In Cambridge, Erica Chilson, 41, an actress and a cake decorator, has not gotten a flu shot yet, and earlier this past week she polled her 350 Facebook friends, eager to hear their arguments pro and con.
“They were split down the middle,” she said, still shot-free Friday afternoon. “I don’t like the idea of putting something into my body. I’m a healthy woman. I like to take the natural approach.”
But others fall back on simple fatalism to explain themselves.
“If you’re going to get the flu,” said Saint-Pierre, of Mattapan, “you're going to get the flu.”