Patient Comments: Flu Vaccine (Flu Shot) - Experience


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Comment from: Anonymous, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 26

I had marsupialization today for a recurring Bartholin cyst. This last time it turned into an abscess which lasted for the last 9 days. It was so painful I ended up in the emergency department twice and was finally booked in for emergency marsupialization today. I’ve been on oxycodone, Panadol and Nurofen the last 3 days and the pain just got worse. I had to urinate in the shower as I couldn’t sit on the toilet, I was using crutches as I couldn’t walk on my left leg, and couldn’t even get off the couch to go to bed.

Comment from: Karen Gb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I had the flu shot 3 weeks ago, and no pain felt. A week later the area is irritated and at times swells. It is red hot and I get a sharp sting like feeling.

Comment from: Learned my lesson, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I am in my middle 50s, and over 30 years ago, I had a flu shot that I won’t ever forget. I became so sick shortly after the shot that I was unable to get out of bed. Since then I don't get any flu vaccines and I use high dose of vitamin C and D plus colloidal silver and I don't get sick. Vaccines I heard contain a lot of heavy metals and eating cilantro can release the heavy metals from the body. Also, eating fermented foods will help to get rid of any bad bacteria in the stomach.

Comment from: Kim, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I had the flu shot on November 9, 2019. I had no symptoms the first day. The second day I was feeling tired. Third day today and I have a very stiff neck. This is my first flu shot ever.

Comment from: marcar, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I had the flu shot two week ago, started having vision problems, dizzy off and on, and severe shaking. I would not have associated this to the shot, but for five years this was happening to me but made no association. Last year I forgot to get my flu shot and guess what, no eye problems. This may have also caused my central serous retinopathy I had two years ago. The only year I did not have any eye problems is when I did not have a flu shot. I think side effects are underreported.

Comment from: Brad, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 08

I am 72 and received the high dose flu shot yesterday afternoon. Very little pain in the upper arm area where the injection was given. However, a few hours after the shot I began to experience a stiff neck. It is now 24 hours later and the stiff neck has gotten worse.

Comment from: Juniper2487 , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I received the flu shot October 31st, 2019. My shoulder felt like it was shot with a shot gun for 4 days. Night sweats, anxiety, fog feeling, etc., 7 days later both my hips are extremely sore, and never have I had hip pain. Definitely looking into the flu shot as the cause. Hope this goes away, scare!

Comment from: Rock, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

I received the high dose flu shot on 10/19/19. This was on my 65th birthday. One day later I experienced intense back pain in the kidney area on both sides. Pain lasted for about a week. I also had a few days of headache, nasal congestion, and was generally just feeling awful.

Comment from: Chelsea, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I received the flu shot yesterday 10/30/19. My left arm got really sore several hours afterwards. Last night my left buttock and around my hip hurt like it was bruised, as if I had a horseshoe latched on to my left hip. I didn’t hurt myself or run into anything either. I woke up with a nagging headache. Ibuprofen isn’t working for any of the pain. Also my left arm at the injection site is itchy, warm, swollen and hard to the touch. I do feel better knowing I’m not alone with these side effects.

Comment from: Charles , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

I just got the flu shot and have a funny taste in my mouth; not sure if that is normal.

Comment from: Melinda g, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I got my flu shot on 10/7/2019 at work and at first it didn’t hurt. Then later that night I started feeling really sore and the pain now has been with me for 11 days now. I am still in pain, and I can’t lie on left side. It feels like shoulder is messed up and I have a lot of nerve pain.


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Comment from: Bad737678, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I received the high dose flu vaccine on 9/30/2019. On 10/10 2019 I started getting the chills (no fever). Today is 10/13 and I still have chills, and my eyeballs hurt when I move them. My skin and hair hurt to touch them and my joints still hurt. I am slightly nauseated but I can't drink any liquids except in very small sips. I'm very weak and find it difficult to even sit up in a chair.

