A little more than two months ago I got my first dose of Shingrex vaccine. The instructions they sent me home with said the second dose should be somewhere between two and six months later. After eight weeks I went back to the pharmacy where I got the initial shot to ask if they had any in stock. The pharmacist brusquely told me they would contact me when it was available.
I wanted to be able to cross the task off of my to-do list, though, so I once again proactively stopped into the pharmacies around my house to ask if they had any of the vaccine available. It only took a few tries before I found one who did. Thursday afternoon I held out my arm and got injected.
Last time I had some side effects from the vaccine. Teri told me that it would be helpful if the next time I started taking an anti inflammatory the day before, and then continue it for several days after. Since I obviously didn't know when I was going to come upon the shot it was impossible to pre-dose myself with medicine, but as soon as I got home I popped some acetaminophen. For a few hours I felt great, but by bedtime my arm started to hurt. Friday I felt tired, achy, had chills, and an intermittent headache. It was hard to concentrate on the work I had to do, and I suspect the report I turned in was filled with grammar and punctuation mistakes.
This morning another symptom appeared...a rash on my torso-front and back, from neck to bottom-which alternated between itching and stinging. I spent the day doing as little as possible, mainly laying around and feeling sorry for myself. By the middle of the afternoon I could tell the rash would not be gone, so I cancelled my evening plans to get together with some friends.
For most people, the symptoms from the vaccine only last two or three days, so even though I'm part of the 10% who have a significant reaction, things should be coming to an end soon. At least my issues have been annoying, not life threatening, and from what I've heard having an actual case of shingles is WAY worse.
Five years ago today: First Mass Of Thanksgiving