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6 hours ago, Bootsie said:

Has anyone heard if females tend to have more reactions than males to the vaccine?  I was talking to friends for whom the husband had no reaction but the wife did (sore arm, feeling miserable, etc).  I know they had thee Moderna vaccine.  They said that women tend to have more reactions.   I started thinking and anyone that I know who has had a reaction has been female.  The males that I know who have had a vaccine have reported things like "maybe a mild headache"--but I have also talked to more females than males.  

That's interesting.  The only people I know who've had reactions (fever, unwell, serious headache, overall achiness) are women, too.   My mom, my mil, our Pastor's wife all were out of commission for at least two days.  

 Well, my dh said he felt chilled for a day after the first shot but it didn't keep him from going to the A10 championship game with some of our sons so I'm not sure that counts 🤣

I get my second shot late on Thursday.  I've already warned my family that Easter dinner may be cancelled.

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Just got the vaccine! Was just like any other going in lol. Too soon to know about side effects, of course, but I’l keep you posted.

I never expected I'd be getting my vaccine so early -- but I got my first Moderna shot today.   I was at the doctor's with my son for an appointment and it was near the end of the day and th

Got my Blue Envelope!  The appointment is this coming Sunday.  Woohoo!

7 hours ago, Bootsie said:

Has anyone heard if females tend to have more reactions than males to the vaccine?  I was talking to friends for whom the husband had no reaction but the wife did (sore arm, feeling miserable, etc).  I know they had thee Moderna vaccine.  They said that women tend to have more reactions.   I started thinking and anyone that I know who has had a reaction has been female.  The males that I know who have had a vaccine have reported things like "maybe a mild headache"--but I have also talked to more females than males.  

I think I read an article that women are more likely to have side effects from the vaccine but can't remember for sure.

Ds (16) had a worse reaction than me with both 1st and 2nd dose, he has had Covid before. My arm was barely sore the first time. The second I had some fever, fatigue and bodyaches- mostly in a 24 hr window. Completely gone by 48.

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7 hours ago, Bootsie said:

Has anyone heard if females tend to have more reactions than males to the vaccine?  I was talking to friends for whom the husband had no reaction but the wife did (sore arm, feeling miserable, etc).  I know they had thee Moderna vaccine.  They said that women tend to have more reactions.   I started thinking and anyone that I know who has had a reaction has been female.  The males that I know who have had a vaccine have reported things like "maybe a mild headache"--but I have also talked to more females than males.  

In our house I had the worse reaction. 

I do remember reading toward the start of the pandemic that men were more likely to be hospitalized and die, and it was because women have stronger immune systems in general. And that the flip side of that is more women have autoimmune diseases - immune systems on overdrive. 

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10 hours ago, teachermom2834 said:

Probably a dumb question but I haven’t easily found an answer I trust-  are the second doses different than the first? A different amount of vaccine? 
 

I have wondered if places that are scheduling “1st shot Moderna” and “2nd shot Moderna” are doing that for administrative reasons or is the shot different? 
 

I do understand I can’t mix brands! But wondering if I try to reschedule my second shot is it going to get messy if I get rescheduled on a day they are doing mostly first shots? I am due for my second one end of next week but they did say I could do it four days early. Wondering if I am going to cause a mixup if I see available appointments and schedule one.

When we had our first shot there were plenty getting their second. If you need to reschedule you’ll be fine. 

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Woke up this morning (40 hours past Moderna 2) feeling great except a sore arm.  I think the fatigue (and the fact that I could indulge it) was a blessing.  I have a feeling there was more dizziness, headache, and nausea available to me if I hadn’t mostly slept through it. If I’d had the shot yesterday instead of Saturday teaching today would have been miserable.

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19 hours ago, mlktwins said:

Quoting myself -- LOL.  So...the big clinic I am going to is supposed to be J & J, but they didn't get much of that and have been doing Pfizer.  I don't think I want J & J so I'm not sure what I'm going to do.  There are 2 other places I will call tomorrow to see if I can get on their list if they aren't doing J & J.

