Will You Take the H1N1 Vaccine?
Each year, my friends and family ask me if I will be taking the flu shot. Of course they are usually referring to the seasonal flu vaccine. This year, the situation is complicated by the appearance of the H1N1 or so called "swine flu."
I always advise questioners that one cannot get the flu from the flu shot, members of all high risk groups should take the shot, and taking the shot is the responsible thing to do since it protects the most vulnerable among us-as well as ourselves.
Three years ago after taking the seasonal flu shot, I developed a low grade fever, sore throat; and induration and pain at the site of the shot. My physician and nurse friends tried to convince me variously that I was allergic to the egg protein, already coming down with a cold which just expressed itself anyway, or even that I was imagining the entire thing-high temperature, red face and all.
This year, I took the flu shot again (a couple weeks ago) and hardly even felt the shot. I was absolutely fine. So I decided to take the H1N1 shot this morning. It's been just about10 hours and I have a raging fever, headache, sore throat and a very sore arm. Plus severe nausea. I felt perfectly fine before the shot. This could all resolve in the next few hours, I know. But there is a definite connection between the shot and my symptoms.
The CDC website has some excellent information about the H1N1 vaccine including some of the possible side effects of the H1N1 flu vaccine.
I am certainly not advising against getting the shot, but wanted to share my experience. Has anyone else had a similar reaction?