Last year while waiting in a rural chemist for a prescription to be filled. I read some bumf on the wall about free flu jabs. “Get your free flu jab here” so making polite conversation with staff behind the counter. I asked how quick is the booking and service. A voice from the back of the storage shelves said “I can do it now for you”. Cool, nothing to loose, everything to gain. I made my way to the tiny room at the rear of the chemist, where laying out next to a kidney dish was a syringe, ready loaded and with my name on it.
Pharmasists, says, “just a few questions and tick the box that applies”. Nothing on the list of questions that relate to me. So I sign the bottom of the page.
Pharmacist then asks how I want to pay? “Pay”? I thought it was free? I had already had a few of these flu jabs over the years and never paid for any (to my reckoning) well a Pharmacist says, no pay, no jab. Then threw the syringe in the sharps bin.
A week later while at a GP Surgery. I mention this “charge” to the receptionist and she told me Im exempted from paying due to my “condition”
What’s that then? A tight bugger? Not going to aurgue, I had the jab. Got on well with it. No real bad colds or flu that year.
The time is upon us again. Do I chance my luck at a GP Surgery? Not have a flu jab this year? Or pay some chemist for their time?
Any one else had/having/avoiding a flu jab?
Many years ago. 1987/8/9 We considered giving our two horses a flu jab (due to a flu outbreak amongst horses) thankfully I didn’t go through with it and rumours were bound that some of these ”expensive” horses around they Country were (supposedly) experiencing lung problems following the equine flu jab.
It was probably more worry and stable chat than fact. But it did deter me from ever giving our horses a flu jab and my avoidance over the coming years.
So side effects a side. Who’s up for a collective flu suppressant?