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Flu jabs

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Teetime Thu 12-Sep-19 16:26:01

All done today at Lloyds Pharmacy - no queue, no appointment necessary and no waiting - excellent service- used to wait forever at the surgery.

craftyone Fri 18-Oct-19 18:07:23

I never had the flu jab and never will. I did have flu in 1978 and remember how bad it was then. I use homeopathy for flu, I get the correct remedy with the current flu strains from France, do that every year and have already started on the prophylaxis treatments and will use them until april

blondenana Fri 18-Oct-19 19:38:24

Had mine on wednesday, but as someone else said over 65s have a choice of 2 i was never asked if i wanted the dead or live one, and my son and daughter went after me they were never told what kind of vaxx it was
I do usually ask what strains the flu vaxx covers but i forgot this time

aggie Fri 18-Oct-19 19:48:57

I had Flu in the days before the vaccine , I had to sleep on the sofa because I was too ill to get up the stairs , had my jab on wed and no ill effects

Tweedle24 Fri 18-Oct-19 19:58:23

MawB. Thank you. I was a nurse and have seen people die as a result of flu. I have been having the jab for.many, many years. I did not want to infect any of my vulnerable patients, Nor, as an asthmatic myself, did I want someone infecting me.People can be carriers without realising it.

Eloethan Yes, flu is unpleasant -unpleasant enough to have killed more people in the 1918 epidemic than had died during the whole of WW1.

The only reason we do not have countless deaths from flu now is because so many people are getting the flu jab every year.

Of course, there are the occasional reactions from the injection, just as some people react to certain foods but the injection does not cause flu.

BlueSky Fri 18-Oct-19 20:31:31

Sadly my mother in law died of pneumonia even though she religiously had her flu jabs and the pneumonia one too.

mcem Fri 18-Oct-19 20:36:48

Only had flu once in 1972 and it was just awful. Worse than childbirth, worse than the broken hip.
No more flu since then and only rarely a cold.
But definitely have annual jab now (and the one-off pneumonia one).

My appt was thursday am and nurse was quick and efficient. Arrived 5 mins early and taken immediately so was out before the appointed time.
No soreness or redness and I know if I am one of the unlucky ones it won't be nearly as bad as the 1972 episode.

Pleased I did what I could to protect my disabled DD and asthmatic GS (not to mention any vulnerable folks out there!)
Please don't be narrow-minded and selfish.

Harris27 Fri 18-Oct-19 20:41:07

Had mine on Monday all done!

LullyDully Fri 18-Oct-19 22:36:35

We were called yesterday afternoon for our shots. When we got there, the queue stretched all the way down the road. We were told we would need to queue for an hour and a half so left. We are going to Boots next week.

What a daft system!!!!!

grannyactivist Sat 19-Oct-19 00:31:59

Notsoold flowers

In 1985 I caught the flu and I was really ill for a long time, the recovery took months and at times I really thought I would die (and so did my family).

I have a weakened immune system, so I have a tendency to go down with any virus etc. that's doing the rounds and because of this I have been eligible for the flu vaccine for many years and have always been glad to have it.

Because I'm poorly just now I've been asked by my GP to wait until I'm better to have the flu jab this year. I've already re-booked the appointment several times and it is now back in the diary for 13th November.

winterwhite Sun 20-Oct-19 08:01:25

Had mine on Friday. Unbelievably sore arm on Friday night. Never happened before so looked it up y'day and found you should keep arm moving. Seems counter-intuitive so pass it on. Tried it last night - windmilling arm around and nearly hitting DH on the face. Worked, but anyway soreness much reduced. No choice of jab at our surgery and despite being over 65 it was the sort not made with eggs. DH no adverse reaction at all and usu in these sorts of circs he has to be worse affected than anybody. So you never can tell...

A great surprise to read how many people on here prefer not to have this vaccine. Had no idea.

MamaCaz Sun 20-Oct-19 08:20:39

I had mine at Superdrug on Friday.

Being under 65, I don't qualify for a free jab, but only paid £6.99

Last year, one of ds2's best friends lost a baby because of flu!

That was a huge wake-up call to us all.

We no longer selfishly think, "I'll not bother, as I'm strong and healthy" - we have realized that by by getting ourselves immunised, we are reducing the risk of this awful tragedy happening to other vulnerable people, including our own little dgd.

