Originally Posted by prosciencemum
Surely the best choice is to do all of those things. It's not either or!
Well, if you think the flu shot is perfectly safe and harmless, then yes, do all those things.
If you don't think the flu shot is safe and harmless, then looking at alternates becomes important.
That being said, almost all the ads I see for flu shots use wording such as "get your flu shot - it is your best defense against the flu." I think the claim of "best" might be false. I have read a couple of studies showing hand washing and proper cough hygiene cuts down on flu transmission by 50%. 50% may be better than the protection offered by the flu shot (depends on what demographic you fall in, and how well the strain matches for that year)