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HoppingMad

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I don’t qualify for one but I get it every year, and have done since my mid-twenties. I used to be able to claim it back from my employer but since I moved companies, my new one doesn’t do it so I’ve carried on paying for it myself.

My view is, unless there’s a medical reason to not have it, why on earth wouldn’t you? It’s between £9 and £12 (maybe £13?), and if it prevents you from getting a really quite nasty virus that’s a pretty good £10(ish) spent in my view. athumb..
 

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Can not find anywhere with any stock for non nhs jab.
 

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Yeah, uptake is ever so slightly higher this year than most. We had ours via Boots, but they limited / stopped under 65 bookings a couple of weeks later.

I’ve always managed to get it at Tesco or Asda on other years when other places have struggled, but not all Asda’s have a pharmacy. Supermarket pharmacies seem to be better stocked than standalone pharmacies, probably due to their buying power.
 

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I will be 65 soon and was offered the flu jab. After injecting me he said you'll feel it tomorrow - this is a live virus! Yikes. 24 hours later, I feel normal. They were doing a 2-hour session in the village hall. I was in and out in just a few minutes and was told to sit in my car for 5 minutes. If I felt faint I was to sound the horn. I thought it was a slick operation.
 

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I will be 65 soon and was offered the flu jab. After injecting me he said you'll feel it tomorrow - this is a live virus! Yikes. 24 hours later, I feel normal. They were doing a 2-hour session in the village hall. I was in and out in just a few minutes and was told to sit in my car for 5 minutes. If I felt faint I was to sound the horn. I thought it was a slick operation.
I'm not sure which Pharmacist came to your village hall but I'd go and question their credentials, and I wouldn't use them again. The flu jab isn't a live virus and therefore can not give you flu. The arm ache some people get is generally exasperated by tensing your arm muscle when you're having it; try and hang your arm limp and you'll generally be ok. Some people get a mild temperature, due to the body reacting to the vaccination but, categorically, no flu injection contains a live virus.
 

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I've also been told the virus load in the jab is not live.
This was iterated very clearly this year, I assume sure to the fear of association with C19.

Yep, fully endorse the 'limp arm' ploy. Let it dangle and look away so you don't subconsciously tense. Seems to work 👍
 

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Nasal flu vaccination is live
Yep, it is; that's a nasal spray though not an injection, which is what Kelper said he had and what I said was categorically not live.

As far as I'm aware, only children have the nasal spray though.
 

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Stupid, I know, but I have a needle phobia. That’s the only reason I don’t have one.
 

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I'm not sure which Pharmacist came to your village hall but I'd go and question their credentials, and I wouldn't use them again. The flu jab isn't a live virus and therefore can not give you flu.
It was my GP! You have no idea which vaccine I received. NHS Scotland may use different protocols too.
 

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It was my GP! You have no idea which vaccine I received. NHS Scotland may use different protocols too.
Then I would suggest you misheard or misunderstood. The UK (which includes Scotland) does not have a live flu vaccination by injection, no ifs, no buts and no exceptions.
 

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Well, every day is a learning day!
Wasn't aware the nasal spray had a live load.
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Yep, I'm assuming it's down to the delivery system of a nasal spray rather than injection and the way your body picks that up and reacts to it, which wouldn't work with the inactive ingredients in the injections. The nasal spray contains, essentially, watered down (I'm sure there's a better technical term for it) forms of the various flu viruses it contains.
 

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Nasal flu vaccination is live
I can confirm that. I used to make the stuff. If it wasn't for a fire in Germany some years ago (all records of clinical trials went up in smoke) it might have been an option for adults rather than just for kids.

Cheers. Tom
 

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We've been offered jabs at Boots through work so for the first time I am having one next month.

Not really bothered about injections.
 

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I had the jab at work for a few years (my company had a full time nurse and consultation room). This stopped a couple of years back and they got rid of the nurse in a cost cutting exercise. Last winter flu(?) went round the offices and it was wiping people out for weeks in some cases, I wonder how much that cost the company.
 
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I had the jab at work for a few years (my company had a full time nurse and consultation room). This stopped a couple of years back and they got ride of the nurse in a cost cutting exercise. Last winter flu(?) went round the offices and it was wiping people out for weeks in some cases, I wonder how much that cost the company.
Our office always brought a Nurse in every year to administer the vaccine for staff. We can’t this year as everyone is WFH but we are investigating providing staff with vouchers instead.
 

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Then I would suggest you misheard or misunderstood. The UK (which includes Scotland) does not have a live flu vaccination by injection, no ifs, no buts and no exceptions.
I think you are correct! Maybe he was just winding me up!

UK includes Scotland but the health authorities are completely independent for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
 
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I can confirm that. I used to make the stuff. If it wasn't for a fire in Germany some years ago (all records of clinical trials went up in smoke) it might have been an option for adults rather than just for kids.

Cheers. Tom
I thought it wasn't the full virus but the sticky out bits that normally latch onto a cell, with the nasty bits removed? I know that's what the Oxford study is using for covid in the vaccine trials. I presumed the nasal spray was the same.
 

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Yep, it is; that's a nasal spray though not an injection, which is what Kelper said he had and what I said was categorically not live.

As far as I'm aware, only children have the nasal spray though.
Under 18's only for the nasal spray as I have had to book mine in as the missus had been shielding and my oldest is 19 who will get the jab but had to acknowledge their consent for 3 of them 16,17 and the 19 year old.
 

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