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Have you had your swine flu vaccination yet?

By GnT - 3 November 2009 33

Health minister Katy Gallagher has had one, and wants you to go and get one too. I’ve had one – as a parent of young children I really don’t want them to get sick. From my experience, most doctors are bulk-billing if you are just going for the jab, which itself is free. So there’s no excuses – make an appointment now to protect yourself and those most vulnerable in our community.

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Have you had your swine flu vaccination yet?
dare2dream 4:58 am 04 Nov 09

The powers that be want us all to have the vaccine so we wont have to take sickies if we get it…the more contagious the flu the more sickies…I’ve had it so I dont have to worry about the vaccine. Guess it’s a question for the individual. It’s a good idea for those who have health problems that could make them vulnerable to complications if they get swine flu to have the vaccine and also for those who work with or interact with the sick.

cleo 1:22 am 04 Nov 09

Never had the flu shot, but had the Swin vaccine on Friday, I’m fine, just a bit of fever, and a bit tired, I’m sure my daughter had it week before last, and it knocked her for a sixer, she had to have time off work, and she is a really healthy fit girl.

MrPC 10:43 pm 03 Nov 09

Not a chance.

They didn’t do sufficient testing on it before manufacturing the millions of vials of it that was distributed around the nation. They are relying on patients to act as guinea pigs. I won’t be their guinea pig.

I’ll wait til I’m good and ready. And even then it’s not a certainty since I usually have a shocking flu-like reaction to Tamiflu that lasts about a week, and it’s likely this one will be the same.

Gungahlin Al 8:17 pm 03 Nov 09

Had the normal flu vaccine, but this rush job is for guinea pigs not me. Phalidamide come to mind for anyone else?

Bet there’s a few people wishing the government never sold off the CSL…

emd 7:19 pm 03 Nov 09

I suspect that Katy Gallagher didn’t fall into a high risk category, so she waited til all the high priority vaccinations were done before kicking off the campaign for the general public to get vax’ed by having it done herself. That and I hear she’s pretty busy.

I’ve gone looking for information on serious side effects (other than redness at injection site and possibly a bit of fever, which can happen with regular flu vax too) and haven’t found anything about this particular vaccine. I did see stories about serious side effects (like paralysis), but they referred to the 1976 swine flu vaccine – not this one. So I think I’ll get it done – the only people really contraindicated are those with an allergy to eggs or feathers.

sunshine 6:40 pm 03 Nov 09

i had it a few weeks ago and have had no side effects – my son was waiting to see if he grew a little piggy tail but didn’t. phew!
i was talking to my Dr and apparently the older generation who went through the depression etc are mostly immune to it as it’s the same flu that was around then.

dvaey 6:23 pm 03 Nov 09

stonedwookie said :

they make you fill out a consent form one whole page is just the risks they tell you to read.

Sounds like the Amoxil anti-biotic I was given for a chest infection last year, came with a 5-page leaflet explaining the risks, benefits, dosage, etc all in the name of full disclosure.

I-filed said :

Nuh – I’ve read far too many accounts of bad reactions to this vaccine. If I were in the vulnerable category I would risk a couple of days of feeling crap though!

For clarification, are you referring to ‘a couple of days of feeling crap’, as a couple of days of having the flu, or the day-after effect of the vaccination?

busgirl said :

but I don’t agree that we should all take (or, be made to take) this one-off vaccination for a virus that mutates every year…

Yet, the media keeps on insisting that we get the flu shot every winter, so at least youll be covered for what happened last year (for those who didnt get sick, and produce their own antibodies anyway).

Mimiboo 5:44 pm 03 Nov 09

I got the vaccine a few weeks ago and felt fine afterwards. I only get the vaccine as I had nasty bout of the flu five years ago and was really sick (2 weeks off work, then took me about 4 weeks to fully recover). Now that work offers the vaccine for free, haven’t had the flu for the last five years.

busgirl 4:49 pm 03 Nov 09

LB – There is a huge difference between the standard schedule of childhood immunisations and immunisation for the swine flu. I agree that all Australian children should be administered the vaccinations as listed on the schedule (except varicella though – I don’t believe that one is necessary)…but I don’t agree that we should all take (or, be made to take) this one-off vaccination for a virus that mutates every year…especially those who are not in the at-risk category.
But I won’t ramble on…not after the caning I received last time I posted my opinion on this subject.

stonedwookie 4:14 pm 03 Nov 09

no way its to risky and im not a experiment.
saw a whole heap of people getting it today at some medical centre.
they make you fill out a consent form one whole page is just the risks they tell you to read.
then the doctor gives you a speach before you get your shot.
sounds like signing your life away to me

54-11 3:14 pm 03 Nov 09

It’s a bit odd that the Health Minister has been critical of vaccination rates so far, but left it until now to get hers.

luther_bendross 3:14 pm 03 Nov 09

I like the way you think, however swine flu really isn’t the most dangerous flu (let alone virus or disease) we’ve seen. How about everyone just vaccinate your children like doctors (you know, the ones that spend nine years at uni) tend to recommend for most avoidable viruses etc. There’s a very good reason homeopathic ‘medicine’ is not proven.

Sorry, that may have appeared a long bow to draw, but people who refuse to immunise their children are morons.

RatsNest 12:06 pm 03 Nov 09

I’m waiting for others to play guinea pig on this one.

Fiona 10:15 am 03 Nov 09

I called to make an appointment but got cut off when put on hold. I will probably try again heh.

I-filed 10:02 am 03 Nov 09

Nuh – I’ve read far too many accounts of bad reactions to this vaccine. If I were in the vulnerable category I would risk a couple of days of feeling crap though!

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