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Over 65s Miss Out On 2018 Quadruple Flu Jab

Discussion in 'Other Health Conditions and Diabetes' started by Bluetit1802, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The supplies of vaccine are being phased from September to November, so some surgeries and pharmacies will be able to start the vaccination program before others.
    My reading of the description of the action of the adjuvant (MF59) in the adjuvanted Trivalent Vaccine (Fluad) is that it only enhances the action of the vaccine rather than the immune system in general.
     
  2. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Why is that?
     
  3. Dark Horse

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    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    I was extremely ill for 6 months after having a flu jab, I was Chair of the Patients Group and didn’t want to be a hypocrite by not having one!

    Then I spoke to a senior partner of the practice and and he said he did not believe in pushing chemicals in your body for the chance of having flu once in 40 years. He had to be a hypocrite to his own beliefs because of his position within the NGS.

    It’s only my own personal experience. I had flu at 25 years old. I reckon I have another 10 years before I will consider my position if I get that far.
     
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  5. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    My surgery has been doing them during September. They have bookable clinics through September (now fully booked), October and November.
     
  6. PatsyB

    PatsyB Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I been booked in for my flu jab the receptionist said there was two colors this year , pink and blue pink was for the elderly and blue for people under 65....I did think it was weird and did wonder why they had seperated people due to age differences but now I know why :p
     
  7. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Moderator
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    According to this article,
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/sep/12/over-65s-to-be-given-more-effective-flu-vaccine
    Last year’s vaccine was only 30% effective.
    This year, with the booster, it will rise to 50% effective, but they can’t add in the 4th strain vaccine.

    It is just swings and roundabouts.

    Personally, I don’t see that 4 at 30% wins out over 3 at 50% when both stats are just roughly guesstimated speculative figures.

    There is also evidence that having the jab every year actually reduces its effectiveness.
    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaccineeffect.htm
     
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  8. Fruitella

    Fruitella Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I get mine done at Asda these days. Gave up trying to book a 3 min slot at the surgery to suit me when working full time. I do tell my surgery as I think Asda and similar take months to pass the info on meaning surgeries can over order the stuff.
     
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    According to my flu invite letter, the vaccine I am being offered contains latex.Which to be honest freaks me out. It also says if you are over 65 and allergic to latex you shouldn't have it. Which in turn implies if under 65 but allergic to latex you are still ok to have the shot!
     
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  10. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    Its a bummer if you have the latex one without knowing you are allergic to it.
     
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  11. Goonergal

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    The latex thing is good to know - I am allergic. Have refused flu vaccines to date anyway as not convinced of their effectiveness.
     
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