In something of a suggestion for a New Year's resolution, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended again Wednesday that people who have not gotten flu shots find a spot to get one.
If the needle is the issue, some vaccine is available via nasal spray.
The Food and Drug Administration notes that everyone six months of age and older should be vaccinated and that "seasonal flu vaccines have a very good safety track record."
But because every drug has a possible side effect, the FDA noted that, "mild reactions such as soreness, headaches, and fever are common side effects of the flu vaccine. If you experience a severe reaction such as difficulty breathing, hives, or facial swelling, seek medical attention immediately."