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Old 23.09.2020, 13:09
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Re: 2020 Flu Vaccine availability.

I've actually never had the flu shot before, but I'm considering getting one this year. Are there any risks with getting one, and are there often side effects from it afterward?
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I've actually never had the flu shot before, but I'm considering getting one this year. Are there any risks with getting one, and are there often side effects from it afterward?
I believe there can be - sore injection site, sniffly etc. But in my experience it passes.
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Old 23.09.2020, 13:14
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Re: 2020 Flu Vaccine availability.

I've never had the flu, and can't even recall the last time I had a serious cold (more serious than just sniffles).

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Old 23.09.2020, 13:16
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I've actually never had the flu shot before, but I'm considering getting one this year. Are there any risks with getting one, and are there often side effects from it afterward?
Itís very individual. Iíve been getting them for more than 20 years and every once in a while, Iíll get a painful arm. You should check with your gp about contraindications, but they are rare. Unless you have an egg allergy or are immunosupressed, should be fine. With an egg allergy, you get a different form.
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Old 23.09.2020, 13:22
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Statistically that's quite unlikely. It's a bit like Covid - you can get a mild dose without realising it.
It may be statistically unlikely in your opinion but it is 100% true.

I have never had the flu.
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It may be statistically unlikely in your opinion but it is 100% true.

I have never had the flu.
I think the point is that although you've never suffered from the illness, statistically it's extremely unlikely that you've never contracted the virus. You must have a natural immunity or resistance so that the body fights it off without generating any noticeable symptoms.

Lucky you!
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Old 23.09.2020, 14:08
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I've actually never had the flu shot before, but I'm considering getting one this year. Are there any risks with getting one, and are there often side effects from it afterward?
The way a vaccine works is for it to stimulate the body to produce antibodies. That is the desired (side) effect. This could result in inflammation around the injection site. Also as a flu vaccine is typically injected into a muscle, bruising (i.e. a sore arm) is possible too.

But all of these are much less severe than catching the flu.

If enough people have the injection (i.e. 80%+ of the population) we get the so-called herd immunity. Of course this rate of vaccination has never yet been achieved.
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Old 23.09.2020, 16:56
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Keep in mind that the vaccine does not cover you cover you for months and months so there is a trade-off in getting it the moment it is available and waiting for let's say mid-November. The flu peak is normally late January or even late February (see link) depending on the year.

I get the shot each year but try to hold off until mid-November with the hope of having a strong level of the vaccine in the system until the next spring.

Obviously the decision (if you are at risk) should be taken after discussion with your doctor given your specific situation and the number of cases that are already circulating in CH.

Details from previous years (FR page - click to change to DE): https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/fr/home...t-schweiz.html
Very good point. I wasn't aware of this until recently when I heard an epidemiologist say exactly that on the radio.
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Old 23.09.2020, 17:40
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Re: 2020 Flu Vaccine availability.

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I think the point is that although you've never suffered from the illness, statistically it's extremely unlikely that you've never contracted the virus. You must have a natural immunity or resistance so that the body fights it off without generating any noticeable symptoms.

Lucky you!
I suppose the years I spent working in vaccine research may have done me a favour there.
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Old 23.09.2020, 18:46
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Itís very individual. Iíve been getting them for more than 20 years and every once in a while, Iíll get a painful arm. You should check with your gp about contraindications, but they are rare. Unless you have an egg allergy or are immunosupressed, should be fine. With an egg allergy, you get a different form.
Thank you for that. I actually do have an egg allergy, so that's good to know.
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You might want to change the title to 2020/2021 flu vacine.

Depending on zour canton zou can get a flu shot in your local pharmaciy
https://impfapotheke.ch/
https://vaccinationenpharmacie.ch/

The strains in the vaccine are:

Vaccines from Chicken eggs:
A/Guangdong-Maonan/SWL1536/2019 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus
A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus
B/Washington/02/2019-like virus (Victoria Linie)
B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (Yamagata Linie, quadrivalente Impfstoffe)

For recombinant vaccines or vaccines from cell cultures:
A/Hawaii/70/2019 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus
A/H A/Hong Kong/45/2019 (H3N2)-like virus
B/Washington/02/2019-like virus (Victoria Linie)
B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (Yamagata Linie, quadrivalente Impfstoffe)
https://www.swissdocu.ch/de/news/103...ison-2020-2021
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Thank you for that. I actually do have an egg allergy, so that's good to know.

The info posted by aSwissintheUS at the start of this thread might be of interest to you. I think youíre looking at the second group of vaccines listed. But talk to your GP.
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Re: 2020/21 Flu Vaccine availability.

In todayís news a shortage of the vaccine has been announced. Less than half of the 2.5 million doses ordered are expected to be delivered. Rationing is expected.
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In todayís news a shortage of the vaccine has been announced. Less than half of the 2.5 million doses ordered are expected to be delivered. Rationing is expected.
Please link to a news article if you refer to it.
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Please link to a news article if you refer to it.
I heard it on the news on the radio, Iíll see if it is on their webpage but it will be in French.
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Old 24.09.2020, 08:47
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Please link to a news article if you refer to it.
It was on a radio station that gets me groaned every time I mention it.

https://worldradio.ch/news/2020/09/2...-jab-shortage/
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Old 24.09.2020, 09:01
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It was on a radio station that gets me groaned every time I mention it.

https://worldradio.ch/news/2020/09/2...-jab-shortage/
I heard it on Couleur 3 which I think gets the News from RTS.
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This is why I did my "virtue signalling" on page 1.

Younger people should at least follow what's going on before getting it this year surely.
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This is why I did my "virtue signalling" on page 1.

Younger people should at least follow what's going on before getting it this year surely.
Well unless they are at risk.
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Old 24.09.2020, 13:23
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This is why I did my "virtue signalling" on page 1.

Younger people should at least follow what's going on before getting it this year surely.
I didnít see it as virtue signalling personally, I saw it as common sense which is something Chuff is very vocal about.

People should definitely research the situation and risk factors this year before trotting off to get the flu vaccine.
Younger people without any risk factors could wait until everyone who is considered to be a risk has been catered for before getting it themselves. Theyíd still be covered for peak flu season.
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Re: 2020/21 Flu Vaccine availability.

Every year, my specialist reminds me to get a flu shot and my family doctor gives me the run around about this or that. I've been getting it at the pharmacy in the last few years because my Hausarzt keeps forgetting my husband and I are both in the risk groups.
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