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'flu jab'
« on: November 14, 2012, 04:04:18 pm »
How many people here get the 'flu jab'?

What effect does it have on you?  Makes me slightly light-headed and feverish.
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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2012, 04:04:49 pm »
I have it every year.  No effect.  Well, other than immunity to flu, obviously.

But we run a flu campaign at work, and we do get some people reporting vague symptoms - real or imagined, causation or correlation, we can't tell.  I'd be interested to hear what people on here feel.
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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2012, 04:07:11 pm »
My employer lets us all have it for free. I’m getting my first one next week so I’ll let you know.

Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2012, 04:12:04 pm »
This year & last year local GP practice, no side effects no flu either (or bad colds but I don't know if that is relevant)

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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2012, 04:18:28 pm »
I always have it, as I'm on immuno-suppressants. Never had a bad reaction.

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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2012, 04:31:39 pm »
One year I got a sore arm and a bit of a headache (which may have been unrelated).  Usually no symptoms.
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2012, 05:30:03 pm »
Get one every year - no problems yet.
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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2012, 05:57:56 pm »
Never had one. Can't remember when I last had flu. Man-colds aplenty (which are worse than flu, obv) but not flu.

Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2012, 06:09:21 pm »
Had flu in 1986 and was so impressed that I've had the jab ever since. No clear after effects; only feeling a bit anxious about whether there would be any, or thinking "oh dear I might have a cold".

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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2012, 06:11:32 pm »
I get one every year, the fist year I had flu symptoms, but it never developed into flu.

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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2012, 06:34:35 pm »
It can't develop into flu any more than you can hatch into a dragon.  ;)

I get it annually, working at a hospital, and I usually get a bit fat-headed that evening.  Hard to tell for sure as I'm a fathead anyway.  The point being that isn't flu, it's a little immunity-building twitch.
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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2012, 06:42:14 pm »
I have had it annually for the last ten years or so (free through work).

Never noticed any symptoms other than a mildly sore arm some years.

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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2012, 06:48:35 pm »
My GP always asks me if I want one - Atrial Fibrillation, asthma, old etc.

I've never bothered yet.  Maybe next year.  (I always say that)
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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2012, 07:17:13 pm »
Yep - no side effects ... seems worth getting VFM from the National Health ...

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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2012, 07:19:15 pm »
Had mine about 3 weeks ago, a £10 Tesco special. Absolutely no side effects.
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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2012, 07:20:09 pm »
Flu is bloody miserable, even if you aren't in an at-risk group.  Seems daft not to...
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« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2012, 07:51:39 pm »
no problems here  :thumbsup:. had the jab 2 weeks ago no problems  :)
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« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2012, 09:07:40 pm »
I really ought to get it what with my asthma and all. Then again I've not been to an asthma check up for a good while  :facepalm: Though part of that is that I've been feeling pretty ok since moving out of a damp flat and changing inhaler types. Were I suffering more I'd sort a checkup.

Think the last flu jab I had was three of four years ago.
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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2012, 10:32:49 pm »
Have it most years (when I remember). No effect other than not getting the flu.

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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2012, 10:37:34 pm »
Flu is bloody miserable, even if you aren't in an at-risk group.  Seems daft not to...
It's never occurred to me to get the jab. Flu's nasty, but if you're fit & healthy it's ('just') another bug. Measles, whooping cough, campylobacter, e coli, salmonella, rotovirus etc etc didn't kill me, I doubt flu will.
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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2012, 10:44:42 pm »
Nor me.  The chap who sits next to me at work has it (asthma) and ended up taking 2 days off last week (luckily as we needed his desk).  He sadi that was unusual though and generally no effects.
Don't remember any ll effects when I did have flu jabs age 10 or whenever it was.
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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2012, 10:47:32 pm »
Mildly achy the next day.

Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #22 on: November 14, 2012, 10:53:54 pm »
Flu is bloody miserable, even if you aren't in an at-risk group.  Seems daft not to...
It's never occurred to me to get the jab. Flu's nasty, but if you're fit & healthy it's ('just') another bug. Measles, whooping cough, campylobacter, e coli, salmonella, rotovirus etc etc didn't kill me, I doubt flu will.

No, but you could pass it on to someone more at risk than you, eg. someone who is immuno-compromised. Vaccine refusers never seem to pay regard to the risks to the wider community. Vaccination isn't all about you.
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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #23 on: November 14, 2012, 11:14:06 pm »
Flu is bloody miserable, even if you aren't in an at-risk group.  Seems daft not to...
It's never occurred to me to get the jab. Flu's nasty, but if you're fit & healthy it's ('just') another bug. Measles, whooping cough, campylobacter, e coli, salmonella, rotovirus etc etc didn't kill me, I doubt flu will.

Well yes, but I was assuming that those asking on the thread would be in or exposed to people in at-risk groups.  Obviously I'd have a flu jab because of my risk of chest infections, but even without that, if someone were to offer me one for the price of a 5 minute wait and a half-arsed BMI lecture, I'd gladly take it to avoid a repeat of the flu experience I had in 2002.
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Re: 'flu jab'
« Reply #24 on: November 14, 2012, 11:20:47 pm »
Herd immunity, innit.

That’s why my employer gives the jab for free.