Quoting myself again -- LOL!

Ya'll, I am so excited!  I am now scheduled at a place for next week -- they only do Pfizer.  So is DH and my dad!!!  Still a wreck about it, but it will be done!!!

After DH talks to the nurses today, I will hopefully schedule my in-laws too!

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13 hours ago, Bootsie said:

Has anyone heard if females tend to have more reactions than males to the vaccine?  I was talking to friends for whom the husband had no reaction but the wife did (sore arm, feeling miserable, etc).  I know they had thee Moderna vaccine.  They said that women tend to have more reactions.   I started thinking and anyone that I know who has had a reaction has been female.  The males that I know who have had a vaccine have reported things like "maybe a mild headache"--but I have also talked to more females than males.  

 

5 hours ago, Soror said:

I think I read an article that women are more likely to have side effects from the vaccine but can't remember for sure.

Ds (16) had a worse reaction than me with both 1st and 2nd dose, he has had Covid before. My arm was barely sore the first time. The second I had some fever, fatigue and bodyaches- mostly in a 24 hr window. Completely gone by 48.

New York Times, March 8, 2021 "Women Report Worse Side Effects After a Covid Vaccine."

Per article, women also have worse side effects from other vaccinations including those typically given to infants.

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My parents are 75 years old (almost 76. My mom's birthday is this week and my dad's 10 days later). My father got his 2nd Pfizer shot Saturday and has had NO side effects -- not even a arm sore. (He says he;s a little worried his vaccine only had water in it due to this)

 

Unfortunately, my mom was unable to get hers. She got really dizzy on Friday and fell and hurt herself and the doctor advised not getting teh shot until they find out what is going on.

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My DH got first his Friday and has been feeling just plain totally fatigued and nauseous since. Having said that, he also tends to get sick a couple of times a year and just plain totally collapse for a few days, so I really wonder if this isn't his body noticing that it hasn't had it's usual break and taking advantage of the situation! 

 

My 16 yr old finally got the first shot today!!! (After being turned away Friday because while the county said teens were eligible, the state had said they weren't). Unfortunately, the Temple of Praise wasn't an option, and somehow "Auto Inspection station #2" isn't nearly as exciting. Although we did blast Hamilton on the way home :). Based on observations, I strongly suspect there are a lot of parents taking their 16+ kids to get the shot ASAP, even if it requires missing school, since schools are back in person now here. I think almost every car was a parent with a teenager. 

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20 hours ago, crazyforlatin said:

DH is getting one on Thursday, and despite having a pre-existing condition, he couldn’t get an appointment until this week. He’s getting it at Kaiser but doesn’t know which one and doesn’t care. Has anyone gotten a vaccine from Kaiser yet?

I have two relatives who received Moderna from Kaiser.

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8 hours ago, Soror said:

I think I read an article that women are more likely to have side effects from the vaccine but can't remember for sure.

I saw a news report that said the same thing.  Women are more likely to have side effects.  I can't remember which news station but it was about 2 weeks ago that I saw it.

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DH got second Pfizer at 1:30 this afternoon. He's been stuck in his office on conference calls/zoom meetings since, but he sounds fine from what I can hear through the walls, lol. He was a bit dizzy/tired in the evening after his first dose, so we are expecting similar but he's hoping to power through. 

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AZ first dose yesterday. Tired all day.(but think that might have been nocebo - was expecting that after hearing about it from family). Today - 24 hrs later - I feel really rough - like you do when you're coming down with something. Body soreness, headache, fatigue. Hope it doesn't last long. 

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Ok, so at 1:30 DH had 2nd Pfizer, at 6:30pm I found him in bed with the blanket over his head. he said he was cold. He laid there about 45 minutes, took some ibuprofen, and seems okay now. A little tired. 

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Had my 2nd shot (Moderna) on Sunday-- felt fine Sunday night.

