Thursday 29th November 1990   Morning surgery  10.10 

“I tell you the same thing every year, Dr Dennis. Every time I have the flu vaccine, I catch the flu.”
“The flu vaccine doesn’t cause the flu, Mrs Crosby. Perhaps you mean you get a slight cold.”
“Every time I have the flu vaccine, I catch the flu. That’s what I mean. I can’t see any point in having it if it is going to give me the flu.”
“It’s not the proper flu, Mrs Crosby. Some patients do get mild, flu-like symptoms after the flu vaccine but you don’t get proper flu.”
“Well, I don’t want a slight cold and I don’t want mild flu-like symptoms so I am not going to have it. Can you write that it big, red letters on my notes so you don’t have to ask me again?”
“What if you catch the flu and die of pneumonia?”
“I have no intention of dying of pneumonia. If there is any sign of pneumonia, I will come straight down here. You can prescribe a strong, expensive antibiotic.”
“We are trying to cut down on our antibiotic use, Mrs Crosby. You know that.”
“ I would rather have an antibiotic than the flu jab and I’m not going to get involved in any further discussion on the matter.” Mrs Crosby put her prescription in her bag, stood up and left.

Every time I have the flu vaccine, I catch the flu.