Patient Comments: Pneumococcal Vaccination - How often

Question:Why did you decide to get the pneumococcal vaccination (pneumonia vaccine)?

Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I am a 20 year old healthy female. My doctor told me I needed the pneumococcal vaccination shot and basically forced it. I had bronchitis once when I was 18/19 but that"s the most severe sickness I"ve had. About 3 hours after the injection, I had such severe muscle pain I cried! It went from where I got the shot close to my left shoulder, to severe pain in my whole arm, back and a lump under my armpit. There were red splotches by it that went to my back. I also have a virus infection and was told afterwards I was too young and sick to have gotten it in the first place! I took a Benadryl and that helped immensely, and I iced the spot through the day at least 20 minutes per icing period. All I have to say is unless you"re 65 or older as the warning says, please do not put yourself through it.

Comment from: CC, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I am 39 years old and yesterday I was talked into the pneumonia vaccine by my new general practitioner. I am assuming that is because I have seasonal allergies and occasionally use an inhaler. Last night I began feeling extreme soreness that started at the injection sight and then shot down my arm, throbbing all the way to my fingertips. The worst of it is the severe underarm pain. My armpit hurts to the touch and is throbbing when sitting still. The pain was so severe I couldn"t sleep. My doctor claims that she"s never heard of anyone having such pain before other than mild soreness. I am now concerned about what exactly is in my body and how it is really going to affect me.

Comment from: disappointed!, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I have had pneumonia twice along with a lot of other chronic illness over the years, especially since my college age years. I was tested for allergies 2 years ago and was doing well with just a prescription medication until I changed jobs in July. Since then, I"ve had chronic infections and illness like sinus infections that couldn"t be cleared up. My allergist had blood work ordered and found I had low immunity to fight streptococcus and pneumonia infections. He suggested I get the shot. It has been three days and it is horrible! My arm was extremely sore within a few hours and by the next day, I could not even barely move it. I was red, hot, swollen, with a hard knot and painful to the slightest touch. I"ve been asleep and lethargic with chills and aches all over. My stomach felt icky and I had no appetite as well. I"ve taken ibuprofen, but am not really feeling much better.

Comment from: Goben, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I decided to get the pneumococcal vaccination because I am convinced that the pneumonia vaccine is very important for a sustainable and healthy life; especially when you are 65 years old. But everybody should be advised of the serious muscular pain developed by almost every person after receiving the shot.

Comment from: achrisa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had the vaccine today. I'm 40 and have polycystic kidney disease and asthma. I have had pneumonia the last three winters. Each time it has taken me 6 to 8 weeks to recover. My arm is not sore, and I feel fine. Even if it was sore, and I felt terrible I would still do it again. Luckily I won't have to have another until after I'm 65.

Comment from: Earthmummy, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 13

My husband who has COPD, got pneumonia and after he recovered he got the shot and he got so sick I thought we would have to hospitalize him. He has been on oxygen 24 hours a day ever since. He does use O2 for walks and sleeping normally. He got a rash on his arm and back of his neck, night sweats, headache and a cough so bad he pulled a chest muscle. I think he was just so weak for the pneumonia that the shot was given to soon. I asked the doctor if it was too soon and he said no. I not all sure he was right. Be very healthy before this vaccine, would be my advice.

Comment from: Concernedmom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

My 13 year old was given my adult pneumonia vaccine by mistake from our pharmacist (was supposed to get the flu shot). I had wanted the pneumonia shot for myself because of my cancer history.



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