Re: 57yrs old and never had the FLU shot! Gotta have one now!
Ever since I developed asthma at age 50 I've been getting the flu shot annually as they recommend it for people with chronic illnesses such as asthma. It is a "killed" virus and so you cannot get the flu from the shot. People who come down with the flu within days of getting the shot were obviously already exposed but had simply not presented with symptoms. Should you contract the flu after getting the shot, you typically have a much milder case.
Many business in the healthcare industry require their employees to get vacinated against the flu and other communicable illnesses due to the likelihood of their exposure during the course of the business day and so that they in then do not also infect their clients who are already ill.