Patient Comments: Pneumococcal Vaccination - How Often?

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

Comment from: Wendy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I had the Pneumovax shot on October 4, just last week. No problem until that night, when I was hit suddenly with crushing pain in my arm and shoulder. No swelling. No redness. Only incredible pain. I could not get comfortable all night. I could not move my arm. I used ice and heating pad. It has improved gradually, but now, 5 days later, I still have some pain and general ugh feeling. I had no forewarning about this.

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Comment from: doc, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I was given the PCV13 pneumonia vaccination shot in one arm and the current flu shot in the other over 2 weeks ago. I have every side effect listed on the sheet given to me after the shot. I really didn't want it but I am in poor health, little did I know I could be so sick. I called the doctor's office, and they told me to go to urgent care. They couldn't do anything and said I needed to go to an emergency room (ER) for an IV of steroids (I am extremely allergic to steroids). So I sit here miserable. I did report my side effects but they couldn't tell me anything to do. By the way, last time I went to the ER it was due to a steroid shot and they refused to do anything. That doctor said he didn't want to put anything else in my body.

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Comment from: ann, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

I got a pneumonia vaccine shot on April 27th, this is July 12th and my arm still hurts. Yes, it hurts in the shoulder and down to my wrist and down my thumb. It hurts to lift my arm, drive with that arm, etc. So sorry I took the advice of my doctor to get the shot.

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Comment from: Never Again, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I had 5 vaccinations 18 months ago as recommended by my doctor. One was the pneumonia vaccination. Five hours later I was taken to emergency in an ambulance due to the pain on both shoulders and down the left arm and around my wrist. I was given morphine and took morphine for 6 months; when I thought it would be wise to quit. I take Tylenol extra strength now, regularly, in order to remain upright. Never again will I be taking vaccinations. I have had painful surgeries previously but nothing compares to this.

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Comment from: RotatorErik, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I injured my shoulders a few years back. I was just getting into training in the gym and was really excited. So I was working out at least 4 or 5 days a week. Oh and I loved bench-pressing; the one exercise I don't recommend to anyone anymore to do alone and without supervision, because of that I was out of the gym for 1.5 years. I injured my rotator cuff in both my shoulders, went to see various doctors, and got a lot of treatment that didn't do anything for me. Then started researching about home remedies and exercises I could do by myself. This really changed my life in a matter of 2 months, I could do all sorts of things I could not in the past, including bench-pressing again!

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Comment from: Brains, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 29

I had pneumococcal vaccination 3 days ago as I'm asthmatic, off the back of a previous flu injection. I'm a fit 46 year old with a BMI of 23 so usually cope well with a few sniffs and snivels. I had no warning as to any side effects of pneumococcal vaccination. My arm is red at site of injection, swollen and hot, I have sweats at night, bedclothes are wringing wet, and have uncontrollable shakes, nausea and loss of appetite, all of which may be a necessary evil to protect me. However no warning is shocking and unacceptable and someone should be held to account. I feel for anyone who is elderly and not reasonably healthy as goodness knows how badly they would fare!

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