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    Dear Wendy
    Keymaster

    If you qualify, definitely get the shingles shot! I had shingles a few years ago at age 42 (so I didn’t qualify yet for a vaccine) and it was excruciating. I was bedridden for a week, which is a week too long especially when you have a toddler, which I did at the time.

    #1099348 Reply
    ktfran
    Participant

    @List, I was a late bloomer too. Re: chicken pox. I was in 7th and my younger sisters and I all got it at the same time. It was HORRIBLE! The middle sister and I did have a super mild case when we were young, like three or four pox.

    #1099349 Reply
    LisforLeslie
    Guest

    @Kate – good to know. I can always get on the schedule for a Friday and then the only thing I have to cancel is my standing canasta game (got my ass handed to me this weekend).


    @ktfran
    – yeah my sister got it when she was 2. I gave her my teddy bear so that I would get it. This would have been mid-80’s so no vaccine in sight and it made sense to get it and get it over with than worry about it into adulthood. My poor sister had it from her tiny head to the bottoms of her teeny feet. I mostly got them on my trunk. Nothing on my face – so that was cool.

    #1099351 Reply
    ktfran
    Participant

    Oh also re: multiple shots at once. Pre-pandemic, when the husband and I were prepping for our Kenya/Tanzania safari, we had to visit the travel center and go over proper vaccinations. We needed to get a yellow fever vax and malaria pills. We also had to get one of the hep shots, whichever we didn’t have. The dr. asked about the flu shot. We hadn’t received yet, but she said we might want to wait a week or two since we were getting all the other crap. She would have given them all to us though.

    We still need to go back for our second hep shot. The timing worked out that it would have happened right at the height of first wave. No thanks. I asked my primary care and she said we can get it any time now, it just had to be a certain amount of time after the first.

    In Kenya, while out for the morning watching hippos and lions, monkey’s broke into our tent and stole one bottle of malaria pills and our my shampoo. Monkey’s knew how to unzip the tents! Luckily, they dropped the malaria pills a few feet outside our tent. Guess they couldn’t open the container. However, there was one very clean monkey roaming around 🙂

    #1099358 Reply
    Vathena
    Guest

    I did end up getting a booster, even though I’m not technically eligible. Now I kinda wish I’d waited a couple of weeks to mix Moderna with my original Pfizer, but oh well! My husband got his flu and shingles vax together a few weeks ago, and it definitely knocked him out for a day.

    Ha @Leslie, I also “collect” vaccines. Between travel and my work requirements, I’ve been vaccinated for basically everything – including rabies and smallpox, which most people under 50 never had to get (I got mine at 27).


    @Ktfran
    , I spent a semester in Kenya when I was in college, and the vervet monkeys could totally break into our huts if we didn’t latch them carefully. They tore up one hut and squirted toothpaste everywhere. They also used to sneak up and snatch food out of people’s hands. Very brazen!

    Guys, the FDA panel for vaccines for age 5-11 is meeting TOMORROW. I don’t know how I’m going to maintain my sanity until next week when the CDC panel meets and hopefully gets this thing going in time for my kid to be vaxxed next weekend. I am jumping out of my skin about it. So far, knock on wood, my daughter’s school is the only one in our district with zero covid cases reported for the entire pandemic. They just started random rapid testing in our district (30% of kids per week, not ideal but better than nothing!) We are in the home stretch and I am not convinced that something won’t f*ck it up for me! =:-O

    #1099359 Reply
    Fyodor
    Guest

    The Spawn of Fyodor has been seeing commercials for the HPV vaccine, which say that you should get it when you are eleven or twelve* and having become much more vaccine conscious she keeps asking if she should get it. We tell her that they’ll give it to her at her next healthy checkup and not being aware of the mode of transmission (or even that such mode exists) she asks if it wouldn’t be better now to get it so that she doesn’t catch HPV.

    *better immune response when younger.

    #1099361 Reply
    Fyodor
    Guest

    I’m really annoyed that they scheduled the CDC meeting a week out when for 12-15s it was the next day. The Spawn has had COVID previously so it’s slightly lower tension for us but we’ll feel a lot better in a month. PArticularly, it will open up a lot more in the way of activities for her once she and all of her friends are vaccinated. The data from Pfizer on the vaccines holding up really strongly against the Delta variant in 5-11 is also very reassuring.It makes me optimistic that kids will be able to return to a much higher level of normalcy

    #1099362 Reply
    Kate
    Keymaster

    Wait, she’s ~10 and doesn’t know about sex? I’ll bet she does.

    #1099363 Reply
    anonymousse
    Participant

    I am planning to talk to my dr. and make sure getting both on the same day is okay. I didn’t have any symptoms with the first shot, and I don’t normally with the flu other than a sore arm.

    I was one of the ones who got the j&j and I chose to get the Moderna for the booster.

    #1099364 Reply
    LisforLeslie
    Guest

    Part of me thinks a 10 year old shouldn’t have to know about STIs. Then I remember about all those kids in Texas who got gonorrhea in their throats because they had abstinence only sex ed.

    And then I remember how relieved I am that I never had kids and don’t have to deal with these conundrums.

    #1099365 Reply
    Vathena
    Guest

    RIGHT @Fyodor? Like, that’s an additional SEVEN DAYS when my child could be exposed to covid! UggGGhhhHHHhhhh GET IT TOGETHER PEOPLE! FOCUS!!!

    I am going to find it hard to not go hog wild on the extracurriculars after she’s vaxxed. It’s going to be Yes Day every day.

    #1099366 Reply
    Vathena
    Guest

    My daughter is almost 8.5, but a “young” 8.5 – we have all the books, we use all the correct terms, but she is not interested in knowing about any of it. She did ask me if it’s okay to not have a crush on anybody, because apparently many of her friends have crushes on various schoolmates. I have a feeling we’ll be getting more into the sex talks now that she’s in school around other kids. (I think not being in school last year bought us an extra Christmas with a belief in Santa, as well.)

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