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Everyone to receive jab against swine flu

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sherby Sun 12-Jul-09 09:31:22


will you be having it?

PuppyMonkey Sun 12-Jul-09 09:34:00

Sounds very sketchy: "could be introduced"... well yes, it COULD be. hmm

ihavenosecrets Sun 12-Jul-09 09:34:47

The year that I received the flu jab I became very ill with flu and had a chest infection which lasted a year and triggered asthma. I am not sure whether I want to risk that again.

ShowOfHands Sun 12-Jul-09 09:35:21

If and I stress, if it was made available to all, no I would not have it.

HecatesTwopenceworth Sun 12-Jul-09 09:36:16

why not soh?

saintlydamemrsturnip Sun 12-Jul-09 09:37:43

I wouldn't either soh.

noddyholder Sun 12-Jul-09 09:38:49

I have to have it as am can't come quick enough for me tbh!

giddykipper Sun 12-Jul-09 09:39:04

I would, I think.

HecatesTwopenceworth Sun 12-Jul-09 09:40:52

Those who wouldn't - why? what have you heard about it?

ShowOfHands Sun 12-Jul-09 09:41:37

For many, many reasons hecate. I can go on and on and on but I won't.

For people like noddyholder I think it can't come soon enough but everybody? With a flu that thus far is comparably mild? Don't make me a vaccine, save the money, spend it on treating somebody who needs the help now.

giddykipper Sun 12-Jul-09 09:43:17

The point is soh that by autumn it is likely that it will no longer be mild.

noddyholder Sun 12-Jul-09 09:45:56

I have had the normal one every year since 1999 and have never had flu.My ds is terrified I get it so i think it would put his mind at rest tbh.There has been no info about the 'hea;thy' person who died yet I am hoping he was very old at least otherwise it is a worry

HecatesTwopenceworth Sun 12-Jul-09 09:46:22

But will any immunisation given now be any use against it in autumn, when in all likelihood it will have mutated into a different beast altogether?

RubberDuck Sun 12-Jul-09 09:47:32

I would I think (after waiting for a few more people to have it done first, so side effects/risks are known), but then I always get the normal flu vaccination because I'm asthmatic.

I'm not overly worried about swine flu in general, but having had my breathing severely knocked for about 6 months after normal flu, I'll take any protection offered.

saintlydamemrsturnip Sun 12-Jul-09 09:47:57

There's no likely that it won't be mild. Mutation is random so it could be milder. Impossible to predict - there is the potential that it could be more serious but that us true of many other viruses as well.

The one absolute essential rule for vaccination in this house (actually there are 2) is that a) the risk from the illness must be high and/ or b) we must be likely to get it. Clearly b) is fulfilled but a) isn't yet.

Will watch with interest but I won't be getting one just because it's being given out.

giddykipper Sun 12-Jul-09 09:48:36

I must admit that thought did cross my mind too Hecate. The news report I read suggested it would still work if the flu mutates. I'm no scientist so I'm happy to be lead by those who understand these things.

ShowOfHands Sun 12-Jul-09 09:49:11

Exactly hecate. It may mutate and the vaccine may then be useless, it may not mutate, its mutation may not be severe. Who the heck knows?

This isn't actually my reason for not wanting it btw. Was just wondering out loud about the amount of money they would have to invest in this when money isn't being invested in other desperately needed health services.

saintlydamemrsturnip Sun 12-Jul-09 09:50:02

Everyone in our house healthy btw - would maybe make a different decision if the kids were asthmatic.

RubberDuck Sun 12-Jul-09 09:50:04

Hecates: it may have mutated, but a vaccine would still be likely to offer some protection. They make a "best guess" on the strains for the normal flu vaccination every year and don't always get it spot on, but it still offers protection for similar strains.

PerfectPrefect Sun 12-Jul-09 09:51:14

The vaccine should still be effective - as the parts of the virus they make the vaccine too are more genetically stable than other parts....the vaccine should also be polygenic too which means that multiple parst would all have mutate to make it ineffective.

HecatesTwopenceworth Sun 12-Jul-09 09:55:07

yes? I am supposed to get the normal flu jab every year because I am asthmatic but I rarely do blush

All this is good info to have. I bet many people (like me) don't really have a lot of details.

TotalChaos Sun 12-Jul-09 09:59:53

I probably will, despite some misgivings, because I work in a hospital (albeit clerical role) but occasionally briefly go up to wards and clinics to get files.

piscesmoon Sun 12-Jul-09 10:02:18

No -but I wouldn't have a 'normal' 'flu jab either-even when I get to be elderly. I will go for natural immunity.

noddyholder Sun 12-Jul-09 10:08:34

It will still work if it mutates according to my consultant.

Kayteee Sun 12-Jul-09 10:10:55

Nope. especially not after watching Torchwood grin

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