Patient Comments: Flu Vaccination - Side Effects

Did you have any side effects from your flu vaccination?

Comment from: Elliecar, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

Both me and my mum went for our flu jabs, neither of us has had any problems before this year. Within a week we both took extremely ill with high temperature, and chest infections. After 3 weeks I felt better, but my mum who is 70 got worse by the day, she suffered extreme pain in her back, both legs and arms, eventually her temperature was so high she was taken to the hospital. Now 3 months on she is severely handicapped, in extreme pain, on morphine, and a whole load of other medications, can't walk or barely lift a cup to her mouth, Now she has been told she has IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and damage to her spine which they can't find the reason for. She is in and out of hospital getting scans and all sorts of tests, but they still don't know the cause or how to treat her apart from giving her pain relief, which isn't helping much; even the morphine is not helping the pain. Until the jab she was a very active woman who walked everywhere, went dancing and was a happy person. She is now a shell of her formal self, I would never get that jab again and would not wish this on anyone. Please think twice before getting it. So many people who have serious issues with it can't possibly all be wrong.

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Comment from: Kelly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I had the flu shot on December 23, 2014 at a health clinic. My neck immediately began twitching and my fingers began tingling on the side of the injection. The shot was very painful, beyond what I ever experienced. My arm muscles from shoulder to hand were sore. Then I became dizzy. A slight vertigo. My blood pressure dropped to 102 (I had the nurse check it). Over the last 10 days I have had increasing symptoms, such as shooting pains across my head and face, tingling in toes of both feet with tingling going up to knees and thighs. My tongue hurt and I could barely chew food. The soles of my feet burn when walking. I am weak, overall. I was totally fine before the injection. I have not been normal one day since the shot. Today I have a sore throat. I have all these side effects from the shot that may be long term, I just don't know. I am going to see a neurologist. I will never get this shot again. I just hope this resolves over time.

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Comment from: Kady, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I had my first flu shot after much convincing by my doctor. Within a week I developed a productive cough stimulated by a tickle in my throat. It continued for another 9 weeks both day and night, resulting in severe spasms and on occasion vomiting. The doctor insisted that it could not have been the flu shot and after sending me for an x-ray (results were negative) wrote a prescription for an inhaler. I have never had asthma. Fortunately a week of immune boosting herbs (echinacea, reishi and astragalus) seem to have put an end to what was clearly an immune reaction to the flu shot. Never again!

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Comment from: Dads daughter, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: December 10

My dad had received the flu shot for probably 30 years. In September 2013 at age 93 and otherwise extremely bright and healthy, he received the flu shot. The next day his arms started to ache, then his shoulders and hands. He became weak, very lethargic and had a low fever. He was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica. Prednisone has helped but when he is weaned off, the symptoms return. This is a very cruel disease and will probably end his life sooner than otherwise. So unnecessary and is robbing the last years of his life. No flu shots ever for this large family!

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Comment from: Sharon, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 10

My husband who is 67 received the flu vaccine in early November. About 3 weeks afterwards he has developed a severe case of hives and extreme itching. He is very prone to hives and has dry skin. I also received the high dose flu vaccine on October 1st and about 3 weeks later developed severe upper arm itching with little or no rash. Our life has been a bit of a nightmare since.

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Comment from: Kel B., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

It is now a year since I received the flu vaccine. Within 24 hours I was experiencing pain in the upper left arm. This continues unchanged 12 months on. I can raise my arm forwards without too much pain but sideways and behind me only waist high. It is still really painful. It is doubtful I will have another flu jab in the future.

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Comment from: Doug, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 26

My husband had a flu shot almost 3 weeks ago and started with a sore throat that night. The next afternoon the sore throat went away, but he ached all over and started with a fever of 103.4 and had the sweats and chills. This lasted for a week when he was hospitalized and they did blood tests that came back saying there was no infection in his body as his white cell count was normal. His fever persisted for another week. It is now back to normal, but he still has sweats and is very weak.

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