I am really in a quandary as to whether or not I should force my mum to get the flu shot and whether I should follow my drs. advice and get one myself? My mum does have respiratory issues, however she never leaves the house except to go to drs. appointments and she rarely has anyone come to visit, so she is not around people to be exposed to the flu. Her doc said she should come in at the end of October to be vaccinated. I think she should have the pneumovax shot for pneumonia but I am not convinced she should have the flu shot. I would like opinions on this please. Also.. my own dr. said she wants me to have the flu shot because I was diagnosed with asthma this Spring, it is controlled asthma and I am not around a lot of people either, I go out for lunch occasionally. I haven't had the flu in 15 years. I wash my hands frequently. Do you think it is necessary for me to be vaccinated as well?