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#1 bubskitkat

Posted 12 March 2020 - 09:00 PM

Who has booked in for the flu injection?

they are meant to release stock of this shortly but I’m worried that there will be a “toilet paper” run on this and those whom urgently need it most will miss out.

that said I’ve booked in for the injection

#2 #YKG

Posted 12 March 2020 - 09:02 PM

I get it through work, they generally get us around April/May. I’m required to get it for work. But I’d get it anyway.
If this boosts immunisation rates, then it’s not all bad.

#3 born.a.girl

Posted 12 March 2020 - 09:04 PM

Advised by GP to wait until the oldies one becomes available in early May, given I'm 67.

#4 Lalala4

Posted 12 March 2020 - 09:19 PM

I get it through work. I’ll get the kids done. I wish DP didn’t think he was bulletproof! After decades working with students he thinks he’s invincible, I think.

#5 annodam

Posted 12 March 2020 - 09:37 PM

The Private ones may run out (not saying they will but if many more are getting them this year they may do).
The Public ones are put aside, as they're free for those with underlying conditions.
Always get mine & sons in May, I want the damn thing to last right up until September.


Edited by annodam, 12 March 2020 - 09:37 PM.

#6 Paddlepop

Posted 12 March 2020 - 09:44 PM

I haven't booked in yet. We'll get it done through Chemist Warehouse. Way cheaper than the GP. Queensland has now changed the rules to allow children aged 10 and over to get it done at pharmacies instead of a GP so all three of us will get it done at Chemist Warehouse.

#7 Chaotic Pogo

Posted 12 March 2020 - 09:49 PM

 born.a.girl, on 12 March 2020 - 09:04 PM, said:

Advised by GP to wait until the oldies one becomes available in early May, given I'm 67.

I’m just having it twice. End of March and again in June/July.
the first one may not take very well anyway. This could become my new normal.

ETA already booked at chemist.

Edited by Chaotic Pogo, 12 March 2020 - 09:49 PM.

#8 jayskette

Posted 12 March 2020 - 10:02 PM

well, you only need 1 flu shot per year, not possible to stockpile;)

#9 lozoodle

Posted 12 March 2020 - 10:05 PM

I get mine when they come to work each year

#10 Chaotic Pogo

Posted 12 March 2020 - 10:08 PM

 jayskette, on 12 March 2020 - 10:02 PM, said:

well, you only need 1 flu shot per year, not possible to stockpile;)

Unless you are immune compromised and your first shot might last as little as three months and at a lower level of protection than others.

But yes, there is a black humour in not being able to stockpile the shots. You want the most up to date strains anyway! Flu shots ‘date’ as fast as fashion does. :)

#11 laridae

Posted 12 March 2020 - 10:11 PM

I normally get mine through work, but possibly due to the pandemic they won't actually be able to organise it this year. Cause they are kind of busy dealing with the response to the pandemic... (yep, work for the health department. At least I'm expecting my job to be fairly secure!)

#12 Murderino

Posted 12 March 2020 - 10:17 PM

Our GP has a sign advising it will be May.

#13 #notallcats

Posted 12 March 2020 - 10:26 PM

I really hope the Government is prepared for the demand.  Last year, without Covid19, people were struggling to get the vax by June.

#14 Team Awesome

Posted 12 March 2020 - 10:36 PM

I’ll be booking in for mine and our eldest three children soon (DD3 is just a little too young) just waiting on our local pharmacy I prefer to do it at to open their flu shot bookings.

DH has been traveling a lot with work so we don’t know when he’ll be home to book him in but will do so once we have that info.

#15 Inkogneatoh

Posted 12 March 2020 - 11:21 PM

I'll ask my GP next time I'm in there about when he's anticipating his stock being in. I get it every year, and under some scheme or something it doesn't cost me anything (my gp visits are no out of pocket as well, I think it's a chronic illness thing, or an I'm broke thing, I don't know, but I'm not questioning it).

Hopefully I'm going to be able to guilt/demand the others living in the house to get one as well. Particularly the "I don't want to get the flu shot because I don't get sick" person. Who is the same person who has given me a bug resulting in my chest getting infected, twice in the last 12 months. For the record, they can get it for free as well, and there is no phobia or anti vax thing, as they relented and got one a couple of years ago before going to Europe. She just doesn't want to organise it.

#16 ali-song

Posted 12 March 2020 - 11:26 PM

My work if offering it from next week, and I’m planning on getting in early this year. I’ll get another one later in the season if necessary.

#17 just roses

Posted 13 March 2020 - 04:51 AM

I’ll wait for my work one, which is still likely to be a little later (May perhaps?)

I will book my kids in ASAP, but I just had last year’s shot again two weeks ago (prior to travelling overseas) so that will give me some protection.

#18 scooty

Posted 13 March 2020 - 11:52 AM

I'm booked in for Tuesday and Friday for DH. I want to get us in before it runs out. I also don't want the chance of getting the flu and corona at the same time!

#19 Fizgig

Posted 13 March 2020 - 11:56 AM

My work has it in two weeks and I've booked in. May get it again later in the year if GP advises. I usually get the kids done in June but may bring that forward this year.

#20 born.a.girl

Posted 13 March 2020 - 11:56 AM

 Chaotic Pogo, on 12 March 2020 - 10:08 PM, said:

Unless you are immune compromised and your first shot might last as little as three months and at a lower level of protection than others.

But yes, there is a black humour in not being able to stockpile the shots. You want the most up to date strains anyway! Flu shots ‘date’ as fast as fashion does. Posted Image

Have you spoken to your specialist/s about the possibility of getting the one for the over 65s?

I don't really understand it much, and I know even there there are two choices (or were).

GP told me last week the over 65s def won't be in until early May, and that it was pointless me getting a 'top up' of the bog standard one. That didn't make sense to me, but I don't understand it so I just go with what she says on that.

#21 robhat

Posted 13 March 2020 - 12:02 PM

I checked with my GP last weekend. They won't have any in stock until the end of April, but there may well be a run on it. A family of 4 walked in while I was in the waiting room asking for the shot there and then (they were told it was unavailable). I'd like to think people will have ordered more in under the circumstances, but who knows???

#22 ~Bob~

Posted 13 March 2020 - 12:08 PM

My niece has cancer, so my sister has asked me to vaccinate my family. I will as soon as it’s out.

#23 chicken_bits

Posted 13 March 2020 - 12:08 PM

Just because you've booked in doesn't mean they'll have stock though.

Last year we were booked in and they had to postpone because of the delay in getting vaccines out due to undersupply. This was for the public ones too.

#24 SM3s Fight Song

Posted 13 March 2020 - 12:14 PM

Usually get me and kids done start of May.  Will get it done again then.  I think only Ds2 will qualify for the free kids one this year.  I can qualify for the free adult one due to chronic illness.  Last 2 years I haven't gotten the free one. Last year was too much to organise it, easier just to pay and year before my gp ran out of stock on the adult one and the private script kids ones.  They did all the kids on public ones and I went to the chemist and paid for mine.

#25 BadCat

Posted 13 March 2020 - 12:22 PM

I usually get it through work.  DC1 through uni, if it's still open at that stage, and I'll take DC2 to the chemist.

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