Patient Comments: Flu Vaccination - Side Effects

Did you have any side effects of your flu vaccination?

Comment from: Kat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I had my flu shot on Saturday at 3:15. By 7:30 that evening I had developed sore eyes with a discharge. It was so bad and was oozing constantly, even during the night. I also developed by that evening a swollen and sore throat, as well as some congestion in my nose. By the next morning my eyes were all swollen, although the discharge was less, and I had a headache especially over my eyes. I didn't feel well at all. It is now Monday. My eyes feel better but I still have a headache. And now it seems to be on the top of my head also. I am taking Advil. I hope I feel better soon.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Male RN, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 14

This year I bought into the hype and got the flu shot. Well as a type II diabetic I was told I was at a greater risk, and the large teaching hospital I work at was putting great pressure on us to get it. Well here I lie for the fourth straight day with the worse flu symptoms ever. Never again will I get the flu shot.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Shineon83, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I first received a flu shot 15 years ago. The following day I developed a "whopper" case of the flu. I had a high fever, chills, body aches, etc. I said, "Never again". However, as a high school teacher in a school system experiencing near-epidemic flu levels, I decided very late in the season this year to "try it again." I received the flu shot yesterday. So far, so good. I have no side effects, except for a mildly sore arm. If all continues well, I shall probably get another one next year.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: sickasadog, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

Five hours after the flu shot my throat felt like it was swelling and I began coughing. I had chills and shivered so bad I couldn't make it stop. I woke up the next day and my eyes were totally bloodshot and swollen. I had a fever all day. My entire body hurt and I broke out in a rash of red dots all over my body.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: keymand, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 11

I got the flu shot last night at CVS. I woke up about 12:00 AM shivering with a fever. I got back to sleep and woke up on and off all night long going back and forth from fever to sweating. I got up in the morning and I feel like someone pushed me down a flight of stairs. I felt great last night before getting the shot. I hope this is short term.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

I got my flu caccine the day after Christmas. The next day I felt a headache and body chills and aches. Afterwards I started coughing and sneezing. It is now Monday, New Years Eve and I still feel like I have a cold, cough, runny nose, and the chills continue. I can honestly say that I felt perfectly fine before the flu shot. I'm starting to wonder whether I should have gotten it at all.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: sewer, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I have a similar reaction every time I get a flu shot. The doctor recommends that I still get it. After two weeks I begin to itch all over my body. It's worse along my back and especially at night when my body is slowing down. I keeps me awake. It happens after every shot and no one believes it could happen.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: ms stanley, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 17

I had a flu shot in October 2012. I'm in the health field and get flu shots every year at least for 12 years. Initially my shoulder ached at the deltoid and decrease ROM with shoulder flexion, and shoulder abduction on the left side where the shot was given. It is now December 2012 and I continue to experience a decrease in ROM, pain on my left shoulder and nocturnal pain.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: RN, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 14

I received the flu vaccine at work and within 24 hours my joints were inflamed and painful. It was mandatory. I now have systemic joint swelling and pain. Some days it is difficult to hold things or walk. I am seeking advice on how to end this. I kept thinking it would go away but it is getting worse. The doctor my employer referred me to didn't even look at me before he said it was impossible for a flu vaccine to cause this.

Was this comment helpful?Yes

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Flu Vaccine (Flu Shot) - Experience Question: Please describe your experience with flu shot.

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.