Grammaretto Fri 25-Oct-19 12:15:34

I had the jab on Wednesday and felt fine until the following day when I felt tired and then feverish. It's like a mild dose of the flu.

I am slightly better today so 2 to 3 days of after effects but much better than a dose of the flu proper.

nanaK54 Fri 25-Oct-19 12:24:03

Had both flu and pneumonia jabs on Tuesday of this week - my first 'freebie' flu jab as I have just turned ill effects at all

humptydumpty Fri 25-Oct-19 12:38:17

eloethan, I've just been reading back through the posts and came across yours. I have always been an admirer of yours, your posts are articulate and well-informed, but on this occasion I do hope you read maw's post and have had second thoughts: having a flu jab is not just to protect you, but also to protect the many people in the community who have weakened immune systems, and will be in danger of infection if you contract flu and come into contact with them; I urge you (and other non-vaxx people) to think again.

mcem Fri 25-Oct-19 12:47:53

Glad to hear folks putting forward the "herd immunity" argument.
Downright selfish to take the I'm alright line unless there clear contra-indications.

JenniferEccles Fri 25-Oct-19 13:44:43

From some of the comments on here it’s clear that some people still think we can get a cold from the flu vaccine. Not true. They are two different viruses.

Lots claim they caught flu from the vaccine forgetting it’s possible to be incubating flu but before the symptoms appear then have the jab and blame it.

Obviously with over a million folk having the vaccination it’s inevitable some will be unwell just before.

Sussexborn Fri 25-Oct-19 14:08:37

My whole family had flu in 1957/8. I was 6, older brother 9, younger brothers 3 and 1 1/2. The youngest was very poorly in a bedroom with steam apparatus to help him breath. We were taken in to see him and he was struggling to breath. No beds left in the hospital so we had doctor and district calling in several times a day. A few months into all this my Mum collapsed under the strain. My baby brother did survive but he died three years ago. In a family who mostly live to between 80-100 sixty seemed so young. He was an amazing person though much of this we only found out from people at his funeral as he was quiet and unassuming.

Working in a surgery I started having flu jabs partly because of the way some men seem to think that coughing all over you will gain them sympathy. I learned to side step much of it but we now know that viruses can stay alive on surfaces.

My last job was in a dialysis unit and we were strongly encouraged to have the flu jab. I nearly turned tail when I saw the woman amusing herself by throwing the needle in as if she was playing darts. My arm really ached for a week after. If an injection is given carefully it hurts a lot less!

One of the most panicked patients ever screamed the surgery down. She had numerous ear piercings and tattoos but baulked at a tetanus booster! Nowt so queer as folk!

Grammaretto Fri 25-Oct-19 15:38:14

My reaction was undoubtedly due to the flu jab. I see it as a good sign and shows I have a healthy immune system which reacts when given some alien matter. It has to fight it off - and it does!
According to the Centre for Disease Control, mild side effects from the flu shot include soreness, redness or swelling at the injection site, low-grade fever and aches. ... Symptoms of serious side effects include difficulty breathing, swelling around the eyes or lips, hives, racing heart, dizziness and high fever

Cherrytree59 Fri 25-Oct-19 17:45:29

My Mother in law died from Flu the early part of this year. sad

My daughter and I both had our flu jabs today. (Paid for)

DH had his a couple of weeks ago. (Free)

GC having flu spray at school 4th November.

Sil also having his jab this week, he works with general public. (Paid for)

MamaCaz Sat 26-Oct-19 13:49:56

GabriellaG54 Sun 15-Sep-19 14:09:39

Or doctors' surgeries, surely, if you mean surgeries belonging to doctors, plural?

Daisymae Tue 05-Nov-19 13:47:35

Had the flu jab at GP surgery today. Nurse said it was a live vaccine, I always was under the impression that it was dead and therefore that's why you can't get flu afterwards? I asked her if she's had hers and she said no, she doesn't like injections! Of course I just love them........

Jane10 Tue 05-Nov-19 15:14:54

Well that nurse is an idiot on two counts.
1) it's not a live vaccine!
2) in her job she should certainly have had the jab!

Framilode Tue 05-Nov-19 17:40:27

MamaCaz I thing Gabriella G54 has had a huff and has left Gransnet. She posted this on Soops Kitchen a few days ago.

Daisymae Wed 06-Nov-19 09:15:43

Jane 10 - her DH is (drum roll) the GP!

Jane10 Wed 06-Nov-19 09:53:27

Daisymae D'oh! 😱