January 31, 2007

Odd Thoughts...

I switched internists and yesterday was my first appointment. We shook hands, talked about families as I know him personally as well and then the following conversation took place, to the best of my recollection.

Dr: Bou, when was the last time you had a tetanus shot?

Me: Ummmm… thirty years ago.

Dr, looking over his glasses at me as he types away on his computer: Yeah, you’ll be getting one of those today.

I was at work today and I was telling the girl I job share with about this and she said, “The same thing happened to me 6 months ago when I switched doctors! And when I said no to the shot, they made me sign a release!”

I did not say no. Getting my Tetanus booster has been on my mind a lot... every time my kids get vaccinated.

But, there must be some issue with Tetanus lately. We get these shots as kids… but who of us goes back for our boosters? (Other than health care professionals) A lot of those shots don’t last forever.

I was telling my doctor, that is what bugs me about the mandatory chicken pox shot. Kids aren’t getting the chicken pox anymore… what if these vaccines wear off and then as an adult they are vulnerable? It’s pretty damn ugly to get the chicken pox as an adult. As a kid, its just frickin’ miserable. As an adult? Dangerous.

And so they decide maybe that the Chicken Pox vaccine needs a booster after… I don’t know… 20 years? How many are going to get it?

None.

As adults, other than the flu shot or other than having an injury that requires a Tetanus shot, who keeps up with this stuff? I think not many… I really do.

Posted by Boudicca at January 31, 2007 10:45 PM | TrackBack
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I had to get a Tetanus shot today too. They asked me when my last one was and I told them I thought it was 7-8 years ago, right before college. I figured it was one of those shots I needed beforehand.

They then asked if it was just the Tetanus shot or Tetanus + "something" that was suposed to be for whooping cough. I had no clue.

Needless to say...I got the one for whooping cough too.

Posted by: Sissy at January 31, 2007 11:45 PM

I don't remember if I got one last go .round or not. I need to ask my doctor. I certainly could use a booster for tetanus.

Posted by: vw bug at February 1, 2007 07:03 AM

There are lots of things on my list to ask the doc about this year... Ugh. Now to make the appointment.

Posted by: Richmond at February 1, 2007 08:38 AM

I am pretty anal about gettin our Tentnus shots, I need mine this year. Since I have gotten married I have made sure we have gotten every 10 years. Especially since Mr Weenie tends to cut himself alot with rusty crap at home and at work.

I get them "just in case". I have put it into my palm for reminders.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at February 1, 2007 09:07 AM

Yeah, I keep up with tetanus boosters.

A couple years ago when they came back with manditory chicken pox shots for the kids, I signed the boys up for school and the school nurse nearly had a fit when I told her they hadn't gotten their shots yet.
"WELL, YOU'RE GOING TO, AREN'T YOU?!?!?!?"
And I was like, "Sure."
"BECAUSE IT'S VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!"
"Okay, no problem."

Sheesh! Like I was dangling them over boiling oil or something. Chill out, lady.

Posted by: Roses at February 1, 2007 09:58 AM

Maybe there's a contest among doctors for who gives the most tetnus shots to their adult patients this year? I got one, too. Had no clue when my last one was. I seem to remember getting them annually as a child. Because my middle name is NOT Grace!

But, didn't a tetnus shot leave your arm very sore for days? The booster didn't and since they haven't managed to put this into pill form yet, my doc should consider it a victory that I let her near me with a needle in her hand. Yech!

Kathryn

Posted by: TxAFbrat at February 1, 2007 10:10 AM

Kathryn- I'm still sore. It's not like when we were kids... which I think was mental too. "Oh I got a shot! I'm DYYYYYYYING!" as my kids act. but its day 3 and I'm still very aware of it.

I think there must be some big reminder to all the doctors to keep their patient's innoculations current. I've not been told about Whooping Cough, but tetanus was on his computer check list along with chest Xray and a couple other things... like baseline EKG. Made me feel kind of old.

Some professions you really need to stay on top of it... like QW's spouse. I think people with Immunilogical problems stay on top of their innoculations. But I do think the average Joe bag 'o doughnuts is like me... flitting through life, not having been innoculated for anything since a school required it.

Posted by: Bou at February 1, 2007 11:07 AM

I sometimes get shots when I'm drinking beer.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at February 1, 2007 04:35 PM

Yeah, I know I played it up for all it was worth as a child. But I'm thinking either my dramatic abilities have lessened with age or it could be that I'd feel a bit stupid whining about a shot at my age. Doesn't mean I like getting them, mind you.

But I'm not in a profession where I think I need to stay on top of such things. Okay, a paper cut hurts like heck but then there's that no whining thing again.

Kathryn

Posted by: TxAFbrat at February 1, 2007 05:56 PM

Baseline EKG - got one of those too. What do you know, I DO have a heart!

Kathryn

Posted by: TxAFbrat at February 1, 2007 06:00 PM

Tetanus shots are handy things to have in hurricane country...especially when for awhile there we were getting slammed with one right after the other. They can get in short supply (the shots, not the hurricanes unfortunately) in the aftermath of a storm (I found out the hard way after getting gouged in the leg cleaning up debris.)

My work is always after me to get the hepatitis series. I started it, but never finished.

Posted by: Mrs_Who at February 1, 2007 09:20 PM

I read something that they tested the Tetanus batch from a previous decade was found to not be as long lasting as they had thought. So they have restarted the process on people 40 and over. (Probably an insurance / liability motivation.)

As for the other vaccines, CDC is seeing an increase in previously non-active diseases due to the large amount of illegal immigration. The people sneaking in do not have these vaccinations and they are infecting people who have never been exposed to things like Pox, Whooping, Polio, etc. Y'all in the South have more exposer to that...

Posted by: _Jon at February 2, 2007 09:30 AM

We had an outbreak of pox in nyc. all the kids & adults were illegal & used forged docs to get the kids into the local school. Teachers & healthcare workers are mandated by law here to get boosters. it was a pain for me because I always wind up getting sick!

Posted by: michele at February 2, 2007 11:42 AM

Oh _Jon, thanks for that little tidbit about the dangers of living in the south. So next visit to the internist I fully expect her to have a list of things I was vaccinated for as a child that I now need to have another booster shot to be sure I'm covered. We can put a man on the moon but we can't put some of these in pill form? ;-)

Kathryn

Posted by: TxAFbrat at February 2, 2007 02:46 PM