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Will you opt for the flu jab this year?

Flu vaccination programme extended to adults aged 50 and over and 11-year-olds

There are worries that people could suffer both seasonal flu and Covid-19 at the same time this winter.

The Government is aiming to double its winter flu vaccination programme in England to 30 million people, with free jabs for those aged 50 and over and 11-year-olds.

Last year, around 15 million people received a jab against seasonal flu but ministers hope this will rise to 30 million this winter.

Experts are concerned about the impact of a double whammy of Covid-19 cases and seasonal flu potentially overwhelming the NHS.

There are also worries that people could suffer both seasonal flu and Covid-19 at the same time.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he wants “everybody to get a flu jab”.

Speaking to the media, he said: “We want everybody to get a flu jab in the run-up to this winter and that’s why we’re rolling out the biggest ever programme of flu immunisation.

“And we’re aiming first of all for schoolchildren up to Year 7, for pregnant women, for people over 65, for people who are shielded, but then we will be extending it to people who are 50 to 65.

“Now the reason for doing this is to protect the NHS in the winter months because obviously we have still got Covid, we have still got the threat of a second spike on Covid and it’s vital therefore to keep that pressure off the NHS by everybody getting a flu jab and I really hope everybody will.”

At the moment, the free NHS flu programme is for people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, people with certain conditions such as kidney disease, asthma or heart disease and carers or those in care homes.

Frontline health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccine.

The flu jab is also free for children over six months with a long-term health condition, those aged two and three and those in primary school.

This programme will now be extended to include children who are aged 11 by the end of August this year (the first year of secondary school) and anyone aged 50 and over, who will be vaccinated later in the year.

Anyone living in a household with somebody on the NHS shielded patient list for Covid-19 will also be eligible for a free jab.

Experts hope GP surgeries will focus on high-risk groups before those aged over 50 in the fit and healthy range.

Not all GP surgeries will have enough fridge space to accept all the doses of the vaccine that they will need.

However, the aim is that all those eligible will have had their vaccine by Christmas.

How do you feel about this?  Are you happy to accept the flu jab? Do you usually have the annual injection anyway?

Will you opt for the flu jab this year?

