Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
I do all vaccines available to me that I can afford and that make sense. Tetanus every 10 years, last one was a dTap or whatever b/c of the increase in whooping cough (not me getting it, but spreading it to infants). I get the flu vaccine each year since it's free. I was required to have a Hep B series and meningitis when I entered college. When I traveled to Africa I got Hep A, yellow fever (that's a fun reaction!), and typhoid. Polio and rabies were also options but I opted out based on the region of our travel. As a kid I had whatever was the going norm. I actually got chicken pox, vacc was not available yet. Incidentally, I just had Shingles (I am 29) and will not be getting a Shingles vacc because the likelihood of getting it again is about 3% whereas the vaccine only decreased your chances by about 50%. When the HPV vaccine came out I asked my Dr. about it but we decided not to do the series since it was costly, I was already married, and only a year from the age max at the time.
There is so much hysteria and misinformation about vaccines. You are not protecting yourself but OTHER people. I am a healthy person without major autoimmune problems so I see no reason I should NOT get vaccinated and protect the young, elderly, and immunocompromised people near me.