Have you taken vaccine shots?

Philippines
April 26, 2009 12:10pm CST
I'm scared of needles! As in really scared of it! However, no matter how scared I am, I'd rather overcome the scary-ness in me rather risking my health. I just had my Cervical Cancer vaccine last night, which my sister had done the shot (she's a nurse). Tell me about of me being chicken! Lol My left arm where I had my shot is still in pain, and it's kind of swollen. I can tolerate this kind of pain and sacrifices rather getting a cancer. I still have to go through another shot of it again next month and 6 months after from the next month shot. It will be a little tough for me to overcome of my phobia with needles, but hey I'd rather get over it that getting sick.
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@mimiang (3777)
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
I am a medical personnel so i have to have vaccines.I just had hepatitis B vaccine
@cheenlly (3483)
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
Hi smooch, that's good that you are starting to fight for your fear on needles. Personally i haven't got that vaccine shot yet but i am planning to do so even if i also have the fear and you are right its better to face the fear of needles than to face the fear of having cancer. Honestly it came to my mind and i am scared but i hope not. I would like to get checked first by an obegyne and have pap smear test. I haven't tried to get check up even just once which i know is very important for us as a woman. Anyway i hope there's nothing bad results if just in case i go for check up. have a nice day!
• India
27 Apr 09
oh! that sounds rather awful!!me also cannot tolerate that kind of pain and swelling.It was your sister who took the shot .So she must have surely taken care of!!I can't imagine taking this kind of stuff from govt. hospitals..Nyway I don't agree with one thing..It is always good to prevent! I pray that you get rid of your pain soon..God bless you!!!
@tzaddi (395)
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
yes i did, i think it was when i was still an infant. i still have my mark on my left shoulder of my vaccine shot. if you're afraid of needles i think that you've got to face it because vaccines are very important you know, it gives us antibodies for some severe illnesses. prevention is always better than cure. and your last sentence was nice.
@zdbzss (102)
• China
27 Apr 09
Yes, I had, and i had a lot of types of vaccines. I think this thing for us to think of physical health, this will enable our bodies more resistant to infectious diseases. You do not use too scared of injections, in fact, there is no, it does not pain, and soon had enough.
@jkatmaou (195)
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
i've taken vaccines/shots since i was a little girl. i've been quite sickly, what with my allergies and stuff i get from my playmates. i'm not exactly scared of needles, but i think the reason why people are terrified of shots is not because of the pain, but the thought of a foreign object piercing your skin and flesh. i do agree that it's better to face your fear of needles than get sick. :)
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
When I was a kid, I was forced by my Mom to take all sorts of vaccine shots - I think it was some sort of fad back then - and I guess they hurt but I couldn't really remember. When I had grown enough to know better and discover my fear of needles, I'd usually make myself scarce whenever there are vaccinations programs in the community or in school.
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
I'm not afraid of needles maybe because I have a high tolerance for pain. Giving normal birth to 3 kids maybe explains it. same with you I got an HPV Vaccine nearly a month now and very soon I will be having my second shot and it's my sister who's going to give me the vaccine (she's a doctor. Your arm will really feel like that for 2 to 3 days. When I got my vaccine I had a hard time lifting my arms because of the vaccine. My sister told me that my arm would hurt because the vaccine is injected through the muscle.
@asweetie (1188)
• India
27 Apr 09
hi smooch, I am from India and govt of India is running a health prog for years now where every child has to be immunized for various diseases and health workers would make sure each child is immunized. This is free programme and we all were immunized in childhood and we were given various shots of polio, whooping cough, tetanus , diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis and many other diseases so yes we in India most of kids are immunized.
@flagella08 (5069)
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
im not afraid of needles. im just that lucky to be able to endure the pain of being pinned and overcoming the fear of pointed things. we need vaccines for the time being for it is a way of letting medicines to our system. i planned to have a vaccine for my cough. im having it every climate change. i felt like a veggie every time i am attacked by cough.
@zzyw87 (1260)
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
Wow, talk about coincidence! My sister and I just had our vaccine shot for cervical cancer too the other day. My sister is like you; she is very very scared of needles. I had to be the one who gets to be vaccinated first because she is too anxious and she needed to relax first. The doctor explained to us that the side effect would be that your arm will feel heavy and leaden after the shot because the vaccine is to be injected into the muscle itself. She also told us you will feel pain for several hours. But after I got my vaccine shot, the pain went away after around 10minutes and the stiffness of my arm was gone too. Women 18 years old and above should start getting vaccine shots for cevical cancer now :)
@stanlee81 (382)
• China
27 Apr 09
Well,it is normal for everyone resisting the needles spuring in our arms or legs. However,we could put ourselves together and chalanges it.Coz we are hummanbeings.. We have reasson.Aha,just a kiding.Most of the cases,we know the function of each needles,that realy good for our heath or prevent the unkonw unfortune.Just close you eyes,the process will be done in a seconds,oof course if the doctor's performance well..:) Have a great needle day!
• United States
27 Apr 09
I am very afraid of needles myself. I cant watch a needle go into my arm or anyone elses for that matter. But if it must be done than I can get over it. The ironic thing with me is even though I am deathly afraid of needles I am a tattoo on my ankle and plan to get another one at some point. Not sure what the difference is but I can't handle getting a shot or having blood drawn. So I can totally understand what your going through but getting that vaccine is important I wish I could get it but I am past the age limit already. So just hang in there its only a few more shots and you'll be all done. Best wishes!
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
27 Apr 09
I'm sorry you're scared of needles, but I've never understood it. My ex husband was the same way, poor thing. It bothers me not at all, I even watch them do it. I'm glad you're getting the cervical cancer vaccine. It's a horrid disease that nobody should have to go through. I wouldn't get it myself, but I'm rather paranoid about new vaccines. Put some ice on the injection site and treat yourself to some ice cream or a movie, you deserve it for being so brave!
• Philippines
26 Apr 09
Yeah, the last one was when I was in high school. I was also afraid of needles but just recently i had to undergo some series of test that I cannot count of how many times i had to take blood tests and etc. I just close my eyes or diverted my eyes to somewhere other than the angle where I can see a nurse injecting a needle on me. Good for you you had a cervical cancer vaccine. Im really looking forward to have it and i read it somewhere that women below 18 years old are the only can have it. Thanks for the info and might ask around so i can have it as well. Better be safe these days.
• Philippines
26 Apr 09
yah. i always have flu vaccine every year. its really painful but i have no choice but to take the pain with my eyes closed because the vaccine is free and i dont wanna waste it.. the vaccine's expensive.