Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Vaccinations

People often feel grotty a few hours after they have an injection. Assuming the grottiness won't last too long, it therefore makes sense for injections to take place as late in the afternoon as possible - then the person is asleep during the majority of the grottiness.

But I suppose the time scale is too unpredictable on these things for doctors' surgeries to offer afternoon appointments as a matter of course.

2 comments:

surf said...

Also, ice is good to numb the area prior to the shot.

emma said...

yes! also EMLA cream completely numbs the area, and avoids the tensing of muscles in response to the pinprick, which makes the whole thing much more painful.