It’s all about Flu jabs now. What’s your position on these?

A Porirua mother suffering diabetes never misses her flu jabs each year and today was no different.

Faye Maene was one of four local women along with Health Minister Jonathan Coleman who volunteered to get immunised against the flu as part of the influenza immunisation campaign at Porirua’s health centre in Cannons Creek today. The 49-year-old mother was diagnosed with diabetes 16 years ago and she said maintaining her health has proved difficult.

“It’s been really tricky. It’s really hard going to the shops and watching everyone eating what they like.

” … but I have to be strong and put limitations on what I eat,” she said.

“I know to be there for baby is also number one, looking after myself so when baby grows up I’m healthy and well to see him grow … “

Mr Coleman said it was important for New Zealanders to get immunised, coming up to the flu season.

“It can be a really nasty disease that can end up with people in hospital and can kill as well.”

I fully appreciate that high risk people can benefit from these jabs.  People with severe asthma for example.  But it has my personal and observational experience that among otherwise healthy adults, two things happen:  1) they get ill from the jab, or at least are sub-optimal for some time, and 2) a fair proportion get the flu anyway.

Personally, I have stopped getting a jab for about a decade now, and even with a family that brings all the school varieties home, I hardly go down with the flu.

I also understand how immunisation works, but viruses mutate every season, and last year’s jab was largely ineffective because of it.

Where do you sit on this?


– NZ Herald

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