Like others here, we've both had flu jabs. My husband has qualified for many years, due to various chronic health problems. (Two of those include asthma and, a heart condition.) He's always strongly advised by medics that he should "avoid getting colds/flu..." They place me in the category of being not just his wife, but his "carer" which, (according to NHS guidelines,) means that I should also be able to get a jab. (A previous surgery we were with, always offered one). But our current surgery dragons (er, sorry, 'receptionists') always tell me that "the vaccine is in very short supply.... "come back at the end of Nov or Dec, and we might be able to vaccinate you then..." Gee thanks. This is really clever thinking - not. Before anyone jumps on me to say "quite right too... you're not so important as an elderly/sick person, etc., yes, I agree. However, there are certain tasks I have to assist hubby with each day. If I'm laid low by lurgy, I'm not the only one who would be affected. Not only from the point of view of passing-on the infection to my spouse, but the care issues which are involved too. If I could not perform them, it would mean having to set other means of "help" in place. Those terribly busy surgery nurses would actually need to attend to the 'medical' aspects several times per week, and quite possibly, the dreaded Social Services folk would have to drop by to assist with other things. So, I would have thought that helping me to stay well would be in their own economic interests....? But maybe I'm wrong. Obviously, as with most things, I've taken an alternative route. Asda's pharmacy offer jabs for about £7. Worth every penny, and no fuss or judgement about my age falling a few years short of the accepted one. In fact, this year, even hubby decided to have his jab from them - it meant we could both be protected at exactly the same time. Great. We all know that a jab is not 100% guaranteed to prevent flu (as Mr Feckit can demonstrate) but it helps. Vulnerable people can also try to avoid it by keeping away from crowded/risky places, etc. But then, some muppet of a gas engineer, delivery person, or whatever, actually brings it right into your home! Once they're inside, you notice the sniffing, coughing, and red-rimmed eyes... The quick wipe of a nose on a gloved (or bare) hand, just before they hand you a parcel, your shopping, a pen to sign something, or whatever... ugh! They proudly announce that they've got a lurgy, but haven't taken so much as a day off work! Great! So they have ensured a nice, liberal spread of their infection-gremlins then...! Good for them. Pity they couldn't spare a thought for the folk with already compromised health that they risk infecting! Yes, I know some employers are not sympathetic, and yes, jobs are terribly important, but per-lease! Think! For the next person they infect, treatment might not be so straightforward as just downing a few Lemsips or hugging a hot water bottle! Sorry to be grouchy, but sometimes the knock-on effects are not always obvious. Okay, I'm back to my more cheery self now.