It’s disheartening to see so many people refusing to get a flu shot this year, and just astonishing that people are resisting the H1N1 vaccine. Journalists have done the public no favors by giving paranoia the same level of authority that it gives the top medical and public-health professionals.

The evidence is crystal clear that any potential risk from the vaccine is vanishingly small compared to the risks of not getting it.

Which is why I got my seasonal flu shot already, and will get an H1N1 vaccine when it’s available, because it’s selfish not to do so. This is not just about me: It’s about the people I might expose if I get the flu.