Monday morning I woke up with body aches-- but I did a LOT of gardening Sunday planting my rose garden!  By my last class (over at 2:30) I was wiped and was starting to have chills--

By 4pm the chills were 'violent' and the aches increased dramatically (and I went to bed)-- bad headache at top of head started as well.  By 6pm I had a fever of 101.  It was a miserable night-- my left arm (injection site) was so tender, I alternated chills and sweats...  finally when I got up 15 hours later and took a shower I'm down to having just a headache...

It was like I relived my Covid experience from a year ago (I had it last March)...  thankfully the side effects seem to be getting better (when I had Covid the misery lasted over a week!).

I'm not regretting getting the vaccine-- I heard that when you have side effects you know your body is making more anti-bodies... I'm immune compromised and having COVID the first time was scary enough.

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Good news! My mom saw her doctor yesterday, who said the dizziness was NOT a reason to delay getting the vaccine. They needed at least 6 people scheduled to open a vial of vaccine -- but since Texas just opened up yesterday to every adult eligible were able to easily make that and she got scheduled and is getting her 2nd shot today.

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MIL called yesterday.  FIL had bad reaction after 2nd shot - would have been considered a Grade 3 reaction in a clinical trial.  Luckily no hospitalization needed.  Then FIL downplayed it all on his social media.  MIL was fine.  

 

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4 hours ago, ChickaDeeDeeDee said:

MIL called yesterday.  FIL had bad reaction after 2nd shot - would have been considered a Grade 3 reaction in a clinical trial.  Luckily no hospitalization needed.  Then FIL downplayed it all on his social media.  MIL was fine.  

 

Is he OK now? What happened?

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I've debated myself over whether to post this or not. Today marks two weeks after my second Pfizer vaccine. Last Wednesday, Day 8, I started having some numbness and pain on my right side at my waistline and below. Day 12, I started having a rash, and yesterday was diagnosed with shingles. I thought it was interesting, as did my PA, who said that the stress of the immune response might have had something to do with it. I will be watching to see if there are increased numbers of cases of shingles (my PA said there have been some questions about this). Oh, I have had a shingles vaccine, but it was the old one, and was 8 years ago.

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6 minutes ago, Jaybee said:

I've debated myself over whether to post this or not. Today marks two weeks after my second Pfizer vaccine. Last Wednesday, Day 8, I started having some numbness and pain on my right side at my waistline and below. Day 12, I started having a rash, and yesterday was diagnosed with shingles. I thought it was interesting, as did my PA, who said that the stress of the immune response might have had something to do with it. I will be watching to see if there are increased numbers of cases of shingles (my PA said there have been some questions about this). Oh, I have had a shingles vaccine, but it was the old one, and was 8 years ago.

On another board I belong to I've seen two similar reports of developing shingles a few days/a week or so after the second vaccine, although I don't recall if both were Pfizer or if one (or both) were Moderna. This interests me as I'm having to wait awhile to get the Covid vaccine because of my second Shingrix vaccine, which I had a few days ago. I hope to go ahead and get my first Covid shot right at two weeks (the minimum wait time), and I'm wondering how a recently-fully-vaccinated-for-shingles-person will respond. FWIW, the other board skews older. Most posters are in the 55-80 age range.

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45 minutes ago, Jaybee said:

I've debated myself over whether to post this or not. Today marks two weeks after my second Pfizer vaccine. Last Wednesday, Day 8, I started having some numbness and pain on my right side at my waistline and below. Day 12, I started having a rash, and yesterday was diagnosed with shingles. I thought it was interesting, as did my PA, who said that the stress of the immune response might have had something to do with it. I will be watching to see if there are increased numbers of cases of shingles (my PA said there have been some questions about this). Oh, I have had a shingles vaccine, but it was the old one, and was 8 years ago.

So sorry this happened 😞 !  Just to clarify, this was the older single does shingles vaccine?

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1 hour ago, mlktwins said:

So sorry this happened 😞 !  Just to clarify, this was the older single does shingles vaccine?

