% of the time.  And if you do get the flu, there's a good chance your symptoms will be much less severe than those who have not gotten the flu shot.  If you'd rather not get a flu shot, there's always ways to boost your immune system naturally.  And it's all stuff you know…eat a diet rich in fruit, veggies and whole grains, get enough sleep, don't smoke, drink alcohol in moderation, exercise regularly…all that kind of stuff.  I think, most importantly…WASH YOUR HANDS!  And not that hand sanitizer stuff.  Get in front of a sink, turn on the water, get the soap on your hands and wash.  And keep washing…sing Happy Birthday, sing Yankee Doodle Dandee…but keep washing for a good amount of time.  Between your fingers, on the backs of your hands and if you can…go up to your wrist.  And have a tissue ready if you need to itch your eye or a toothpick ready if your lunch is still hanging around, because the minute you put your fingers into your eyes or your mouth…you've opened the door for millions of germs.  If you're interested in getting a flu shot you can definitely head to your doctor's or local pharmacy to get that done.  And if you do get sick…for Pete's sake, stay home!!