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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.
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Old 09.10.2008, 23:54
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Re: Flu Vacination

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

From their Key facts about seasonal flu vaccine page:
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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.
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Re: Flu Vacination

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!
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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.
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!
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Re: Flu Vacination

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...
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Old 10.10.2008, 17:23
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Re: Flu Vacination

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.
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Re: Flu Vacination

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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...
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.
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Re: Flu Vacination

[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
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Re: Flu Vacination

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...
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