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Old Sep 28th, 2017, 14:39 PM   1
Talia12
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Flu jab


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I had the flu jab in my first pregnancy and now that it's nearly October I've realised it's that season again and the NHS jab is available from September (the NHS website says you should get it as soon as possible before the virus starts circulating).
But I don't have a maternity exemption certificate yet, because my absolute idiot of a twit of a midwife wouldn't give me one at my last appointment at 16 weeks. Will my GP demand to see one before giving me the free jab? Because without it, other than my little bump, and scan reports etc, I don't have any official "proof" that I'm pregnant. Has anyone been to their GP for the free flu jab and been asked for their exemption card?



 
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Old Sep 28th, 2017, 14:49 PM   2
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They will give it to you. They can always dip your urine for a pregnancy test if they really need proof.



 
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Old Sep 28th, 2017, 14:57 PM   3
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Ah thank you! I hope so. I mean surely it would look really bad if they refused a pregnant woman the free jab just because she didn't have her official card. But I know how these places can be, in a&e a couple of months ago the nurse made me pay for a prescription because I don't have a card, even though the doctor who prescribed me the antibiotics specifically prescribed them because I was pregnant! 🙄



 
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Old Sep 28th, 2017, 15:38 PM   4
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I had mine done through the occupational health department at work but I was invited by my GP surgery to their flu jab clinic. They set aside a couple of saturday mornings where that was all the nurses did. I'm guessing they wouldn't have turned me away for not showing my card if they'd invited me because I was classed as at risk. If you're seeing a midwife i
i would've thought that it would be on your gp file that you're pregnant



 
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Old Sep 28th, 2017, 16:24 PM   5
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It's actually not because I just changed GP recently, I went there when I was 19 weeks with some concerns over a possible UTI and the doctor was all mad at me for it not being on file or anything that I was pregnant and I hadn't taken my notes...so I guess maybe from that appointment, but they're not the ones who referred me to midwife care, I self referred.

At my 16 week appointment I said to my midwife, I still don't have a maternity exemption certificate (with my first two pregnancies I had one by 6 weeks!) and she said "oh we can't give you that until 25 weeks". I was like what, are you sure? I had them before. And she totally insisted so i thought hmm they must've changed the rules, doesn't seem right. Later i find out she was talking about the mat b 1 for your employer. I was so mad!!! What kind of midwife doesn't know what the exemption is? I'm 24 weeks now and if it weren't for the fact that my exemption card from my miscarried pregnancy was still valid, I've have paid for ALL my prescriptions so far this pregnancy. But that one won't work for getting the jab because it shows I'd have had the baby by now therefore not eligible for the flu jab. Such a joke!
Going to go to my GPs in person tomorrow and ask the receptionist about it. Want the jab asap now because my son's at school and I'm wary he might bring home flu germs.



 
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Old Sep 29th, 2017, 02:00 AM   6
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Yup you can just tell them you're pg. I had mine randomly the other day when I went about something else, she said she had some in the office she could give me while I was there!



 
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Old Sep 29th, 2017, 02:40 AM   7
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Yup you can just tell them you're pg. I had mine randomly the other day when I went about something else, she said she had some in the office she could give me while I was there!
Ah thank you! I'm going to try and get it today. Even though I am a major needle phobic!! 😣 Got to be done!



 
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Old Sep 29th, 2017, 03:02 AM   8
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Yes, as others have said. The maternity exemption card exempts you from paying for care, but it doesn't prove you're pregnant. That's already in the system as you are booked in with the midwife.

I would also complain about your maternity exemption form. You should have gotten it a long time ago! I got mine at 8 weeks and had my card back in the post by 9 weeks.



 
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Yes, as others have said. The maternity exemption card exempts you from paying for care, but it doesn't prove you're pregnant. That's already in the system as you are booked in with the midwife.

I would also complain about your maternity exemption form. You should have gotten it a long time ago! I got mine at 8 weeks and had my card back in the post by 9 weeks.
Thanks! I thought it was like your general official "proof" of being pregnant.
I am totally going to complain! I mean I said "can I have the maternity exemption form" and she just didn't know what it was!! Which is insane when you think she's a midwife! She also said other things that weren't true like "your due date might get changed at your 20 week scan" 😳God bloody useless...



 
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Old Oct 1st, 2017, 12:54 PM   10
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They've never asked to see my exemption at my flu or whooping cough vaccine before. Like a previous poster said they can always do a pregnancy test. It's crazy that the midwife wouldn't give you an exemption form until 16 weeks! I got given mine at booking at around 6 weeks!



 
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