I was shot on Saturday, around 3pm. In fact, I was shot twice with both the flu and DTap and now I’ve been running a fever for the past three days. Yesterday, I was able to get some writing done, but today I feel even worse and my fever is higher. The clinic says only .4% of people experience a fever over 100 and dizziness. I’ve chosen to vaccinate because of my problems taking medication. However, I’m rethinking my personal philosophy.
Because of the recent whooping cough outbreak, Kamy’s (my soon to be born granddaughter) pediatrician recommended that both parents and grandparents get immunized again. An adult can carry the bacteria without the symptoms of whopping cough. The center for disease control recommends immunizations for those ages 11-64.
I almost skipped my flu shot this year due to the mercury concerns, especially as the vaccination was rather ineffective last year. And then I remembered the winter of 1999 – when our family was gravely sick from the flu, ending with pneumonia and several trips to the hospital. With our first grandchild on the way, we didn’t want to take any risks. My clinic didn’t feel these symptoms are attributed to the flu vaccination, but the DTap.
The bad news is that my symptoms could last up to two weeks. However, it beats getting sick for up to three months. We immunized our children back in the 80’s because whooping cough kills babies. With whooping cough on the rise, the risks are greater.
My daughter, Bethany, and I are on the same page in regards to immunizations. Each immunization should be studied and the needs of every child taken into consideration. Some children are more sensitive to medication.
My kids had chicken pox the year before they came up with the vaccination. While it’s not a pleasant illness, I wouldn’t immunize for that. Additionally, I wouldn’t immunize my daughter with the Gardasil vaccination. Niki has a great series on her blog. Click here to read.
So what do you think about vaccinations? And how do you feel about the whooping cough booster for adults? According to this link, the greatest danger is in giving it to young children and babies. They assume anyone over the age of 64 has already had it. But what about my 23-year-old son and his wife or my DH? None of them can afford to miss work if they run a fever for 3 day and counting. I don’t think I’ve ever run a solid fever for this long in my entire life. My fever has not been normal since Tuesday morning. Oh, but I am one in 250. Aren’t I special? I’d rather be a little less unique.