Armed and fortified

Will this approach finally work? You’d think all the macho weirdos fearing for their masculinity would be lining up to get augmented immune systems armed with trained commando immunocytes.

Hah. My immune system can beat up your immune system, wimp.


  1. tacitus says

    Just had my Covid-19 booster yesterday. I’m not 65 yet and not immunocompromised, but when I talked to my doctor at my annual physical, she reasoned that since I would qualify for monoclonal antibody treatment should I catch a bad case of Covid-19, and they’re expensive and in short supply, giving me a $30 shot to minimize the chances I would need it seemed like a win-win.

    She warned me the booster would make my arm hurt, and boy she was right. I couldn’t even raise it without using my other arm as support yesterday. Definitely worth it, though.

  2. says

    My mom got her booster today. I and my dad will be eligible for ours in about two months and we will definitively get it too.

  3. chrislawson says

    The problem with using a gun analogy to convince American fondlers to get vaccinated is they identify with the AR-15, not the body armour.

  4. AstroLad says

    We got our boosters s week ago. My wife’s arm was sore for two days. I had barely a twinge. My lack of much reaction to any of the three shots worries me a bit. That’s why I keep away from others as much as possible, and wear a mask whenever I’m in an enclosed space.

  5. robert79 says

    @1 “She warned me the booster would make my arm hurt, and boy she was right.”

    Only your arm?!? My first shot, my shoulder hurt to the point I couldn’t sleep on that side. I was expecting something similar for my second shot, but the achy arm passed fairly quickly… to the point I was almost wondering whether the vaccine was having any effect at all. Until the next day… where “under the weather” would be a serious understatement. Aching muscles all over, tired, no energy…

    Still worth it though.

  6. davidc1 says

    Haven’t heard about boosters yet ,but I received a text message from my Doctor offering me a flu shot .
    Is the flu shot a live vaccine ? I am about to start back on Methotrexate on Monday ,and I think they don’t mix .

  7. birgerjohansson says

    The situation in Sweden seems to be stabilising.
    In the demography of ages 16 years and older 80.1% are fully vaccinated.
    In my county the number is 85.7 %.
    Young children are next in line to get the vaccine.
    The curves of hospitalisation etc are flat; not satisfactiry – 7-8 dead per day are 7 – 8 too many – but despite opening up society it is not getting worse.
    Next time the mortality statistics are upgraded Sweden is expected to pass the 15 000 dead mark, a reminder of the darkness of the recent past.
    The stabilisation has been possible because anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers are not nearly as prominent as in some other countries. It helps that we have no pure anti-vaxxer party. And soon the elderly will be due for a third shot, keeping the immune system primed.

  8. birgerjohansson says

    The side effects of the vaccines are a complete lottery. See it as a reminder we are all unique individuals.

  9. chrislawson says


    The flu vaccine is not a live vaccine. It is perfectly safe for you to have with methotrecate. The problem with methotrexate and non-live vaccine is not that it causes nasty interactions but that you are suppressing the immune response the flu shot is meant to give you. It can be difficult to juggle your immunisation needs with your immunosuppression needs. Check with your doctor to see what the best timing is.

  10. Rich Woods says

    @davidc1 #6:

    The various flu vaccines used in the UK do not contain live viruses. Just give your local pharmacy a ring and ask them; they’ve probably dealt with someone in your situation before, but if they haven’t or aren’t sure they’ll tell you to call your doctor (although we know how difficult that can be at the moment!).