Patient Comments: Flu Vaccination - Side Effects

Did you have any side effects from your flu vaccination?

Comment from: nike, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 29

Ten days after my flu jab (after extreme tiredness from day 1) I had swollen glands all over, severe stiff neck and shoulders, headache, absolute exhaustion, muscle twitching, rash, aches and pains in muscles and joints; even my hair hurt! I am normally very fit. Never again will I have the jab. I felt similar last year but not as extreme.

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Comment from: Marie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I've gotten the flu shot every year for the last 9 years. I started getting them when I was looking after my elderly mother and was told I had to get it. I started getting migraines and vertigo the March after getting my first flu shot. I don't know for sure if they are connected but I got my flu shot last Wednesday and the next morning I woke up with severe vertigo, total exhaustion and zero appetite. The vertigo only lasted a day but I've been in bed still with no appetite. I went to the emergency room last night and was told it could have something to do with the shot but won't say for sure. I was told just to rest and ride it out. I've lost 9 pounds so far. They need to admit these flu shots are causing a lot of problems. Who knows what other problems are being caused in the long run. I'm really wondering if my vertigo and migraines first began because of the shot.

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Comment from: gluechemist, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 27

I had the flu shot yesterday (24 October 2015) along with my wife. Both of us experienced (and continue to) the expected arm pain, like being punched in the arm. However, I experienced severe headache, nausea, heartburn and a period of really feeling run down and tired. Granted, I did a lot of yard work yesterday after the shot, but this was not like simple muscle ache and the effects of a good workout; I felt terrible. I have gotten better as the evening goes on, but this one hit me hard.

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Comment from: Pain ridden, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 27

I am 71, very fit senior, and never had leg or walking problems. After flu shot my arm is sore and I woke up limping a few days later. Three weeks later still I am still limping, and it hurts much. I am taking anti-inflammatory medicines. Two years ago after the flu shot I got shingles. I am never getting this shot again.

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Comment from: DeAnn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I got the flu jab on October 17. I had an allergic reaction. I have red and purple hives. I went to urgent care. Medicines did not help. Today I went to the emergency room. I still have these things. This has never happened before. Now I have another bill. I am feeling angry.

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Comment from: Shirley, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I got the flu shot about 2 weeks ago. A week later I went to doctor for 6 months check. I was perfectly healthy. Everything was normal. The next day, I got very sick, sore throat, coughing, fever, fatigue, wheezing and incontinence. I was in bed for 4 days. Then I went to the doctor and diagnosed with acute bronchitis. I hardly ever get sick, little cold or bronchitis once in a while. Otherwise very healthy. Always got flu shot and never had a problem. So I wonder if it was the flu shot that made me so sick. I believe so.

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