flu shot in the UK?

Sep 12th, 2006, 12:13 PM
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"Where I live in the UK a free flu vac is also offered to those with asthma."

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Sep 12th, 2006, 02:00 PM
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Some chemists offer a service where a doctor will be available on certain days to offer flu vaccinations for a price. This is more commonplace in central London.
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Sep 12th, 2006, 02:24 PM
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the nhs has initiatives for these sort of things that change with the wind and are not very consistent throughout the country. for example, they may have a statistical target to give the flu jab to 60% of athsma patients in a given year. there will be a big awareness campaign and then the next year...nothing. the big campaign might be to do eye tests for diabetics or something.

there really is very little consistent preventative care in the UK, save these sporadic campaigns that are based on statistical targets born out of a decrepit bureaucracy.
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Sep 12th, 2006, 03:09 PM
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This of no relevance for the OP but people might be interested. The Province of Ontario (Canada) has been providing free flu shots for all residents for a few years now. Evening clinics are set up in schools etc. to make it reasonably easy to get.
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Sep 12th, 2006, 04:17 PM
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Gavin, as I recollect, the reasoning was that prevention is cheaper than treatment. My daughter, who studies in Ontario, got one last year and tells me she will be getting another one this fall.

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Sep 12th, 2006, 09:05 PM
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"It might be different in England but I'd ask your doctor.
Yes, EVERYONE should have the shot"

no everyone shouldn't. Flu is only life threatening for certain groups. Actually having flu will give you 3 years imunity because although the strain changes it doesn't change that much.

Whether you have the jab or not you may get fresher's flu".

Meningitis jabs are usualy offered free at your uni's health centre.

As the others have said if you really want the jab you can pay for it. Most GP's run a flu clinic. If you are in a priority group you will get the jab free, if not your GP may write an NHS prescription - you take that to a pharmacy and pay just under £6.65 for the pre filled syringe go back to your gp for the jab. Alternatively if your GP thinks you don't need a flu jab you will have to find a private clinic and pay whatever they ask. But shop around - the cost varies a lot
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Sep 12th, 2006, 11:24 PM
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Cambe is simply wrong.

There may be some GPs who operate the way he describes, but it's NOT the standard practice.
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Sep 13th, 2006, 09:15 AM
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Isn't there about 200 flu types???
Many people get those every year, usually fairly mind,,,HOWEVER the 3 covered in the vaccines are chosen to be the worst each year, and apparently those are the ones that if "caught" ~~~ one "prays to die". Just ask any one who has had that particular strain and they will tell you there is no way they will ever skip the flu vaccine again. (this came from a middle aged healthy man).
The 3 strains chosen vary from year to year.
There are so many "untruths" floating around about influenza.

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Sep 13th, 2006, 10:49 AM
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oops! correction.........

meant to say "usually fairly MILD!"
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Sep 13th, 2006, 11:14 AM
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I didn't get flu shots until about 15 years ago. Then I got the real flu--not the wimpy flu where you just feel miserable for a week or so. No this was one of the severe strains that had been selected for the flu vaccine that year--but I didn't get the shot. I was in my mid 40s and very healthy at the time. "Macho Rufus don't need no flu shots!"

Well I caught one of the bad ones and was totally out of service for 2 weeks. There was a 4-day period when I was so sick that I did actually wish I would die--but, fortunately (or not depending on your viewpoint) I was too weak and sick to do anything about it.

It went into pneumonia and my kidneys started to shut down. They were ready to take me to the hospital when I started to improve a bit--so at least I didn't have to be hauled away in an ambulance.

I didn't feel really 100% until a couple of months later.

Folks, if you ever get one of the "real" flu viruses, you will wish you had been jabbed.
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Sep 13th, 2006, 11:31 AM
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As others have pointed out, the flu can be a major illness event.
About 10 years ago I had a bout with the flu that nearly put me into hospital with respiratory failure.
Needless to say I have a flu shot EVERY year and I am glad to say I live in Ontario where it is free and easily available.
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Sep 13th, 2006, 12:19 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. I have had the meningitis shot. I have always gotten the flu shot as my dad is a physician and can get it from our local pharmacy, but it's not yet available and won't be before I leave. My GP at home recommends that everyone get a flu shot as part of a general health routine, though I do know that is especially recommended for groups over/under a certain age.
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Sep 13th, 2006, 03:48 PM
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Count me as another poster who religiously get vaccinated every year since he actually had the flu.

It seems to me that a lot of confusion comes from the use in english of the word "flu" for minor ailments (colds, digestive ailments...) that have nothing altogether to do with the real flu.

And the flu can be life-threatening for anybody if there are complications. It's just that the elderly, etc... are much more at risk than an adult in good health. In any case, even if it weren't life threatening, it's bad enough that you will deeply regret not to have been vaccinated if you get it.
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Sep 13th, 2006, 07:44 PM
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My son gave me his just finished copy of "The Great Influenza - The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History".

It is estimated that as many as 100 million worldwide died.
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 05:52 AM
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just been in Morridsons - the instore pharmacy is taking bookings for flu shots £14.95
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 12:39 PM
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Thanks; where is this store?
I've found that I can get the shot from my college nurse. She said if there's a medical reason (i.e. asthema) there is no charge. I don't have a medical reason ... so I guess I'll need to pay. I suppose I could say I have asthema, but this would be quite dishonest.
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 01:06 PM
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Since asthema seems to be an unknown disease probably not a good idea to be dishonest . From an asthma sufferer.
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 01:22 PM
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Not everyone should get the flu shot. Depends on your immune system. I had an auto-immune (well they *think* it is an autoimmune disorder) 12 years ago (that most likely started from the flu) and am never supposed to get a flu shot. I know I'm not the only one.

But, people who work in the health field or schools etc., should possibly get one. Although, I don't know anyone in my family under 60 that gets one (I live in the US).

Oh, and please don't lie that you have asthma to save some money.
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 01:35 PM
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"where is this store"

About 400 yards from Banbury station. Or in Edgware Rd, London, just as you get onto it walking from Paddington. Though I don't think that branch has a pharmacy

sash means Morrisons.
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 01:58 PM
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Thanks, flanner. I will get the shot, and don't worry, I'm not going to lie and say I have asthma.
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