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Flu jab £7.00 administered @ Asda

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Hi all,

It's that time of the year again where the flu is rife, my GP surgery said I could have the flu vaccine for the cost of a prescription but I'd have to find and pay someone else to administer it as I am not in the 'at risk' group, so with private GP charges costing £50 I decided to look elsewhere.

Asda near by me are doing the flu jab for £7 administered which is pretty much the cost of just a prescription from a GP.

Hopefully this will help people who like me work in an environment where you are meeting hundreds of people per day.

http://your.asda.com/2011/9/30/fight-the-flu-protect-the-pocket

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2 Likes #1
do they do it at the checkout :D
#2
Had one of these Saturday (not at asda but another well known supermarket), been sick as a dog since having it. Shouldnt have bothered.
6 Likes #3
twist
Had one of these Saturday (not at asda but another well known supermarket), been sick as a dog since having it. Shouldnt have bothered.


Supermarkets would use the exact same vaccine as the GP and there is nothing they can really do with it to make you "sick as a dog".

If you were just saying the vaccine didn't work, perhaps your body didn't have enough time - or you either haven't got the flu (you'd be amazed at how many people think they do when they haven't!) or have a different strain to the vaccine (there is no such thing as "the flu" - it's a wide spectrum of different strains and scientists have to guess which one is likely to be around). Or, have you ever had it before? You could be allergic to it.

Either way, it shouldn't put anyone else off.


Edited By: callum9999 on Oct 18, 2011 12:54
4 Likes #4
I never said I got the flu from it, just that it made me feel rough.

So its coincidence I was fine on Saturday, started feeling rough Sunday and Monday had fevers, headaches and a painful body.

Quote from CDC "Why do some people not feel well after getting the flu shot?
The most common side effect of the flu vaccine in adults is soreness at the spot where the shot was given, which usually lasts less than two days. The soreness is often caused by a person’s immune system making protective antibodies to the killed viruses in the vaccine. These antibodies are what allow the body to fight against flu. The needle stick may also cause some soreness at the injection site. According to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), rare symptoms include fever, muscle pain, and feelings of discomfort or weakness. If these problems occur, they are very uncommon and usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days."

Edited By: twist on Oct 18, 2011 13:00
12 Likes #5
Freezing cold.

Terrible deal as if you need the flu jab - you don't have to pay for it.

People need to stop getting these jabs every year and man up. Don't get this jab unless you are elderly, have a serious long term illness or have otherwise been reccomended by your GP.

Like Twist, It is likely you will feel ill after having the injection, and that alone is probably higher than the chance of you getting the flu anyway - PLUS you'll have paid for it!
4 Likes #6
Our doctor has a sign up for the staff saying to ask every patient if they want a flu jab as they have 1400 to get rid of
...I assume they mean the jabs not the patients...

Edited By: twinkle on Oct 18, 2011 13:02
5 Likes #7
Asheldrake
Freezing cold.

Terrible deal as if you need the flu jab - you don't have to pay for it.

People need to stop getting these jabs every year and man up. Don't get this jab unless you are elderly, have a serious long term illness or have otherwise been reccomended by your GP.

Freezing Cold? I'd prefer to pay £7 for the Jab than have flu. It's only given free to those whom flu has a much higher chance of being life threatening. It will still benefit many other people, try taking care of 4 kids while you have flu. The Flu really isn't a nice thing to have, and every few years there's an epidemic. Let's also not forget strains of swine flu will be included if swine flu will be expected to be around this winter, how people died of swine flu? a few people do die from he normal flu during the winters too. £7 to save a life? Seems a bargain to me.

I've had the Flu Jab for over 15 years, the only thing it's given me is arm ache for a few days.

People do remember the swine flu panic from a few years ago?

