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Have you had yours?

Your fly jab that is.

Had mine yesterday which was free because I am (well over) 65. The Mrs on the other hand had to pay a tenner as she is... well not 65 yet. 

More info from nhs.uk/getflujab.

 

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Not yet - I'm under 65 - just, and don't feel like shelling out. Had them the previous eight years for free though, as I was classed as a carer for my sadly missed mum.

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Got it this year for the first time since I had the first one many years ago and I swear it gave me flu...I was so ill..

So my body is now loaded with 4 types of virus that will not appear this year and all cultured in cells made from a Cocker Spaniel liver ( don't use hens eggs any more ).

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madin-Darby_Canine_Kidney_cells

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Don't fancy your fly jab Minivan, sounds painful 😧

Did get my pensioner's flu jab yesterday, hope it will keep the lurgy away from us all for another year!

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You can get a fee flu jab if you are 64 see below

And there is a special jab for the over 65s

The big problem is the specialist guess what strains to include in this years vaccine like betting on horses as there are 144 different subtypes

 

You're eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2019-20) if you'll be aged 65 or over on 31 March 2020. That is, you were born on or before 31 March 1955.

So if you're currently 64 but will be 65 on 31 March 2020, you do qualify.

 

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@Minivanman wrote:

Your fly jab that is.


@Minivanman 

That sounds even more undesirable than the flu jab, which I'm unlikely to ever have anyway due to needle phobia.  😄

 


@jab1 wrote:

Not yet - I'm under 65 - just, and don't feel like shelling out. ...




@jab1 

Well that surprises me given your forum username!  😉

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@RobPN My user name predates my my mums stroke, which is why I got them free - it is just my initials.

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@Longliner 

@RobPN 

Oops yes, ouch!

 

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@wotsup 

Something to do with eggs? - as they always ask if I am allergic to them.

My very first flu jab was back in the mid 60s and it knocked me for six, but been fine with them since. 

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@Anonymous 

The Mrs just misses that date as she was born July '55. 

Lots of strains as you say and the one I was given covers (so I was told by the nurse) three main ones. They seem to change each year?

My arm still sore by the way. 😒

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The vaccine for the UK is still grown in hens eggs the US ie Google my be different

 

For most flu vaccines, the strains of the viruses are grown either in hens' eggs or mammalian cells. These flu vaccines are used in all the countries in the northern hemisphere, not just the UK.

 

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@RobPN My user name predates my my mums stroke, which is why I got them free - it is just my initials.


@jab1 

Apologies if you think I was berating your mums illness or your role as a carer, that wasn't my intention.  

I knew it was your initials, but I was just playing on the irony ...

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Having suffered from GBS a few years ago there’s a small chance the flu jab may bring it on again.

The world’s top Neurologists cannot agree whether this may, or may not, be the case.

So ,as my GP says, it’s my decision.  Given the option between GBS and the flu I’ll take the flu anytime.

 

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@Champnet 

Not that informed about GBS, but a dose of flu for the elderly like myself can be a killer - you only have to look back to the pandemic of 1918 that wiped out an estimated 500 million people worldwide.

Different strain perhaps, but still. 

 

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@jab1 wrote:

@RobPN My user name predates my my mums stroke, which is why I got them free - it is just my initials.


@jab1 

Apologies if you think I was berating your mums illness or your role as a carer, that wasn't my intention.  

I knew it was your initials, but I was just playing on the irony ...

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No problem @RobPN - no problem. I understand your 'style' and took no offence.

John