Vaccinations Week 4: Typhoid [oral]

This has been Summer’s favorite vaccine so far, due to the fact that she has 2 main fears; a fear of needles and a fear of snakes. If needles come up in conversation or they are shown on TV, she starts turning white as a ghost. While I have not tested my theory, for obvious reasons, I believe she would pass out if the conversation were to go on too long. This is why, when I found out there was an oral version of the Typhoid vaccine available, I chose that one over the shot.

This has been my least favorite vaccine so far. The oral Typhoid vaccine is a capsule that you take once every other day for 7 days on an empty stomach. I got up this morning at 6:00am, took my first dose, and headed out on my morning walk. While I was walking in the parking lot of the Aloha Campus of Intel, I had a bit of gas. I did not think much of it since exercise can have that effect sometimes. I did not think much of it, that is, till it wasn’t just “gas”. I was listening to my Spanish lesson like I do on my morning walk, and the teacher was teaching us how to say “¿quién va a pagar” or “who is going to pay”. Those words seemed very fitting to me at that moment. Those of you who know where I live, know that the Intel parking lot is 2 sphincter clenching miles away from home. This is a double edged sword though because the more I would clench to keep things from “leaking” further, the more abrasion I had, creating a fear of a total loss of all flesh in the region. With the amount of sweat that I had rolling down my body, I wasn’t sure what was sweat and what wasn’t just sweat. It was at about this time, that I approached the elementary school that I have to walk by on my way home. As I drew closer to the school, and was surrounded by children and parents, I was a bit self conscious hoping that I did not have any externally noticeable signs of the events that had just transpired (smells, stains, liquids, etc..). I could not tell you what the Spanish teacher said for the rest of the lesson, as I was a bit distracted. Once the lesson was over, I put on some fast paced music to inspire me to expedite my walk home. Of course, you all know that feeling when you really need to use the bathroom and you round that last corner and your house comes into view. Your body starts to relax a bit as it knows the battle is almost over. At that moment, I was not sure I was going to make it home. I doubled over for a few paces, steeled myself, and pressed on. While I hope this is a one time occurrence, I luckily am working from home today and have good access to bathrooms and spare clothes if this does happen again. My stomach is angry with me even as I write this post. I am not looking forward to the rest of the day, let alone days 3, 5, and 7 of this vaccine. Luckily for Summer, she has not experienced any side effects so far.


  1. David Martindale

    I’ve gone through getting vaccinations for my trips to Kenya, but I have to say no matter how bad the reactions are it beats getting Malaria(not fun).
    And I’m sure any other thing you might get wouldn’t be much fun either.
    I do have to say that I laughed so hard when I read your blog I cried?

    • Steven Martindale

      We will be getting prescriptions for “travelers diarrhea pills” before we go. I just did not expect to need them on my morning walk in Aloha. Aloha just gets more dangerous every day.

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