Comment from: slyflyfox, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 11

Approximately 2 hours after the flu injection I started experiencing constant dizziness and abdominal pain when breathing in. Two days after the injection, dizziness lessened, no abdominal pain when breathing in. However for the past day I've had a constant side stitch.

Comment from: james, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 09

Every time I get the flu injection I get a at severe cold and this year was the worst. I won't be getting it anymore.

Comment from: Lisa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I got my 1st flu shot 1-14-19 and pain began upon injection. My arm swelled severely, and pain was intense. All over my body muscles hurt. I have lower back, chest and stomach pain, severe anxiety and insomnia. I take anxiety medicines but they're not working now. I also have blurred vision and dizziness. Severe caffeine sensitivity now. Chills then hot spells, hoarseness, sinus drainage, headaches, and red rash on the inside elbow. Today is 3-1-19 and I am still in pain with rash. I'll never get the flu shot again.

Comment from: Lisa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I'm a 56 year old female. I got the flu vaccine on 01-14-19. I had immediate pain, swelling in left arm muscle that ran down my arm, shoulder, neck, legs, feet, severe lower back and chest, cough, fatigue, and dizziness. I slept 15 hours per day first 2 weeks. Three weeks later severe anxiety and depression set in, brain fog. Four weeks later a red rash appeared on the inside of elbow and won't leave. I have trouble sleeping, chills, nightmares, and cannot consume caffeine at all or sugary food like chocolate, etc. It is 03-01-19 and I am still suffering!

Comment from: Mary, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 23

Since receiving the high dose flu shot in October I have severe hip and leg pain that has not let up. It is now January 2019. That flu vaccine is poison!

Comment from: Annie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I had the flu injection back in October 2018, first time ever, after a lot of coaxing from my partner. Although I am 70, I am very fit, walking the dog daily, cycling, kayaking, and spending lots of time with my very active granddaughter. I have suffered chest, arm, neck pain and excruciating back pain - lower back, buttocks down to the legs. I have recently experienced flu like symptoms, high temperature, shivering, and stomach cramps. I am unsure whether these are all interconnected.

Comment from: Maria, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I had the flu shot 9 days ago in January 2019 and I started getting ill the next day. My symptoms have got worse by the day, I have had a high temperature, coughing, runny nose, swollen lymph nodes in my neck and armpits, weakness, pain, and ringing in my ears. I feel so ill and wish I had not had it. I have it every year without any problems but this year has been awful.

Comment from: birdie, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 21

I had the flu shot about 5 weeks ago and still have pain in my arm. The joints of my hands have been painful and I had a bout of shivering and trembling and feeling very cold. Luckily this subsided after about 15 minutes. I'm 75, no more flu shots for me.

Comment from: Edward, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

My wife who's pregnant almost 9 months had the flu vaccine because the general physician said that's harmless and she should take it. Two days later, after the shot she's not good at all. Fever, nausea, chills, she keeps vomiting every 20 to 30 minutes, headaches, bone aches, and her joints are burning with pain. How a 9 months pregnant woman should deal with those side effects nobody told us about. She was healthy and well before the vaccine, now she's sick! Thank you NHS! Great vaccine! Keep on doing it!


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Comment from: Sammy, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: January 02

I never had a flu shot before; got the flue some 40 years ago. I am very healthy, not even a cold for decades. On December 12, 2018 I got a flu shot. Since yesterday, 12/29 I have been feeling ill with flu-like symptoms - headache, sore throat, itchy runny eyes, runny nose, cough and weakness. Never again will I get a flu vaccine.

Comment from: mary p, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

I am of age 71, female. I had the flu shot 10-02-18 and still am having severe problems with red, itching, peeling rash over my body, chills, and tiredness starting 2 days after the shot. It started with headache, fatigue, facial rash, and redness on cheeks and under eyes. This left in a few days, then hand and arm rash to elbows which I still have. I now have rash over most of my body, very itchy, red and peeling every day. It has to be the flu shot as I had no other medications or treatments. Physician said she had not seen anything like this.

