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Verbier 09.10.2008 23:38

Flu Vacination
 
Hello all.

The Swiss Romande press has mentioned that the flu that is expected this season will be especially nasty. The major one (normally three in the vaccine) is from Australia. Some deaths last season, especially amongst infants.

If you are in any of the "high risk" categories, you will want to have the vaccine for sure. If you want to avoid spending a week in your bed "wanting to die", it might be a good idea as well.

Most clinics and doctors will have the vaccine as of the middle of October.

Since I like to spend my time on the ski slopes rather than in the WC, I will be getting mine before the end of the month.

RetiredInNH 09.10.2008 23:54

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You can find all you want to know (probably a lot more than you want to know :D) on the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) seasonal flu page.

From their Key facts about seasonal flu vaccine page:
Quote:

Who Should Get Vaccinated

In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated. However, it is recommended by ACIP that certain people should get vaccinated each year.
They then list the groups that they consider as being at high risk. Further down on that page is a short list of people who should not get vaccinated.

Scoobysue 10.10.2008 10:16

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To add to this, I was just at the pharmacy to pick up a prescription and they're offering flu jabs at certain times, on certain days from next week.

This is only a small neighbourhood pharmacy so hopefully it's common for the pharmacies to offer it.

I'll be queueing up the day they start. Having had a common cold that just won't shift for around 7 weeks now, I don't fancy my chances against proper flu.

The pharmacist lady said some insurers cover the cost of a jab, some don't. Their rationale is supposed to be that a jab is way cheaper than pneumonia! To be honest, though, it's only 29 francs - I always got mine privately in the UK 'cos the NHS always run out and it was around 40 pounds a time so Swiss flu jabs are a bargain!

Guest 10.10.2008 10:37

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[quote=Verbier;328868]Hello all.

The Swiss Romande press has mentioned that the flu that is expected this season will be especially nasty. The major one (normally three in the vaccine) is from Australia. Some deaths last season, especially amongst infants.

Having small children and a busy winter ahead of us, don't fancy a nasty flu so will get vaccine jab this year. Have never had the flu jab before but the last 3 winters there's been some nasty stuff going about and I am sick of being sick in winter.. thanks for the info

Mélusine 10.10.2008 10:54

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Hi!

I'm totally for the flu vaccine, since without it I always get it and it's a real nightmare...
So each winter, my husband, my son and me get our jab, and we just have to fight with common colds...

Actually, my son caught the flu when he was 6 months old, and it was really awful. fever over 40°C for more than 5 days, in spite of the medication, dehydratation and vomiting, you can't even imagine how awful that was. He almost had to be hospitalised.

Ma family doctor books a day every year in late October when we can go without appointment and get our flu jab for 25.-. The insurance can even cover the cost if you're considered high risk. Moreover, many people can get them at work for free: my husband for instance, who's a teacher, or my mom who works at Migros. Employers discovered that payinf for a jab was much cheaper than having half their staff off on a sickie... :)

möpp 10.10.2008 12:04

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Scoobysue (Post 328992)
To add to this, I was just at the pharmacy to pick up a prescription and they're offering flu jabs at certain times, on certain days from next week.

This is only a small neighbourhood pharmacy so hopefully it's common for the pharmacies to offer it.

The pharmacy in Brunaupark also sends out reminders to their regular customers to have the flu jab, I got my letter in the mail 2 days ago. Costs CHF 25.00 if I remember correctly. Definately worth it!

swiss_in_training 10.10.2008 17:06

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Does anyone know whether pregnant women are considered "high risk" in Switzerland? They are not listed on the list of "who should get the flu shot" published by the Bundesamt für Gesundheit (which is a PDF available here:
http://www.bag.admin.ch/influenza/01...x.html?lang=de). It seems odd that the World Health Organization lists pregnant women but the Swiss Health Department doesn't...

Verbier 10.10.2008 17:23

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A quick call to your doctor's office would be worthwhile. The assistant should be able to answer your question. There may be medical reasons (which may or may not be case by case) for NOT having the flu shot. I would definitely check with your doctor before going for a shot on your own decision.

If it is a question of money, the maximum investment/out of pocket seems to be in the CHF 25-27 range either at a clinic or doctor's office.

Nathu 10.10.2008 18:05

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According to hospital St. Gallen, recommendations vary: WHO and North American recommendations are to always vaccinate. Australia recommends it during the second and third trimester and Germany only for the last.

