* Get a flu shot?

It’s too late for me to change my mind, and my doctor is convinced this was the right decision, but I wish I hadn’t gotten a flu shot. I’ve had flu shots regularly for years and they almost always make me sick. And I still get the flu. Last year, H2N3 leveled me for a couple of months.

This time, my reaction to the shot was unusual. First, I was sort of manic and lost my already-thin social cognition. I laughed wildly about very personal topics with two receptionists at a radiology clinic. I also went shopping for school stuff after that, which could have been a financial disaster. Thankfully, a growing sense of fatigue cut my journey short. When I got home, I told my dearest teaching widower that I felt odd and he nodded kindly. Of course.

By that afternoon, I had severe chills and went to bed. My widower covered me in layers of down comforters and fetched a heating pad. I could not feel any warmth from the pad, even on its highest setting. I insisted that it was broken, but he put his hand under the covers and said, “No! It’s very hot!”

Of course, I was burning hot when I woke the next day and could not cool down. I felt feverish and achy. That evening, I started itching and felt like I’d been nibbled all over by ticks. After a few doses of Benadryl, I finally slept. I’m still itchy but overall, this wasn’t the worst experience I’ve had with the flu shot. Still….

This won’t hurt a bit!

What do you think? Are flu shots worth it? Have you experienced strange side effects or am I just weird? Maybe you shouldn’t answer that.

6 thoughts on “* Get a flu shot?

  1. people can die from the flu. Plus I get the flu shot to lessen the chances of passing the flu on to those with weakened immune systems—fragile children I’m working with, my grand kids, my elderly in-laws etc. If your doctor recommends it, just do it. Same with all vaccines.

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    • Thanks, Ruth. I hadn’t looked at it that way. I do work with a fragile kid and I got the flu last year from him! And he caught it from an adult who probably wasn’t vaccinated.

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  2. Sorry you’ve had all the problems with the flu shot. I’ve only started getting them about 3 years ago, and the only thing I had was a sore arm & redness for a few days. I still think it’s a good idea though. Hope you don’t have any further problems, or catch the flue again this time.

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