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QAQA Wed 02-Oct-19 09:37:57

I’m thinking about getting the flu jab but like to read up on things first.

I’ve had two different views from therapeutic therapy professionals one for and one against.

My main concern is I feel bad enough as it is with this dizziness and I honestly think if I get a cold it will floor me.

I’d welcome anyone’s thoughts or views on getting the jab for or against.

Has anyone had the jab, did you react to it, did it help you?

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LarkDescending Wed 02-Oct-19 09:55:00

A flu jab won’t stop you getting a cold.

It will reduce the risk of your getting flu.

FWIW I am having mine (privately, at Boots) today. A few years ago I became seriously ill as a complication of flu and ended up in an ambulance & hospital resus with awful breathing difficulties. It was very scary.

My colleague’s husband had flu last year which developed into sepsis. He survived but now has “post-sepsis syndrome” which in his case resembles dementia. He can no longer find his way around his own home.

For me, it’s worth a jab to reduce the risk of flu which is a nasty illness, with or without complications. But it won’t stop me getting a cold!

I have never had a reaction to the jab. The ones used for adults do not contain any live virus.

PinkSparklyPussyCat Wed 02-Oct-19 12:48:06

I probably should have it but won't due to my needle phobia. I'm not stupid, I know how serious flu can be but even the thought of having the jab makes me shake and my heart race.

If you're normal (unlike me!) then I would have it.

NannyR Wed 02-Oct-19 12:52:07

I have it every year, I missed it once and got flu and felt the most ill I have ever felt in my life, never missed it since.

I've never had any side effects from it other than a slightly sore arm.

LarkDescending Wed 02-Oct-19 14:20:59

Well I was supposed to have my jab this lunchtime, having booked at Boots well in advance and had appointment reminders as recently as Monday, but when I got there they said their vaccine supplies had run out "nationally" and I couldn't have it. So that was that.

NanTheWiser Wed 02-Oct-19 15:13:34

I got mine done at the LLoyds pharmacy in my big Sainsbury's this morning, just walked up without a booking. Being over 65, mine was free.

There is no good reason NOT to have it, flu can be quite dreadful, and sometimes kills vulnerable people, so it's a no-brainier really.

Not sure about availability at the moment, there is a reported shortage of the vaccine, but I don't know if that applies only to the under 65 strain.

Judystilldreamsofhorses Wed 02-Oct-19 18:45:05

I normally get it at work, but emailed occupational health last week to ask about it and have had no reply. I didn’t realise there was a shortage. My DP has been pretty much bed bound with flu since the weekend and I have been quite scared by how ill he is, on Monday when I got in from work he was practically delirious. He is in quarantine - spare bedroom - and I am washing my hands so much they are raw to try and minimise the chance of getting it.

IHaveBrilloHair Wed 02-Oct-19 18:47:53

I had it this morning, feel absolutely fine, but will report back tomorrow.

Knittedfairies Wed 02-Oct-19 18:51:53

I had it on Saturday; no reaction. It's not even a 'jab' so the needle phobics shouldn't worry; calling it a jab isn't helpful. Mine felt like a scratch.

june2007 Wed 02-Oct-19 18:55:37

Reasons for, it protects against that seasons strain of Flu.
Reasons agains. You could still get another strain of flu.

JoanieCash Wed 02-Oct-19 18:56:30

It doesn’t contain live virus. You won’t catch flu from it. If you get a viral illness following it, will be for other reasons (including that you caught flu through the air before your body had time to mount an immune response to vaccine).

IHaveBrilloHair Thu 03-Oct-19 10:06:41

Sore arm today but nothing major.

EmilyJohnson19 Thu 03-Oct-19 20:39:24

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DramaAlpaca Thu 03-Oct-19 20:42:56

I get it every year. I got this year's last Sunday. I had a slightly sore arm for a day or two, but that's all.

To anyone worried about it, the needle used is tiny & you honestly barely feel it.

jackparlabane Thu 03-Oct-19 20:45:16

What 'therapeutic professional' has advised against and why? If they aren't a doctor with expertise in immunology, I'd go with what your GP says - and if in doubt ask them to confirm with PHE what would be best in your case.

spottysept Thu 03-Oct-19 21:39:42

I had Influenza type A. It was horrendous and I ended up in hospital for a few nights, I was kinda quarantined so got my own room with a bathroom (every cloud!)

Anyway, it was horrific, never felt so poorly in my life I actually thought I was going to die. I was on a drip the whole time but was that delirious I have no idea what was being pumped into me.

Now I'm NHS frontline and make sure I get my flu jab every year. I've just had mine, I get it in my right (dominant) arm which I use more and so it feels better quicker. It barely hurt and my arm felt better after a day and a half ish. I haven't felt poorly at all, I've been completely normal. The vaccine isn't live so there's no reason to feel poorly after it.

boringisasboringdoes Thu 03-Oct-19 22:27:37

*I have it every year, I missed it once and got flu and felt the most ill I have ever felt in my life, never missed it since.

I've never had any side effects from it other than a slightly sore arm.*

Same here

heath48 Thu 03-Oct-19 23:55:37

Had mine two weeks ago,I am over 65,have it every year.

Only ever had a bit of a sore arm.

QAQA Fri 04-Oct-19 08:58:38

Thank you ladies
I will pop in to my local chemist on Monday smile

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SirTobyBelch Fri 04-Oct-19 09:24:23

There is a delay in production & supply of the vaccine this year: www.bmj.com/content/366/bmj.l5779

If you can't get an appointment right away you should be able to get one in a couple of weeks. As most of the vaccine is produced in France, however, a no-deal EU exit is likely to hold things up again in November.

Could I just repeat previous posters' point that flu vaccination doesn't protect you from colds? Flu is caused by influenza A virus (less commonly influenza B virus and rarely influenza C): an enveloped negative-sense RNA virus of the orthomyxoviridae family. Colds are mostly caused by rhinoviruses, non-enveloped positive-sense RNA viruses of the picornaviridae family. They are structurally distinct and have different proteins on their surfaces. A vaccine that promotes an immune response to flu viruses has no effect at all on the response to rhinoviruses.

LeGrandBleu Fri 04-Oct-19 19:46:47

We are in Australia. Get the shot this year, because the flu we had was horrendous this year. I was so sick, a wreck and it arrived very early in the season.
Do not hesitate. I had gone at GP to get the shot, but the nurse was running late and I had to leave for the school run, I had booked an another appointment for the following week but for sick during the weekend. Probably caught it in the GP 's waiting room.

This year, a lot of young people died. Mums, teenagers, kids, so sad.

VictoriaBun Fri 04-Oct-19 19:50:00

Had mine about 3 weeks ago, didn't have any problems at all.
Last year's my arm ached for months, and even hurt to lay on it.

Delatron Fri 04-Oct-19 22:13:00

It sounds like the Australian fu was horrific this year.
Our flu jab here definitely contains that variant?

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 04-Oct-19 22:28:10

SirToby if my local surgery doesn't have any, should I go to a pharmacy? I'm wrestling with my conscience on this one.

BeerandBiscuits Sun 06-Oct-19 12:29:47

I've only had the flu jab once, 6 years ago. Felt absolutely fine when I had it, three days later started to feel ill and ended up having months of some kind of "virus", according to the GP.
I know you can't get flu from the jab but I'm convinced it somehow made me ill and won't risk it again.
I read up on studies of vit D and its effect on URTI's and flu and get blood test for vit D level every autumn, via an online site. Have been following their recommendations on dosage and so far have avoided getting flu and rarely get colds.

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