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Advice on Flu jab

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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
My girlfriend went to have the flu jab today and was told to go to the pharmasist. She got there at around 6 and was given her 'prescription' basically they have given her the syringe which is pre filled.

Is this common practice? Is she supposed to do it herself? If not who could she book with to do it?

Any advice that you have would be apprciated.
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
We discussed it tonight as my mum had been to the doctors, she said you can pay to have them done at the pharmasist but its strange to just give it to you without what to do next
#2
Yeah thats what I thought, I'm in work at the moment and she is at home she called me to say they just gave her the needle. Told her to ring them and see if they will do it on Monday.
#3
Never heard of that before, I know that you can have it done at the pharmacy at own cost (e.g. ASDA pharmacy does them) but am surprised that they would let you leave with the syringe....
#4
that cant be right???

what if u miss the vein or if your not supposed to put in vein and do.

surely u have to be trained to inject.
#5
Yeah exactly I'm totally baffled by it, they just gave it to her and she didn't even have to pay, walked out feeling confused and she's not sure what to do now.
#6
urgh that makes me feel sick, i cudnt ever jab myself, makes me feel sick when i think of syringes!
#7
Sounds like they have given her someone elses perscription. How much is a jab worth at the moment i maybe tempted just so long as i get it done properly
#8
Sounds very wrong to me.
banned#9
They aren't supposed to do that I'm sure.
When I got mine done at superdrug I had to fill a form in and had to sit there for 5 mins in case I had any reaction to it!
#10
lmao, seriously though I see a claim coming, unless I am badly mistaken... Just stick it in her arm and hope for the best? I think not:?
#11
i have the flu jab every year and have never ever heard of this
#12
mummyspam1985
that cant be right???

what if u miss the vein or if your not supposed to put in vein and do.

surely u have to be trained to inject.


Yea, its supposed to go into the muscle at the top of your arm

This is seriously wrong, maybe call nhs direct for their advice on what to do?
#13
Well she has put it in the fridge for now, it is definetly her prescription as it had her name on it. Even if she goes back on Monday to have it done I'm going to tell her to make them use a different one.

EDIT - She is going to ring NHS direct now, cheers Kelly
#14
If you look, it's just the pre-filled syringe with no needle. This needs to be taken back to your GP practice for the nurse to attach the needle and administer the product.
#15
It's the syringe with the needle covered by a guard, all attached. It has a demonstration on the box how to take the guard off.

She has phoned NHS direct and all they said was that someone will ring her tommorow once she finishes work.
#16
She has phoned NHS direct and all they said was that someone will ring her tommorow once she finishes work.


Are they going to give her a walk through? up a bit left a bit, now cough and jab ;-)
Im certain NHSDirect will tell her to take it to GP's and get a nurse to do it.
#17
Yeah I've just spoken to my mum who works in the hospital, she said that she just takes it in to her GP and the nurse does it. I was just completly baffled when my girlfriend rang and said they had just given her the syringe.
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Hi, My sisters a nurse - She says their are cases of this, the needle just need to be jabbed around half the needle length into the upper arm musle, without tension. This then needs to be injected slowly but surely. Then cover the mark with cotton wool for around 5 mins. She says be careful with the guard, make sure you take it off properly, she snaps too many needles at work lol

She says most people often are asked if they are ok with this, many would rather have a nurse do it.

Just ring the place you got the syringe from and orgnise a collection of the drug and a reschedule or orangise a travelling nurse to inject your syringe for you.

Hope i helped.
#19
Yeah thanks for the advice, I don't think she wants to do it and I definetly wouldn't want to do it, not my thing. I think she is just going to see if the nurse in her GP will do it for her.
#20
this year apparently there is gonna be some mad strain of flu so EVERYONE is getting vaccinated.. even maybe dentists will be giving them (hubby dentist and they discussed it in a local dental council meeting)

everyone must have it... of the ppl tha dont half will get flu and 20% of those who do will die apparently!!

mad i know!!

anyways... pharmacists will be putting em into ur system etc.. i think docs are jus trying to get as many out as poss?
banned#21
£15 at boots
#22
some years ago when i had jabs for holidays we had to get prescriptions and then go to docs to have them administered.

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