Thank you. Yes, they don't give it in the U.S. anymore. Zostavax. I didn't realize it was only supposed to last five years.

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I got my Moderna this morning.  It hurt going in and must have hit  a nerve or something bc I felt a zap over to my other arm.  Strange.  My arm is sore and I am pretty tired and thirsty.

Dd got her Pfizer at one of the National Guard places this afternoon.  It was a lot faster.  She said they were very friendly and chatty (the guardsmen.)  At first I said it was probably because they were bored and then I realized that, Oh!!!!!!!!! They'd been vaccinating mostly older people and here comes a bright young 18 year old through the door. LOL  Her arm is also sore and she is also thirsty.

I can't remember who wrote above about the thirst maybe being blood sugar related.  I tested mine and it was fine so I don't think that's the reason.

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1 hour ago, Pawz4me said:

On another board I belong to I've seen two similar reports of developing shingles a few days/a week or so after the second vaccine, although I don't recall if both were Pfizer or if one (or both) were Moderna. This interests me as I'm having to wait awhile to get the Covid vaccine because of my second Shingrix vaccine, which I had a few days ago. I hope to go ahead and get my first Covid shot right at two weeks (the minimum wait time), and I'm wondering how a recently-fully-vaccinated-for-shingles-person will respond. FWIW, the other board skews older. Most posters are in the 55-80 age range.

I knew someone had mentioned waiting because of the Shingrix vaccine, but I couldn't remember who it was! That was another reason I mentioned it. I'm in my early 60s.

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2 hours ago, Jaybee said:

I've debated myself over whether to post this or not. Today marks two weeks after my second Pfizer vaccine. Last Wednesday, Day 8, I started having some numbness and pain on my right side at my waistline and below. Day 12, I started having a rash, and yesterday was diagnosed with shingles. I thought it was interesting, as did my PA, who said that the stress of the immune response might have had something to do with it. I will be watching to see if there are increased numbers of cases of shingles (my PA said there have been some questions about this). Oh, I have had a shingles vaccine, but it was the old one, and was 8 years ago.

Ugh. That sucks, I'm sorry 😞 . 

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FYI for @Jaybeeor anyone else who may be interested -- I went back and searched through the thread on the other board I belong to. The reports are of one female getting a mild case of shingles a few days after her first Pfizer shot, and of one male who got a bad case of them after the first Pfizer shot. My memory was wrong--in my previous post I said both cases were after the second shot, but they were both after the first.

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27 minutes ago, Pawz4me said:

FYI for @Jaybeeor anyone else who may be interested -- I went back and searched through the thread on the other board I belong to. The reports are of one female getting a mild case of shingles a few days after her first Pfizer shot, and of one male who got a bad case of them after the first Pfizer shot. My memory was wrong--in my previous post I said both cases were after the second shot, but they were both after the first.

My case is mild so far, but I'm early days. My rash is not real big--just several small areas. The worst part is the pain on the inside. Not intolerable, but makes me tired and draggy. My PA did get me started on an antiviral yesterday, so hopefully that will help. It is supposed to be started within 48 hrs. of the rash's appearance, so I was in that window.

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47 minutes ago, freesia said:

I got my Moderna this morning.  It hurt going in and must have hit  a nerve or something bc I felt a zap over to my other arm.  Strange.  My arm is sore and I am pretty tired and thirsty.

Dd got her Pfizer at one of the National Guard places this afternoon.  It was a lot faster.  She said they were very friendly and chatty (the guardsmen.)  At first I said it was probably because they were bored and then I realized that, Oh!!!!!!!!! They'd been vaccinating mostly older people and here comes a bright young 18 year old through the door. LOL  Her arm is also sore and she is also thirsty.

I can't remember who wrote above about the thirst maybe being blood sugar related.  I tested mine and it was fine so I don't think that's the reason.

I don't know if this is what happened to you, but DH got his 1st shingles shot at Walgreens and the pharmacist put it in his bursa sac.  He is in pain 2 years later and even saw the orthopedist about it :-(.  

