STREET POLL: Have you had the flu jab this winter and why?

STREET POLL: Have you had the flu jab this winter and why? James McAree,Tura Beach,No, we didn’t get the shot, and we all got pretty sick this year. My partner is going to get it next year, because she was bedridden for five days with the flu this winter. And that’s pretty hard with a little one to look after. I’d also get the shot for my little girl.

Lyall Ford,Eden,I had mine before the start of winter. I still got the flu a couple of weeks ago, so the flu shot doesn’t stop you getting the virus, it just might stop the severity. I got the vaccination for free because I’m a pensioner, and have done it for years. I’ll do the same again next winter.

Bazza Wollmer,Melbourne,Have you heard about the rise in whooping cough? That’s because there’s not enough people having needles. I have it every year, with no adverse effects. They give you three flu antivirals in the one shot, targeting what they think are the three most prevalent strains of flu. I suppose if you get a fourth kind, then you’ll get sick, so it’s a bit like playing TattsLotto.

Donna Tupper Lucas,Towamba,No, I didn’t get a flu shot. I don’t think people working in the health industry need to. Working in this environment (the pharmacy) my immune system is strong enough.

Tamer Ahmed,Eden,I don’t have yearly immunisations, and didn’t get the flu shot. I don’t think I need to, due to my age. It’s normally for people over 60 and those with asthma. But doctors and pharmacists working in hospitals have to get the shot, dependent on the wards they work in.

Julie LangeWyndham,Yes, I got it, because I work in a high school so it’s provided by the school for free, and it’s also an industry where there’s a high chance of contracting those things. Plus I’m getting older.

Tasmin Webber,Eden,No. I think I’m young and healthy enough to fight off the flu naturally, and vaccinations don’t mean you won’t get the flu anyway, so I’ll rely on my body’s resilience. No one likes getting needles, anyway.

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