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HodgeC
6th Nov 2020
0
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Having had flu jabs for over 20 years, this year we had real problems getting them. Doctors told us we weren't on the list and did we wish to go on the list!!! As both over 80's we were not impressed. When we eventually got them after numerous phone calls, e mails etc, I asked if the new health policy was to cull the elderly to save money. We take expensive drugs, occupy hospital beds. Just a thought.
boson5
21st Oct 2020
0
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Public Health Scotland are running the program this year. They have chosen to use the SIRS system and start in reverse order, with vaccinating children before vulnerable groups. Now many areas have run out of vaccine, because they did not take into account the double requirement. GP surgeries cannot help and we is and wait for a letter with an appointment. Their website and helpline do not reply. What can possibly go wrong?
Niffer
24th Sep 2020
0
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Have had a flu jab every year since I have been eligible. Do not see the point in passing over something that is free and of help to someone of my age. I have also had the pneumonia jab as well. Very very grateful for both. Brilliant NHS.
cehodgson
18th Sep 2020
0
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Sorry, pressed no by accident. Have had mine.
Darkstar
6th Sep 2020
0
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Have mine every year.
SewingA
22nd Aug 2020
1
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I worked in the health service for many years and had the flu jab each year. I retired 5 yrs ago and continued with having the flu jab as I have not had any reaction i will continue to do so. Even if the virus mutates I still believe our general good health is a important factor to get through the winter.
Raindrop
22nd Aug 2020
1
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I had my first flu jab last year although I had to pay for it. I know what flu is like and now I am widowed I know I couldn`t cope on my own if I caught it. I`ll also have the covid jab too when it`s available.
Retiredyorkie
22nd Aug 2020
1
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Yes most certainly. Had a text message from the surgery to phone and make an appointment for the beginning of September.
Trsh
17th Aug 2020
0
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Booked mine today...
Have it every year....
Am Classed as vulnerable ..So it is done every year...
It won’t give you flu....
Might get the odd cold but that’s all...
No qualms about it at all ...
if you have ever had the 'real flu"
You will know how bad it is for weeks and weeks...
And how long it takes to recover....
So thankful I get my jab
Yodama
13th Aug 2020
0
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I would like more time and information before I even think about it.
Seems a bit rushed to me and if the virus mutates as it is at the moment, not sure how it can be efficacious.
JacquelineT5
7th Aug 2020
0
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Why not, unless you have contraindications it should be compulsory.
Llynfi
7th Aug 2020
0
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I am allergic Have not had jab for 31 years due to bad reaction to the vaccination. I use preventative precautions Immune Plus from Higher Nature from October-February. Vaccinations have eradicated many killer diseases but we are over vaccinated now.
Charfield82
4th Aug 2020
0
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I have been having it for a number of years and I will definitely be having it this year. Luckily my GP makes it very easy
sparrer
4th Aug 2020
0
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I have no reason not to. Not had flu for many years since first having the vaccine and am very grateful indeed that out NHS still offers such a valuable service for free.
Magallenic
4th Aug 2020
0
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Might as well. I'm generally healthy but the jab won't do any harm and it's no big deal to have it at the local pharmacy.
ExitStageLeft
2nd Aug 2020
1
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I usually have it because the surgery considers me in the at risk group but missed out on it this last time as they only had the 70+ version left. Until then I never realised it came in two different versions
BarbAnne
1st Aug 2020
1
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I’ve had the flu jab for a number of years now. I cannot say it has completely protected me but I would rather know it may protect me a little than not at all.
fhsgb
31st Jul 2020
1
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have jab every year,not shure if it is effective,had flue twice before jab
Not2grey
31st Jul 2020
1
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I had the flu jab last year and was also offered one to protect me against pnuemonia which I also had. I am susceptible to chest infections so i am grateful for thr jabs .
Snowy47
31st Jul 2020
1
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I am not sure i have had it for years ,but didnt have it last year
Joan Fraser
31st Jul 2020
2
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I don't know - I've never had it before - will take GP advice
Maidmarianuk
30th Jul 2020
1
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Why would you not protect yourself and others by having the flu jab? The one year i didn't have it i did get the flu. I was really poorly for a month. Got a chest infection whilst low. If I'd had a respiratory illness i would have been more ill.
D145462d
30th Jul 2020
2
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I haven’t ( so far) has any bad reaction to jabs . I’ve had a few odd one s in my time . However orally taken drugs often do affect me badly . If I read the info accompanying said drugs ( side effects) I usually have some , such that the drugs go in the bin and I cease to take them .
Lexy57
30th Jul 2020
1
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I had to have flu jab when I was caring for my ill husband 3 years ago and I did take a bad reaction to it but I also have had mild covid and was ill for 4 weeks so would I get flu jab again Yes!
Fenelon
30th Jul 2020
2
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The last 'flu jab I had was in 2011. Within hours I became very ill with 'flu like symptoms. I took me 3 months to recover. Never again!
Maidmarianuk
30th Jul 2020
1
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The flu jab doesnt give you the flu, it can't, its not a live vaccine. You were likely hibernating the condition as many are asymptomatic in first few days. Whilst people can have mild reactions to the vaccine, its impossible to give you the flu... just one of those old myths.
Fenelon
31st Jul 2020
1
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I didn't say that I had contracted 'flu but that I had 'flu like symptoms. I was ill for many weeks and finally when well enough to visit my Doctor and explained the situation I was told that many had had a bad reaction to the injection within his surgery. It took 3 months or so to return to something like good health. I decided, as I live on my own, not to have the jab in the future. I cannot afford to be ill and on my own. There is also the question of effectiveness too, what percentage of the population are actually protected. In the past the figure has been very low.
Diane78
29th Jul 2020
2
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I have had the flu jab for the last 5 years. No problems at all. After the Covid drama this year and ongoing anxieties about it I will be saying yes to any vaccine they offer me and thank God for our scientists.
Bigdaddy766
29th Jul 2020
2
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It is selfish and uncaring for others if you do not have the jab
Slharonbaro
27th Jul 2020
1
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Quite afraid of jab....heard so much negative comments.but I need jab as a vunrable person. Diabetics.asthma.
jeanmark
28th Jul 2020
3
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I'm also vulnerable and have been receiving the jab for many years and never suffered any untoward effects. The effects of developing the viral strain that may hit is far worse. Being vaccinated it also helps protect those who are unable to receive the vaccine.
Lionel
28th Jul 2020
1
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Hello Jeanmark. May I ask what is your opinion of the corona virus vaccine which was developed in Oxford?

