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    tigre
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    This year in the UK there has been a separate vaccine for those aged over 65yrs, this was because approx 12,000 people last year died from the flu, mainly older people. A study found that the over 65’s don’t have the ability to absorb the vaccine as well as younger people, therefore running a higher risk of getting the virus.  I was just interested  if France are doing the same this year?

    * Not a UK versus France topic* !!!!

     

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    #421603

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    No one over 65 yrs old had the flu jab in Brittany this year?

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    Mr. F. Hasn’t had his letter yet (RSI are always later than CPAM) I have had my letter but I never take up the offer of the jab, sooner not have any of it put in my body – my choice, but because of Mr. F’s medical history, he is advised to do so and does.

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    #421617

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    My husband was 65 just 2 weeks ago and has already been sent an ‘invitation’ to have the flu jab.

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    #421622

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    Thanks for the replies, I was just interested if there was a separate one in France this year for the over 65’s.

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    #421630

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    I didn’t look at  mine tigre

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    I only know about the different vaccine Fruitcake  as our surgery ran out of the over 65’s one, which prompted me to check up on it.

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    What always fascinates me with this sort of thing tigre is how do they know that at exactly 65 yrs old your body acts and reacts differently? Is there a switch? Similarly when they brought in all the nonsense about children not being able to have a ‘dippy’ egg until a certain age, who flicks the switch?

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    Had my flu vaccine for the first time this year in France.

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    goodness knows, Fruitcake, I can only think that may be from possible blood taken and tested from some of the elderly that died of influenza last year and had received the standard vaccine and it revealed that those over 65 yrs hadn’t absorbed it to its full potential.  :unsure:

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    I cant remember about the dippy egg business, what reason was given for that? sounds odd, I must say.

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    In Scotland it is for over 75, they have run out of it and won’t have any until the end of November

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    tigre – I remember my daughter saying when her youngest was little that “We’re told that you shouldn’t give soft-boiled eggs to children under (I think it was) 4yrs old because of the risk of salmonella – not that my daughter took any notice, she said that she bought free range eggs from a local person and knew what they’d been fed on! So granddaughter had a dippy egg! (And lived to tell the tale!)

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    I understand a lot of people over 65 sadly died  of flu so that is why they have separated the vacinesc for under and over 65 .

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    I think another problem is knowing what the different strains of flu are as well, there are different ones and one vaccine can’t treat all of them, can it? It must be specific for the virus I would think.

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    I suppose there has to be an age to start  it. 64 and three quarters,67,someone has to fix an age.

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    I know Britchick I was being somewhat facetious  :-)

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    Scotsgal, you must be a hardier lot up in that neck of the woods. :rose:

    Fruitcake, I think it is guess work when it comes to the flu vaccine and what strain it will protect against, god knows how they work that one out. :wacko:

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    Yes Tigre we certainly are mainly because it is normally bloody freezing

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    Just had mine this morning and as usual I was asked if I was allergic to chicken eggs. This is because the virus is “grown” in egg whites. Funny but non of our friends in France have been asked this question. As for being 65 years old and getting the jab it is because we then act as a “firebreak”. You see an adult with it and then mix with other folk, especially children, and you do not pass it on.

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    BE, are you sure you don’t mean ” windbreak “? :whistle:

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    I am not aware of any difference between the vaccines. I am in a high risk catergory so I recieve my prescription in the post each year and it adapted to cover the most prevelant strains each year. Not sure if over 65’s get them automatically in France but they are available to anyone for a small charge.

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    I have received an invite to have the flu jab, but not sure where it is we have to go. Does the GP do it on the spot, or somewhere else?

    Many thanks

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    John, the vaccine for the over 65’s is called “Flaud” ( not floored)! It has an ingredient in it that helps the body absorb the medication better.

    Archy, if you pick up your flu vaccine prescription from the pharmacy, may be book an appointment with the nurses, but I’m sure the doctor will do it for you.

    Fruitcake, the penny has just dropped, I forgot in France you actually get a prescription for the vaccine, unlike in the UK, so yes, it may well have given the name of this new vaccine on yor scripts.

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    You get the product from your pharmacy then contact a local district nurse Infirmier to come along and inject you .If you have a mutuelle and CV it should be free .Your mairie can give you a list of local nurses .Your doctor can do it but I find the nurse easier .

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    I think I must have binned my paperwork tigre, as I wasn’t going to partake of the offer, but I’ll check what it says on Mr. F’s when he gets it.

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    Just asked my friend who is a preparatrice en pharmacie she only knows of one injection Vaccin anti grippal ,there is no mention of manufacturer on the prescription.But in the covering letter Apres 65 is mentioned so maybe it is only sent out to people over 65.

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    Marion – my OH did mine.  He has a daily injection for his diabetes, spoke to the doctor last year who told him he could do it himself.  Job done.  Both protected (hopefully) now.  :good:

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    Came in the post two weeks ago and had our jabs this morning along with Tetanus. Hopefully will afford some protection against the flu.

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