Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I choose to immunize to protect myself and protect others in my community, even those who might be strangers, that I would come in contact with at the grocery store, on transit, or in a theatre or restaurant. I had measles encephalitis as an infant and while I am not at increased risk of complications from influenza because of that, I struggle to function with everyday tasks on normal days because of effects from encephalitis so to add being sick would only put me further behind. Influenza, like measles, has many complications and the healthy are not excluded from severe illness, as I well know, so I vaccinate to protect others who because they are currently healthy feel invulnerable. I also vaccinate to protect seniors and babies, but I wanted to emphasize that I am protecting the healthy too that don't realize that they are also at risk from influenza.