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    Flu jabs

    Is there anyone still waiting for their flu jab?.
    Hubby is housebound, only goes out for hospital appointments. He fits the criteria for the flu jab on many factors. Despite phoning our surgery a few times and reminding them that he has not had it, they blame the district nurses and say it is out of their hands. Last year he would not of had it, but our pharmacist did a home visit, unfortunately its a different pharmacy now.
    Any advice?

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    Don't bother. It's full of poisons and ineffective most years. If you've had flu or flu jabs before then you probably have immunity anyway. Check out the holistic view of preventing or protecting against flu.

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    Most pharmacies will do flu jabs, but some may charge.
    I believe Tesco was doing them in store for free.

    The jab is not always effective though.
    The flu virus mutates a lot, that's why there all those different strains about. (N1- blah-blah).

    Last years jab will not be effective against this years strains.
    This years jab may not either, some of the strains may have mutated since it was formulated.

    That's no reason not to have it though, it will still protect against most of this years strains.
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    Prevention is better than a cure in my book.

    It takes the nurse a second to jab you for 4 strains of the flu bug.

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    Many people who I know have bad colds etc straight after their flu jab. My wife many years ago had a very serious reaction to a flu jab. There are no guarantees the jab will work anyway. I've never had the jab & never will. Last time I had flu was more than twenty years ago.

    Many people believe a bad cold is flu, it is not, you would know if you really had flu.

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    Well. this is new to me. I've been invited to have a pneumonia jab today through my doctor.

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    I'm a bit cynical as to why the flu jab is pushed as the holy grail of all cures ? I honestly believe it's down to nothing more than financial incentives to GPs, I've been hounded by them for years, now they don't bother so much. A bad cold is NOT flu, a lot of people mistakenly think it is.
    http://vaxtruth.org/2011/09/the-flu-...snt-even-know/
    http://www.skeptic.com/reading_room/...cts-fallacies/
    BUT, we all have free choice eith way !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lighttouch View Post
    Well. this is new to me. I've been invited to have a pneumonia jab today through my doctor.
    I was given the pneumo. jab following my recent Cardiac Arrest.

    It's usually a one-off jab that lasts for the rest of your life.
    But if you have certain health conditions, spleen or kidneys, you may need a booster every 5 years.
    http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccina...ne-needed.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by nukecad View Post
    I was given the pneumo. jab following my recent Cardiac Arrest.
    Well, the nurse injects a pin prick dose into your upper arm - I didn't feel a thing!

    Yes, it's a one off jab that wards off most strains of pneumonia so I'm told.

    You're then told to linger for 10 minutes in case you have a bad reaction!

    You arev asked if you are allergic to egg shells - go figure!!!

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    Had my pneumo. jab some years ago. Don't have the flu jab since the 1st one in 2001/02.
    My mother had the pneumonia jab and guess what she died of at the age of 91, pneumonia. Makes you wonder if it really works.

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