The flu vaccine includes three strains of flu viruses that the World Health Organisation believes will most likely be circulating this year:

* An A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus (the pandemic swine flu H1N1 2009 virus)

* An A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus;

* A B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus

The HSE said that it is “likely” the swine flu strain will be the predominant strain circulating this winter – as it was last year – which is why it has again been included in the jab.


http://www.sundaysun.co.uk/news/north-east-news/2011/10/16/swine-flu-nearly-killed-pregnant-teesside-mum-79310-29602751/

I bet she wished she went to Asda and had the Jab. and another http://www.metro.co.uk/news/878760-baby-writes-in-diary-for-swine-flu-mum-in-coma

If you ever die of Flu, we'll remember to put "It was Freezing Cold" on your gravestone.

Edited By: bluespace77 on Oct 18, 2011 16:21: .
#8
twist
Had one of these Saturday (not at asda but another well known supermarket), been sick as a dog since having it. Shouldnt have bothered.

are you allergic to eggs
#9
twinkle
twist
Had one of these Saturday (not at asda but another well known supermarket), been sick as a dog since having it. Shouldnt have bothered.

are you allergic to eggs


Nope
#10
Free for me :D
1 Like #11
I get told by my doctor/nurse that it can give you flu like symptoms.
#12
This would be cheaper for me than travelling all the way into work and back to get the injection as the occupational health department only doing ours during the day........
2 Likes #13
I had the flu jab last week, had a bit of a sore arm for the rest of the day but nothing more. I'm lucky in that I was able to get mine from my GP but for people who can't this is a great deal. Many people (especially self-employed) would lose a lot more than £7 if they ended up with flu and couldn't work.

Hot from me!

Edited By: heyjude on Oct 18, 2011 13:29
#14
my hubby refuses to have a flu jab, although he is asthmatic, as he gets so ill after having it, so it can affect people but i panic all winter when people sneeze or cough.
#15
peejem
my hubby refuses to have a flu jab, although he is asthmatic, as he gets so ill after having it, so it can affect people but i panic all winter when people sneeze or cough.

I gather not flu jabs are the same as there are 2-3 manufacturers the government orders from in order to get the quantity they need, although the strains they protect you aginst will be the same. I know a few years ago people were saying one brand would give you less issues than another, as those strains may be grown in different ways and then packaged differently.

I have asthma, and the Jab given to me hasn't effected me.

Edited By: bluespace77 on Oct 18, 2011 13:57
1 Like #16
twist
Had one of these Saturday (not at asda but another well known supermarket), been sick as a dog since having it. Shouldnt have bothered.


I have heard of this before. I was led to believe the vaccine introduces a small dose of flu in order to activate the immune system. Mind I heard that years ago so this might be all different now, but it would explain why you feel rough.

Edited By: BeerGoggles on Oct 18, 2011 14:19
1 Like #17
twist
Had one of these Saturday (not at asda but another well known supermarket), been sick as a dog since having it. Shouldnt have bothered.


Almost all vacines have a part of the virus in the injection to help your bodys immune system defend itself against it. So you getting ill is a good sign that you will be able to defend against the flu.
banned#18
Fiver at my local sainsburys
#19
i guess its ok, but i wont pay anyone £7 to stick me in the arm.

id never pay but im not in any at risk sector, if i get the flu i just put up with it, i live alone so i have to take care of it, and that usually means sleeping it off. im home all day everyday, so a flu is more an excuse not to get up than anything else lol.
#20
Had last season's flu jab during my recovery from pneumonia in both lungs and a Christmas spent on an intensive care ward. Seemed a good idea at the time as my immune system was screwed.

Had this year's vaccine on Friday from GP and have been ill since then. Temp up to 40C and aches and pains. Only today do I feel any better at all.

Don't think I will bother next year.
#21
If you tell them your a Steel Panther fan, yes ;)
chimerachris
do they do it at the checkout :D
#22
Brilliant, voted hot thankyou for posting
#23
gRoberts12
I get told by my doctor/nurse that it can give you flu like symptoms.


That is one of the possible side effects if you haven't had it before or for a long time but once your immune system gets used to having it it is a benefit year round as you will suffer far less flu related colds throughout the year.