Comment from: R, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I had the under 65 flu vaccination shot on 06 December. I was fit and healthy at the time and no contact with anyone who had flu symptoms. Within an hour the injected arm felt sore and I felt a bit off color. The next day and since then (today is 10 December) I've felt worse. My arm has become really painful and pain radiates up to my shoulder and the base of my skull. I also have very bad lower back pain. I feel exhausted and unable to concentrate. I wasn't warned about any of these side effects which are still persisting 4 days later.

Comment from: W, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I am feeling dry, sick, very thirsty and weak after 3 days after the flu shot.

Comment from: Mike, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 28

In 2016/2017 I had a flu vaccination in my left arm and soon I had terrible shoulder pain resulting in my getting a shoulder injection. This shoulder injection has been repeated in November 2018. Last year, 2017/2018 I decided to have the flu jab in my right arm and in no time I had the same issue as before in my right shoulder. I will have an injection in this (right) shoulder in the New Year to relieve the pain. This year, so far, I have shunned the offer of a flu jab.

Comment from: Charlie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 28

I had the flu shot 23/10/18 and that night I was achy and had a headache. Since then I have been feeling sick, having stomach cramps and diarrhea. It's been 5 weeks and I am still suffering... wondering how long this will last! Never again!

Comment from: Jo , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I had a flu shot yesterday afternoon. Within an hour the injection site was very sore and so was my deltoid. I woke up this morning with pain radiating from my shoulder all the way up the side of my neck. I went to the gym followed by running some errands and by the time I returned home this afternoon the pain was absolutely unbearable. I took two ibuprofen, and iced my neck and shoulder for 30 minutes. Pain went away and no more pain the past 4 hours. I also have a stitch on my side/rib.

Comment from: Vinnie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I had flu jab on Tuesday. By the late afternoon I had severe back pain which I still have. I don't know if it's related and not sure what to do about it. I am taking painkillers at the moment. I wonder if others have had this.

Comment from: TES, R.N. , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I had the flu shot, and by the time I got home, I got out of the car with lower back pain. I did not think anything of it at the time. I thought maybe the seat at the doctor’s office caused it. Now several weeks later I still have this nagging lower back pain. I am in health care profession, I started thinking it must be from that flu shot. Now after reading the reviews, I know it is from that flu shot. I just wonder if I will ever feel normal again.

Comment from: Cali, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

It’s been three weeks since I got my first ever flu shot. I am usually against it but I have a two year old and a newborn, and I also never had the flu before. I’ve been dizzy and brain foggy for two weeks straight, and it’s causing me severe insomnia and anxiety. I’ve also had severe headaches off and on for three weeks and it’s not getting any better. I have kids to care for and feel like the shot permanently ruined my brain. I’ll never get this shot again.

Comment from: Nickolai, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 19

I had a flu jab for the first time this month, as I’d had a major heart surgery back in February and I am now at increased risk from flu and infections. I had the jab for 18 to 64 year olds. I felt a bit pokey for a day then ok - apart from two weeks later I still have a slightly bland/bitter taste in my mouth and I feel empty in the stomach all the time, despite eating regularly - the feeling or taste you get when you do have a cold, flu or have been sick. Hopefully it won’t last much longer!

Comment from: KMS, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

Nightmare experience this year from flu shot. I had a very sore arm for 3 days, and on the 4th day my neck and shoulder began to ache unbearably. Next morning the pain was so intense I went to urgent care. Level 10 stabbing, burning unrelenting pain radiating from neck and shoulder down arm to hand. I took muscle relaxers, prednisone, tramadol, Vicodin, ibuprofen (not all at once) and nothing touched the pain. I was unable to sleep at all. One week, 2 emergency room visits, and 3 physical therapy sessions later pain is just beginning to subside. Terrible!

