Patient Comments: Flu Vaccination - Side Effects

Did you have any side effects from your flu vaccination?

A Doctor's View on Flu Shot Side Effects

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Some people believe that they can get the flu from receiving the flu shot, but this is not the case. For most people, the risks of contracting the flu are far greater than any risks associated with the vaccine. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Moe, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I had a flu shot last Thursday and I am still suffering. Apart from a dark bruise and lump at the site of the injection it is still sore to touch. I have also had hot and cold episodes together with increasing headaches and lethargy. I am thankfully normally healthy for my age. Can't remember when I last had the flu. I just know I will not be having another injection.

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Comment from: Ann1212, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I have had the flu vaccination for the last three years as it was expected of me to have it, and for the last three years I have been ill. I had my last jab in October 2016 and within a week I had a bad cold with a tickly cough. It is now January 2017 and I still have the cough, I feel breathless and got some advice from one of the nurses in my general physician's practice which was if you are fit and can do some exercise to not have the flu jab as you do not need it. I am never having another one again.

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Comment from: Miranda, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 05

I had my flu shot late because I was sick in November and December. I just took it on 3rd at 7 pm. By 1 am, I started having chills. By 4 am, I was having massive diarrhea. I started having difficulty breathing, wheezing, and lots of phlegm. By then, fever gets worse, and I had pain all over my body, muscles and joints, including pain along sides of neck and behind the ears. I was drinking as much fluids as possible over the night. I had 5 to 6 times diarrhea, still going at this point (It's all watery). I feel very lethargic and achy right now. Still wheezing slightly; but breathing is not as difficult as last night. Actually, right now, 8 am, my tongue feels a bit numb. According to the information provided here, fever and aches are normal. However, what about the other symptoms!

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Comment from: RoseMarie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I have had two flu jabs in the last 15 years and each time the next day I felt ill. I was not thinking I had flu but on the other hand I did feel ill. It did feel like the first couple of days of flu. I'm not a baby and am very rarely ill. And I carry on through bad colds, etc. I have nurses shouting at me desperate to make me have the shots each year. They say you can't get flu from these shots. I'm not saying I get flu but I have been poorly. I don't know why everyone was so desperate to make me have the jab. I notice doctors and nurses have modified their behavior this year!

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Comment from: Jane, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I had the flu vaccination shot yesterday. I was very nervous about getting it because the last shot I had I was sick for a week with body aches, chills and fever. My husband is sick so his doctor wanted me to get the shot so he doesn't get sick. I woke up last night with severe chills and body aches. My temperature was around 100. I am slowly getting better today but what I do know is that I will never take the flu shot again; even if the doctor says I should. I need to advocate for my own health. What makes me so upset is that my friend says I can't get the flu from the flu shot. She might be right because I understand that it is an immune response but it certainly feels like the flu to me!

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