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CH and flu

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:20 pm
by time please
During my time at CH ( late sixties early seventies ) I recall that some if not all of the pupils took part in an early trial injection against flu. All I know is that since that injection I have never had flu and rarely a cold. Anyone else remember anything about this?

Re: CH and flu

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:47 pm
by HowardH
I had the jab once in 1969 ....and promptly had the worst flu I have ever experienced!

Re: CH and flu

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:57 am
by Martin
My wife and I have had yearly flu shots for the last decade or so. Sometimes it apparently works and sometimes not.

Re: CH and flu

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:30 pm
by J.R.
Martin wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:57 am
My wife and I have had yearly flu shots for the last decade or so. Sometimes it apparently works and sometimes not.
Same as that, Martin.

If my wife and I forget to re-book our vaccinations, we get repeated automated texts from the surgery.

The actual vaccine is slightly different from year to year depending on the WHO's predictions.

Re: CH and flu

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:33 pm
by sejintenej
J.R. wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:30 pm
Martin wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:57 am
My wife and I have had yearly flu shots for the last decade or so. Sometimes it apparently works and sometimes not.
, we get repeated automated texts from the surgery.

The actual vaccine is slightly different from year to year depending on the WHO's predictions.
Yes - it is formulated on what they think will be the predominent strains in the next winter. Whether or not you get an NHS jab depends on your health record (I've been having it for decades) or if you are ancient (that's her indoors!). Looks like they guessed wrongly this year so I just keep hoping.

Re: CH and flu

Posted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:09 am
by dondun
J.R. wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:30 pm
Martin wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:57 am
My wife and I have had yearly flu shots for the last decade or so. Sometimes it apparently works and sometimes not.
Same as that, Martin.

If my wife and I forget to re-book our vaccinations, we get repeated automated texts from the surgery.

The actual vaccine is slightly different from year to year depending on the WHO's predictions.
There was a severe outbreak in1957 - no vaccines then. I did not catch it and remember helping in the infirmary. Several houses were used for emergency beds. Can anyone shed any more information about this? My memory is poor.

Re: CH and flu

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:59 pm
by J.R.
I know I've commented on this before somewhere on here. At then end of one term, 1960-ish, I wasn't allowed home for two days due to being in the sicker. It may well have been a flu outbreak.

Chicken Pox was the illness I managed to avoid completely at CH, (3 epidemics if memory serves !).

Later in life, in the 1970's, I eventually contracted it from my daughters and ended up off work for well over a month.

Hey-Ho !!!

Re: CH and flu

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:39 am
by michael scuffil
There was a severe outbreak in1957 - no vaccines then. I did not catch it and remember helping in the infirmary. Several houses were used for emergency beds. Can anyone shed any more information about this? My memory is poor.

It was a bit like reading Camus's 'The Plague' -- every day, more people were missing. The emergency bedding started in Maine B and moved westward, getting as far as Lamb B I think. But pictures taken of dinner parades at the time show about 10 people per house marching in, so perhaps even more dormitories were taken over. All sorts of women (masters' wives, for example) from around the estate were commandeered as nurses. And beyond --
I recall at least two mothers. Unusually, it was in the autumn, before the usual start of the flu season. CMES decreed that teaching should continue till the last day of term, which was unusual.

I recall 'convalescent tables' in Hall. I don't remember whether there were convalescent wards.

Re: CH and flu

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:10 am
by sejintenej
michael scuffil wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:39 am
There was a severe outbreak in1957 - no vaccines then. I did not catch it and remember helping in the infirmary. Several houses were used for emergency beds. Can anyone shed any more information about this? My memory is poor.

But pictures taken of dinner parades at the time show about 10 people per house marching in, so perhaps even more dormitories were taken over.
Somewhere there is a photo of Col A going in to lunch with five on parade - and one of those was borrowed, I think. I must have been in bed myself. From dim memory I didn't feel particularly ill - not like later attacks.

Earlier there had been an epidemic of mumps, I think in the easter term. I got through that but, going by ship to Belfast, less than a week into the holidays I woke up with the mumps. We didn't tell the others sharing the cabin and my aunt (who had two boys herself) was very displeased.