Comment from: Sj, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I had the flu shot yesterday. I get one every year. I woke up several times during the night with arm pain. Today I'm unable to work. I have head, neck, arm, back and leg pain. I feel absolutely terrible. This isn't a few aches and pains as many websites predict can happen with the flu shot. I have no energy or strength to get out of bed and my entire body hurts! This has never happened to me before! I'm concerned especially since so many people have the same lingering symptoms.

Comment from: Patricia, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

This year for the first time in my life I have had a severe reaction to the annual flu shot. Within 2 to 3 days of receiving the shot I had a very bad ache in my shoulder which spread into my neck and head over the following days; my neck was so sore and stiff I could barely turn my head. It has been a week now and the pain is just beginning to ease off enough so I can go without analgesics.

Comment from: Kat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I got the high dose flu shot on 11/8 and I became very fatigued and slept the entire day on the 10th, unable to function. Around the injection site on the 11th I developed a bright red burning blister-like spot and painful hives. They have now spread solid all around my arm from my shoulder down to my elbow. I went back to Walmart and showed them and they told me to use a cold compress. I did and it's spread more so I'm going to my general physician today. Painful!

Comment from: Flyerted, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 13

Similar to the other comments, my reaction to the 2018 flu jab has been cracking headaches, a stomach with pains like irritable bowel syndrome, giddiness and throat phlegm. This is going on for over 3 weeks. So next year I'll give the jab a miss.

Comment from: Nicholls , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I had my flu shot yesterday (9.11.2018) at my asthma review in the morning. I felt fine until 6 pm then started shaking uncontrollably and came down with acute diarrhea, was sick and felt really unwell. I had a really bloated crampy stomach for the rest of the evening and don’t have much of an appetite today which isn’t helping the fatigue. I’ve never reacted to the flu shot before and have had it for the last 4 years. I feel it’s very unlikely to be a bug after reading these entries.

Comment from: Mck, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I had my first flu shot ever at 64 years old. Two days later I don't feel great but that could be anything. But my neck is killing me. Just very stiff and sore. Hope it eases up soon.

Comment from: Perky1, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

It was the first time getting a flu shot on 11/5/18 and will definitely be the last time! I’ve had nothing but miserable neck pain since waking up the next morning. No matter what I’ve done to help alleviate it, it’s not going away. Also, my throat is sore and I’m super congested. I woke up this morning, 11/9/18, feeling worse. Not the way I planned on spending my wedding anniversary. I’ve always been against the shot for this very reason. I’ll never get it again. I’d rather take my chances with the flu.

Comment from: Miss Sarah F, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I have gotten my flu shot every single year without any significant side effects, but this year I got it and within 3 hours I had developed a stabbing pain in my neck. It has been two days and I still have symptoms so painful it is hard to focus on doing my work despite drinking water and going to a chiropractor regularly.

Comment from: MarathonMan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 07

I got the flu shot last Wednesday and woke up on Sunday morning with very stiff neck. I typically haven't gotten flu shots but with preemie grandchildren last year and the other daughter having preemie twins before year-end, I needed to get one again this year. I'm very healthy and run multiple marathons each year. Today is Tuesday, hope this subsides soon as I have a marathon in a few weeks and am not getting good sleep and it makes training tough.

Comment from: Brady, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 07

I got my flu shot on 10/24/18. I had very little pain or soreness the first few days. But now for the last 5 days I have had debilitating muscle soreness throughout my legs, arms, chest, and neck. I have exercised and been very active my whole life so I know what normal muscle soreness is, this is much worse than I can ever remember having. Simply rolling over in bed is painful and wakes me up every time. I did no exercise that would have caused this so I feel it must be related to getting the shot.