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3 minutes ago, mlktwins said:

I don't know if this is what happened to you, but DH got his 1st shingles shot at Walgreens and the pharmacist put it in his bursa sac.  He is in pain 2 years later and even saw the orthopedist about it :-(.  

Eek!  I hope not. It doesn’t seem to be the right place for that. We’ll see. 

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Dh got signed up at work. The local hospital is supposed to be doing a clinic there this week and they said they had enough shots for everyone that wants them. When dh signed up through the state's website he was placed in the last tier but his company was one that was open pretty much the entire time as a critical manufacturer so I would think he should be eligible now anyway as critical infastructure is on the list now. As it is the state is opening to everyone next week anyway. Once he gets it we'll just have the 3 kids. I'm hoping dd1 (turning 14 in a few weeks) can get one before school in August as I think it likely masks won't be required next fall.

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1 hour ago, Jaybee said:

My case is mild so far, but I'm early days. My rash is not real big--just several small areas. The worst part is the pain on the inside. Not intolerable, but makes me tired and draggy. My PA did get me started on an antiviral yesterday, so hopefully that will help. It is supposed to be started within 48 hrs. of the rash's appearance, so I was in that window.

I hope your case remains mild and you are over it soon. 

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2 hours ago, Pawz4me said:

FYI for @Jaybeeor anyone else who may be interested -- I went back and searched through the thread on the other board I belong to. The reports are of one female getting a mild case of shingles a few days after her first Pfizer shot, and of one male who got a bad case of them after the first Pfizer shot. My memory was wrong--in my previous post I said both cases were after the second shot, but they were both after the first.

I'd love to see actual stats on this one -- like, is the rate of shingles above the background rate. 

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DH got his first dose of the Pfizer shot last Friday and I got my first dose of the Pfizer shot yesterday. My arm was sore for about 5 minutes after the shot but was gone by the time I was released from observation. My DH said he barely felt the shot at all. We haven't had any symptoms of anything. 

This was pretty easy compared to the flu shot which usually gives me a sore arm for a day or so and the dTAP which gave me a sore arm for a few days. 

The shots are given as a drive-through here. 

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7 hours ago, Jaybee said:

I've debated myself over whether to post this or not. Today marks two weeks after my second Pfizer vaccine. Last Wednesday, Day 8, I started having some numbness and pain on my right side at my waistline and below. Day 12, I started having a rash, and yesterday was diagnosed with shingles. I thought it was interesting, as did my PA, who said that the stress of the immune response might have had something to do with it. I will be watching to see if there are increased numbers of cases of shingles (my PA said there have been some questions about this). Oh, I have had a shingles vaccine, but it was the old one, and was 8 years ago.

I have got shingles at the moment. I had the Pfizer vaccine in December - 2nd shot was the 2nd week in January. I have wondered about it but have got plenty of stress to explain coming down with shingles. I would not be surprised at all if this is just the normal rate of shingles occurring at my age - I’m 57.

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1 hour ago, Not_a_Number said:

NY has opened things up for age 30+, which is an age group I'm in, whohoo. Now to actually find an appointment... 

And I seem to have a Sunday appointment in... Staten Island? Ok, then. I’ll take it, I suppose! I might try again tomorrow and see if I can get something a bit closer to our apartment!

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RE: the vaccine possibly triggering shingles

Shingles is a herpes viruses, and we know that herpes viruses can be triggered by an immune response to other viruses — hence the name "cold sore" for oral herpes, since it's often triggered by a cold virus. Apparently one of the chemicals released by the immune system to fight off an acute infection can also block one of the chemicals that suppresses herpes viruses and keeps them dormant. So I wouldn't be surprised if a strong immune reaction to the vaccine could also have that effect.

