Today I called the Doctors to make and appointment to get my Flu shot. I told the secretary that I also wanted the Pneumonia shot also. I never had that one before, but thought ay my age, I should have it. She said that it was all one shot. I have never heard that before. I understood that the Pneumonia shot was one that lasted 5 years. The Flu shot was a yearly thing. She is not a nurse, just the secretary. Is she correct?
I will question this when I get there, but I would like to know if anyone heard of a two in one shot, fot the Flu and Pneumonia.
Yes those are 2 separate shots. Your clinic secretary is wrong. The flu shot is made each year and is different each year depending on what strain of flu has been detected. Flu vaccine comes out in early october and is shipped to pharmacies and then to clinics or nursing homes. Pneumonia vaccines are available all year long and you can get one any time you request it since Pneumonia is not just a winter disease. Pneumonia is something you can get at any time of the year although it is more prevalent in the winter as colds are spread easier since we stay indoors and have closer contact to people etc. If I should be wrong at how they do it at your clinic please post it once you have had your shots as I would be interested since I work in a nursing home and enjoy learning how they do things elsewhere.
I never took the flu shot either until about 4 years ago when I got a virus (which I think was the flu). I had a fever of 103 for 2 days, and had pnuemonia within 3 days. It was totally awful, so I decided to avoid that again if at all possible. I have never had any trouble, except my arm will feel hot and sometimes my lymph nodes will swell up under the arm where I have had the shot for a day or two. And more importantly, I have not had any virus/flu in three years!
I'm back again. And is my arm ever sore. The left arm where I had my Flu shot is fine. But my right arm from my elbow up to my shoulder is very sore and hard. The skin is red and hot.
I called the Doctors and I was told I was having a bad reaction to the Pneumonia shot. I had the shots done on Tuesday. Called them on Wednesday. Now here it is Thursday, and it still hurts like he**.
Has anyone ever had a negative reaction like this when receiving any kind of needle?
I forgot to say that when I called the Doctors, they said put ice on it and take Tylenol. Did that. Still hurts like the dickens. Maybe I am just being a big baby and it will go away in a few days. I hope so.