Comment from: Anna, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I am 83 years old, had the stronger flu shot 10 days ago. My arm was not very sore at the injection site, but I did have pain in my whole body, especially the legs and arms. Two days later I had slight fever and headache above my eyes. No vomiting but just had no appetite for several days, stomach still queasy. I have no strength and sometimes feel faint. Nose runs a lot. I wake up at night coughing, some slight sore throat, as well as earache. My first bad reaction.

Comment from: sambozauk, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

I personally will not be bothering ever again with the flu jab. I have been very unwell for nearly 4 weeks with flu because of the jab. I also have issues on the back right side of my lower body, so the kidney area, this jabbing pain. This has all come from the flu jab. I am a healthy and fit individual, or I was, up until I had flu jab in 2018. I do not recommend anyone to have the flu jab, I get the impression they are lowering peoples immune systems on purpose to kill us off.

Comment from: California, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I got my first ever flu shot on 10/31/2018 at the age of 56. I have always been against them, however last year's flu season scared me and I am traveling internationally so decided to get one. First night arm pain was so bad I couldn't sleep. Back aches started the next day. Three days later pain in arm has subsided a bit but back aches are worse. I didn't expect this at all. I wonder how long these symptoms usually last.

Comment from: Stevy G. , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

I have been getting flu shots for many years. Never had any side effects. This year I got the shot in the afternoon and by night time I had neck pain on the same side as the shot. Now it is 8 days later and the pain is just starting to subside.

Comment from: Karen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I had my first ever flu shot on 10/23/18. I am 55 years old. I had a sore arm for a couple of days and as it got better, I started having horrible leg aches. It’s now been over a week since my shot and my leg aches are still aching constantly and chronically! It keeps me up at night and I am so uncomfortable. That was my first and last flu shot ever! I hope this pain stops soon!

Comment from: Florida , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

October flu shot caused a ball like lump in my back, not at the injection site. I was not able to move my arm at all for 4 days, and still do not have full range movement. I also have body aches and headaches.

Comment from: Maholland , 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 31

I’m a little concerned with the increase in the numbers of people having symptoms and side effects that are also worse than normal this year. My own father has received the flu shot and has had horrible side effects he hasn’t gotten over yet. Muscle aches to the point he can’t walk without pain, headaches, soreness, stiff neck, sore throat, etc. He said it’s actually worse than when he actually had the flu. I’m not anti-vaccination but this and issues now popping up with others has me concerned.

Comment from: Tara, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I got my flu shot yesterday in my right arm and am now experiencing right arm pain, neck pain and stiffness, constant headache, and fatigue. I can’t get comfortable enough to sleep no matter what I do!

Comment from: Wontbegettingtheflus, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

A couple of weeks ago I had severe neck pain and stiffness, and terrible headaches. It was so unbearable that I drove myself to urgent care. The urgent care doctor sent me to the nearest emergency room because she felt I needed a CT scan, and was worried that I may have had a stroke. A light bulb went off today and I realize that I had a reaction to the flu shot. Days before the symptoms, I had a flu shot at work. I’m convinced that the shot was the cause!

Comment from: Eve , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I am seventy-eight years old and received my flu shot three days ago. I have never had a problem except a minor soreness in the arm where I received the flu shot. There was no pain when I received the shot, the next day a little soreness, but that night started to get a sore throat and my arm increased in pain. I started experiencing a sore throat, which intensified into a deep soreness and cough, spitting up phlegm and having chills. This was Fluzone high-dose 0.5 ml injection.

Comment from: Mimiboon1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I wonder what causes a fever while taking a flu shot; and I can barely walk.

Comment from: Sue, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 25

I was required to get my flu shot yesterday and last night I could not sleep. I had severe muscle aches, headache, fatigue, and I don’t want to move my neck. Last night I had a terrible sore throat and my nodes are swollen. Also a little nauseous. It’s frustrating I’m required to feel so terrible!

Comment from: Iryn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I have taken my flu shot in the pharmacy in supermarket one month ago. During this period I experienced several severe headache episodes, chill, and now I still have a severe headache and stiffness of neck. I am a medical student and there is requirement for me to get it. I feel like my health is not so good anymore. Next year, with pleasure I am going to wearing the mask.

