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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Reaction to flu shot this year?
Well, apparently I still can't upload new pictures. This is another old one taken a few years ago. I'm surprised that if more people are having the problem, that blogger hasn't commented on it... either letting us know that they are working on it or possibly giving us the reason there's a glitch??
But on another note, I want to pass on something I heard the other day. It has to do with this year's flu shot. In 1997 I had the 'real flu'... took me 4 - 6 weeks to get back on my feet and even then, it was a slow process. So yes, I now get the flu shot each year. This year I was late and didn't get in for it until the first week in December. DH had his also but a few weeks earlier. Both of us noted that the shot itself didn't hurt at all, but the arm it was given in became 'extremely sore' for the next few days. I also felt *bad*the next day. But other than that... no prob.
Until about 2 weeks later, I noticed a rash on my back - right behind my right arm. My first thought was "Oh no, Shingles!" They have been advertising on TV for the Shingles vaccine so much that they've about scared the life out of me. Anyway, I did go see my doctor and she didn't think it was Shingles, and gave me a Rx for some steroid cream.
It's been about 5 weeks now and the rash is almost gone. It didn't itch and it didn't hurt... looked a bit like poison ivy (but no itch). However, I was talking to my daughter on the phone yesterday and when I mentioned the rash, she said, "Mom, you didn't get the flu shot, did you?" And I said yes, why? She had been talking to some friends who are nurses and they mentioned that quite a few people (adults and children) who got the flu vaccine this year have been coming down with Shingles or a rash or some sort.
Interesting, yes? Now I'm curious to know if any others out there have had similar experiences...