Every year people around the country receive what is commonly called the flu jab which is an injection to provide them with protection from Influenza over the winter months. The Influenza injection is given in the upper left arm after the arm is cleansed with cotton wool.  The patient expects the Influenza injection will introduce a small amount of the flu that is expected to come around in the coming year so that there is resistance in the patient’s body when the Influenza does arrive.

Patients who present themselves for the Influenza injection at the doctor’s surgery or NHS clinic do believe they are receiving a tiny bit of the flu expected that year so that their bodies will build up resistance when the flu does appear.

But if there was some other ingredient in the flu jab would patients  like to know what the ingredients are? Some may not care if there are other ingredients. Others may want to know in case they are allergic  to  or are intolerant of one of the ingredients.

If the flu jab contains the oil  of a nut and you are allergic to nuts; if the flu jab contains the  milk from a cow and you only drink goats milk or soya milk; if it contains a vegetable or lentils, that you do not eat;, or the albumen  of chicken eggs, or the yolk of a chicken’s  egg either of which you  may be intolerant of; or penicillin;  should a patient be informed?

The 2016 Influenza Injection contains Fertilized chicken Eggs. Fertilized chicken Eggs takes the intolerance to chicken eggs to a higher level.  Patients who are intolerant of chicken eggs, should have been informed of the ingredients contained in the 2016 Influenza Injection.  The General Practitioner and the National Health Service ( NHS ) have a  duty to inform patients of the ingredients in the Influenza Injection.