On the topic of vaccines…

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Woodstock:  I’ve had whooping cough – I can promise you, it’s not something you want to have – it sucks royally.  My mom, sister and I all had it when I was about 10 – the other 3 people in my house miraculously didn’t get it (including my less than 1 year old brother).  It was AWFUL.  (we had all been vaccinated, but still ended up getting it – I don’t want to think how bad it could have been – my mom separated ribs from the coughing!)

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Preach it sister 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I had SOME of my childhood vaccines for whooping cough. When I was around 2, on the evening of getting one of them (the last one I’ve ever had) I had a seizure– the only seizure I’ve ever had. SO I am not into the idea of getting another– and I paid for it because I’ve had whooping cough. A bunch of people at my college got it, including me, and I coughed for months. It really is horrible, and it’s great if people can get vaccines without having frightening reactions, but I am terrified to get one as I’m not interested in the potential side effects.

Now tetanus is another matter. If I can find somehwere that is doing tetanus-only vaccines, I get them there, as I work outdoors and it’s very important for me to keep up with that vaccine, which apparently does not affect me badly.

Vaccines can have scary side effects, but they are quite rare. If you’re one of the rare people who’s had a reaction, I think caution is warranted.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@Woodstock:  I should probably talk to my Doctor about what boosters or shots I need to get. I don’t think I’ve gotten anything for a while.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Creiddylad:  Herd immunity.  If everyone who CAN be vaccinated IS vaccinated, then they help prevent the spread of illnesses to those who can’t get vaccines.

ETA- woops, hit post before I finished but it looks like Woodstock said pretty much exactly what I was going to say- that if everyone else had been vaccinated, you probably wouldn’t have been exposed in the first place.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

They are giving me one next Wednesday!  I need to remember to have DH get one.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I’m all up to date! I’ve kept good track of my vaccines since I started my current job and someone showed me how to look up your vaccination records reported to the state here. Of course a few flu shots out of state and all my newborn vaccines, which I got in England are not on there but I’ve lived in the same state for most of my life and it’s been a great resource. Not sure if other states have easily accessable records but for people wondering if their vaccines are up to date it’s worth looking into.

I know when I was in college there were outbreaks of mumps, and my records didn’t show that I had recieved all of my vaccines since some were given abroad. I got a blood test to make sure I was immune, I was so it was fine.

 

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