Q. I’m debating whether I need to get a flu shot this year. Do you think it’s worthwhile? A. The answer to this question is an emphatic yes. It’s more important than ever to get a flu shot this year for a number of reasons. First, it will reduce your likelihood of contracting, being hospitalized for, or dying from influenza, which should be reason enough to roll up your sleeve. In addition, if you do get sick with the flu after being vaccinated, the vaccine can reduce the severity of your illness.