FLU jabs price comparison at different stores!
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FLU jabs price comparison at different stores!

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Found 1st Oct 2013
Its October 1st

winter is coming . . . .

thought id give everyone a breakdown on the cost of Flu Jabs through some research my colleague did by calling around

i know we are all a bit cash strapped at the moment

now this is the prices of ringing around stores within a 10 mile radius and will apply to Cumbria and Lancashire but im assuming it will also apply nationwide.

The flu vaccine is usually of the same strain/type regardless of where you get it, that is no one flu vaccine is 'better' than another

anyway in Highest to LOWEST order

The cost of one flu jab for one person at:

Boots Pharmacy - £12.99

Superdrug - £9.99

Sainsbury's - £9.00

Tesco Pharmacy - £9.00

Morrisons Pharmacy - £7.00

Asda Pharmacy - £7.00


FREE if you are eligible at most GP surgerys?

(please note by no means is this list comprehensive)

flu jabs are being administered or due to be administered during the next few weeks, been told most pharmacies are taking bookings as we speak

hope this has helped

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thanks for this, I get mine free but Mrs dabbit pays our local is sainsbury

I always find Boots staff a bit snotty...

Edited by: "macamask" 1st Oct 2013

If you need 10 jabs, friends / family / staff etc then doctorcall.co.uk/pro…er/ will sell 10 or more vouchers for £6.95 each which can be used in:

Tesco pharmacies
Co-Op Pharmacies
Superdrug Pharmacies
Lloyds Pharmacies

I'd guess these are the usual "age 18 and over only".
Anyone know where you can get a child of 12 vaccinated?

I been told that they jab you with a tiny amount of flu so that your body could get use to it. Is that true...?

Super Noob

I been told that they jab you with a tiny amount of flu so that your body … I been told that they jab you with a tiny amount of flu so that your body could get use to it. Is that true...?



No. It's a myth that you are being given flu to combat flu.

super noob, thats what a vaccine in general does. It gives your body a chance to build up antibodies so that when the real thingcomes along it can fight it off (in very basic terms)

The virus is killed, so is not going to harm you.
Have a read of this:
nhs.uk/con…spx

How the flu jab works
In February each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) assesses the strains of flu virus that are most likely to be circulating during the following winter in the northern hemisphere.

Based on this assessment, the WHO recommends which three flu strains the vaccines should contain for the forthcoming winter. Vaccine manufacturers then produce flu vaccines based on the WHO's recommendations. These flu jabs are used in all the countries in the northern hemisphere, not just the UK.

Production of the vaccine starts in March each year after the WHO's announcement. The vaccine is usually available in the UK from September.

Types of flu virus
There are three types of flu viruses. They are:

•Type A flu virus is usually the more serious type. The virus is most likely to mutate into a new version that people are not resistant to. The H1N1 (swine flu) strain is a type A virus. Pandemics in the past were type A viruses.
•Type B flu virus generally causes a less severe illness and is responsible for smaller outbreaks. Type B mainly affects young children.
•Type C flu virus usually causes a mild illness similar to the common cold.
Most years, one or two strains of type A flu circulate as well as type B.

How the flu vaccine is made
The injectable flu vaccine contains three different types of flu virus (usually two A types and one B type). For most vaccines, the three strains of the viruses are grown in hens’ eggs. The viruses are then killed (deactivated) and purified before being made into the vaccine.

How the flu vaccine protects you
The vaccine stimulates your body’s immune system to make antibodies to attack the flu virus.

Antibodies are proteins that recognise and fight-off germs, such as viruses, that have invaded your blood. If you catch the flu virus after you've had the vaccination, your immune system will recognise it and immediately produce antibodies to fight it.

It may take 10-14 days for your immunity to build up fully after you have had the flu shot.

The antibodies that protect you from the flu will then gradually decrease over time. The flu strains can also change from year to year. Therefore, you need to have a flu jab every year to ensure that you have the best protection against the latest strain of the virus.


Its normally a deactivated virus, that looks like the real thing to the body, the body then attacks it as if it is real and builds a defense that way. Its quite clever really, it all started with cowpox, looked like smallpox to the body, however didn't have such a nasty effect, history lesson over!

dwain

Its normally a deactivated virus, that looks like the real thing to the … Its normally a deactivated virus, that looks like the real thing to the body, the body then attacks it as if it is real and builds a defense that way. Its quite clever really, it all started with cowpox, looked like smallpox to the body, however didn't have such a nasty effect, history lesson over!



