The following is a personal story about the pneumococcal vaccine.

If you don’t have kids and don’t know, the vaccine is given to prevent pneumococcal disease, an infection caused by bacteria. However, the vaccine doesn’t provide protection from disease in every person- like ALL vaccines. And, according to Johns Hopkins website, “It should be noted that vaccination does NOT reduce pneumonia. A meta-analysis shows no decrease in pneumonia incidence as a result of vaccination, however it has been shown to be about 60-70% effective in preventing invasive disease (meningitis, bacteremia).” It goes on to say, “By CDC guidelines, once vaccinated, you will likely never need a revaccination. However, this is still a controversial area.”

From the article:

“Back to my story: earlier that day I had visited my doctor for my annual physical during which time she checked me and we discussed aspects of my health. I told her I feel healthier now than I did ten years ago, but I emphasized that I am a very allergic person, having almost died on two occasions when I was a child and given an anti-tetanus shot and penicillin. Near the tail end of our visit I was informed it was time for a flu shot and my pneumonia booster. I had had a pneumonia vaccine years ago but did not think to ask why I needed a booster. I went along believing these shots were run-of-the-mill medical requirements. My doctor warned me to take a Tylenol because the flu shot could hurt. The nurse injected the flu vaccine into my left arm, and the pneumonia shot into my right arm, high up near the shoulder joint, drawing blood as she did so.

Two hours later, my right arm started aching and feeling heavy. I assumed it was from the flu shot and wondered if the nurse had made a mistake in pointing out which vaccination went into which arm. I took a Tylenol and iced my right arm, but the discomfort worsened. The pain traveled to my neck and shoulders and shot down my arm. The muscles in my upper arm felt knotted, frozen, and I couldn’t lift my arm at all. The arm barely had strength and if I twisted it the wrong way, the pain was excruciating ― 8.5 on the pain scale.”

When the author couldn’t deal with the pain, she started searching on Google and  found numerous people who had both received the vaccine and experienced similar symptoms. When a hot water bag didn’t ease the pain, and after her feet got numb, she had chills and her blood pressure shot up to 165, her husband rushed her to Urgent Care.

In Urgent Care the doctor, an immunologist, asked about her symptoms (he would later say he had seen three other patients with similar adverse reaction to the pneumococcal vaccine) and decided it was likely that she was either having a reaction to the vaccine or that she was allergic to it. He prescribed her Prednisone, Benadryl, and Motrin and told her to see a doctor if she developed a fever, shortness of breath/trouble breathing, had chest pain, weakness in one part or side of her body, slurred speech, or swelling of the face or throat. All that, all those symptoms, for a shot that doesn’t work with everyone and shows “no decrease in pneumonia incidence as a result of vaccination”. Still think it’s worth it?

When her regular doctor wasn’t the least bit concerned the author began to get angry. Not only had no one explained why she needed a booster but she wasn’t warned about the possible side effects.

Educate yourself. Never trust your doctor to do it, especially when it comes to vaccines.

Source: The Huffington Post