Flu Jab

#1
Had a letter through the post today inviting me to have influenza vaccination (flu jab).
As there are a number of the over 65s or are under the age but who has a "chronic disease" as my prectice calls it who has had the jab, I was wondering does it work, any side effects and anything else I need to know about it ?????
Oh and I am under 65

Thanks
 

jarrod248

LE
Gallery Guru
#3
It's not a live virus so you won't catch flu from having it. Yes it works and it is worth having if you are at risk. Side-effects tend to be mainly soreness at injection site but it's minimal and same for all injections. Avoid if you are allergic to chicken or eggs.
 
#4
I had mine for last 3 years (incl bird flu) never a problem I will be going to get mine next week (no I'm not old before you start)
 
#5
The only time that I had the Flu jab I had the worst dose of snotting flu that winter that I have ever had
 
#6
I've been ill ever since - and still am now.

FI Flu my arrse.

Pleurisy, pneumonia, bronchitus(sp), loss of weight (like I need it), no appetite, yakking like a thing, weary, and just a general sense of "Can't be arrsedness" all in a oner.

Your choice mate.

Does that make me sound gay? Mebbe I should go back to bed.
 
#8
Well worth it if you have a lower immunity due to a chronic problem or (dare I say it) because you are getting old. For those who are fit and healthy, flu is not nice as it causes lots of aches and pains but you will get over it. Us older and less fit will still get the symptoms but, if you have the jab, it will not be serious enough to kill you (we hope).
Still, last time I was invited for a "flu" jab was at Porton Down and I'm glad I never took that little invitation up despite what Part 2 orders offered you.
 
#9
The only time that I had the Flu jab I had the worst dose of snotting flu that winter that I have ever had
Ditto. We were "persuaded" (along the lines of if we didn't have the jab and then caught flu, we would not get paid sick leave) at work to have the flu jab, I then spent the next week wishing I would die just so I'd feel better. I know I couldn't have caught it from the flu jab but the coincidence is enough to convince me to not bother with it again.
 
#10
My doc is a big fan of the flu shot so I have gotten every year. Worst side effect has been a bit of soreness at the injection site. I did skip it one year and had the flu so feckin bad I thought I was dying. I have never missed it since.

Last year I had two jabs. I got the regular flu jab from my doc but the new flu vaccine was scarce so when the guy in the next office offered me one I jumped at the opportunity. (note: guy in the next office is a paramedic)

Note also: Here in the US you can now get the jab from most pharmicists (chemists ?)
 
#11
Yes, have it, as someone said, its free - and any discomfort is mild and short term (if noticable at all)
Remember all those people who have to live with you / work with you if you get flu because you did not have the jab.
And living longer gives you the abilitiy to spend your maturing insurance policies (why leave it to others when you can be a Grumpy Old Man for years to come).
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
#13
As an at-risk patient (chronic late-onset asthma) I have been getting free flu jabs since I was diagnosed in the late 90s. Last year I also had the bird flu jab within about a month of the winter flu jab.

I still usually get a cold every winter and sometimes it gets to my chest, but it never ticks any of the flu boxes. Generally I feel I get through winters better than I did in the early 90s.

On balance, I'll take the jab, and I am booked in for next month. No shame, even when at 55 I am at least ten years younger than everyone else in the queue.

That said, I had a cold, became a chest infection last month and I was rougher than a box of frogs. Ended up on Amoxycillin and I fear that it will have lowered my defences for this winter.
 

cent05zr70

On ROPS
On ROPs
#14
'Flu jabs? Pffuuuii. My vet wants me to send him a box of shit! Feckin' prevert.
 
#15
I have no option as I'm now ordered to have it as part of the yearly vaccination set. Mind I haven't had a cold or flu since I started so there must be something in it. Or it may be that I just don't inhabit cold, wet training areas* any more!

* read Europe
 
#16
I had the jab over here in Germany end of October,went to the UK in early November and caught a really nasty flu virus with gut problems and after about 2 weeks got pluerasy as a bonus,lost about 20 kilos though puking and crapping water and was off work for at least 6 weeks.Really cheered my boss up,that was about 6 years ago and I´ve never taken the jab since but have never had a bad cold since then either,just stuff myself with Vicks Daymed instead!
Maybe an allergy test beforehand might help to lessen the risk,If that´s possible of course,I won´t be having another Flu jab that´s for sure.
PS,I caught a real Flu virus in JLR/RAC in ´74 on leave and put about 8 guys in the MRS for at least 6 weeks which really fcuked up their trade training,the ex Naval ´Doctor´wouldn´t let me go sick so I had to carry on with my 120mm course including ranges and ammo bashing.What doesn´t kill you makes you harder but at least nobody cashed their bets on me surviving.
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
#18
I had the jab over here in Germany end of October,went to the UK in early November and caught a really nasty flu virus with gut problems and after about 2 weeks got pluerasy as a bonus,lost about 20 kilos though puking and crapping water and was off work for at least 6 weeks.Really cheered my boss up,that was about 6 years ago and I´ve never taken the jab since but have never had a bad cold since then either,just stuff myself with Vicks Daymed instead!
Maybe an allergy test beforehand might help to lessen the risk,If that´s possible of course,I won´t be having another Flu jab that´s for sure.
PS,I caught a real Flu virus in JLR/RAC in ´74 on leave and put about 8 guys in the MRS for at least 6 weeks which really fcuked up their trade training,the ex Naval ´Doctor´wouldn´t let me go sick so I had to carry on with my 120mm course including ranges and ammo bashing.What doesn´t kill you makes you harder but at least nobody cashed their bets on me surviving.
Reminds me of my first day with 15/19H in Omagh.

"You've seen RHQ and the Squadron Office. You've dumped yer kit in yer room. Let's look further afield. On your right is the cookhouse. On your left at the far end of the square is C Squadron accommodation. Don't go anywhere near it. They are in quarantine. Glandular fever. First guy went sick, he got medevaced back home, six months' bed rest. Second guy went sick, same, third guy went sick, two weeks in bed. They're all locked in there now and we push food under the doors. The rest of us are covering their operational duties."
 
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