The federal health office recommends it during the second and third trimester for women with chronic heart, kidney, lung and metabolic diseases. Generally pregnant women suffer more than average of flu. The fetus is save though because the virus can't pass the placental barrier.

smackerjack 11.10.2008 17:16

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I have to have the flu jab yearly but I also had the jab against Pneumonia last week. You only have to have this once and are covered for life. I had this done in the UK - is the pneumonia jab offered in Switzerland or just to those thought to be at risk?

Zeebub 04.11.2008 23:33

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I recall seeing something about a "National Flu Vaccination Day" or something along those lines coming up soon - possibly November 7th. Does anyone know more about this? (I could be totally confused of course).

Lynn88 04.11.2008 23:44

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I don't really want to get into the whole pros and cons of the flu vaccine (or vaccines in general) so instead I will tell you how I protect myself and my family from the flu as well as other illnesses.

We all take large doses of vitamin C every day (along with other essential vitamins, minerals, and Omega 3)
We use Colloidal Silver every day (which is capable of killing more than 650 different bacteria and viruses) can be used long-term
At the first sign of the flu or cold we start taking Echinacea and up our vitamin C intake

The results? If we do get the flu (which rarely ever happens) it only last for a day or two and is very mild.

My son, Swiss Dude, who is now 11 has never taken any medications, not even antibiotics.

My husband and I have not taken (or needed to take) any medications for the past 20 years or so.

If you feel that getting a flu shot is the best option for you, then I respect that. Just wanted to let you know that there are also other alternatives that might not be so well publicized.

glendamwm 05.11.2008 00:09

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To lynn, hi where do you get the col silver and such here is switzerland, are they widely available, sounds like a good alternative, I have asthma as does my son albeit his is very mild, not keen to have jabs but was interested in what your family does.

Any further info is much appreciated

Thanks Glenda

Lynn88 05.11.2008 00:11

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Originally Posted by glendamwm (Post 343816)
To lynn, hi where do you get the col silver and such here is switzerland, are they widely available, sounds like a good alternative, I have asthma as does my son albeit his is very mild, not keen to have jabs but was interested in what your family does.

Any further info is much appreciated

Thanks Glenda

I usually get the Silver from the US, it is actually one of the products that we carry. You can also order it from the UK. I haven't seen it on the shelves here, unfortunately, but you can buy it in many EU countries. The important thing is to get a good quality product with small particles.

Glenda, please feel free to PM me if you have any more questions.

Nathu 05.11.2008 00:51

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Zeebub (Post 343799)
I recall seeing something about a "National Flu Vaccination Day" or something along those lines coming up soon - possibly November 7th. Does anyone know more about this? (I could be totally confused of course).

On National Flu Vaccination Day, everybody can get the flu vaccination for a flat fee without an appointment, at participating practices.

RetiredInNH 05.11.2008 01:12

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Zeebub (Post 343799)
I recall seeing something about a "National Flu Vaccination Day" or something along those lines coming up soon - possibly November 7th. Does anyone know more about this? (I could be totally confused of course).

It is indeed on the 7th, Journée nationale de vaccination contre la grippe 2008, also in German, Nationaler Grippeimpftag 2008, no English version.

Note that, As Nathu pointed out, this is available at participating practices.

Russkov 05.11.2008 15:30

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Getting a flu shot at work tomorrow. Got one last year and it was the first winter in a long time when I didn't get the flu. So I'd say it's a good idea, if you get it as often as I do.

Guest 05.11.2008 15:53

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Russkov (Post 344124)
Getting a flu shot at work tomorrow. Got one last year and it was the first winter in a long time when I didn't get the flu. So I'd say it's a good idea, if you get it as often as I do.

Thanks for the reminder, I've just booked my flu jab for Friday morning.

twinkletoes 05.11.2008 16:54

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Quote:

Originally Posted by swiss_in_training (Post 329289)
Does anyone know whether pregnant women are considered "high risk" in Switzerland? They are not listed on the list of "who should get the flu shot" published by the Bundesamt für Gesundheit (which is a PDF available here:
http://www.bag.admin.ch/influenza/01...x.html?lang=de). It seems odd that the World Health Organization lists pregnant women but the Swiss Health Department doesn't...

When I was pregnant with my last child, my gynae strongly forbade me from getting a flu vac, as the risks to the baby are not fully determined yet, and not worth the possible outcome. She prescribed homeopathic alternatives to prevent the flu instead by boosting my immune system.:) I would do a thorough investigation before taking a chance if I were you.

Verbier 05.11.2008 16:57

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Just got back from the clinic. Payed my CHF 25 and am good to go:)

I wanted to beat the rush if everyone showed up on Friday.


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