Firstly, welcome to Wendy Steinley and Julia Douglas via here.
I was last innoculated again any type of flu when I worked in a school some 10 years or so ago. Having had flu once, I hope to never get it again. Whilst the vaccine is not 100% effective, it is better than catching the flu, believe me.
Every year, the vaccine contains different strains of flu that the WHO (World Health Organisation) has decided, is most prevalent for that year.
The 2016/2017 vaccine, for the northern hemisphere, contains protections against these strains of flu:
An A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
An A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus;
A B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus:
As I am not currently entitled to a free vaccine, I went into one of the larger supermarkets that have a pharmacy in them and asked for one. I had to fill out a form, they then took me into a private room where I was asked allergy questions, then I had the shot.
Never having had one of these mini already filled syringes, I didn't know what to expect. DID NOT FEEL ANYTHING!
So for those of who who don't like needles, don't be worried:)
We paid £7 for it and other than a slight ache in my hips, I feel fine, no other side effects whatsoever.