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This year's flu jab

Old 6th Nov 2020, 17:59
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Originally Posted by arthur harbrow View Post
Had my jab on tuesday.Next day felt really poorly, ached all over, pounding headache, weak as a kitten.Next day as right as rain, strange.
Pretty similar to my experience, when I started this thread. There do seem to be a wide range of reactions, though, from none at all to feeling rough as rats for a day or two.
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Old 6th Nov 2020, 18:08
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Ex work colleague had flu jab in one arm & the pneumonia jab in the other .... allergic reaction to the pneumonia jab ..... still feels like crap 3 weeks after, had to take antihistamines & nurofen.
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Old 6th Nov 2020, 18:26
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Originally Posted by arthur harbrow View Post
Had my jab on tuesday.Next day felt really poorly, ached all over, pounding headache, weak as a kitten.Next day as right as rain, strange.
Similar here. Reported at 09.22, out by 09.22.30.
But overnight felt rough, aching joints etc. Stayed in bed for an extra hour, then felt as good as a 68 yr old should.
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Old 6th Nov 2020, 22:46
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The flu jab doesn't contain live virus, it's an inactivated vaccine.
There are, however, different types, and the vaccine being given to over 64's in the UK is designed to elicit a stronger immune response. This may be why some over-64s find they have more noticable side- effects.
So far I've never had any problems following the shot, but that diesn't mean I never will
Either way, I'd be a whole lot worse suffering from full on flu.
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Old 7th Nov 2020, 07:05
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Given she falls firmly into the at risk and age demographic, the management also wanted a pneumonia jab. This was arranged, well in advance, for 10.00 last Thursday.

At about 0915 she got a phone call......canx. Next available date ? " sometime after Christmas ".
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Old 7th Nov 2020, 08:57
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I had a flu jab recently. When I reached the nurse who was going to administer it, I was asked if I had had one before. "Yes. In 1971". "Oh! Well, it is different now". I can confirm it is indeed different from my previous experience. With the 1971 version, I felt rough for a few days after. This year's version had no ill effects afterward other than my arm feeling as if the jab had been delivered via a pick axe!
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Old 7th Nov 2020, 09:21
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Similar to Jackjones1's colleague I had the flu jab in one arm and the pneumonia jab in the other.
Flu jab was fine, but the pneumonia one caused a reaction that had me feeling "poorly" for several days. My arm went red and blotchy around the injection site suggesting an allergic reaction.

There was a queue of several hundred yards up the road from the surgery. Times had been allocated alphabetically
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Old 8th Nov 2020, 08:30
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Had mine last week - outside in the car park of our surgery..... 'we can't allow anybody inside'. What has our health service come to?
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Old 8th Nov 2020, 08:48
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Flu injection. Sat in a doctor's surgery waiting room for half an hour last Monday with a gently revolving round of perhaps 10-15 patients. As I reported here before, I didn't feel great the next day and had a raised hard red area around the jab site, both itchy and painful.

Update. I've actually not really slept well all week since, (I usually sleep like a log) and my stomach is definitely not right either. Coincidence, perhaps. (?)
But who am I to complain? This was, after all, free to over 65s here in Japan.
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Old 8th Nov 2020, 09:44
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Had three vaccines at once recently. Some difteria/polio/tetanus combo in one arm, Hepatitis B and flu in the other. No reaction whatsoever. Lucky me.
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Old 9th Nov 2020, 09:43
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Flu jab day this afternoon here in Munich. A first for me, but like Ancient Mariner I also get to have some wonderful other stuff and like him I have never had a reaction to them, so hopefully none to this either.

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Old 9th Nov 2020, 10:51
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For those that are able to get it, please get the latest shingles vaccine. I'm told it's not pleasant and you may try and schedule it when you don't have to work the next day, but you don't want to get shingles. I got it at a relatively early age (mid-40s) on the side of my head and it was a horrible experience and took me out of action for months. The pain was unbearable and there was no immediate cure. Every morning I woke up feeling as if someone had hit me with a baseball bat. It took months to recover.

You don't want to get shingles, believe me. Take the hit of being ill for a day or two and get the vaccine.
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Old 9th Nov 2020, 12:45
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I was offered a shingles vaccination by our local practice nurse whilst attending a routine check-up, shortly after my 70th. I don't recall any side-effects.
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Old 10th Nov 2020, 15:33
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For the first time ever I figured a flu jab would be wise this year. I had that, and a pneumonia jab yesterday. I didn;t even know there was a pneumonia vaccine.

Both arms ached at the site of the injection and by late evening I felt like I was going down with something. Early to bed with some paracetamol and feel fine this morning.
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Old 10th Nov 2020, 21:37
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Originally Posted by Hokulea View Post
For those that are able to get it, please get the latest shingles vaccine. I'm told it's not pleasant and you may try and schedule it when you don't have to work the next day, but you don't want to get shingles. I got it at a relatively early age (mid-40s) on the side of my head and it was a horrible experience and took me out of action for months. The pain was unbearable and there was no immediate cure. Every morning I woke up feeling as if someone had hit me with a baseball bat. It took months to recover.

You don't want to get shingles, believe me. Take the hit of being ill for a day or two and get the vaccine.
Friend of mine in Pasadena was telling me the same thing based on a newer vaccine last year. I remember checking and the nhs wasn't offering it at that time. Can you say which vaccine you are referring to?
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Old 11th Nov 2020, 07:10
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You have to be 70 to get the shingles vaccine or pay for it yourself with the NHS.
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Old 11th Nov 2020, 20:49
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Well had the shot Monday with no reaction then or since, though I did have to stay chatting with the pharmacist for 5min to make sure I did not have a reaction, which I have never had to do with any other shot I have had as I recall. On the plus side she was a pretty Brunette with a love of travel so not 5min wasted, and I know that comment is so last centaury but true !!
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Old 11th Nov 2020, 20:59
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Latest Shingles vaccine is Shingrix. Two doses, Second is 2-6 months after the first.
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