when you work with primates, ya gotta keep your vaccines up to date.
we do some hepatitis work, and since hep is already a risk of working with monkeys, it’s a no-brainer that everyone here needs to get immunized for at least hep a & b. measles, on the other hand, not so much a risk of us getting it from them, and in fact, not much of a risk for an adult human in the first place, but if i bring that virus in here (haning out with someone’s snotty little kid or whatever), it can be quite lethal to monkeys.
my titers for hep b and measles were rather low when they checked during my employment physical, so i had a dr visit yesterday afternoon to get booster shots. the hep wasn’t too bad, except that it was a pretty big volume, so it ached for about an hour afterwards. the mmr, though, officially sucks. the nice nurse told me, “ok, this one stings a little, so we’ll do that one last and put it in your non-dominant arm.” i remember hating shots when i was little (but hey, who doesn’t??), and now i know why. she popped that one, and an “oow, fuck!” escaped. so, guys, that’s why kiddos scream at dr offices, and it’s pretty justified.