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Even If I Wanted Them, I'm Not Allowed

This may seem a bit extreme, but for once- I agree with the medical profession.

Back in 1985, while preparing to go overseas for the first time, the military required us to be vaccinated. Amongst countless shots, one given to me was for typhoid. Not heard of a huge outbreak of typhoid in Germany (lol)- but I was in line with all the other soldiers, waiting my turn. I waited the required 10 minutes after it was administered, then got back in formation. I marched to class, took my seat -- and much of the rest is in bits and pieces.

I remember trying to get back to my barracks- my squad leader running ahead to get medical help- the EMT in the ambulance telling me not to go to sleep- and then this God awful pain as a needle was inserted in my chest in the emergency room.

I was unconscious for a long time. Told they had to re start my heart. I woke up confused and scared, and having no recollection of what had happened. I almost died from a vaccine- and was issued red medical dog tags. It was the worst case of an allergic reaction that military base had ever seen. They weren't sure what it was I was allergic to, but made the decision to deny me any future typhoid or flu vaccinations ( some of the same ingredients in both ).

I went overseas a second time in 1988. I proudly pulled out my red dog tags alerting them not to administer such vaccines.

On the occasion when I see a medical doctor and have to list what known allergies I have, I must state: typhoid vaccine. It's a great conversation starter!



angelwings626 angelwings626 46-50, F 10 Responses Aug 8, 2009

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Hi PHSensei-- it seems an AGE, doesn't it???<br />
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I can't remember the last time I got the "flu"- other than the stomach variety- and that was mostly due to my own lack of control over eating too much of a good thing- ha ha! <br />

I got the normal cocktail of vaccines while in the Navy without any odd side affects (besides really sore arms).<br />
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Years later, out of the military, my work offers and pays for flu shots for the employee's. The first couple years I got the shot I got horribly sick nearly a week later. I decided to not get the shot. I've actually been healthier and if I get sick it seems to only last a few days vs the week (or more) I was getting sick after getting the shot.<br />
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They say you can't get sick from the flu shot... but my experiences are to the contrary.<br />
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(Hi Angelwings, BTW :) )

4vrUnique~ you are welcome- and glad that the military has such special tags- not that a vaccine for typhoid is something one would get on an average day! :)

Wow. It's a good thing when you took the vaccine you were on a military base. Just think, you could've taken it on your own, let's say at a doctor's office, paid your bill, began driving home and bam, lights out! Then no one would've known why you were unconscience and maybe you would've died.<br />
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Glad you survived so you could write this story. Now I know what Red Dog tags mean. If I was in the military I'd probably have some special color too.

Michael, you are too cute for words hunny. The important thing is that I am here- as we all are- for a reason.

My poor Baby,

amen sister! I learned so much from this experience! <br />
love you, and glad your here !<br />
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yeah- 19 years old and miles from family! I pulled through, and blessed to be able to share! <br />
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What an amazing story! I'll bet you were least when you knew what was going on. <br />
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I'm glad you made it out ok and are here to share. (((HUGS)))

bless-- me too! I ask alot of questions, and research anything I'm not familiar with. Gone are the days of ignorance, and following along in line with everyone else.<br />