Comment from: xxx, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 25

I received the flu shot about 8 days ago. On the third day after the vaccination I got dizzy spells, body aches, and dehydration. A week later and I'm feeling only slightly better. I was beginning to worry it could be something more, and glad I found this page as reading comments I'm sure this was undeniably the cause. Absolutely will never get a flu vaccination again.

Comment from: Lee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I got a high dose flu shot on 9-24-18 in my left arm. Since then at night my neck, shoulder and arm throb all night and I can't sleep from the pain. I can't be on certain medicines because of pre-existing health issues. I was given muscle relaxers and they don't help at all. I am waiting for the results of x-ray. I will never get a high dose again.

Comment from: Medworker, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I got my flu shot on 10-20-18. Within a few hours my arm was sore and I was feeling very bad. Within 12 hours my neck was so stiff I couldn't turn my head in either direction. It's been over 24 hours now. This is the first time I have ever had a reaction to the flu shot.

Comment from: Isptracker, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

I got the high dose (65) flu shot on Saturday 10/13/2018. Within two hours I was on heat pad, and took an ibuprofen 800, and a hydrocodone. Lower back pain, shoulder pain, and hip pain. Most pain has subsided now, but four days later, I am still having diarrhea. I got a high dose last year because it was only a month till my 65 birthday. I have never reacted to flu vaccinations before.

Comment from: Cali momma, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I get a high-dose quadrivalent flu shot every year, and usually have no side effects/complications besides mild soreness at the injection site. Yesterday afternoon, I had my flu shot. By night time, I was severely aching in all my joints, experiencing night chills, heart palpitations, and trouble sleeping all night because of severe pain (despite using a hot water bottle for chills). No fever, no runny nose/sneezing. Woke up in the morning to dizziness and a mild sore throat. No egg allergy. This never happened before!

Comment from: KitKat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I got my flu shot yesterday. My arm is sore which I expected, but I woke with my neck and shoulder muscles all tight and achy. This is the first time this has happened after a flu shot. I'm trying to decide if it's the shot or if I slept weird because of the shot.

Comment from: Tonya, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I am 84, and never had problems with flu shots. Now two days later my stomach cramps are so bad I feel horrible. I also have lots of gas, tight chest and whole body discomfort.

Comment from: Belle, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I started getting the flu jab 2 years ago. I have had continual cold symptoms. I have now decided no more flu jabs for me. After reading the stories of other people being ill and worse than me; l will never have a flu jab again.

Comment from: Moira , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I had the flu jab 2 weeks ago at the pharmacy in the supermarket (big mistake). The needle hurt going in and I also told her this has never happened before (she definitely put in wrong place). My arm is so painful I can’t even comb my hair. All very well all this complaining, but I would like to know what the answer is and for how long this will go on.

Comment from: Regina, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

Less than a week after flu vaccination I started with aching joints, headache, and a bronchial cough which led to severe aches in my legs considered a 10 on the 1-10 scale. I feel like I could scream. I started on Tamiflu a few hours ago and the ache is horrible.

Comment from: Holly, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

Twice now I have had a reaction to the flu vaccine. This was after having an annual flu shot with no reaction or problem for about 8 years. The first time I had a reaction, I had the flu shot at a pharmacy. They told me to wait there 45 minutes to 1 hour. At about 45 minutes, my throat was scratchy and I was hoarse. The symptoms abated in about 2 hours. I talked to my doctor about it. He said not to have another flu shot since the reaction could be worse the second time. I went without a flu shot for 4 years as a result. My doctor retired, and I went to a new doctor who wanted me to have a flu shot. I recounted my experience and he suggested having the shot in the office so I could get medical help immediately if necessary. I was reluctant but finally agreed. I had the shot and within 30 minutes (15 minutes shorter time than the first time), I had the identical reaction. The doctor gave me a Zyrtec and had me wait another half hour to hour. The soreness in my throat decreased a little. He examined me and said my throat was not closing. I think I will not have another shot. I think the first doctor was right. It was worse the second time. My throat was sore overnight but by the next day I was fine.

