I can’t remember the last time I had a cold and I’m hopeful that by admitting that fact I’m not enticing germs to invade my space. Now why is that, I wonder? Is it because around nineteen years ago I started having an annual flu jab? I was talked into it by my lovely doctor, which was a surprise because they were only giving free jabs to the over sixties. I think I’d gone to see him when I was suffering with a severely sore throat but have no idea if that decided him.
Every year now, in October, Joe and I go to the surgery for our regular flu jabs. Sometimes the medics include an extra all-in: one year an additional element to prevent pneumonia, and another time to protect against swine flu. The service is free on our National Health scheme which really can’t be faulted. Some people moan about it but then some people will moan about anything. I have always received excellent treatment under the NHS, even prescriptions are free for my age group.
Going back to the subject of colds. Is having the annual jab the reason for the lack of colds or is it because of a change in lifestyle? These days I don’t travel on public transport and I don’t mix in large crowds at the shops, thus apparently avoiding germs. Whereas at one time I would worry about picking up bacteria from a suffering colleague, mentally working out if he or she was beyond the three day infectious period, now it seems I have no need to be cautious. Those little nasties just don’t spread in my direction.
I do wonder why some people are against this particular sort of immunisation. I hear various objections, the main one being that they always get the flu afterwards. That, of course, is total rubbish. The medics go to great lengths to explain that it is impossible to get the flu after one of those shots, they even hand out printed leaflets to try and convince them. Or maybe it isn’t that, maybe people just don’t like needles! They should go to my surgery, you don’t feel a thing. Of course, we’ve probably got better nurses than any other surgery.
So apart from the arthritis I’m quite well, thank you.