Yep, the word "vaccine" even comes from the Latin vaccus, which translates to "cow."

BigAde

I'd guess these are the usual "age 18 and over only".Anyone know where … I'd guess these are the usual "age 18 and over only".Anyone know where you can get a child of 12 vaccinated?



I think that Boots might be able to vaccinate your 12 year old as when I enquirer about an under 16 they said they could do it as they employed a nurse and she was allowed to administer to this age group ( if medically appropriate I guess).

They fool you into thinking you need a flu jab every year when humans have survived for years without it. Do some research on what is actually in these vaccines. You wouldn't be getting them if you did.

optitron

They fool you into thinking you need a flu jab every year when humans … They fool you into thinking you need a flu jab every year when humans have survived for years without it. Do some research on what is actually in these vaccines. You wouldn't be getting them if you did.



Yes, of course, flu has never killed anyone has it?

great post for paranoid people. I'll let mother nature decide if I get flu, and being as I'm healthy, if I do, I'll survive. not worth paying for a jab imo.

Thank u all for the reply. I was always a bit sceptical with these vaccaine. May give it a try this year as I had to take 1 week off work last year because of annoying cold/flu.

optitron

They fool you into thinking you need a flu jab every year when humans … They fool you into thinking you need a flu jab every year when humans have survived for years without it. Do some research on what is actually in these vaccines. You wouldn't be getting them if you did.



I take it you've never had a bad case of flu, 2 years ago i was bedridden for 3 weeks with flu & it felt like i was dying (not exaggerating). I agree some of the vaccines (especially the one used for swine flu) aren't 100% safe but millions of people die from flu every year and the H1N1 swine flu affects the healthy more than the elderly or very young.

Waste of money, if you are healthy and not old enough, nothing to be afraid of. Worst case scenario if you get it that you will stay in bedfor a week, but you not gonna die.

Basically if your on the list of people who should have it your dr will give it to you for free:
gov.uk/gov…011

macamask

I always find Boots staff a bit snotty...



Maybe that's because they didn't get a flu jab!

optitron

They fool you into thinking you need a flu jab every year when humans … They fool you into thinking you need a flu jab every year when humans have survived for years without it. Do some research on what is actually in these vaccines. You wouldn't be getting them if you did.



Who fools who? Most people don't get them and the NHS won't give them to most people.

Though the "humans have survived years without XXXXX" arguments are always ridiculous and meaningless anyway. We survived years without hospitals - do you have a problem with using them too?

ufoonek

Waste of money, if you are healthy and not old enough, nothing to be … Waste of money, if you are healthy and not old enough, nothing to be afraid of. Worst case scenario if you get it that you will stay in bedfor a week, but you not gonna die.



Do you make all your decisions based only on whether you're going to die or not? I take it you never take paracetamol etc. - you're not going to die if you don't take it...

At risk people with chronic illnesses and the eldery can get free flu jab from their GP. Children from 2 to 18 who are at risk can have the nasal spray

nhs.uk/Con…spx

Personally although I'm asthmatic I've never had a flu jab. I've heard too many horror stories about people becoming ill. Each to their own though

andy34

great post for paranoid people. I'll let mother nature decide if I get … great post for paranoid people. I'll let mother nature decide if I get flu, and being as I'm healthy, if I do, I'll survive. not worth paying for a jab imo.



Washing hands is for paranoid people. It's world-wide soap conspiracy, man!

The Drs have called my asthmatic lad to have his, he has had it for the last 2 years and never had the flu, im wondering if its just luck that he hasn't had it, or the flu jab really helped. I keep putting off booking him in. At 5 yrs old I feel cruel jabbing him for no reason.

He also had the Swine flu jab and it made him terribly ill! Mrsbargains I wonder if I can request the nasal spray one for my lad instead of a jab.


