Patient Comments: Flu Vaccination - Side Effects

Did you have any side effects from your flu vaccination?

Comment from: Tania, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I am a retired teacher and have had the flu jab for more than ten years with no appreciable side effects. This year I had the jab on 19th October and since then have had pain in the left arm, which goes into the neck, under the arm, into the breast and is worse around the elbow. I did not expect this reaction and was interested to read the similar experiences of your contributors.

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Comment from: Loulou, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I had the flu jab last Thursday. Today is Tuesday, and I felt weak, had chills, I am feeling hot at night, have muscle aches in hips and stabbing pains in arms and legs. I am not sure, in all honesty, if I would have had the jab, if I had known I would feel this way. Also I feel very tired and I felt well leading up to the jab.

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Comment from: HighDesertSage, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I had the flu vaccine (Fluarix) on Saturday, October 17, 2015 because all hospital volunteers are required to have it. My upper arm was moderately sore for a day or so. By evening, I was feeling extremely tired with malaise and weakness. This lasted until today Monday, and I'm just now starting to feel better. I think anyone who has survived a serious case of influenza would much rather put up with these mild side effects than have a case of the flu they might not survive.

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Comment from: laura, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I had a flu shot on Tuesday and next day had a raised rash on the upper front of that arm. On Saturday my torso looked like measles. I had very mild itching. Never had anything like this before. I have been on diltiazem for about a month for heart attack caused by vasospasms so I don't know if it's a rash from that and just coincided with flu shot.

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Comment from: Lorie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

We are forced to submit to flu shots because of our employer (hospital). This year I struggle with joint pain in my hip and femoral bone pain, as well as heartburn and indigestion. These symptoms presented the day after my shot and after a week, and it's not getting any better. One of my co-workers has identical symptoms that also presented within a day of getting the shot.

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Comment from: christy1976, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

Within 1 hour of the flu vaccine injection I began having pain in the side of my neck on the same side of the injection. Another hour later I was face down sweating profusely nauseous. I will never get one again. I was weak the following day.

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Comment from: Nanny, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I received the over-65 flu shot yesterday afternoon. Only effect was very minor soreness at the injection site, until this morning. About 18 hours after receiving the shot, I had a sudden fever, headache and diarrhea which lasted about 2 hours, then subsided. I am feeling very tired, I slept soundly for 6 hours then awoke feeling fine.

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Comment from: Treyce, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

Thank goodness I have never had the flu from the flu shot. I just had my flu shot on 10/12/15 and I feel fine.

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Comment from: dg, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 13

I had the flu shot on 10-6-15, as required by my job. I never had a problem before, but now I have extreme neck, shoulder and arm pain. I have been taking 800 mg Motrin every 4 hours with no relief. It feels like I tore a muscle or my rotator cuff, ice not helping, heat not helping, and it's getting worse.

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