I got my H1N1 shot today!
Based on the news reports I’ve read in the early days of the vaccination, I expected the procedure to be an ordeal. I’m pleased to report that my expectation was unfulfilled.
I arrived at about 5:50 p.m. and a security guard promptly asked me if I needed any assistance. He checked my wrist-band number and told me that my number indicated an appointment between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and this came as quite a surprise because I was led to believe the appointment would be between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. You can imagine that I wasn’t entirely pleased. Before I could decide what to do, the guard suggested that I might want to go inside anyway because it wasn’t very busy in there. I thanked him and went inside.
I came out again less than an hour later, and this length of time included the fifteen minutes waiting period required of those who receive the vaccine. In case someone has a reaction to the shot, it’s best they find out while they’re still being observed by medical professionals.
I felt no adverse effect. I didn’t even feel the needle! All I feel now is fatigue, and I was feeling that before the shot.
So I’m good. I’ve done what I can to protect myself and those around me. I got the shot and I’m following the advice given about how to best avoid the flu. Within a week to ten days, the vaccine will give me all the protection it can … and it didn’t even hurt!