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NOW CLOSED Take part in a short survey about seasonal flu and be in with a chance of winning a £250 Love2Shop voucher

(57 Posts)
NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 21-Jul-11 15:14:05

We've been asked by a pharmaceutical company to find out what Mumsnetters think about seasonal influenza (aka the flu!) and your views on vaccinating your child(ren) against it. Please note that this survey is about seasonal flu, not avian (bird) or swine or any other type of pandemic flu. Seasonal influenza is characterised by the following symptoms which last for at least a few days:

- Sudden high temperature
- Aches and pains
- Dry cough
- Nausea
- Loss of appetite
- Lethargy

The survey is open to all UK Mumsnetters with at least one child. Please click here to take part.

Everyone who takes part and enters their details at the end will be entered into a prize draw to win £250 of Love2Shop vouchers.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw!

posterofagirl Thu 21-Jul-11 23:42:54


Doobydoo Fri 22-Jul-11 07:56:23

Who is the company??????

NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Jul-11 09:05:32

Toomuchmonthatendofthemoney - yes, you're in. You should get taken to the homepage at the end of the survey.

NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Jul-11 10:09:57

Doobydoo - the company is AstraZeneca

Doobydoo Fri 22-Jul-11 17:31:34

Thank yousmile

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 23-Jul-11 12:58:02

It is flawed. Seasonal flu jabs do contain the swine flu component now.

Dylthan Sat 23-Jul-11 14:02:15

It might not this year though kitten.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 23-Jul-11 17:45:23

It is in this coming season:

Recommendation for flu vaccine
Its the h1n1 component you can see listed. The h1n1 swine flu has virtually replaced other circulating h1n1 viruses, so until a new one comes along or this one drifts substantially the swine flu will stay in the vaccine. However it is different from the seperate vaccine that was initially offered when swine flu fist emerged in that it doesnt have an adjuvant added. (they can now make enough that they don't need to boost supplies)

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 23-Jul-11 17:48:12

already shipping this winters supply out in the US

ShowOfHands Sat 23-Jul-11 18:28:43

Interesting survey. I'm guessing they're looking for a '90% of mothers who don't vaccinate their precious children against flu don't realise it causes pneumonia, encephalitis, meningitis, ugliness and boils' type result.

sybilfaulty Sat 23-Jul-11 21:57:57


rabbit54 Sun 24-Jul-11 08:13:26

just completed the seasonal flu survey and it is a biased survey which is about encouraging people to immunise their children. So, its not a survey is propaganda. Its educates us that they may offer children an alternative to an injection to encourage us. It asks us to remember how our child having the flu influenced our work etc. It does not mention the risks of immunisation at all. It does not ask is putting a drug into our child's body necessary.

IDrinkFromTheirSkulls Sun 24-Jul-11 08:39:49

Done wink

LaCidrai Sun 24-Jul-11 11:25:43


Meglet Sun 24-Jul-11 13:02:03


ihavenewsockson Sun 24-Jul-11 14:06:21


EdithWeston Sun 24-Jul-11 19:47:09

Not doing this - as OYBBK so rightly said, it's fundamentally flawed as "swine flu" is currently classed as a seasonal flu and is included in the seasonal flu jab (it was only ever a single vaccine because of the atypical timing of its emergence and the rapidity of its global spread). I think that misinforming potential participants about how the JCVI includes swine flu in the seasonal flu jab is no way to start a survey - especially as "seasonal flu" is simply an umbrella term for whichever are the expected dominant strains for the coming season. They change every season.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 24-Jul-11 20:25:20

I'm quite shocked at how misleading it is. Blatantly distorting things to get people to reply as they wish. Not a real survey at all.

micra Sun 24-Jul-11 23:00:50

How do I get to the survey? Every time I click on what I think is a link, it just directs me to this thread and not an actual survey...?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 25-Jul-11 08:19:39

survey link here

merryberry Mon 25-Jul-11 10:20:49

No way on it to register confounding fact that I am immunosupressed and my whole family are offered it.

Fillybuster Mon 25-Jul-11 15:36:24


MrsKwazii Mon 25-Jul-11 16:45:59

Gah! I wrote a long post and then got the 'Oops' message and it disappeared into the ether.

I've completed to be able to make the point that the NHS has enough to be getting on with without adding a vaccination to the schedule that the majority of children don't need. It's playing on the fears of the worried well. When would surgeries find the time to vaccinate all children. And where would the money come to pay for it?

For the majority of people, flu is one of those things that you catch and get over. Pandemic flu excepted.

PfftTheMagicDragonhideGloves Tue 26-Jul-11 09:52:29

I used the comments boxes to express my displeasure wink

Lisatheonewhoeatsdrytoast Tue 26-Jul-11 13:56:03

done. smile

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