A couple of weeks ago, I took myself to the pharmacy for the first of two doses of the shingles vaccine. I didn’t want to do it at all. For one thing, I’m highly needle-phobic. (I don’t even have pierced ears.) Also, I was working toward a major deadline and didn’t have time to be sick. Headache, fatigue, and low-grade fever are common side effects of this vaccine, according to the CDC, and they can last for several days.
But I had recently heard from two people who have had shingles in the past few months (one is a family member, the other an animal activist) and their experiences were way worse than the usual mild side effects of the vaccine. It motivated me to get vaccinated. (It didn’t hurt at all by the way. And while I was a little sick the next day, it was nothing that couldn’t be fixed by an Advil and a couple cups of coffee. Also, I met my deadline.)
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