On the one hand, I read so many times it requires about 5 to 15 years to develop and test a vaccine and yet, on the other hand, our Oxford chaps have done it in months!

How is this possible? Should we trust their vaccine?
jeanmark
29th Jul 2020
1
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I know the Jenner Institute and have great faith in their vaccine development work. Under normal circumstances vaccines can take time to develop, however, these are not normal circumstances. Pandemics do not give the luxury of time when so many people continue to die and the Jenner Institute began work on the vaccine in January this year. Their research on Covid-19 can be accessed at www.ox.ac.uk
PurpleHat
27th Jul 2020
2
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Most certainly I will and have done for many years.
Last year was the first time I had a mild reaction, slightly sore arm and a couple of days feeling"off". but I did not have flu' or any colds last winter.
In my late 80s now I will take all the help I can get to stay well!
tetty137
27th Jul 2020
1
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as the flu jab has been shown to exacerbate respiratory depression i will not be having it ever again
jeanmark
28th Jul 2020
1
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Sorry tetty137, where did your information from? Very severe reactions may cause breathing problems but they are very rare and usually occur within minutes or very soon after receiving the vaccine.
Babs25
27th Jul 2020
2
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I haven’t had one in years but at 65 and the circumstances we’ve all found ourselves in, I certainly will this year
HazelB58
27th Jul 2020
2
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I’m 62 this year, I’ve paid to have the flu jab each year as I used to get the flu every year and it’d knock me flat for 3 weeks. Since having the jab I’ve not had the flu, except for 2 years ago when I forgot to have the jab...yep...I was I’ll for 3 weeks with the flu.
Moomytree
27th Jul 2020
5
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I am in my seventies, I always have my flu jab, and this year will be no exception. I have in recent years had a shingles jab, and a one off pneumonia jab. Prevention is always better than cure
anubis
27th Jul 2020
2
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I have had the flu jab every year for the last 11 years wouldn`t miss it
BarbaraR4
27th Jul 2020
2
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Had one every year since it started x nurse
MichelleS69
27th Jul 2020
2
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I used to work in a hospital, so had one every year. Now I am retired I continued to have it as my Husband is diabetic and I had a TIA last year
I think we all need to do our bit by having the vaccination if offered.
Helen Highwater
27th Jul 2020
1
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Although I'm in my 70s I don't usually have the flu jab as the year I did have it, I was really poorly afterwards. I haven't had flu or even a cold for years, but this year I will have the jab as I think it's right that we do what we can to try and get things back to normal.
HappyHippie
27th Jul 2020
1
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I have asthma so have been having the flu jab for many years, its never made me feel ill like some people are worried about, and, I haven't had the flu since 1998
JillB72
27th Jul 2020
2
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Have had the flu Jab since 1990 would not miss.
Jackie Ash
27th Jul 2020
1
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I have been having the flu jab for years as Mum had COPD and I didn’t want to bring flu back from the office. She died 15 years ago, but .i still have it every year. Also had the pneumonia jab 2 years ago.
Sunshinelainie
27th Jul 2020
1
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I usually have the flu jab but I feel this year it’s important for everyone to do their bit and take up this free protection.
jillypoo
27th Jul 2020
2
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I work in a GP practice so receive it every year.
Sue Greenhill
31st Jul 2020
1
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Had to have one when started 1999 job in dr surgery and had ever since,with no ill effects at all.
Grandmacrafter
27th Jul 2020
1
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I never used to have the flu jab, but several,years ago my GP talked me into it, it was the year of Swine flu, so I had the jab for that as well. I got Swine flu. However, I do think this is slightly more serious so I will have the jab and keep my fingers crossed. My husband is in the high risk category so I need to be well to care for him.
JuneAA
27th Jul 2020
2
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I have had the flu vaccine for about 5 years but have also just had a pneumonia one as I have asthma and have had pneumonia twice in the past, hopefully along with sensible behaviour this will keep me safe 🙂
DebsDebs
27th Jul 2020
1
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Only ever had flu twice and it was awful so ive been paying for a jab for past 7 years. Now 60 so hopefully get it free this year. There's no excuse really not to have one, barring allergies.
gillaroo
26th Jul 2020
4
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I have the flu jab every and have no repercussions. Also I have the once last a life time pneumonia jab.
silversandie
26th Jul 2020
3
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i have never had the flu jab but i will this year as i just turned 60 years old
Westminster
26th Jul 2020
4
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I always have the Flu jab, I last had flu in 1999, I never want that experience again.