Edited by: "beth3735" 1st Oct 2013

Does anybody know whether it works for man-flu strain?

vitamin d does a better job at protecting against the flu than a vaccine. Also many of the people who have these vaccines end up getting the flu months/years later even the same strain they are supposed to protect against. Vaccines contain thimersol (mercury derivative), i'd rather get the flu once ever few years than put mercury in my body.

beth3735

The Drs have called my asthmatic lad to have his, he has had it for the … The Drs have called my asthmatic lad to have his, he has had it for the last 2 years and never had the flu, im wondering if its just luck that he hasn't had it, or the flu jab really helped. I keep putting off booking him in. At 5 yrs old I feel cruel jabbing him for no reason.He also had the Swine flu jab and it made him terribly ill! Mrsbargains I wonder if I can request the nasal spray one for my lad instead of a jab.



it's worth asking. I think it sounds a lot better than a jab. My children usually get called for the injection, I'd be more inclined to let them have the spray as it should be less worrying for them. I think the plan is to routinely offer it up to 16 years old.


Edited by: "mrsbargains" 1st Oct 2013

beth3735

The Drs have called my asthmatic lad to have his, he has had it for the … The Drs have called my asthmatic lad to have his, he has had it for the last 2 years and never had the flu, im wondering if its just luck that he hasn't had it, or the flu jab really helped. I keep putting off booking him in. At 5 yrs old I feel cruel jabbing him for no reason.



Obviously it's your decision, but having seen one of my children (healthy and not eligible for a jab) hospitalised and severely ill with swine flu a few years ago, it's not an experience I'm keen to repeat.

Pretty obvious that the people here making macho comments about not getting the jab have never had real flu, it isn't just a chance to have a week of work.

optitron

They fool you into thinking you need a flu jab every year when humans … They fool you into thinking you need a flu jab every year when humans have survived for years without it. Do some research on what is actually in these vaccines. You wouldn't be getting them if you did.



I suggest you read up on the Spanish Flu outbreak in 1918 which wiped out up to 5% of the worlds population, along with your research into what the vaccine contains

Just looking at the picture makes me feel queezy

BigAde

Obviously it's your decision, but having seen one of my children (healthy … Obviously it's your decision, but having seen one of my children (healthy and not eligible for a jab) hospitalised and severely ill with swine flu a few years ago, it's not an experience I'm keen to repeat.



I have booked him in, When he had the swine flu jab he ended up in hospital due to his temp soaring and swollen leg. May as well get him done again and not worry. Just hoping to get the nasal spray.

optitron

They fool you into thinking you need a flu jab every year when humans … They fool you into thinking you need a flu jab every year when humans have survived for years without it. Do some research on what is actually in these vaccines. You wouldn't be getting them if you did.



Actually The Flu has always been a big killer of the elderly, children and the sick, why do you think people are living longer these days?

Viruses have been around as long as we have, our bodies evolve to combat the viruses and then they mutate to become stronger, medical science means we have eradicated many viruses that were millions of years old and evolved along side life on this planet.

Boots did it for £8 last year....

bladteth

Does anybody know whether it works for man-flu strain?



Man-flu is incurable

Please show me where the "deal" is here......

Bit worried that this deal has been voted quite so hot. Maybe you need a flu jab to keep it at 37 degrees....!

hajj_3

vitamin d does a better job at protecting against the flu than a vaccine. … vitamin d does a better job at protecting against the flu than a vaccine. Also many of the people who have these vaccines end up getting the flu months/years later even the same strain they are supposed to protect against. Vaccines contain thimersol (mercury derivative), i'd rather get the flu once ever few years than put mercury in my body.



No it categorically does not. I honestly cannot fathom how you could possibly believe that...

Some do - much less that would have got it otherwise. And if mercury is the reason for you not taking it (I personally don't take it merely because it isn't particularly necessary for a healthy adult) then I assume you are as rigorous in everything else you ingest? You presumably boycott fish, for example?

vauxmik

Please show me where the "deal" is here......



Thought it was pretty obvious really, by going to Asda or Morrisons you can save yourself £5.99 over what Boots charge.

Wow. I thought the anti-vaccine hysteria left the UK after the MMR lies were squashed in every single scientific journal going.

This isn't America people. If you don't have the education to make comments on scientific matters, keep your mouth shut. It's stupid scaremongering comments like this that put doubt into peoples minds:

Do some research on what is actually in these vaccines. You wouldn't be … Do some research on what is actually in these vaccines. You wouldn't be getting them if you did.



Science doesn't care about your 'opinion', it cares about the evidence. If you don't have any, then why do you think you have a right to comment against those that do?

This is a website for people based in the UK, not the US. Start acting like it.
Edited by: "nomnomnomnom" 1st Oct 2013
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