Dr Sarah Jarvis explained that there are a number of issues with the flu and the vaccine this year.
She said: “We’ve got two or three issues with the flu vaccine/flu this year. One is that sometimes the number of cases is just high – we can’t do anything about that.
“Two is that this year we’ve got two main strains circulating. One of them is the H3N2 – that’s one of the A viruses – and the point about the H3N2 is the vaccine does not appear to be as effective in terms of preventing it – even though the H3N2 is included in the vaccine.
From which they conclude, of course, that you still should get the jab because … well, you still should because that’s the dogma.
My GP’s practice has upped the ante by sending the form letter, unsigned but with her name at the bottom, saying I’m in a high risk group. Nice getting that at the end of three weeks of flu and having stayed home mostly, as snug as a bug in a rug until the combi-boiler broke down yesterday.
But it was the imperative nature of the letter I didn’t like, laying an action on me – if I refuse to have it, then I must sign a document and drop it in at the practice or go to town to the post office and send it, both which require me going out into the cold for an hour, having had the flu and not wishing to relapse. And if I drop it at the surgery, then it’s full of people with the flu.
So I’m going to ignore that.
Now, I’ve spoken to quite a few people about flu jabs this winter, with a 100% correlation between having it and being sick with the flu sometime later – not always that person, often aunts or grandparents etc. But 100% correlation. In my particular case, I stopped having them sometime in the mid-80s and have been relatively well ever since on that score.
The bit I don’t like is the bureaucratic filing of me on computer as “uncooperative”, which then flows into other areas, e.g. heart. “Well we can hardly be expected to help you if your attitude is like that.”