This isn't a whine about the flu, even though I certainly don't like the flu. This is about about being who go around saying they have the flu.
When I was in my first year of residency, I was about four months pregnant and doing a rotation with an attending, who came in one day wearing a mask and announcing she had the flu. I was pretty irritated for a number of reasons:
1) I didn't think she had the flu, for starters. It was early October, not really flu season yet. And she didn't seem that sick. I tried to point this out to her and she insisted it was the flu as she coughed all over me.
2) If you have the flu, don't come to work and tell everyone about it! For God's sake, stay home! Especially if it's so early in the season that nobody has been vaccinated yet.
3) I hadn't been vaccinated yet. And I was pregnant!
OK, I've written about how it's hard to take time off if you're a sick doctor. And I stand by that. But at the same time, if you're going to come to work sick, you're obligated to at least play down how sick you are, not play it up. Telling everyone you have the flu as you cough on them is not cool.