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2 minutes ago, Corraleno said:

RE: the vaccine possibly triggering shingles

Shingles is a herpes viruses, and we know that herpes viruses can be triggered by an immune response to other viruses — hence the name "cold sore" for oral herpes, since it's often triggered by a cold virus. Apparently one of the chemicals released by the immune system to fight off an acute infection can also block one of the chemicals that suppresses herpes viruses and keeps them dormant. So I wouldn't be surprised if a strong immune reaction to the vaccine could also have that effect.

Yeah, as someone with cold sores, I’m also not surprised. I’d be curious to see it studied further, though.

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5 hours ago, mlktwins said:

I don't know if this is what happened to you, but DH got his 1st shingles shot at Walgreens and the pharmacist put it in his bursa sac.  He is in pain 2 years later and even saw the orthopedist about it :-(.  

I’m so sorry that happened! I’m glad you mentioned it because I saw a photo somewhere recently of someone who had just been vaccinated.  And MAN that band aid was SO high on his arm. It was really his shoulder. I’ve been paranoid ever since seeing that. I had a flu shot a few years ago that I think was given too high. I felt lucky that it missed my bursa sac. 

Where exactly is it supposed to be given? When my turn comes, I will be paying great attention to where the nurse swabs the alcohol. 

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On 3/28/2021 at 1:05 PM, Danae said:

Twenty-four hours past Moderna #2.  I’m cold.  This morning it was alternating cold and hot:  put fluffy sweater on, take fluffy sweater off, put fluffy sweater on, take fluffy sweater off.

Now I’m huddled under a down comforter and not planning on coming out anytime soon. 

This was me after the second Pfizer. Hot, cold, hot, cold, hot/cold! Lasted about 36 hours and then - poof! I felt normal again!

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8 hours ago, Jaybee said:

I knew someone had mentioned waiting because of the Shingrix vaccine, but I couldn't remember who it was! That was another reason I mentioned it. I'm in my early 60s.

I think that there have been a couple of us.  But I just got my second Shingrix vaccine.  I have been waiting three weeks, as instructed by the pharmacist, before going to sign up for my Covid shot.  (Part of my wait was because I wasn't eligible until now as well so it wasn't just due to the Shingrix but that was a big part of it.) 

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6 hours ago, popmom said:

I’m so sorry that happened! I’m glad you mentioned it because I saw a photo somewhere recently of someone who had just been vaccinated.  And MAN that band aid was SO high on his arm. It was really his shoulder. I’ve been paranoid ever since seeing that. I had a flu shot a few years ago that I think was given too high. I felt lucky that it missed my bursa sac. 

Where exactly is it supposed to be given? When my turn comes, I will be paying great attention to where the nurse swabs the alcohol. 

Maybe wear a long sleeve shirt so you can only roll it up so high?

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So, to follow up on DH, he's fine now. Had 2nd Phizer Monday at 1:30, was suddenly cold and exhausted around 6:30, got up after an hour and worked at his desk until 11:30 (but he says he shouldn't have - the work he did was crap, lol) and slept hard that night. Yesterday was tired in the morning, back to normal by the evening. So over it all in 24 hours about. 

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7 hours ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

I think that there have been a couple of us.  But I just got my second Shingrix vaccine.  I have been waiting three weeks, as instructed by the pharmacist, before going to sign up for my Covid shot.  (Part of my wait was because I wasn't eligible until now as well so it wasn't just due to the Shingrix but that was a big part of it.) 

I know you can't tell me what we should do, but knowing what you know, would you get the Pfizer vaccines for your 94 year old parents if they have not had the 2 dose Shingles vaccine? II have checked with their GP and both pharmacies they usually go to get flu shots and they have not had them.  And...would your opinion change if you knew that skilled nursing, PT, and a live in caregiver were all starting to be around them as of this week?  The people coming in so far have been vaccinated and my DH has said no one that isn't vaccinated will be allowed in, but I'm not really sure how all of this is going to work.

