Ok, I Gave In At Last
November 2, 2017 3:49pm CST
For years I have resisted having a flu jab as I was reluctant to put anything that wasn't necessary into my body. I would take my husband for his jab and wait while he had it, and always refuse when they asked if I wanted one. Since neither of us ever got the flu, or even a bad cold, I couldn't see what difference it made. However, last winter I had two quite severe colds (not sure if they'd be classed as flu), and my husband didn't, so when I took him this time I decided to have the jab myself. (Despite the picture I've used, it didn't hurt a bit) I'm still not convinced of it's efficacy, but it can't do any harm I suppose. Have any of you had the flu or a bad cold despite having had a flu jab?
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@jaboUK My girls had the flu when they were young. It was a time when so many were sick. They were sick enough I called the nurse. She said the hospital was so full that if I could keep them sipping liquids to keep them home. I dripped water into their mount, sponged them down and sat all night by them (first one was sick then the other). If I can improve my chances of avoiding that, I am in. I would not bounce back as quickly as they did.
• United Kingdom
@Corbin5 My husband has been in a poor state of health for years, and the jab was recommended for him by his doctor. He also has one against pneumonia - that would probably kill him if he got it. But my health has always been good (fingers crossed), and the colds I got last year were unusual for me. If I'd just had the one cold I wouldn't have thought anything of it, but having two was the reason I went for the jab.
• Bunbury, Australia
We have the jabs each year now and don't usually get colds - not that I can remember anyway. One time when we were due to fly overseas the doctor recommended it to protect ourselves from anyone in the aircraft that might be spreading germs around. That seemed a good idea at the time.
• United Kingdom
@JudyEv Yes that makes sense - being in an enclosed space like an aircraft would make you more susceptible. A similar sort of thing is when we stay in a hotel - we often get a cough or sniffles when we are in Spain. @LilyBeBack has interestingly told me that the flu jab is ineffective against colds - sheesh, the main reason I had it was to stop me getting colds.
• Oxford, England
I already had flu this winter and last winter I was in hospital with some form of it. Unfortunatlely, my understanding was you cannot have it till you are 65, but now I learn my asthma would have meant I was classed as vulnerable so I have a visit to the doctor planned.
• Pamplona, Spain
Just the sniffles is what I get every so often but not a full blown cold or flu. I have had the flu before a few times but I think its good to have the flu to build your defense against it. My Mom had the flu jab every year and she got more colds than she did without it.
• United Kingdom
Cold and flu are two different things, people often say they have flu when really they just have a cold. Anyone who's ever truly had the flu (I haven't, at least not since I was a very young child but I can't remember it) knows the difference because the flu completely knocks you off your feet, it affects the entire body (unlike a cold which shows its symptoms above the neck) and leaves you unable to get out of bed. If you have a cold you can still get up and even go to work or whatever. The flu jab has nothing to do with the common cold