The last time we had a flu shot was way back 2009 or thereabouts. And I must say, I didn’t get the flu for that whole year! It actually worked! It didn’t have the AH1N1 then, but at least it protected us from a lot of flu strains active at the time. I don’t know why we never followed it up last year, and true enough, I caught a couple of bugs in 2010. So this year, GSK went to RX to administer flu shots once again, and we were first in line. I really, REALLY dread injections. It’s a primal fear that I’ve had since I was a kid. For me, my biggest nightmare was the shots we were given annually in my grade school, LSGH. I’d have cold sweats, nightmares, panic attacks leading up to the injections. I don’t why, even if I knew it wasn’t THAT painful, it was an irrational fear. Even now that I get a blood test every quarter, for the past several years, I still get nervous. My whole body felt like jello after:
Anyway, the shot itself wasn’t really painful. But as the day progressed, my whole left arm felt a little sore, a sort of ngawit, as if I was punched in the arm. And for a couple of hours, I felt a bit ill, as if I were coming down with something. But thankfully, I felt much better as the day wore on. But the soreness is still here. Even as I type now, I feel the heaviness in my left arm. I heard what we got already includes the AH1N1 strain, together with others. Of course we can still catch a bug, since the shots don’t cover ALL the possible flu strains, but at least we’re safe from the more common ones.
Delle’s OB gave her the go-signal, since it’s actually advised, because getting the flu is difficult for women who are preggers since they can’t take anti-biotics. Again, thanks to GSK!