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Good idea, bad idea

Good idea--getting a tetanus shot every 10 years.

Bad idea--getting it while you have a bad cold.

americanstd went to the doc yesterday to make sure he wasn't having a recurrence of the nasty bronchitis of earlier this year. The doc said he didn't and offered him a tetanus shot. americanstd sent me a text message about it, but I didn't have my phone on me so I couldn't respond, "WAIT, WAT?"

Have we gotten to the point where we think vaccinations are harmless as vitamins? Unlike the flu vaccine, I intend to keep my tetanus shots current--the tetanus shot is damn useful. However one has to be ready for side effects, and for a doctor to have given a sick patient one is just freaking insane.

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crocotiger
Mar. 20th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
Really, avoiding responsibility is dangerous. Patient pushes responsibility to the doctor, and doctor prescribes treatment to avoid possible responsibility to doing nothing, though nothing could possibly be the best thing to do.
kishiriadgr
Mar. 20th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
Tetanus is a vaccination that should only be given to a patient who is not already sick. We could have come back later for the vaccination. It was not treatment for what my husband already has.
crocotiger
Mar. 20th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see. Doctor made a mistake. Too bad.
selenite
Mar. 20th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Have we gotten to the point where we think vaccinations are harmless as vitamins?

Heh. Nobody gives you flack for not giving your kids vitamins. There's an awful lot of "one is good, therefore more is always better" thinking about vaccines these days and no analysis of where the point of diminishing returns is, or when you want to make exceptions.
electorprince
Mar. 20th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
http://health.yahoo.com/infectiousdisease-prevention/tetanus-toxoid-vaccine/healthwise--d01168n1.html


CALL YOUR PRIMARY HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IF:

You are not sure whether tetanus vaccines should be given
Complications or severe symptoms develop after tetanus immunization, including seizures; fever above 105 degrees F; difficulty breathing; or other signs of allergy, shock, or collapse; or uncontrolled crying that lasts for more than 3 hours at a time.
You have are other questions or concerns about tetanus immunization
kishiriadgr
Mar. 20th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
He's been to the doc. See latest entry. I'm off to go buy sports drinks. You really need to see his eye--worse than my burst blood vessel.
zeonchar
Mar. 21st, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
I hope Steve's OK!

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