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Flu jab

Isaac is booked in for his yearly flu jab on 18th October. Anyone else have their childrens jab coming up?

Last year was the 1st year for him so he needed 2 about 6wks apart, 1st one was with the pnuemo vax and he had no side effects second one was just flu and he was a ill with a temp for a few days. He did, however, see the gp before this as I thought he was sickening for something but gp said he was fine to go ahead. This year I will make sure he is 100% before he has it (if that ever happens?)

It's that time of year again!!!!!!


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Hi Sarah

Ollie had his jab on Thursday - it was fine - he doesn't appear to have any side effects from it. Ollie didn't have flu vac last year only pneumo one - do you know does he need that again? We're not booked in for anymore so i don't know. Seeing GP on Friday so i'll ask him.

Hope Isaac's ok and that his jab/jabs go ok.

It is that time of year again - need to emigrate to warmer climate!!

Take care



Hi Claire

No I don't think they have the pneumo one again, I'm not entirely sure but I think it last about 10 years.

Glad Ollie's jab went ok



my kids av all ad flu jabs n ive bn told dnt bother takin em agen tikll they over a certain age as the flu jab aint as effective as it is in adults


If I correctly understand what you've written, you say you have been told not to have the flu jab for your kids? Assuming they have had it previously because they are asthmatic, and are aged over 6 months, then it certainly *is* recommended that they are vaccinated each year, just as with all asthmatics. It may not be as vital to vaccinate them as, say, an 80-year old lady with chronic lung disease COPD, but it is still to be recommended.

The latest Prodigy advice regarding flu jabs is here:

Annual influenza vaccine is strongly recommended for:

All aged 65 years and over

All aged over 6 months with the following:

Chronic respiratory disease, including asthma - Asthma requiring continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission. Children who have previously been admitted to hospital for lower respiratory tract disease should be offered immunization

Chronic heart disease

Chronic renal disease


Chronic liver disease


Those living in long-stay residential and nursing homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality (this does not include prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, and so on).

Those who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person.

Vaccination is also recommended for NHS employees directly involved in patient care, if sufficient supplies of vaccine are available.

Social care employers should consider offering influenza immunization to their employees, especially for staff in nursing and care homes who look after older people.

Consideration should also be given to the vaccination of household contacts of immunocompromised individuals.



Surely if the jab is less effective in children, they should be taking it more often, rather than not at all!


its dangerous 2 av it more than once in a year and at the end of the day the flu jab isnt 100% bt nothing is 100%


my kids av ad it yes bt im jst relayin wt i gt told lol not that i believe everything i get told haha x


Actually, PeakSteve is right.

The recommendation is:

""Children under 13 years who have not previously been vaccinated, should receive a second dose after at least 4 weeks.""



Yes. Last year was Isaac's first so he had it twice, 6 weeks apart.

He is due on Thursday but is now on antibiotics (last dose will be thursday) so not sure if he can still have it.

Anyone know if they can have it when on antibiotics? I am going to phone and check before taking him.



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