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Not making that mistake again

Last May I gloated that having had the flu jab the previous November (ie 2012), I hadn't needed time off work for anything more serious than jet lag since.

Apart from back trouble and a one-day tummy bug, that was still true up till last Wednesday. But that morning both Anne and I went down simultaneously with the nasty infection that young F had been struggling through for the previous weeks. I was able to work from home for most of Wednesday and Friday, and even struggled into the office on Thursday afternoon after a morning asleep in bed, but I am utterly pole-axed today. (Anne is a little better, but this is not saying much.) I also appear to have infected my office-mate.

I vowed last year that we would make sure to all get the flu jab before the winter, but we were travelling a lot in November 2013, and somehow just didn't get around to it. Having been spared the flu for an unprecedented two years, I had forgotten just how miserable it is. Well, that's one mistake I'm not making again.



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C.a. McLean
Feb. 8th, 2014 05:25 pm (UTC)
same here - a month later, and I'm still struggling.
Feb. 8th, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: flu
Mmm, thanks, Sandy; very comforting!

But I'm sorry to hear you've been laid up too. Certainly for me it's a lesson learnt.
Feb. 8th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
I had it last week too.

This year's flu seems really bad.
Feb. 8th, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a right nasty dose. I'm starting to get over some sort of vicious cold/chest infection thing that started on Boxing Day. The last fortnight has been just like having a head cold, but with more tiredness, and fed-up-ness.

I don't think it was the flu, but G, who got the cold on the same day as me, got over it in a fortnight. He ad the flu jab this year and I didn't. Which has us wondering if the jab helped him.

Hope you all feel better soon.
Feb. 9th, 2014 08:49 am (UTC)
Crumbs, Shereen - it's been over six weeks since Boxing Day! Sorry you've been so poorly, and I hope I pull through quicker!
Feb. 9th, 2014 01:52 pm (UTC)
Cheers! I am definitely nearly better, but so fed up having to have tissues constantly at hand. Is it too late for the family to get a flu jab for this season?
Feb. 9th, 2014 10:41 am (UTC)
Last year they got a visitor in to give jabs in the office, but this year they just offered to give a voucher to go to the high street pharmacist for one, provided you saw the email in time before the offer ran out in November. In consequence, I and several other people had at least a day off work each.

Not that it would have killed us to buy our own, but it illustrates what I always say, that every barrier you put in the way of people doing something you want, no matter how trivial your awesome organised self thinks it is, will result in another percentage of people missing the deadline. In this case the two barriers were money and a trip to the high street.
Feb. 9th, 2014 01:29 pm (UTC)
Last year I didn't have my jab, but it didn't matter because the person I got flu from had theirs - we just got the wrong strain! As the nurse said, "we vaccinate against the strains that are going to kill you/put you in hospital, not the ones that just make you feel awful for a week".

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