Coronavirus Vaccine(s)

gbells

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Honestly, I'm terrified of taking it but it's one of those things that I think we have to be brave about for the greater societal good. I'm secretly glad I'm toward the end of the line so the vaccine won't be available for me until summer or fall. By then we should hopefully have even more data and ways to protect ourselves from reactions.
I have no qualms about it. I would get it if it was offered.
 
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I had a nasty reaction to the only flu jab I ever had, so I am very concerned about having this vaccine. For all I know it might not contain a single ingredient that was in the flu jab; if that was the case I'd feel better about having it. Either way, if I do have it I'll make sure it's somewhere emergency treatment is available if I need it. I'll be on the lookout for M.E. patient experiences in the meantime.
 

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Hi @Booble. On the whole I agree with what you've said, however the fact is that we do have to look at the side-effects and go from there. e.g. I know that the first two vaccinations aren't something I can have because of health problems. Did anyone tell me?....no, but I did find them on my own. The second one is especially dangerous. Using this vaccine can bring on an attack of Autoimmune Encephalitis, it's actually listed as a side-effect.

It isn't known if the immunization can cause the damage to return to the same part of the brain, or a different area altogether. So I know that I'll have to wait at least for the 3rd vaccine. I understand that and will try to protect myself as much as possible in the meantime.

For those thinking their families are safe, may I tell you that 3 different members of our family have fallen ill at 3 different times over the past 6 mos. Quarantine is the only effective method and no, of course it isn't pleasant, but then not being able to attend school (children) and going to restaurants isn't pleasant either.

I had the shingles vaccine a number of mos. ago. I tried to read up as much as possible on it, none of my doctors could give a yes or no answer, but I decided that I couldn't live with having that illness again. I had 3 rounds, one right after the other which left me bedridden for about a year, and a 4th one some years earlier. People don't understand that the illness is worse with each outbreak and it can drive you out of your mind to begin with. I took it upon myself to have the vaccine....and I had no reaction whatsoever. Not even a sore arm. So the same will have to be true of this third vaccination. I'll do due diligence, hope for the best but no, there are no guarantees for any of it. The smallpox people who wanted the vaccination were very brave indeed. We owe them so much...and yet how many of us have never heard the history of that particular vaccine?
Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Yours, Lenora.
 

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Hi @Booble. On the whole I agree with what you've said, however the fact is that we do have to look at the side-effects and go from there. e.g. I know that the first two vaccinations aren't something I can have because of health problems. Did anyone tell me?....no, but I did find them on my own. The second one is especially dangerous. Using this vaccine can bring on an attack of Autoimmune Encephalitis, it's actually listed as a side-effect.

It isn't known if the immunization can cause the damage to return to the same part of the brain, or a different area altogether. So I know that I'll have to wait at least for the 3rd vaccine. I understand that and will try to protect myself as much as possible in the meantime.

For those thinking their families are safe, may I tell you that 3 different members of our family have fallen ill at 3 different times over the past 6 mos. Quarantine is the only effective method and no, of course it isn't pleasant, but then not being able to attend school (children) and going to restaurants isn't pleasant either.

I had the shingles vaccine a number of mos. ago. I tried to read up as much as possible on it, none of my doctors could give a yes or no answer, but I decided that I couldn't live with having that illness again. I had 3 rounds, one right after the other which left me bedridden for about a year, and a 4th one some years earlier. People don't understand that the illness is worse with each outbreak and it can drive you out of your mind to begin with. I took it upon myself to have the vaccine....and I had no reaction whatsoever. Not even a sore arm. So the same will have to be true of this third vaccination. I'll do due diligence, hope for the best but no, there are no guarantees for any of it. The smallpox people who wanted the vaccination were very brave indeed. We owe them so much...and yet how many of us have never heard the history of that particular vaccine?
Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Yours, Lenora.
I agree with all of that. I'm desperately hoping that by the time my turn comes across either there are enough people vaccinated that I won't need to take the personal risk or that their are more vaccine options or that they have enough data to have tweaked the formulas. That said, it's critical that we eradicate this virus so hopefully those with constitutions that are stronger (or less stronger if by definition our bodies react more strongly to things) can lead the charge.
 

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Oh, and Lenora, I had a shellfish crisis as well! Years ago my aunt took me to a series of "cooking classes" where you go to different restaurants and they teach you how to make the food and then they serve some to you. Well, on one of them they were making soft shell crab. The whole concept seemed gross -- putting the whole crab into batter and then sticking it into oil. Despite being a former New Englander I've never cared for shellfish but I bucked up and ate about half the crab and then let my aunt have the rest. The next day the hives started on my belly and worked their way up, up, up. Took weeks, maybe months for them to go away for good.
 

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It was odd reaction for sure. They gave me the shot at the ER and then another one about hour later before they would let me leave the hospital. After that it would go away but come come back upon taking a hot shower or any kind of heat or heating up of myself through exercise or even emotions.

I'm glad you can continue to enjoy fish. I eat fish as well but stay away from shellfish.

Back to the COVID and the shellfish allergic doctor --- one of my colleague's wife had a severe hive outbreak after taking her first dose of the vaccine. She tried waiting it out a bit but they were making there way up her neck, etc. and they told her to go in to the ER. Gave her shots, etc. Her hives were severe, on all parts of her body from head to toe, very itchy and lasted for I think about a week. It will be interesting to see if they have her take the second dose of vaccine or not.
 
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I coudln't read thru all the posts, so maybe this was answered. What are the differences in ingredients for Moderna vs Pfizer vax? Guess i should read thru all the posts...Anything that puts my immune system into overdrive will be a huge setback for me now. anyway, that's not a helpful contribution, so i'll stop rambling