Patient Comments: Flu Vaccine (Flu Shot) - Experience

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Comment from: alison, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I had flu shot on May 10. I had no flu symptoms till on May 29, when I thought my skin was on fire and broke out in this incredible psoriatic rash. I raced into emergency thinking I had measles. I was cleared of anything contagious. I have been going to the general physician and have been told I have had a virus from the scarlet fever Family. I had scarlet fever badly in my childhood. I don't believe I have scarlet fever but I am wondering if this is a reaction because I had this illness. Rash is dying in areas only to pop up in others. I am being treated with Betnovate cream and a visit to dermatologist.

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Comment from: t carrier, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: December 16

My dad had the flu vaccine on November 7, 2014. On November 20th he was hospitalized with pneumonia; the first time he had ever had it. Now, 2 weeks later he is hospitalized with it again, fighting for his life.

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Comment from: Hindy, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 01

I have only had two flu vaccines in my life, one in 1976, for swine flu and one last year that I was required to take because of working in a hospital. After having the flu shot and a TB subcutaneous shot the same day, I was up all night with a severe headache and an itching across my forehead that was unlike anything I had experienced before in my life. The itch was like it was inside my head and nothing helped it. My left arm also itched and I developed a rash on that arm. I felt very unwell for about a month and developed fever blisters around my mouth. I am usually a very healthy person and the only medicine I take is for blood pressure. I believe this injection caused these symptoms as I had never had them before or since. I also believe that it caused my immune system to nosedive for at least a month. I would not take the flu shot this year so I was not able to work at the hospital. So be it; my health is my priority.

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Comment from: 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

I have gotten a flu shot for many years with no side effects. This year, 4 days after receiving the high-dose shot, I noticed a slightly sore throat. Two days after that I developed a mild fever, burning behind my eyes and muscle aches all over. Two days later, all symptoms were gone. No harm, no foul, I'll keep getting the vaccine.

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Comment from: lizS, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I got the high dose flu shot on Saturday morning and, by that evening, had an itchy rash on my chest and arms. Today, Monday, it is still on my arms and has spread to my legs. I have taken Benadryl, so hope it will improve. The itching was bad enough to wake me up at night. I have never had this sort of reaction to any product/medication and a doctor/friend said he didn't think it would be the flu shot but I have had nothing else new or different at this time.

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Comment from: tzipporah, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

Every year I receive a flu shot and experience no side effects. This year November 2014, I received the flu shot and my arm hurts me until today. It also gave me irregular heartbeat for 3 days and I'm sick with the flu as we speak!

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Comment from: Patsy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I have never had this reaction before to a flu shot. Five days after the jab I started with severe headaches, sore eyes, blurred vision, aching all over, nausea, very weak and tired, and feel terrible. Doctor just say take pain killers, tramadol and Co-codamol. I have rotten taste in mouth, head and neck ache, and no energy! Never again! I'd rather have normal flu! There really should be much more knowledge on this, it is so frightening. I feel reassured others have same symptoms, but when will it end!

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