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This year's flu jab

Old 20th Sep 2020, 11:31
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Just had mine. Local pharmacy, in & out in under 10mins.
Pharmacist & receptionist the only others there.
Not (yet) painful, told to exoect cold like symptoms.
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Old 20th Sep 2020, 12:31
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Not sure where you live, but in the UK surely your parents will have talked about their flu jab?
Alas, no, I neither live in the UK, nor do my parents! But the JB crew has added this to my repertoire of knowledge... along with all sorts of assorted tidbits over the years.
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Old 21st Sep 2020, 08:39
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Just to report that 2 days after the jab apart from the lump where the needle went in and red spot, fading, no after effects to report. Very similar to the previous 2 years over 65 jab. My wife same age and apart from a but woozy / sleepy first day , nothing surprising there, .... Daughter who is a 'key worker' gets the jab every year paid for by her employer is scheduled for late October as she is in the under 65 group.. each previous year always jabbed on a Friday so any after effects don't affect her work.
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Old 21st Sep 2020, 14:17
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Self and Milady Teeters have got ours tomorrow - will report back on any side-effects.

Local surgery seems well on top of it (they've ben excellent throughout the Covid time), and have planned (social distanced!) queues in the car park which will culminate with a jab through an opened window (really) to minimise time getting in and out of the surgery........ fortunately the weather forecast looks good.

Watch this space
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Old 21st Sep 2020, 21:39
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Originally Posted by Mr Optimistic View Post
That used to be my thinking too. Research seems to show the vaccine effectiveness waning after about 100 days. However, outbreaks in recent years seemed to peak around Christmas and New Year, and availability might be more of an issue this time.
This link is to the UK Flu Report from March and shows the timings.
https://assets.publishing.service.go...20_week_10.pdf
Here you go....The high street pharmacy chain Boots says it is pausing taking any new bookings for flu vaccinations for people under 65 both the free NHS jabs and privately paid for ones.

It says its seen unprecedented demand for the vaccine in recent weeks and is temporarily limiting existing stocks to those at highest risk people 65 and over.

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Old 22nd Sep 2020, 14:55
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Just had a phone call from them Boots informing me of that very point, mine was a private appointment and I have been told to contact them again next week to retime table. Not helpful as I will be in Germany as I pointed, the gentleman said could I get it in Germany, as he said it maybe quicker to do it there as "we have big issues with supply in the UK". Well there is a surprise ! Contacted my local clinic here in Germany (I am due back in UK tonight for meetings and Flue jab) and I am having it next Tuesday in Munich.
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Old 22nd Sep 2020, 18:52
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Interesting as the item implied only new applicants would be restricted. Mine is booked for Monday and ditto the wife who is under 65. Will have to wait and see. Think they had supply issues last year too.
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Old 23rd Sep 2020, 02:41
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Had the over 65 one some months back and no reaction at all. Much better than the Hong Kong flu shot in the late 1960's which put us in hospital but we suspect it was the army experimenting.
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Old 23rd Sep 2020, 05:51
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Originally Posted by Mr Optimistic View Post
Here you go....The high street pharmacy chain Boots says it is pausing taking any new bookings for flu vaccinations for people under 65 both the free NHS jabs and privately paid for ones.

It says its seen unprecedented demand for the vaccine in recent weeks and is temporarily limiting existing stocks to those at highest risk people 65 and over.
Interesting. I walked into the local pharmacy that I normally use (which is part of the grocery store I normally use), with my wife it tow. Went to the counter - said we wanted the flu shot - fine, fill this out...
Same lady took the completed paperwork, input everything into the computer, talked to me about the pneumonia shot, then came out and gave us the jabs.
No special precautions other than everyone wearing masks (mandatory for going into the store), no line, just a wait while she did the paperwork.
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Old 23rd Sep 2020, 10:47
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Further to my post 64 above. Milady and self had the jabs yesterday morning - all very efficiently done in what the Surgery called their "Drive Through McD's Model".

No queues, checked in at entrance to car park (by GP's son and daughter, awaiting return to Uni) directed to one of 2 windows under a gazebo. Nurse at window, did jab, all done exit.

24 hours later no side effects (touch wood!), not even a sore injection site.




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Old 23rd Sep 2020, 11:18
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No lumps where they implanted the chips?
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Old 23rd Sep 2020, 12:10
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Nice to hear that many are not having any severe side effects. I can only assume that, for some reason, something in this year's batch of vaccine didn't agree with me. The red patch and soreness on my upper arm stayed for over a week afterwards, and that area is still itchy even now, which tends to indicate that I may have had some sort of unusual reaction to this.
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Old 23rd Sep 2020, 12:20
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Originally Posted by jolihokistix View Post
No lumps where they implanted the chips?
I was told to gently massage my upper arm after receiving the shot. No doubt it was to move the chip to somewhere else that can't be detected by normal people.
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Old 23rd Sep 2020, 18:13
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Called my GP surgery to cancel vaccination appointment, I had already
had it a the local pharmacy. They were surprised as they were having
difficulty getting their supply. My suspicion - health service beaurocracy.
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Old 24th Sep 2020, 09:34
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54273172

Presumably fuelled by the panic buying tendency.

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Old 30th Sep 2020, 09:48
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Wife and I just had flu jab at Boots, no issues. Didn't know under 65 version now has 4 strains not 3. Felt vaguely hard done by that the over 65 version still has just 3 strains. Still, I didn't have to pay the 13 so I'll shut up about it, well other than this.
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Old 30th Sep 2020, 10:19
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I had my flu jab last Saturday, no real side effects apart from the subliminal messages I keep getting from Bill Gates, every time a pass a window.
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Old 30th Sep 2020, 10:27
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My wife's been told this morning that the under-65s vaccinations aren't now going to start until November, because there's a shortage of vaccine in the NHS, apparently. Probably better to get vaccinated around then, I think, given that the vaccine is only really at its most effective for maybe three or four months.
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Old 30th Sep 2020, 10:30
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Under 65 vaccination last Saturday, for the first time at my local surgery. No side effects, in and out the door in less than 10 minutes.
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Old 30th Sep 2020, 12:20
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Under 65 vaccination last Saturday, for the first time at my local surgery. No side effects, in and out the door in less than 10 minutes.
Exactly the same here, thank goodness that it wasn't like last year's aftermath, which echoed the OP's experience this year.
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