Saturday, May 23, 2009

Flue jabs this year

Valencia Region health authorities are preparing to vaccinate 2.2 million high-risk people against swine flu. The group includes elderly people, patients with chronic and cardio-respiratory complaints, pregnant women, health staff and children up to five years old.

Since Pam and I are over 60, we are already offered seasonal flu jabs. If the swine flu vaccine is ready on time (October 1) it will be given along with the seasonal one, otherwise authorities will give the seasonal vaccine first followed by the swine flue vaccine later.

A number of people who have had the flu jabs in previous years say they suffered symptoms of flu for a few weeks following the injection. Last year we passed on the invitation to have injections but this year we might have to reconsider.

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