Congrats on an uneventful shot! I (obviously) think it was a good idea to go ahead and vaccinate. It would be fun if we had some real data looking at infectiousness in vaccinated vs. unvaccinated people. I'm excited to see the full text of the baboon study and will try to get it when it's in print. But from what I've seen from modelling studies (that incorporate real data), it does look like 1. vaccination decreases infectiousness, 2. asymptomatic people are less infectious than atypical or symptomatic people and 3. cocooning is still the most effective strategy.
A new "my kid had a shot with no serious reaction" celebration thread - Page 2
So glad to hear that your son had a mild reaction to the vaccine! I, too, obviously think you made the right choice. I also think it seems like common sense that a person who is coughing all day long is much more likely to spread whooping cough than a person who has very few/no coughing symptoms. Time will tell.
Again, welcome to the "my kid a shot with no serious reaction" club :)
I think they meant it was obvious that the regular posters here are in favor of vaxing on schedule. Anyway, glad to hear he has handled the shot well.
I imagine some irritability, in some cases anyway, is probably "ouch, my leg is sore". Though we've never even had that level of a response, so I don't know.
Dina, did your doc say anything about how she got Daptacel? Ours told us they only get 10 shots/month until the shortage is over and they reserve them for infants so we get none. Btw neither of my kids reacted to their first DTaP. For DS it was the second one. DD is supposed to get her second and DS his last and third (then off to checking titers).
Neither of them reacted in any obvious way to HiB nor Ipol. I think those two are really unreactive. DS had no reaction to MMR, I think if DD had been 4 or older she wouldn't have had any either.
Today it was my turn to get a shot. And I managed to get one without a huge headache! I feel like all I've been doing lately is trying to track down the vaccines I want. My midwife's office doesn't have Tdap. They suggested I call my PCP. I called them and they were like "Well, you got that shot in 2011" and I tried to explain to the nurse that I need it again because I'm pregnant. (And it was a different nurse than I always deal with. I am slightly paranoid that they are so sick of me and my 8 zillion vaccine questions that they shunted me off to somebody different.) I thought I couldn't get it covered by my insurance at the pharmacy where I work, but the other pharmacist ran it through and it turns out I was wrong; he did get it to go through and gave me the vaccination. I feel fine. Arm's not even sore. And that gives me one less issue to deal with. Yay!
I haven't been on MDC in forever, but now that there's a vax on schedule forum, I might have to come back (at least for this!)
Our 4 are 12, 8, 5, and 3, vaxed on schedule, including yearly flu shots and HPV. We've never had anything worse than some mild soreness at the injection site. Dh and I also had our DTAP boosters after our son was born, no problems.
Gardasil, Menactra, and HepA today. One sore arm. A little weak in the knees after the shots, which I understand occasionally happens with Gardasil, but may also have been the reaction to an adrenaline rush (she's really really scared of needles, but understands why vaxes are important). She was fine within 10 minutes, though, so I'll put it in the "no serious reaction" thread.
Oh, and flu shots for both of us earlier this season with no issues and no flu!
A friend of ours recently got the flu. He wasn't vaxed. His wife is a nurse, and she was vaxed, and didn't get it. They'd been at our house the day before he was diagnosed, but none of us got it; I like to think the vaxes worked for us. (Which reminds me, I still need to schedule Daughter to get the second vaccine.)
Daughter read through all the Vaccine Information Statements and decided that she wanted all the shots yesterday. (I would have insisted on meningitis and pushed HepA, but would have allowed her to delay Gardasil).
The doctor and nurse had no problem giving her the sheets and the time to read them and decide.
I wonder sometimes. Most of us pro-vaxers have had reasonably good experiences with informed consent. Many vaccine critics have not. I wonder why that happens.
Got Daughter her second flu shot on Thursday. She did fine. Actually cried when she saw the needle coming at her, but was okay afterward. Thanked the nurse when she gave her a band-aid. No reactions afterwards. Little Guy is too young for anything but Hep B, but we delayed that because my titers are still good (they drew them in the hospital for me!) His turn in a couple months. It's always a little anxiety-inducing, I think, but after watching Daughter have no issues through the entire process I'm less worried this time.