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Tell me what this is people...

Okay... I had to take a hepatitis A vaccine yesterday morning because my work claims it is a condition and requirement of continued employ. I forgot what the lady giving them out said about any side effects or anything but last night when I was talking to Angel I felt like I was getting a sore throat and also a headache. I went to bed and woke up with both. Then I took my temperature...no fever..."sore throat" disappeared by almost noon today. Tonight after talking to Angel on the net and the phone, headache came back. I also feel something in my chest and I don't know what it is...

Could it be that my body is still trying to get used to the vaccine? I mean I think my body is as slow as my mental processes because 1) it takes me at least a day (as in extra) to get over being drunk, 2) It also takes an extra day to recover from one of those infamous "behind the eye" headaches -- because for one thing if I don't take it easy the headaches usually "come back," and 3) ....crap I forgot what I was doing for three.


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Oct. 19th, 2003 09:02 pm (UTC)
Ah, now I can break out the things I have learned in medical school :)

A vaccine is basically an attenuated (destroyed) form of the virus. So your body is reacting as if you had Hepatitis. Same symptoms, only milder. While this is going on, your body is building an immunity to it, so that if you are exposed to the REAL hepatitis virus, your body can say "Oh! I've seen this before!" and will be able to clear it before you get sick.

It's like if you see a few enemy soldiers at first you're not quite sure what to do with them, so they rough you up a little. But then you learn their secrets, and if they go back to get their friends, you will have an arsenal ready to kill them all.

So you will feel for a little while as if you have hepatitis. It will pass and it should be nothing to worry about, as long as you don't become very ill. If that happens, go see your doctor right away.

As for taking a day extra to recover from getting drunk, the liver is key in clearing alcohol from your body. The liver is also the target of the hepatitis virus, so if your liver is not in the greatest of moods, then you might get a little sicker. I wouldn't recommend getting drunk until you have recovered from all the vaccine's side effects.
Oct. 19th, 2003 10:17 pm (UTC)
that's what I thought...
I wasn't sure if it was the vaccine or not...familiar with the basics.

Just want to make sure that I didn't have to have time off work...would rather get paid doing the diplomatic wrestling with the "damnnazis" than stay at home really sick.

and don't worry...I have learned my lesson from that time I drank two Long Islands the same day I donated blood at the Red Cross. If I were like Angela Bradshaw I'd be like "That was fun let's do it again!" but I'm glad I'm not.
Oct. 19th, 2003 09:03 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't worry about it too much. I'm not sure if you know this or not, but when you get a vaccination, you are being injected with a very small dose of that specific microbe; just enough to let your bodies immune system built up an immunity to it (basically your body "learns" how to fight the microbe. That way if you should come into contact with it later, your body can fight it off and keep you from getting sick. Some people get side effects because it basically makes you sick. It's nothing serious (usually pretty mild), and you'll probably be over it in a few days until your body learns to fight it off. Here's a good reference if you want to read more about it: <a href="http://www.niaid.nih.gov/publications/vaccine/pdf/undvacc.pdf>Vaccine Link</a>
Oct. 19th, 2003 10:25 pm (UTC)
I wasn't sure if it was the vaccine or not...familiar with the basics.

Just want to make sure that I didn't have to have time off work...would rather get paid doing the diplomatic wrestling with the "damnnazis" than stay at home really sick haha...

Actually sometimes management is nice to me...could be way nicer though...more understanding, less of the "We expect everyone to be nondisabled especially the disabled. We don't give a damn if you are, we expect you to pull as much weight as we do...we don't give a shit if you don't have a car or what your off work plans and needs are, unless we're under a labor crunch, you do ALL your work and you'd better fuck off everything else." That's essentially what they are like... damnnazis and bigots...they all deserve a Zyklon B "shower"

(Zyklon B is the chemical -- in tablet form -- that the Nazis used on the Jews in the *ahem* "camps")
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