I worked in the hospital this past week and this is obviously an early and potentially very bad flu season. The hospital is filled with elderly people with the flu and pneumonia.
I'll add that if you don't care about yourself getting the flu and don't want the vaccine for that reason, consider getting the vaccine if you're in contact with elderly or very young loved ones. You can spread the flu virus to them before you know you're sick. There have been 8 pediatric deaths in the US from the flu as of 12/22 and that number is going to skyrocket once Christmas break ends and kids are back at school.