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15-11-2005, 17:01:11
So, had a flu jab this morning.

So far - no side effects. Will let you know on my progress. Anyone else had one?

My doctors surgery finally got my real address so I finally got their letters telling me to have one. :beer:

15-11-2005, 17:02:31
had one yesterday

I turned into a chicken

I'm better now

Lazarus and the Gimp
15-11-2005, 17:02:54
So are you old or infirm?

15-11-2005, 17:05:36

15-11-2005, 17:06:06
Originally posted by Lazarus and the Gimp
So are you old or infirm?

I have (mild) asthma.

15-11-2005, 17:08:05
I'm just special

Immortal Wombat
15-11-2005, 17:15:22
I'm like a bird, I'll only flu away

15-11-2005, 18:12:08
Originally posted by Funko
Will let you know on my progress.

yaay he izzzz a good lad.

The Norks
15-11-2005, 19:06:52
I'm thinking about having one as i've never had flu, so am terrified of the avian flu threat. Have also stopped smoking again as I don't think that would help much. I always get things really badly that go around like chickenpox, mumps etc and I really don't want this flu.

What happens if it breaks out? Can we avoid it by sealing ourselves away, or would we just cop it when we came out of our bio orbs again and encountered survivors?

15-11-2005, 19:24:24
I got my first one ever, it was free and being given out a short walk upstairs from my office.

The flu vaccine isn't tailored to provide immunity to the "avian flu" the newspeople are all up-in-arms about.

The Norks
15-11-2005, 19:28:07
no I know, but it will give me some kind of flu protection surely- avian flu would wipe me out having never had anything similar, maybe this way it wouldn't be as bad.

15-11-2005, 19:34:36
we make a kit that detects for flu and it also detects for avian flu, so the strains are similar, or have the same binding sites. I don't know anything about the science, I just make it.

15-11-2005, 19:40:40
the kit probably detects a conserved region of one of the surface protiens - one essential to function/survival of the virus, because those regions don't vary (much) they're not determinants of the severity of disease [/geek]

15-11-2005, 19:45:49
Google turns up a pretty good (as far as I can tell glancing through it) stash of information on influenza viruses.


The Norks
15-11-2005, 19:50:06
so will it do me any good getting a flu jab?

15-11-2005, 19:54:34
very doubtful, but it couldn't hurt

besides, there's still garden variety flu. The flu shot should at least weaken that, even if you still catch it. Provided they guessed this year's strain correctly.

15-11-2005, 20:06:46
influenza shots are one of the few left out there preserved with ethylmercury, which makes some people a little nervous, but its a very tiny amount

The Norks
15-11-2005, 20:11:42
and what pray tell is ethylmercury?

15-11-2005, 20:15:37

15-11-2005, 20:18:31
Mercury is a heavy metal, and is bad for you.

Ethylmercury is a preservative that contains mercury, but is generally considered safe because its only present in trace amounts.

Thomas Edison and the people he worked with had mercury poisoning from exposure to it in the pumps they used to create vacuum inside the light bulbs they were developing. That's my cool run-on sentence fact of the day.

15-11-2005, 20:20:58
I have Mercury in some of my fillings... that's how old I am

Immortal Wombat
15-11-2005, 21:45:10
Originally posted by Japher
og? CH3CH2Hg?

15-11-2005, 22:42:42
me too, the dentist and hygenist keep pressuring me to have them replaced

17-11-2005, 06:18:44
The army once lost my vacination card and insisted I redue all the vacinations. I had no choice so I wanted to get it over with as soon as possible and agreed to get 13 of them in one day and 12 more the next. I suggested we just do it all in one day since I didn't want to go back and the nurse told me I couldn't "because you would die if you got that mean vacinations in one day". What? Like a few hours matter?

Sir Tristram
17-11-2005, 10:19:50
Apparently, you only get bird flu if a bird sneezes on you. That's rarely the case if you cook it well enough.

Nills Lagerbaak
17-11-2005, 10:34:20
Well, the first human vicitm of Avain flu was a 24 year old....so we're all doomed.

17-11-2005, 10:42:40
The Asian Avian flu victim?

Nills Lagerbaak
17-11-2005, 10:46:50

17-11-2005, 11:57:52
Originally posted by The Norks
no I know, but it will give me some kind of flu protection surely- avian flu would wipe me out having never had anything similar, maybe this way it wouldn't be as bad.

Having different flus probably wouldn't help you anyway. Having flu one year doesn't help you protect against the next years flu. Even if you have the vaccine it's only against 'the type of flu we think will be most common this winter'.

And you don't want to catch normal flu... it shouldn't kill a young healthy adult with current care etc. but it is very nasty.

The current Avian flu is extremely deadly but currently only transfers through fluids from birds. Spparently normally once viruses mutate with a human flu virus to become airborne spreadable between humans they become a little weaker. It depends which human flu it mutates with. Could be a really lame one.

So, don't be scared yet.

The Norks
17-11-2005, 12:02:31
I've seen Outbreak, I know how it works!!! ;)

Seriously- the last victim was a 24 year old girl. You should bounce back at that age. Its scary!

And no I don't want flu, I was just thinking that maybe if I had some kind of anti flu thing in my system it wouldnt be so bad. Maybe I should get vaccinated anyway, I always catch things really badly.

17-11-2005, 12:06:07
Yeah, but this is still the non-mutated version. You'd be incredibly unlikely to get it unless you hang out in asian poultry markets snogging chickens.

The Norks
17-11-2005, 12:06:37
HOW DID YOU KNOW???!!! :nervous:

17-11-2005, 12:07:56
We all saw the pictures :vom:

The Norks
17-11-2005, 12:10:44
that treacherous Peking Duck!

17-11-2005, 12:34:59
With all the necroduckfuckers in Rotterdam I say we're in a dangerspot here.

17-11-2005, 12:41:23
Lock down the Red Feather district!

17-11-2005, 13:42:41
og? CH3CH2Hg?

that's what I meant

17-11-2005, 13:48:26
I'll save my flu shot for someone who wants to live.