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For those who don’t usually get the flu vaccination ...

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KeysDontBelongInTheFridge Mon 14-Sep-20 10:57:20

Will you be getting it this year? My children don’t usually get it, but we’ve already had a horrid cold and I’m becoming increasingly more anxious about a winter full of illnesses.

I’m not an anti-vaxxer so please I don’t want this to turn in to a vaccination debate, I just want to hear from people who for the first time may get it this year (or may not)

Thanks everyone flowers

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PinkMacaron Mon 14-Sep-20 11:01:01

Yes, in previous years its been offered by my employer but I don't usually get it. I will this year; if they don't offer it I'll pay for it.

MaxNormal Mon 14-Sep-20 11:05:26

I don't usually and I won't be this year either.

cptartapp Mon 14-Sep-20 11:06:12

I'm a nurse who has never had it, as didn't want around 70 different flu vaccinations given to me throughout my lifetime (started nursing at 18). I've also always said I'll only have it when I think it's primarily being offered for my personal benefit, not to protect the likes of my elderly grandma who always refused it herself, or to stop me going off work sick with flu.
I've tested positive for Covid antibodies, and am strongly considering having the flu vaccine this year for the first time.
I've previously had flu twice.

CrunchyCarrot Mon 14-Sep-20 11:06:42

No, I won't. This was the first year I've been offered it (turning 65).

whatistheworld Mon 14-Sep-20 11:06:51

i have booked 3 appointments so far and all cancelled! we have never had it before but want it as a family

Doggodogington Mon 14-Sep-20 11:08:19

I have it through work and yes I’ll probably have it again this year if it’s done on the day that I’m in. I probably wouldn’t go out of my way if they are doing it on a different day though.

jellybeanz1212 Mon 14-Sep-20 11:09:32

No, I won't be having it.

AvoidingRealHumans Mon 14-Sep-20 11:09:52

I'm not in a category that's offered it but my children are and I don't let them get it. They won't be getting it this year either, they are fit and healthy with a healthy diet, I personally think the flu vaccination is unnecessary for them.

Oly4 Mon 14-Sep-20 11:10:16

Yes, I’m usually fairly confident that I’d overcome flu but the combination of flu and a Covid doesn’t bear thinking about. It’s a tenner as well..

PinkSparklyPussyCat Mon 14-Sep-20 11:10:42

No I won't be having it. DH has been offered it this year and is deciding whether to have or not

AriettyHomily Mon 14-Sep-20 11:12:12

Yes I will, my employer provides it.

My kids have always had it.

ZarasHouse Mon 14-Sep-20 11:25:00

I would have to pay for it I think? If I am offered it free I will take it, if not then no.

timeforawine Mon 14-Sep-20 11:27:35

Myself and my daughter get it anyway, my husband doesn't but this year is going to pay to have it

Deliaskis Mon 14-Sep-20 11:29:54

Mine is provided by my employer and I do usually get it, occasionally I forget, or just 'don't get round to it' (I didn't get it last year), but I will definitely make sure I do this year.

Tomatoesneedtoripen Mon 14-Sep-20 11:55:36

my surgery normally ring me,but my work also provide it, however i have just today noticed on my prescription i will need to ring my surgery for one!

ellentree Mon 14-Sep-20 11:57:39

Yes, I'm intending to pay for myself this year. My husband gets it through work and children have it at school

Redcups64 Mon 14-Sep-20 12:00:27

Yes. Imagine flu and Covid on top, wouldn’t stand a chance. My kids will have it too. DH will pay for it this year too and he has never had it before, but worth getting it this year

Waxonwaxoff0 Mon 14-Sep-20 12:03:44

No.

IceCreamAndCandyfloss Mon 14-Sep-20 12:06:18

Torn on this as can pay privately and have it done as a family at the local chemist but if it lowers immunity for a short while then I’d be worried about being more vulnerable to other viruses.

Funkypolar Mon 14-Sep-20 12:07:25

I am entitled to a free one but I’m not having it.

0blio Mon 14-Sep-20 12:08:59

cptartapp

I'm a nurse who has never had it, as didn't want around 70 different flu vaccinations given to me throughout my lifetime (started nursing at 18). I've also always said I'll only have it when I think it's primarily being offered for my personal benefit, not to protect the likes of my elderly grandma who always refused it herself, or to stop me going off work sick with flu.
I've tested positive for Covid antibodies, and am strongly considering having the flu vaccine this year for the first time.
I've previously had flu twice.

I think it's good you are considering having the vaccine this year. Aren't HCPs encouraged to have it to help protect their vulnerable patients?

I personally think everyone should be offered it, flu is horrible and can be a killer.

Kaktus Mon 14-Sep-20 12:09:36

Yes, I am paying for it. Mainly because I can’t imagine looking after three very young children with the flu.

Coriandersucks Mon 14-Sep-20 12:10:15

Nope - never have. Children won’t be either.

CoronaBollox Mon 14-Sep-20 12:12:11

Have been offered it for the last 3 years, declined then and will decline now.

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