It’s that time of year again – the cold and flu season is upon us.
Nowadays, I am always first in the queue to get the flu vaccine, for obvious reasons if you know my recent past….
Three years ago in late February on the Sunday evening I had a sore throat. On the Wednesday, I went into Colchester Hospital with breathing problems. On the Friday, I was collected by Papworth Hospital personnel and taken away on a machine that kept me alive (an ECMO – Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation).
Two months later I turned up for work again, having survived swine flu (Influenza Type A H1N1 pdm09 California strain to be precise).
I would urge you all to consider getting a flu vaccine to protect you against the problems that might occur! I stress that it is very much a personal choice, have a look on line at the information available – there are obviously pros and cons involved.
Further advice can be found on the NHS Website – Flu Vaccine Overview
Posted by John Smith-Daye
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