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Thu Mar 28, 2013, 06:29 PM

Any older nurses here? We have a bit of a family mystery-

My sister and I both recall that when we were about ages 2-7, maybe a year or so younger, c.1960, my Mom took all five of us down to the doctor's to get a shot. The injection site was our buttocks, not our arms. It doesn't seem likely to have been a standard immunization. My sister thinks we'd been exposed to something - strep? rubella? Any ideas what this could have been all about? We don't recall being sick, but I recall having a terrible headache afterward - possibly a migraine! To this day, I can have blood drawn or donate blood, but the thought of an injection makes me queasy!

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 06:32 PM

1. The only thing I can think of would be a penicillin shot.

Those are given in the buttocks. You might well have been exposed to scarlet fever or some other such infectious disease.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 06:49 PM

8. Peggy - would you have any idea if penicillin would have been

given pre-emptively back then? ( I hope I'm not accidentally aging you!)

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 08:02 PM

10. Not to worry, my dear hedgehog!

You cannot age me any more than I already am, LOL!

I've never heard of PCN being given pre-emptively. NO idea.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 06:34 PM

2. Tetanus?

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]Tetanus is still sometimes given in the buttock. It's an injection that requires a bit of time to absorb and in children, it could well have been considered less painful in the buttock.

Now tetanus vaccine is given in combination with diphtheria and pertussis, but it's still an intramuscular injection. Kids have more muscle bulk in the buttock than any other injection site.

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Response to silverweb (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 06:39 PM

3. I'm more inclined to penicillin - whatever it was, it involved

all five of us and we would have been up-to-date on polio and DPT shots because Mom was good about well baby visits. She's had rheumatic fever as a child and had life long heart damage as a result. it makes sense she would have been concerned about scarlet fever.

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 07:05 PM

9. That makes sense.

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]I remember getting a couple of shots in the butt when I was a kid; no idea what they were. The only one as an adult was gamma globulin after an exposure in the hospital I worked at.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 06:41 PM

4. My family was exposed to Hepatitis A and we all had to go get Gamma Globulin

shots in the butt. That was late 60's.

There was a local epidemic that originated in a petting zoo.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 06:44 PM

5. That was my sister's second guess - but she wasn't sure if gamma globulin

was given in 1960.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 06:44 PM

6. Things that were given in the butt were generally antibiotics

Immunizations are typically low volume and can be given in a child's tiny deltoid.

Before they came up with oral and IV antibiotics, the butt was it. You were likely traumatized because the old penicillin, especially, was the consistency of that brown glue they make out of old horses and the high viscosity required a large bore needle.

They sucked. I had 'em too.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 06:48 PM

7. If the shot wasn't enough - the migraine later did the job!

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 09:12 PM

11. I had a terrible migraine the day after my last flu shot


I did some reading and I believe that the culprit was probably a preservative in the shot.

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Response to nenagh (Reply #12)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 02:09 PM

13. It used to be a requirement to prove a small pox vaccination to enter the US -

a friend of my grandmother's was returning to Ireland for a visit and went to her doctor to get a small pox vaccination. She asked to have it on the hip to avoid having a scar on her arm - the doctor asked "what if the immigration official wants to see the scar?"



......she got it in the arm.


FWIW - I had several small pox vaccinations and I get queasy just thinking about it!

(oddly enough, i don't think any of them scarred - maybe none of them took!)

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 03:07 PM

14. My mother was a nurse.

 

She graduated from nursing school in 1937, I think. Back in the day, 1950's and early '60's, she had ready access to penicillin and I recall her somewhat routinely giving us kids penicillin shots in the butt.

It's also important to know that back then the dosage (I believe the measure was simply called units) was incredibly low, compared to what it became over time. I don't even know if regular penicillin is ever given anymore.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 03:41 PM

15. Now i'm wondering if the lower dosages were more effective back then

because most bacteria were not yet resistant.

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #15)

Fri Mar 29, 2013, 04:26 PM

16. Yes, that's exactly right.

 

I can recall being aware by the early '60's that the effective dose of penicillin had already grown significantly from when it had first been introduced. And there wasn't the overusage of anti-biotics back then that's occurred in recent decades.

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