Posted January 9, 2013

Hi everyone! I’m so glad the Preparing site is back! (By the way, on the old site I was “Kat” – had to change my username on the new site.)

I was recently accepted into an allied health career program in college and thus have to get several immunizations in order to participate in labs and clinical internships. I have the option to get titers drawn instead of┬áreceiving┬ásome of the immunizations, and for some of them, shots I got when I was a baby will suffice. But I’m anticipating having to get at least one or two immunizations soon. I have heard of various ways to lessen the possible bad side effects of immunizations (like my friends who feed their dog charcoal after it gets its required shots!) Do any of you have any experience with this or any ideas for how to prevent bad side effects of the shots? Thanks in advance!


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  1. oreo

    If you’re really worried about getting the shots, why not opt out of them?

    This website explains how you might be able to do that;

    # January 14, 2013

  2. isabella

    Vitamin C is supposed to help with mercury. Something you might want to look into.

    # January 16, 2013

  3. evelyn

    As far as I know, usually the problem from “bad reactions” comes from the preservatives and other materials used in the shot, not the actual vaccine part of the shot. To avoid those, you could try asking for a single dose vial version of the vaccine (multi dose vials have more preservatives to give them a longer shelf life) or some even come in a preservative free version (ex: the flu shot does I’m pretty sure). I would recommend doing some research on exactly the vaccines you are getting, talk to the people you would be getting them from and see what your options are based on the different ways the vaccine can be packaged/formulated. Hope this helps!

    # January 17, 2013

  4. kitkat - the author of this post.

    Thanks everyone for your replies! Thankfully, it turned out that the only thing I was lacking was a Varicella titer (had a really bad case of chicken pox as a toddler) and a TB skin test. I’ll be officially cleared on the TB test tomorrow. I’ve never had to deal with vaccines much, but now that I’m in the healthcare field, I know it will be an issue. I really appreciate all the responses.

    @ oreo, I have looked into opting out of the vaccines, but it’s really complicated because of the way school-clinical site relationship works. It would be nearly impossible to get any kind of legal exemption. However, the situation will be different when I’m actually working in the healthcare field once I’m out of school. So I am still looking into how that might work. Thanks for the link!

    @ isabella, I had heard of Vitamin A, but not Vitamin C. I checked out the link and what they’re saying makes sense. I’ll be looking into that some more. Thanks!

    @ evelyn, that is my understanding of vaccines too. I know there are ways to research certain lots/batches of vaccines to find out how they were preserved. Thanks for the info!

    # January 22, 2013

  5. oreo

    You’re welcome

    # January 24, 2013