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I have had all of my adult vaccines — not a single adverse reaction


I am not just someone who writes about vaccines, I am someone who keeps up-to-date on all of my adult vaccines. And despite all of those vaccines, including six different COVID-19 vaccines, the only adverse effects I’ve ever felt are sore upper arms, and being tired from the immune responses to the vaccines.

I just thought I’d share my immunization record for the past 11 years, and talk a bit about each adult vaccine. And why adults should get these vaccines.

My adult vaccines

I’ve received seven different adult vaccines and 28 separate vaccinations over the past 11 years. Now, this record is just the one for my current healthcare plan, which only goes back 11 years. I used a red arrow to show the vaccines I’ve received during the past 18 months.

Here are each of the vaccines that I’ve received:

  • TdaP for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (or whooping cough) — one should get the tetanus vaccine every 10 years, but TdaP protects against other diseases, like pertussis, than can be dangerous to an adult and can be passed to children who are not vaccinated yet.
  • Pneumonia vaccine (Prevnar™) — the vaccine protects against 20 different strains of pneumococcal pneumonia, a lung infection that afflicts children and older adults and that kills around 5% of people who get the disease.
  • Hepatitis B vaccine — hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The virus, which is called hepatitis B virus (HBV), can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death.
  • Seasonal flu vaccine — flu is caused by the influenza virus which circulates annually, usually during the winter season. Despite many people brushing it off as nothing worthy of a vaccine, it is actually a dangerous infectious disease that causes tens of thousands of deaths each year in the USA. Although it’s not in my vaccine record, I have received the flu vaccine every year since the late 1980s, and, anecdotally, I have never had the flu during that time.
  • Zoster (shingles) vaccineshingles are caused by the Varicella zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. After getting chickenpox, the virus hides out in the nervous system, avoiding the immune system. For unknown reasons, the virus replicates and causes shingles, which are not only painful and disfiguring, it also can cause permanent damage to nerves. You can’t get shingles unless you have had chickenpox, but lucky for younger people, they can get the chickenpox vaccine which prevents both chickenpox and, in later years, shingles.
  • COVID-19 vaccine — I’ve written about this so much, I don’t need to bore you more. But the vaccine not only prevents most cases of COVID-19 but it also reduces the risk of long COVID, hospitalization, and death.
  • RSV vaccine — the RSV vaccine is a very new vaccine that prevents infection by the respiratory syncytial virus. RSV infections can cause serious complications for young children and older adults.

Summary

I guess this list shows that I am not a hypocrite or a coward. I get all the adult vaccines that are necessary to keep me healthy, and I am not afraid of any of it. Honestly, I hate the needles, but I’ve learned to overcome that hatred.

I know a lot of people think that vaccines are just for kids and older people. They are necessary to protect you from diseases that can cause harm.

Michael Simpson

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