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4 minutes ago, mlktwins said:

I know you can't tell me what we should do, but knowing what you know, would you get the Pfizer vaccines for your 94 year old parents if they have not had the 2 dose Shingles vaccine? II have checked with their GP and both pharmacies they usually go to get flu shots and they have not had them.  And...would your opinion change if you knew that skilled nursing, PT, and a live in caregiver were all starting to be around them as of this week?  The people coming in so far have been vaccinated and my DH has said no one that isn't vaccinated will be allowed in, but I'm not really sure how all of this is going to work.

Of course, I'm not Jean, and can only tell you my thoughts. I was going to put something like this up today anyway. I am so glad to have had the covid vaccination(s). It's a relief off my mind. I had a rough night last night. I always thought the pain from shingles came from the blisters on the skin, but no, at least not for me. It feels like I got kicked in the front in the area of my right ovary, and kicked in the back just to the right of my spine at the waist (kidney area). The pain comes and goes somewhat, but I had a hard time sleeping last night from it. It makes me tired. There is also some mild itching, as well as irritation in the rash areas. The rash has not finished blistering up completely yet, and that may be another painful thing to deal with. I am still glad I went ahead and got the Pfizer vaccine. I know it is difficult to make that decision for someone else, though, especially an elderly person in their 90s, and especially because the Shingrix is two shots spaced out. So my perspective may not really be helpful to you. I will say that most people don't get shingles.

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10 minutes ago, Jaybee said:

Of course, I'm not Jean, and can only tell you my thoughts. I was going to put something like this up today anyway. I am so glad to have had the covid vaccination(s). It's a relief off my mind. I had a rough night last night. I always thought the pain from shingles came from the blisters on the skin, but no, at least not for me. It feels like I got kicked in the front in the area of my right ovary, and kicked in the back just to the right of my spine at the waist (kidney area). The pain comes and goes somewhat, but I had a hard time sleeping last night from it. It makes me tired. There is also some mild itching, as well as irritation in the rash areas. The rash has not finished blistering up completely yet, and that may be another painful thing to deal with. I am still glad I went ahead and got the Pfizer vaccine. I know it is difficult to make that decision for someone else, though, especially an elderly person in their 90s, and especially because the Shingrix is two shots spaced out. So my perspective may not really be helpful to you. I will say that most people don't get shingles.

Thank you!  I appreciate your comments and I'm so sorry you are dealing with this.  I'm thankful me, DH, and my dad got the updated shingles vaccine in summer/fall 2019.  I kept telling his parents too, they were still getting around, but they did not.  

My feeling is that we should do the Covid vaccines first and then deal with the other one.

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12 hours ago, TCB said:

I have got shingles at the moment. I had the Pfizer vaccine in December - 2nd shot was the 2nd week in January. I have wondered about it but have got plenty of stress to explain coming down with shingles. I would not be surprised at all if this is just the normal rate of shingles occurring at my age - I’m 57.

I had shingles last summer; I figured it was precipitated by general pandemic stress.

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I had my second Pfizer shot on Monday around noon. Felt fine that day; right about noon on Tuesday I developed a low-grade fever and felt moderately lousy for the next six hours or so; I spent a couple of hours reading in bed and then took a hot bath. By evening the fever went down and I felt fine other than a bit of fatigue. Went to bed early and woke up feeling fine this morning. My arm is slightly sore and I still have a swollen lymph node.

I'm very grateful to be vaccinated and feel quite confident that my body will know how to put up a robust immune response should I come in contact with the virus.

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1 hour ago, mlktwins said:

I know you can't tell me what we should do, but knowing what you know, would you get the Pfizer vaccines for your 94 year old parents if they have not had the 2 dose Shingles vaccine? II have checked with their GP and both pharmacies they usually go to get flu shots and they have not had them.  And...would your opinion change if you knew that skilled nursing, PT, and a live in caregiver were all starting to be around them as of this week?  The people coming in so far have been vaccinated and my DH has said no one that isn't vaccinated will be allowed in, but I'm not really sure how all of this is going to work.

My understanding is that the first shingrix dose gives partial immunity from shingles so my feeling would be to go ahead with the Covid vaccine. 

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