After moving house, I have signed on at a new surgery but have not met my new GP yet. I have had a letter from the surgery saying my GP 'strongly recommends' that I have this vaccination, which I had not heard of. I'm not going to do anything until I have actually seen him and asked him more about it, but wonder if anybody else has had it and if it is a good idea or not.
I seem to overreact wildly to everything and am worried about anything that might make me feel worse. Particularly with something like a vaccination - once it's in you can't get it out again. But on the other hand the nasties it's supposed to protect against are pretty bad too. Potentially fatal in fact.
I've never had a flu jab because I've heard people say they feel a darn sight worse after having it, so I wondered what you clever people on here have to say about it.
The quote from the letter says 'The Department of Health recommends that all patients over the age of 65 (gimme a break I'm not quite there yet), OR those with chronic respiratory or heart problems, patients with shunt, renal or liver disease, diabetes or are immunocompromised, are offered a Pneumovax vaccination in order to significantly help to prevent pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis'.
Those words 'The Department of Health recommends' don't fill me with any confidence if their thyroid knowledge is anything to go by
I've done a bit of Googling and can't find anything much actually against it - it's supposed to help protect against 23 different strains of bacteria, which were previously treated with penicillin but have become resistant. But wouldn't that mean they are shooting you with (albeit dead) 23 different lots of 'stuff'? I'm wary, but on the other hand, at least they're offering something, which makes a change. It does say don't have it if you are allergic to anything in it - but hello - how can you know if you're allergic until it's too late?
With this wretched HypoT thing, nothing seems to act in the way that it should, so I would appreciate any views before I trot obediently up to the surgery to have the shot. Many thanks in advance.