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nursingnovice
02-26-2008, 03:01 PM
Ok, so I need some reassurrance here. I have always been scared of things I hear about vaccine side effects. I have 2 small children and only get them was is required for daycare/school. I recently have been diagnosed with asthma (cough asthma - not too bad) and had to get the flu and pneumovax shots. Of course, what do you know I get the "it's very rare and shouldn't happen" bad allergic reaction to the pneumovax - red, painful, inflamed arm, high fever - and had to be put on antibiotics. So now I am having to get the Hep B and Tetanus (already have MMR) shots for school. Has anyone had any reactions to these?

I've seen some things about adult Hep B vaccinations being related to autoimmune issues. Anyone know about this?

I know I'm a little paranoid but any info or reassurance is appreciated. Thanks.

Mother Jones, RN
02-26-2008, 03:45 PM
I don't think that you are paranoid. Not at all. It's good to ask questions before rolling up your sleeve. My best advice is to find a doctor or nurse practitioner that you trust, and then ask a lot of questions. Personally, I donít take flu shots because Iíve gotten incredibility sick every time that Iíve taken one. No more, thank you very much.

MJ :pepsi:

P/J
02-26-2008, 06:22 PM
I react to many chemicals in my enviroment, with most of them leading to unstable psoriasis all over my body. However appart from mild side effects (ache in arm, headache, all lasting at most a day) I haven't reacted to any immunizations that I have been given.

Tetanus is known to hurt when it is given, and should be given about every 10 years of sooner if you could have been exposed. I personally have not reacted to it and have not heard anyone else reacting except for a mild ache in the muscle it was given in for at most a day.

Hep A+B, I have been immunized with the quick course (3 injections over about a month). I had no reaction to it.

Be careful of the hysteria that surrounds immunizations. The latest one in Australia was for the cervical cancer vaccine given to females. Schools who gave the vaccines in ways where the other students couldn't see those who had a reaction had a lot less reactions and milder reactions then those who allowed their students to talk about what the possible adverse reactions were and saw people 'react'. We were hearing about a lot of people who were having a 1/'1000000' reaction which were found to just be linked to hysteria.

gracenotes1
02-27-2008, 08:10 AM
I've had all the vaccines as well and never had a problem. I don't have a problem with the flu vaccine either.
But I agree--you need to talk to your healthcare provider about your concerns.
I had rather have the vaccine than the disease. Esp Hep A & B.
Because some of the vaccines are live attenuated vaccines the reaction is caused by your bodies defenses reacting to the forgien substance. That is a good thing if it is mild. Like a sore arm etc.
It is one of those things where you have to weigh the pros and cons.

LesleyJoy
02-27-2008, 08:20 AM
NursingNovice,

I have no counsel for you beyond research, research, research! Research, go with the best information you have, and be prepared for the uncommon to occur. There is a saying in my part of the world, "When you hear hoofbeats, lookout for horses - but don't let the zebras knock you down!" While this admonition is intended to address the myopia that sometimes occurs in patient assessment, its truth is universally applicable.

Now for a personal story: Never, and I do mean never have a flu shot in the morning, work all day as a house supervisor, go home, eat a grilled cheese sandwhich, and then rush off to be a life flight nurse. I did this. Once. Throwing up in midflight not only makes your patient nervous, it gives your partner a story that will buy him a beer in every flight agency from coast to coast.

Ugh.

Joy

Markie
02-28-2008, 02:51 AM
I agree with the "research" suggestion. I've never had an adverse reaction, but they happen. If you knew 1 in 10000 guns was loaded and all the other ones weren't, and were forced to fire one at a family member (that you weren't mad at), you'd think twice. It may be a small chance, but if it's you it's 100% you.


NursingNovice,

I have no counsel for you beyond research, research, research! Research, go with the best information you have, and be prepared for the uncommon to occur. There is a saying in my part of the world, "When you hear hoofbeats, lookout for horses - but don't let the zebras knock you down!" While this admonition is intended to address the myopia that sometimes occurs in patient assessment, its truth is universally applicable.

Now for a personal story: Never, and I do mean never have a flu shot in the morning, work all day as a house supervisor, go home, eat a grilled cheese sandwhich, and then rush off to be a life flight nurse. I did this. Once. Throwing up in midflight not only makes your patient nervous, it gives your partner a story that will buy him a beer in every flight agency from coast to coast.

Ugh.

Joy

MyOwnWoman
03-01-2008, 06:30 PM
I wondered how you all felt about this report and the fact that autism may be linked to vaccinations. I'm told that countries that don't require vaccines, have less incidence of autism than the US....and the Amish, who don't get vaccinated at all, have even less. Take a look at the article and see what you think. The whole thing makes me nervous.....and feel lucky that my children had no adverse affects from vaccines.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/government-concedes-vacci_b_88323.html