- Jun 6, 2005
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- FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
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BLUEWATER BY SPINNAKER HHI
ROYAL HOLIDAY CLUB RHC (POINTS)
Hope it's over for you, quick and easy. The started using much smaller needles in the flu shot a couple of years ago, making them almost painless. Wishing you the best. (Go celebrate and splurge with some Tillamook ice cream!)I made Cliff call to see if shingles#2 vaccine had arrived, so here we sit at Vons waiting to be poked. No flu for him because no over 65 vaccine available. Since they claim it is free and i’m here, i’m Getting under 65 shot. I expect to be sick all weekend!
I'm not a pharmacist, but my experience last week was that you can get flu and pneumonia shots at the same time (see post 3). There is a time lag between the 2 shingles shots, so get one after the tenderness from the other two passes. I did find that it was wise to get the shingles shot from a pharmacy that does quite a few of them. I got my first one, then when it was time for the second shot, I checked several times and they were out of vaccine. So I went to my doc (at the hospital clinic) and they had it. Same stuff so it doesn't matter where you get it.Just received the email for the flu shot. Doctor told me to get the shingles shot last May. I called and found out it is two shots now. I should get the pneumonia shot too. I wonder if I should them all at once ? Probably not from what I read online. Maybe so from what I'm told. Not a fan of the shot unless its in a shot glass.
So, is your strategy to not get ANY flu vaccine, since you can't be assured that the vaccine offered might not be effective on the exact strain you might be exposed to? I'll take my chances that the epidemiologists who make the 'educated guess' on which strain to guard against in the annual batch, are more likely than I am to at least get close, and worst case, reduce the severity of whatever flu strain gets passed around.You pays your money and makes your choice. . .
As an old microbiology major (Univ. of Texas 1979), I have never been sold on the flu vaccine, as it has existed over the last 50 years. It is not broad spectrum, and there is no guarantee the selected strains use for the year will match up with what is out there.
(As a cynical old geezer, I suspect the the flu vaccine acts as an anti-selection agent. I.E. it protect against the strains it was designed for, so the only strains getting passed around are the ones you <aren't> protected from.)
If Cliff has chills and perhaps a low-grade fever for a couple of days then he probably received the second Shingrx shot. That's what happened to me. Look up the side effects for Shingrx. They are not low probability.So the question this morning is: Did I get a third shingles shot, and did Cliff get a flu shot? I watched the pharmacist very carefully make sure to give him the vaccine in one tray, and me from the other, and double check what she was doing, but of course I didn't see her prepare the trays behind the closed door into the pharmacy. While playing cards last night in our 72 degree kitchen, he got up to get a jacket, but didn't say what he was doing. I had already delivered coffee to our friends, and sat back down because it was my turn, and asked Cliff to bring our cups when he came back to the kitchen. Big mistake! He left a trail of coffee from the counter to the table because his hands were shaking so badly! He spent the rest of the evening alternating 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off with severe chills and shaking. We took his temp and it was normal, so we finished our game. Don't know if he got the wrong vaccine, had a reaction to the right vaccine, or had a reaction between his still-not-healed-and-still-infected hand surgery (squamous cell carcinoma removed 4 weeks ago) and the introduction of a vaccine. He slept 12 hours and seems fine this morning.