Personally, I am not a fan and I'll tell you why. First, I know from my informal survey among my Grandmother's friends that they often actually make you sick. I have personally known several elderly people who ended up being hospitalized from taking a flu shot. When I weigh the potential benefits to this, the flu shot loses out in my book.
Second, even doctors admit the flu shot doesn't work all the time. In fact, they claim it works in only about 60% of the cases. I'm betting it is lower than that because how do they really measure this? Plus, I've personally observed too many people who get the flu after getting a flu shot.
In addition to disposing of medications in a safe and responsible way, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day serves as a a public safety and public health message. Because millions of individuals in the U.S. suffer from prescription drug abuse, the initiative is a reminder of high prescription drug abuse rate. A vast number of abused prescription drugs come from friends and family. Many of these come from home medicine cabinets -- both knowingly and unknowingly.