Patient Comments: Flu (Influenza) - Side effects

Question:Did you experience any side effects with the flu vaccine?

Comment from: ZeldaSagittiarus, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

2012-2013 Flu vaccine. Side effects: Vertigo, tinnitus, loss of sense of taste except for salt, impaired sense of smell, chronic cranial pressure and sinus pressure, puffy, bloodshot eyes, fatigue. Filed VAERS-1 Report, I'm now a statistic. This year's shot (2012-2013) is a bear. Consider yourself forewarned. I hope these side effects are temporary.

Comment from: irish girl, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 24

I had the flu shot last Sept 2012 and had a bad reaction. I am still recovering. I went to a naturpathic doctor for my recovery, after my trip to the ER when all tests came back negative for a stroke and they told me that they had no antidote for the shot. The best way to sum it up is I had the signs and symptoms of a stroke, RA, Lupus and Mononucleosis. I have had chronic headaches as well. I am 80% better and it is one year later. Never again. We have a treatment for the flu but not an antidote for the shot, I would much rather have had the flu for a week than this adverse effect.

Comment from: cobrien, Female (Patient) Published: November 02

Three days after my flu shot, I noted a slight headache which is very unusual for me. I also endured a lack of energy, and the next morning my voice was totally gone!

Comment from: polly-esther, 75 or over Female Published: January 07

I was given the H1N1 vaccine. I warned them that I couldn't take the swine flu vaccine as it nearly killed me in 1976. What they gave me contained the swine flu vaccine and I am still suffering from the effects even though it's been 2 years!

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I received the flu shot 2 months ago and had extreme pain in the arm where it was given for nearly 2 months and pain and swelling in my right knee. I have never had problems with that knee before and did not have an accident or anything to account for it. From there, my entire body began aching, making it very painful to move. I am only 44 and have never had arthritis. The whole-body arthritis has not subsided at all, making it very difficult to move and get around. I know it was connected to the H1N1 shot because the strange symptoms appeared almost immediately and there is nothing else to account for the pain.

Comment from: albrevin, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 18

I received a flu vaccine about a month ago. 4 days ago I came down with Influenza A. It's miserable. This is the first time I've had the flu in about 12 years. It's also the first time I've had the flu shot. I will not get one again.

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