The other day I decided to get the H1N1 vaccine. My local pharmacy was offering the vaccination on a drop by basis up until 7:00 pm. I didn't even have to miss work to get it!
When I stopped by the pharmacy there were only a few others in the pharmacy area...I waited as an older couple ahead of me got the shot. I took off my jacket and the technician informed me that wasn't necessary since I was to have the nasal spray.
I asked to have the shot instead since I've never had a nasal vaccination and don't like sticking things up my nose. But she was adamant-saying I was healthy and she needed to save the other form for those who were more at risk...so I complied.
Unfortunately, this was the day before Christmas Eve. That night I could hardly sleep because my nasal cavity became so dry. Things quickly developed in to a head cold. By Christmas Eve, I was huddled in a corner feeling rather bad at a family gathering. Christmas Day, I decided not to attend a different family gathering because I did not want to expose others...especially the week old baby that was the guest of honor.
I've had regular flu shots in the past and never developed symptoms that lasted for days and up until now, I had worked with coworkers who had been sick and was the only one not to fall victim...Today, after 11 hours of sleep, I fell much better but am still blowing my nose every 5 minutes. I'm sure I will be fine by the time I have to go back to work Monday.