To have a jab or not to have a jab? Every Winter opinion seems to be divided amongst my friends as to whether or not it is advantageous.
I always have one, being of the opinion that any cover against flu is better than no cover at all, and so far, touch wood, I have managed to escape the dreaded lurgy. Having flu at my age is always bad but when you live alone, as I do, it is much worse.
Now I see in today's Times that next Winter there will be two different jabs. One, a gold standard jab - Quadrivalent - will be given to anyone between the ages of 18 and 64 who is in an 'at risk' group - for example pregnant women. This vaccine, as its name suggests, protects against four different strains of flu.
If, like me, you are over 64 then you will only be offered the trivalent jab, which protects against just three of the strains.
I presume this is, as usual, a matter of money. But as there are over 8000 deaths from flu each year it does rather beg the question of how old on average are those eight thousand people?