It was about 2 weeks ago, a few colleagues and I got an internal memo to go for a company-funded flu vaccine jab.
Colleague A went to take it immediately even before the scheduled date. He took it earlier because he will be flying out of Singapore and thought it might be better to get vaccinated.
Colleague B went with Colleague A, but as he was not feeling well, so doctor said: "No jab for you!".
Colleague C went few days later. He got the jab and after the next day he is feeling lousy and started to have blocked nose till today.
My boss has read too much literature about the vaccine and decided it's not safe, so he's not having it.
Me? I was procrastinating. Not sure whether to take or not. This morning on the way to work, I met another colleague from another department and she said she took it and she's fine.
After lunch today, I suddenly decided that I should just go have a jab! It's free anyway.
So off I went to the Health Centre. There was actually a queue! I patiently (pun intended) waited for my turn. When it was my turn, I asked the nurse, can I take a photo of the vaccine? She was flabbergasted. She has never seen a patient going in to get jab with a DSLR ever! She hesitated but let me take a photo anyway.
So, I have in me now an inactivated H1N1 virus.
I realised the vaccine is manufactured in Parkville, Melbourne. (I know where that is!)
Hmm I got an inactivated Melbourne strain of H1N1? LOL..
The syringe that poked me.
Hey, it was painful!
Here's my vaccination card. My details masked out of course!
As their tag line says: H1N1 Know What To Do, Let's Fight The Flu.