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Tue Feb 6, 2018, 01:03 AM

Side effects from flu shot?

I got a flu shot at Walgreens two weeks ago. I expected my arm to hurt for a day or two, but it hurts more now than it did those first couple of days. I'm actually starting to get concerned that maybe the pharmacist who gave me the shot hit my bone. Tonight even my neck hurts on that side, but maybe it's from favoring my arm. I can hardly get a shirt on and off, and can't hold my grandson with that arm. Has anyone else suffered side effects from the shot?

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 01:07 AM

1. Nothing like that

Some years there will be some local pain, like you got punched on the arm.
Iíd call the pharmacist and see if they recommend seeing a doctor.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 01:08 AM

2. Ive read sometimes they hit a nerve. I guess you can look that up

 

Because the symptoms you cite sound like what I read about. Good luck!

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 01:12 AM

3. Not personally because I don't get them, but others who do usually get sick immediately following

Rarely the flu, but sometimes fevers and cold-like coughing and drainage is what I witness most often. They swear they're not sick, but whatever it is they're not sick of sure sounds like a cold. Should clear in a week to 10 days, if it's like what they get. But they swear it works and they feel safer doing that.

The shots from two season before this past one were far worse than this year. Almost nobody got sick this year. So you, might want to call your doctor if your concern grows.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 01:17 AM

4. Years ago I got a flu shot and the nurse hit my bone.

When the needle hit the bone, the pain was so great that I started to feel faint. They had to call paramedics to tend to me. My arm was very sore and swollen for a long time afterward.

Generally after getting a flu shot, I have a sore arm for anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but the soreness should be dissipating after a week or so, not getting worse. Maybe the swelling from the shot caused some nerve impingment? That can take quite a while to heal. If that is the case, you should go to the doctor and get some physical therapy.

Anyway, if the pharmacist hit a bone, you would have known something went wrong when it happened.

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Response to skylucy (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 11:43 AM

17. It's good to know that probably didn't happen in my case

I was imagining all sorts of things last night. Like maybe she nicked a bone and I had a bone infection and it was going to spread throughout my body. Thanks for the assurance that it's likely not the case.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 01:18 AM

5. I've had one since, I think, they started giving them. Never

had an issue of any kind.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 01:21 AM

6. They can go to the deltoid on the arm or give the shot too high which results in issues

SIRVA usually occurs when the shot is injected into the deltoid, the top of the arm area or shoulder. It is unlikely that a vaccination given in the lower arm will cause a shoulder injury (although it can cause other injuries). In many cases, the injury is caused by the flu shot being injected too high on the arm.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 01:22 AM

7. Get it looked at.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 01:27 AM

8. I got a large swelling

In my collarbone on the left side.
Dr was so concerned they gave me a cat scan.
2 weeks of antibiotics.
It could have been just a coincidence/ infection
And I will
Continue to get flu shots....

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 01:29 AM

9. No side effects here (nt)

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 02:32 AM

10. Mine was sorer this year than any other since Ive been getting them.

I donít think it hit the bone, but for some reason was sore for several days instead of a couple hours or not at all. My husband did not have any pain this year. We got them at CVS. But two weeks sure sounds extreme.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 03:38 AM

11. injury from vaccinations

it is possible that the vaccine was administered too high on the arm. You can google "injury from vaccination" to learn more about it.

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 10:18 AM

13. Yeah this happened to me once.

Inexperienced nurse administering it, nicked my shoulder bursa. That shoulder hurt for a couple of months.

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Response to trotsky (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 11:39 AM

16. I can deal with a couple of months

I won't like it, but I can deal.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #16)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 11:44 AM

18. Yeah it wasn't debilitating, but it did restrict my range of motion.

But if the injection actually goes into the bursa, then it does no good (not enough immune reaction) and you have to get another. A month in, I checked with my doc about my pain and he told me that, so he got me another one. (In the other arm!) No issues with that one.

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Response to trotsky (Reply #18)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 11:52 AM

19. Well that would suck

I usually don't even think about getting the vaccine, but I didn't want to regret not getting one with all of the frightening news stories. I hardly ever get even as much as a cold. I tell my family that I'm old so I've already had everything. , but it's probably more likely that I'm a stickler about washing my hands.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 12:34 PM

20. It definitely never even crossed my mind NOT to get the flu shot.

I've gotten it every year since 2001 (since I had the flu in 2000 and went thru hell!) and honestly would take that shoulder pain again rather than deal with full-blown flu. The shot might not prevent it every year, but even if it doesn't, it can sometimes make it less severe.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 04:12 AM

12. last year

my first year getting a flu shot, I had a bad reaction... if very serious report to VAERS... they will want all info on when/where you got the shot and batch numbers and all... they will cover expenses if the flu shot does serious damage

https://vaers.hhs.gov/

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #12)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 11:38 AM

15. I used that link and reported it

Thank you for that.

I guess my biggest fear is that it's never going to get better, or could get worse.

I'm not a complainer. I usually feel pretty good. I'm relatively active and have no other health complaints. The only other time I had a flu shot I had no adverse effects. I wasn't even thinking about getting a flu shot this year, but apparently I'm now a VIP because I'm the main caregiver for my 16 month old grandson when both parents are working.

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Response to Rorey (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 10:59 AM

14. I've never suffered a noticeable side effect form a flu shot.

I'd make a Dr appointment.

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