Vaccination round two (actually round three)

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Walgreens says they’ll add multiple vaccinations into a single shot! They show a big list of vaccinations! I didn’t know some of these existed yesterday! Gotta admit, I’m a slightly tempted to just get everything even if there’s no practical value to it. Is there any reason why I would not want to do that? I know older people with little impact craters on their arms where they got the smallpox shot back in the day, so a least some vaccines aren’t as simple and painless as the covid19 one is… would they leave it off this list if it was a potentially serious one, like if getting vaccine for yellow fever could harm somebody then maybe they wouldn’t let me just get it all willy nilly when I’m not actually at risk of tropical diseases. I don’t actually know!

  • COVID-19
  • Pneumonia (Pneumococcal)
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • Tdap (Whooping Cough)
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Cholera (Vaxchora)
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Hepatitis A (Hep A)
  • Hepatitis A/Hepatitis B (combination)
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
  • Meningitis (Meningococcal)
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria)
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever

I know I got whatever was considered standard childhood vaccinations when I was a kid, and I know that included MMR, but I honestly don’t remember if that included anything else on the list. Whooping cough is one of those diseases that kids don’t get anymore, presumably I’ve got that one maybe? Better check on that.

Walgreens apparently will not let me get a booster with a different brand name, those bastards. They say “CDC recommends getting the same brand” and then link to the CDC page that does in fact say getting mix-n-match boosters is okay. Apparently CVS is cool with it? I think I’ll just sign up for the covid19 and flu combo for now.



what’s this? an opportunity to get myself injected with an unwise medley of juices?

color me intrigued



alright but I unironically want several of these for Actual Reasons besides The Juice. how much is too much



Pro-vaccine advice: don’t get all of these vaccines

You really shouldn’t get the cholera vaccine, unless you’re seriously likely to need the cholera vaccine. It lasts about 3 months, and for the first 2 weeks you have to be super careful about washing your hands because you can transmit cholera to other people (because live attenuated).

TD isn’t needed if you’re getting TDaP (same TD there, plus pertussis).

Rabies only lasts about a year, I think, and it sucks to get unless you really need it. A better rabies vaccine would be great but we really don’t have it. I think there’s something similar with Typhoid; the immunity just doesn’t last.

There are 2 pneumonia vaccines, and you only really need one if you’re over 65 or have serious immune or respiratory issues (ask your doctor). Ditto for shingles; you don’t really need it if you are younger than that and/or had chickenpox after the age of 2 or 3.

The one non-standard one you could seriously consider getting is Yellow Fever, and they generally don’t recommend it unless you’re going to need it. It has a low complication rate, of something like 1/50 to 100M, but does have the possibility of giving you the virus. It’s still one of those we could consider expanding, but we really did wipe it out in the US.



Adding these tags from @brin-bellway

I added mine to my Word doc where I have all the meds I’m currently taking, plus doses, and the contact info for my past doctors.

The nurses are always super grateful when I just hand them a piece of paper when they ask “what are you taking”, and I don’t have to write it down every time.



I don’t think my situation has gotten *quite* complicated enough yet to need a standard ref sheet, but I’ll bear that in mind as I get older.

I do write down the details every time I have a new concern, and hand them that when they ask about the purpose of the visit. They seem a little weirded out by it, but they’re willing to go along with it, and I think they’ve been adding the sheets to their file on me.

(In related news, it’s amazing how much more seriously people take you when you have things in writing: nothing says Responsible Adult like a clipboard, apparently. This mostly holds even if you’re using it as assistive tech for your shitty autistic speaking ability and/or your shitty immune system (leading to the use of a high-grade-but-pretty-muffling prosthetic immune system) [link]. It’s a good trick to have in my arsenal, given that I look about 13 and often have trouble getting people to take me seriously in meatspace.)



Yeah, definitely have a list of things you want addressed. Doubly so for you if you need to be taken seriously, but still singly so for others. They might look at you strangely, but it makes their job easier, and you won’t forget something. Also helps to have your own notes and a bunch of past history and contacts.

I would still highly recommend having a “this is my medication” sheet you can print out whenever you have to see someone new.

I’ll take that under advisement, and I will definitely check the medication section on my smartphone’s emergency screen and make sure I included dosages.

My GP is surprisingly good at code-switching into People Who Actually Gave Their Health Problems Some Serious Thought, so I don’t actually tend to think of “people not taking me seriously” as being a primarily *medical* thing. Still good to have a clipboard handy, though.


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