PennyH12
25th Jul 2020
1
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I have just turned 80 and have a) never had flu nor b) ever had a flu jab. I am really in a quandary to know what to do.
Casualgrey
25th Jul 2020
3
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I have been told that every year the flu jab is modified to accommodate the years perceived flu strain . Has anybody got info on this? as it does sound logical.
gillaroo
26th Jul 2020
3
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Your information is correct! The UK follows the Southern Hemisphere’s strain of flu each year applies that strain in the serum.. I’m guessing the government is stressing the need for masks to protect as many people as possible as we head towards winter and they watch the progress of the virus in Australia. Victoria has locked down again and NSW and Queensland Australia’ are getting pockets of the virus as the country is now in the peak of winter. Western Australia has remained in lock down and has no cases of the virus.
Casualgrey
27th Jul 2020
1
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Hi Gillaroo Thanks for the info .There is always someone on this site who has the answers.
I too have had the pneumonia jab but unfortunately does not help with the virus 19
oldperson75
25th Jul 2020
3
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I have had it every year for the last 18 and don't intend to miss it this year. I had flu when there was an epidemic in the late 1950's and was quite poorly. I wouldn't want to go through that again. I will also have the Covid 19 vaccine when it is available.
Joolsl
25th Jul 2020
6
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Why would you not?
The flu jab has been around a while now, nothing new.
Have been having it for the past few years, no problems and no flu.
No brainer.
Wilf
2nd Aug 2020
0
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I agree it's been dispensed for years and is a no brainer.
eddien4
25th Jul 2020
5
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Always amazes me when people don’t take up something that over 60s (and now over 50s) will get for free. Also my employer provides this for free. A no brainer in these times.
wishyouwerehear
25th Jul 2020
4
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This year it is more important than ever to have a flue jab.After all that has happened with Covid19 we need to do everything we can to look after ourselves and give ourselves a fighting chance mentally and physically to eventually get back to some kind of normality .
viking
25th Jul 2020
4
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Surely for anyone who had any doubts whatsoever about having the Flu jab, or other, just imagine if you contracted Flu and a fresh strain of Covid at the same time ?
It would be no use crying out to the NHS "please save me" because your life would be over before struggling to your front door.
olivep
25th Jul 2020
6
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Of course I will - have been having the flu jab for years - even when I wasnt entitled to the free dose at the doctors, I paid for it at Boots. It is there to help us all and I think if it is being offered to a wider range of people it should be taken up.
Wilf
24th Jul 2020
3
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Yes probably as the last thing we need is a dose of flu
MrsPat
24th Jul 2020
3
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Yes of course. I would be mad not to.
Mcnellie
24th Jul 2020
8
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I have been having g the flu Jab for years now with no ill effects and would encourage everyone to do the same.
Parlin
24th Jul 2020
6
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I have had the flu jab for several years now and I am glad to say that I have never contracted the flu.Also never had any problems with side effects.I will be having it again this year.
A concern that I have regarding a jab against COVID 19( if ever a satisfactory one is found )Is that I worry that it has been produced in a rush and has not had adequate testing .
JE
24th Jul 2020
5
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Several years ago I had a really bad dose of flu and didn’t know what had hit me. Anyone who has had ‘proper’ flu will know how bad it really is. Since then I have always had the flu jab and will continue to do so.
GeriR4
24th Jul 2020
3
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I’m Insulin Dep Diabetic, also Asthmatic, so I always have a ‘flu jab..can’t take chances. I remember how ill I was when I had Asian Flu as a child in the fifties. I think it’s very important and helps protect the rest of the community.
NormaB4
24th Jul 2020
2
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I am now 73 and have never had a flu vaccine and never had flu. So, I don't see the point of starting now. I always keep away from any one with a bug normally and know I am usually at home. I avoid large supermarkets and shop more by click and collect or online. The local farm shops are the ones I choose to frequent, and they are usually only 1 or 2 people at a time. I hope that someone else may benefit from my allocated vaccine. There are lots of people who really need them.
Delia
24th Jul 2020
6
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I always have a flu jab,
sparrer
24th Jul 2020
5
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I always have the flu jab as I can't take risks with my health. Since being diagnosed with COPD some 14 years ago I've had 'the jab' and not once had flu. It may not be some some but I'm happy to continue having it.

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