The flue jab wont stop you getting the flu but it will reduce your recovery time from say 2 weeks to a few days should you contract the flu so if like a lot of people you cant afford a week or so off work or are self employed it is beneficial.

Just to point out I do not work for any pharmaceutical company or the government.
#24
Brilliant, voted hot thankyou for posting
3 Likes #25
A few manners are worth a lot more than the flu jab. i.e.,

1) sneeze into a tissue then throw it in the bin
2) wash your hands
1 Like #26
£7 to lose the opportunity of a sick week? Hot for those who like that sort of thing, I suppose.
#27
abattoir
A few manners are worth a lot more than the flu jab. i.e.,

1) sneeze into a tissue then throw it in the bin
2) wash your hands


Well said.

Could you please explain a little more what "manners" mean. Many people dont know what they are plus they don't seem to be taught in school or at home these days.
#28
Note that this year's jab protects against the same three strains as last year's.
Had mine in Boots a couple of weeks ago, no ill effects at all.
#29
I suffer with Crohns disease which is an auto supressed immune disease which means i have a very low immune system, ive had the flu jab for the past 3 years plus the swine flu jab, felt a bit rubbish for a couple days after but nothing compared to if i caught proper flu,
End of the day I think it all comes down to a matter of each individuals choice!!
check with where you work too as a lot of companies do pay for you to have it, where i work does.
2 Likes #30
Yes it's true, manners is important but the real problem is that others don't and just sneeze and cough all over the place. So within time you will get a flu because of those disgusting people
1 Like #31
I am really tempted by this as a couple of yeas ago i caught swine flu, every single minute felt like an eternity, couldn't stay in any position for more than a few seconds as every inch of me was in pain, i was hallucinating and was convinced it was the fault of the octopus, i was 1 degree away from a hospital stay, this was much worse than other strains of flu i've had in the past. It also killed my mobile phone, as my brother phoned to check on me and i was sweating so much that in the minute or so i was talking it must have got drenched.Only good point was i lost just under a stone in 4 days.
#32
Have it and get ill for a week plus (also I have big issue with needles/injections thou I have type 1 diabetes lol) so I don't bother having it thou the GP staff keep telling me every year when keep going to pick prescriptions up.
#33
I'll save £7 and wait for the flu
#34
Never had it and never will.

I'm very careful with the poisons I put into my body. oO
#35
bblgoose
£7 to lose the opportunity of a sick week? Hot for those who like that sort of thing, I suppose.

You might get a week off work, but that isn't going to be a nice week as for some people flu makes them feel like they are dieing. It's not like you're going to be doing cartwheels for that week.
2 Likes #36
More people died from the flu epidemic following the 1st World War than died from the war itself. These are the facts folks! I take it every year and have never had so much as an itchy arm. Neither have I had the flu!
#37
zincalloy
Never had it and never will.

I'm very careful with the poisons I put into my body. oO


Not your head though judging by the post. Who says a vaccination is a poison (other than bacteria)?
#38
I've had the flu jab for the last ten years. I usually get 'flu' symptoms after it but in a mild form. But it does give you a insight into what it would be like if you had full blown flu. I.e. bloody crap.
Because of the disease I have I get called in and have to line up with all the OAPs. Makes me feel young though. lol.
[helper]#39
jimguru
More people died from the flu epidemic following the 1st World War than died from the war itself. These are the facts folks! I take it every year and have never had so much as an itchy arm. Neither have I had the flu!

If a new strain of virulent flu comes along then this jab will most likely not protect you.

If you are in an at risk group you get it for free. If you're not in an at risk group, then why waste £7.....no vaccination is 100% effective so even if you have the jab you can still get the flu

If you want to find out more have a read of this
http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/winterhealth/pages/fluandthefluvaccine.aspx

Edited By: gari189 on Oct 18, 2011 16:37
#40
Neostar
Yes it's true, manners is important but the real problem is that others don't and just sneeze and cough all over the place. So within time you will get a flu because of those disgusting people

I totally agree. Thats how I got flu last year. The person who coughed in my face nearly ended up with a bloody nose as well!

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