Patient Comments: Flu Vaccination - Side Effects

Did you have any side effects of your flu vaccination?

Comment from: ellushness, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I have allergies and was worried about having my first ever flu vaccine January 2013. There was no soreness at the vaccine site and I thought all was ok. Six days afterwards I developed a headache in the back of my head and neck and pains down the sides of my back. Also I was very nauseous and had difficulty focusing my eyes. This was very alarming and went on for some weeks until gradually dissipating. I have been a migraine sufferer for most of my life, but to a lesser degree in the last few years. After the vaccine I developed all sorts of visual aura problems without the headache, included kaleidoscopic vision, blackouts in one eye and various others. This lessened a bit but now I seem to have migraines very frequently and really bad visual and olfactory auras. The doctor said the vaccine had done something in the brain to cause the migraine problems, and that I should never have another vaccine because the result could be even worse.

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Comment from: Me, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I have gotten the flu shot for many years. This year as soon as I received the shot, my face and neck became very itchy. I broke out with a rash on my ears, face and neck. Never having had any allergic reaction to the flu shot or any food before this year's shot, I am now having reactions to eggs and shellfish. I am in the process of going through testing for many kinds of allergies (which until this year's flu shot I have never had before). I did have the shot with the preservatives. I am at my wit's end with trying to figure this out.

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Comment from: Weakling, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I am 67 years old and received the flu shot for several years with no side effects. However, this past Friday I received the shot and by Tuesday I began having headaches which continued until now. Last night I began having aches and pains all over and then a very sore throat and nasal congestion, with muscle weakness. Today, I have all the flu symptoms and feel terrible. I hope it doesn't last long, but will consider having the flu shot again. This is not good!

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Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I am 74 years old and have type 2 diabetes. I have been getting flu shots for years with no side effects. I got a flu shot Sept 3rd, 2013. Three or four days later I developed all the symptoms of pleurisy. I still have pain in the upper right side. My doctor said it is in the muscle, as it swells because of the inflammation of the pleura and it can take 4 months for it to heal. It has been 2 months. Taking Advil helps. Pain is tolerable now, I had some sharp pain at first and then was short of breath for about 3 weeks. I am thinking having diabetes and my age maybe made me more susceptible to side effects. I will be very hesitant about getting a shot next year.

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Comment from: nursemate, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 14

I am a hospital nurse and required to take flu vaccine. Six to seven hours after injection my neck started getting stiff and painful. Within 12 hours I had painful stiffness of all joints, the worst being the neck, wrists and fingers. I have bone pain in feet and hands. My wrists and fingers are mildly swollen and very painful. It is difficult to perform daily tasks at this point. Every time I get the vaccine, I experience side effects that extend into weeks. This is not coincidence. And this is not muscle aches. I also feel generally unwell.

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Comment from: Lillian, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I had flu shot four weeks ago and felt bad right away. I had temperature, headache and swollen arm. Then three weeks later I was still not feeling well, I got cold sores outside the mouth, inside nose, inside mouth and down the throat! I also had a raging temperature over 100 for seven days. Just today I got out of bed feeling a bit better, although now I've got shooting pains up my head from the cold sore virus. The doctor told me lots of people had bad reaction to this batch of vaccine. I had flu shot in 2012 and was a bit ill but this one was awful. I have reduced immune system so maybe that did it for me. I will not ever have another one!

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Comment from: Rolando, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 06

I got the flu shot (thimerosal free) in my left arm 3 weeks ago and I had the most pain I ever had with a vaccine, for 3 days. Then a week later thinking my arm was better I had my every 2 week allergy shot in my left arm. Then the pain really started and I have had it for 2 weeks now and it gets worse in certain positions. I have to take tramadol and Motrin for it. I also had the allergy shot in my right arm but no pain. I am worried how long this will last as I have not ever experienced this before.

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