Flu jab or not?

Newly diagnosed as Hashimoto through a private blood test; told I was Hypothyroid prior to this. I am now due to have a flu jab, tomorrow at 10, so somewhat late for this (I forgot...). anyway...I have had the flu jab with no side affects over the past 10 or so years (classified as 'front line' worker) so should I be worried now? Big question I know, but it's started to bother me. Thanks everyone

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Todays discussion on the subject. There have been many, many more previously.

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Thanks greygoose....scary stuff indeed.

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You're welcome. :)

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Hi Liz, I understand your concern, especially as you say you are a front line worker.

My own experience is that I've had hashi's for several years and I've also had the flu jab for several years without problems so far. I felt sure that I should have it when I was my late husband's carer.

Just read Greygoose's link (above), so you may want to check that out too.

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Really confusing......I don't have the best of relationships with my GP practice, so don't trust them to reply honestly to be truthful....what a mess eh?

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This is a question that regularly gives no consensus! I have never had it because it's not "the" flu vaccine but only "a" flu vaccine ie it may not even come anywhere near to being the right treatment if the strains of the flu vaccine do not match the one(s) responsible for the current year’s epidemic - vaccines are developed months in advance, based on an educated best guess ... However, it has to be an individual choice based on a personal risk benefit analysis, weighing the risks of complications from the flu against the chances of complications from the vaccine.

I read this a couple of weeks ago: "Figures published in the British Medical Journal indicates the £160m winter public health campaign last year may have been a waste of money for those over 65, its principal target.

Now the government’s Joint Council on Vaccination and Immunisation is discussing plans to abandon the jab for pensioners and replace it with something it hopes will be more effective.

The present vaccine has components altered each year to bring about immunity to the three strains that are most likely to be circulating. Now experts are considering introducing a boosted jab with more active ingredients. This follows Public Health England figures, revealed in a recent BMJ paper, which show having the vaccine did not reduce the chance pensioners developing the illness at all last year.

In 2015/16 the same government data source showed the vaccine was more effective, reducing the risk of an elderly person having the virus by 29 per cent. But the year before – 2014/15 – their risk was reduced by just three per cent. Minutes of the last meeting of the joint council suggested a new vaccine would be considered for next year concluding in those aged 18-64 years, vaccine effectiveness was “modest for all strains”, and those aged 65 years and over “effectiveness was even lower.”

Professor Robert Dingwall, an expert in influenza and social sciences at Nottingham Trent University who has examined the latest figures, said: “We need to take this seriously and ask some critical questions about what is going on here."

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I am really confused (I often am but.....) Thank you for your reply..I was told that a 'bad winter' for flu is expected...more scare mongering? Thanks again.

Liz

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I have just had my flu jab today, mainly on the basis that my neighbours had a relative to stay from Australia, who arrived and immediately went down with flu, it went quickly to all members of the family, who said that they had never felt so ill, and had to be off work for a fortnight! also left really tired.

I understand the current vaccine does not contain mercury/

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I know...such a hard one this. I think if you have ever had the real McCoy then you would't wish it on anyone, it's dreadful. But to make yourself feel worse than you do already in an attempt to make yourself not worse....bonkers eh?

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personally i would avoid the flu jab ...

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I have had the flu jab for about 10 years now as I have respiratory problems. Last year I couldn’t attend the walk in clinic and the surgery were unable to offer a convenient appointment so I had it done at the chemist. This year I got several letters and text messages to remind me of the walk ins but when I went for my asthma review prior to the clinics the nurse left the room and came back with the vaccine before I could say anything. Are they on commission or something? I always react to the jab and like to be prepared but wasn’t this year so I got a painful lump again. Not sure if I should have another one now 🤔

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Oh no....that's not good, or fair. I hope you are well now, please let me know x

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My lump goes down after a few days but keeps me awake during that time which obviously makes me more tired than usual! I’m ok though apart from all the other hypo symptoms we all have. Thanks for asking x

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xxx

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