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H1N1 Success!

November 13th, 2009 (06:40 pm)
pleased

current mood: pleased

Second- through fifth-graders at my son's elementary school are due to get their first round of the H1N1 vaccine on Monday. But it's an injection. He hates shots, so he's been begging me to let him get the Flu Mist H1N1 nasal spray instead. The nasal spray won't be available at school, so I'd been watching for a chance to get it elsewhere for him. For me, too, if I could manage it.

I heard about an H1N1 vaccination clinic being run today by the City's Health Department that would be giving out only the Flu Mist spray, not the injection. I was disappointed to learn that it was only for children. But I was happy to drive over with my son today so that he could get it. The clinic was from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. He was due home from school at 3:00 and had a piano lesson at 3:30. So we rushed straight over from his piano lesson, and arrived a few minutes before 4:30.

As I was signing him in, the person taking his registration asked if I wanted the vaccine for myself, too. Yay! Response wasn't as heavy as expected, so they had enough vaccine to open it up to adults. I filled out the paperwork and waited our turn. Everyone was friendly and competent. The clinic was well-organized. And we were out of there in a half-hour.

My son will need another dose in a month or so. If I can find him the spray again, I will. Otherwise he'll have to get the injection in the second round of vaccinations being given at his school, sometime in December. As for me, I'm finished. And hoping to stay flu-free.

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Posted by: dragonet2 (dragonet2)
Posted at: November 14th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Saturday after RenFest was over

University of Kansas Medical Center did their "Drive-by" flu shot. for the regular annual flu.

Since I am caring for a person with cancer, I got there early and still had to crawl forward for upwards of a mile and a half, wondering if I was going to run out of gas before I got there.

I've never had an adverse reaction to the flu shot, and this year was no different.

Both the person I'm caring for and I are over the end of the danger age for H1N1, and I don't go out into public that often anymore, I'm not so worried about that shot. If I can get it for free I will.

Posted by: Allison Stein (astein142)
Posted at: November 14th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)

Glad to hear your search was successful. I got both my shots at my rheumatologist's office while I was getting my infusion; seasonal a few weeks ago, H1N1 this past week. No reaction at all, except a little tenderness at the injection point.

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: November 15th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)

No, I've never had a reaction to the flu vaccine either -- seasonal or H1N1. Shot or nasal spray.

I got my seasonal flu shot early this year. I was in Safeway in early September, doing my grocery shopping, and noticed a sign that said, "Flu Shots Here Every Day! No Appointment Necessary!" I went straight to the pharmacy counter and got one. Was back in the frozen food aisle within a few minutes.

And now I've had my H1N1 shot, too.

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