Flu jab 2020

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Hi. So I have been isolating as I’m more vulnerable. I have heard about flu jabs for vulnerable people but I am so scared of needles. I think Im going to get it but first how much does it hurt and is it worth the risk of going to the hospital because it doesn’t help with COVID? I have also been told that I’d I do get COVID I’m most likely to be severely ill or even die from it.
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Hey! If you can recall a prior vaccine, it is on a similar pain wavelength. It is less painful than the skin prick for the BCG vaccine. Do you like music? Play your favourite music, do a breathing exercise. Just don't look, heck close your eyes before the needle goes in. You have to trick your mind first. Given that winter season = slightly compromised immune system for the average joe, definitely get the vaccine. It is not 100%, but if you contract flu and then Covid-19 it will be harder to deal with. I don't mean to scare you, but I had severe coronavirus symptoms and was almost hospitalised. My asthma is exacerbated by exercise and infection. I have had moderate to severe flu symptoms but vaccination usually works. The hospital staff should have Covid secure procedures in place. Prevention is better than cure. Increasing your vitamin intake through food and supplements. Manuka honey is expensive but has various health benefits (preferably MGO 70+).
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I'm not getting my flu jab at a hospital, it's at my local pharmacy.

It will hurt a little, but in the long run it's better to have that, than to get the flu and need to go to hospital, possibly get COVID whilst you're there, etc.

I am/have been shielding as well, and have a needle phobia (although it's better than it was!). You can do this!
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(Original post by Turtle28224)
Hi. So I have been isolating as I’m more vulnerable. I have heard about flu jabs for vulnerable people but I am so scared of needles. I think Im going to get it but first how much does it hurt and is it worth the risk of going to the hospital because it doesn’t help with COVID? I have also been told that I’d I do get COVID I’m most likely to be severely ill or even die from it.
Almost painless (a minor skin prick) and your local chemist will almost certainly do it - no need for a hospital visit.
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(Original post by Pelola)
Hey! If you can recall a prior vaccine, it is on a similar pain wavelength. It is less painful than the skin prick for the BCG vaccine. Do you like music? Play your favourite music, do a breathing exercise. Just don't look, heck close your eyes before the needle goes in. You have to trick your mind first. Given that winter season = slightly compromised immune system for the average joe, definitely get the vaccine. It is not 100%, but if you contract flu and then Covid-19 it will be harder to deal with. I don't mean to scare you, but I had severe coronavirus symptoms and was almost hospitalised. My asthma is exacerbated by exercise and infection. I have had moderate to severe flu symptoms but vaccination usually works. The hospital staff should have Covid secure procedures in place. Prevention is better than cure. Increasing your vitamin intake through food and supplements. Manuka honey is expensive but has various health benefits (preferably MGO 70+).
Thanks so much 🥰
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[QUOTE=ghostwalker;91259372]Almost painless (a minor skin prick) and your local chemist will almost certainly do it - no need for a hospital.

Thanks, I’ve booked in now ❤️❤️
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Flu jabs are painless, not quite understanding why you need to go to hospital to get it done?
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I had my done the other week it didnt hurt at all even as he was putting the needle in. I was expecting a sore arm for a few days after but at most the small injection site felt like a very minor bruise.
Its worth it to get it, i had flu last November and it was awful :sadnod: also if you are working, at school etc you dont want to have to take time off getting tested for corona if you have flu symptoms that are similar to covid
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Barely any pain at all, i had mine stood up with as much distance as possible at my GP, I had 2 days of a sore arm this time but that was it.
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(Original post by Pathway)
I'm not getting my flu jab at a hospital, it's at my local pharmacy.

It will hurt a little, but in the long run it's better to have that, than to get the flu and need to go to hospital, possibly get COVID whilst you're there, etc.

I am/have been shielding as well, and have a needle phobia (although it's better than it was!). You can do this!
Aww thx so much 😊
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