Vaccine Titers: Avoidance

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The thought of getting shots gives me the chills… the scary kind.
Since I’m doing my TTC checklist, I went to the doctor to get my vaccine titers done.
I also found out that the test to check immunity levels against diseases like chicken pox, mumps, rubella, etc. is called Titers.
Side note:  I never got my chicken pox.  Or got vaccinated for it.  And though the thought of being old and gray one day and dying from a chicken pox outbreak doesn’t scare me (there are worse ways to go), the idea of being pregnant and getting chicken pox really gets to me.
Though the chances are SUPER SLIM, there are cases (1.5%-2%) where women who get chicken pox in their first or second trimester put their babies at risk for congenital varicella syndrome (CVS).  Here’s what I read on BabyCenter:
CVS is characterized by birth defects, most commonly skin scarring, malformed limbs, an abnormally small head, and vision problems. Plus, a baby with CVS may also grow poorly in utero and suffer from seizures and physical and mental developmental disabilities. The infection may also increase the risk of miscarriage or later fetal death.
Anyway, I went to the doctor who wanted to give me some tetanus and pertussis vaccine during the visit and then send me to get my Titers labs done to see what other vaccines I might need.
And I had this surge of fear in my stomach and all of a sudden decided that I would put off the vaccination.  “I can just get all the vaccines I need done at once after the labs,” I reasoned.
Then I decided I would put off my labs too.  Until the thought of a needle going into my arm doesn’t scare the living bajeesus out of me.
Shots are basically the scariest thing about focusing on my health.


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