Today I got my flu jab. Voluntarily, but reluctantly. I’m entitled to get it at the moment because the family I nanny for has a very young baby (4 months old at the end of the week).
When I was in England I would get the flu jab every year. My GP recommended it, because though I don’t fall into any of the risk groups I do seem to be more susceptible than most people to getting the flu. And it tends to stick around longer, going on to my lungs and causing all sorts of bother.
You’d think that’d mean I’m used to injections. Well, maybe I am used to them, but that doesn’t change the fact that I hate them. Needles still scare me. But I know that it’s just a moment of horrible needles that will (hopefully…) stop me from being ill for weeks. It seems like a sensible trade off.
I don’t think I’ve ever gone on my own to have an injection. Like I said, they scare me a bit. Or I guess just make me anxious, rather than scared. Still. When I still lived in England my mum would go with me to get them. Even when I was at university we arranged for me to be home one weekend to get it done. Nowadays my husband accompanies me to get any vaccinations, or if I need to have blood taken. The nurses may think it a bit strange, but if it helps me feel more comfortable then that’s the main thing.
Whilst I was doing my nursing course I had to practice giving injections and taking blood. That was not fun, I can tell you that. We were expected to practice on each other. Actually, I guess those would be the only times that I didn’t have my husband or mum with me… My teachers and classmates knew I was uncomfortable with needles though, and were very supportive. In fact one particular occasion a classmate agreed to be the
victim patient twice so that everyone would be able to practice and I wouldn’t have to get stabbed injected myself. That was quite the relief!
I do think vaccinations are important. I know there’s a lot of controversy about them, and I’m not about to join in that debate. Suffice to say that, generally speaking, I feel that the benefits outweigh the risks.
Are you getting the flu jab this year? How do you feel about needles?