Patient Comments: Pneumococcal Vaccination - How Often?

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

Comment from: anklyodude, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 28

My doctor convinced me to get the pneumococcal vaccination due to me being on Humira (an immune system suppressor) for my ankylosing spondylitis. I just received part two today. The first shot I had extreme pain in my shoulder and thought maybe the technician just missed the shot. However only hours after receiving the booster, my arm is again in excruciating pain, but I also now have severe armpit pain as well. Unless you are 65, I would not get it, then again I'm not a doctor. Ouch.

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Comment from: MBailey, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 03

I had pneumococcal vaccination done as I am in a high risk group (weakened immune system). I have a slight fever and muscle aches all round. But it is to stop me getting things that are severely life threatening so I will cope. I really need to say you have a few side effects (even if they are unpleasant) for a few days, to stop you getting something that could potentially kill you. You will get over it.

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Comment from: kfred, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I got the pneumococcal vaccine while in the hospital after angioplasty and I will never get it again. About 5 hours after getting the shot I woke up to severe arm pain from my shoulder down to my fingertips. So severe that I went back to the emergency room (ER) worried it was a blood clot or heart attack from my stent surgery. ER said it was a hematoma from the shot. I don't know about that but it is day 3 of shot and now I am on heavy pain killers due to not being able to lift my arm and pain like I have never felt. Be careful when getting this shot.

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Comment from: Granny, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I was in the hospital for pneumonia and when I went for my follow up the following week I got the booster shot for pneumonia. I have a low immune system from my Remicade. I started experiencing a horrible pain in my arm. They all say that's because of my low immune system. It has been 2 1/2 weeks and they said it could last up to 4 weeks. I've had many illnesses but this arm really hurts. I can't take ibuprofen because of my stomach and Tylenol doesn't really help. So I've been rubbing Bengay and heating pad. It helps some but I still have pain.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I got the pneumococcal vaccination as I am coeliac. Shortly after, my arm became very sore and during the night I had trouble sleeping with the pain.

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Comment from: MCMik, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I too had a swollen arm at the injection site and sore arm for a few days. But, having had pneumonia and being hospitalized for it, I will stand for that any day. Pneumonia is not a fun thing to have and I must say it has helped me through the cold and flu seasons without getting anything. I guess we have to suffer with the pain!

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Comment from: retired professional, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

Encouraged by my general physician I had the pneumococcal vaccine in November 2014. Not only did the injection hurt at the time of administration, but now, 3 months later, I am still experiencing considerable pain in the region of my biceps muscle. As a female, I experience pain when I reach round to fasten my bra and when I pick up my grandson. By all means listen to your doctor's advice, but inform yourself about the possible side effects of various treatments.

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Comment from: DQ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I am a 43 year old female. I went to my doctor for a sinus infection and was told that because I am diabetic I needed the flu and pneumonia shots. I got one in each arm. The site of the pneumonia shot is swollen, hot and extremely painful. I have spent the better part of 3 days in bed feeling miserable. Glad I won't need this again for 20 years!

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