Comment from: Flibityjibbit, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: May 05

My mother had the flu shot on a Tuesday morning. The next day she couldn't breathe, an ambulance was called and she went to the hospital. She had no symptoms of any illness before the shot, but was diagnosed with a severe lung infection (she never has had one before). A fever of 39.5 and low oxygen levels and low blood pressure (BP). Her BP is usually high. I wonder if it was the flu shot. Two weeks on and two different antibiotics and she is still unwell.

Comment from: Minimoo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 24

I got my first flu shot this year and woke up the next morning with terrible vertigo; room spinning, exhausted, and nauseous. I'm still suffering from dizziness 6 weeks later. Vestibular tests say it is not my ears, but they deny it could be the vaccine. Wish I could find an answer, I want my brain back.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

I have had bad pain and aches in arm where l had the flu injection. That was six weeks ago. I am also very tired and cannot sleep as arm aches so much.

Comment from: ouchy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I have been getting flu shots for years with no side effects and generally 'pooh-pooh' the idea that you can get sick from them based on the research. However, yesterday, I got the flu shot at work. By the evening I was very fatigued and went to bed early. I slept horrible last night with body aches and having to get up to urinate about 6 times. I am also coughing up a bit of unexplained chest congestion. Other posts have said that it goes away in a few days so I am hoping that mine will be the same way. Not good to be sick over the holidays and I still haven't gotten my tree!

Comment from: Nothankyou, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I am a doctor (MD) mandated by my state to take the flu shot. I took it Monday night around 7 pm. By 3 am I had rigors (shaking chills), headache and in the morning when I woke up I had full body ache and a fever of 101. Today, I had to call out from work (first time ever) because of a continued fever and headache. I am a young active healthy adult, and a doctor and still getting over the effects, I will never take a flu shot again. I will gladly wear the mask.

Comment from: perki, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I have a number of health issues so I realize the flu shot is worth it for me as my immunity is poor. Nothing major ever happens to me after having it but always some minor symptoms. This time I had nightmares literally all night that I was battling a dark force in various formats and plots. This only tends to happen when fighting infections for me, so makes me wonder what on earth was in that thing that my body was trying so hard to fight off! I'm shattered today and a bit run down, slightly sore arm, etc., but otherwise ok.

Comment from: Suzy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

On October 1 I had the flu jab and in a few hours my arm was so stiff and painful I couldn't lift it. For 3 days after I had a fever and just slept. My arm took over a week to get better. From day 4 I was being jolted awake around 4 times a night and hallucinating. This continued for around 4 weeks. It was very frightening. My doctor said he thought I had a very toxic reaction to the jab. This seems to have diminished now but I have tingling all over my body and get very dizzy at times. Some nights I lay awake and my whole body feels alive as every nerve seems to be on edge even my face and mouth. I don't know how long this is going to last. I definitely won't be having any more flu jabs. I have had them for over 10 years but never had any problems before and I haven't got any other health problems.

Comment from: Pattimac, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 24

I have had a severe headache for 2 days since taking my flu shot. The frustrating thing is we are mandated to take it at my work place. I'm going to refuse it next year.

Comment from: pwhitewhite, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 23

I received the flu shot on October 30, 2015. The day after, I started having muscle and joint pain all over my body. But the pain was the worst in my legs. I was taking Tylenol with no relief. The pain was so bad I couldn't sleep at times. After 12 days the pain decreased. I'm still having muscle pain in my legs at times. I get flu shot every year for the last 29 years but I have never experienced side effects before.

Comment from: Gramma, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 20

For years, I've been taking flu shots with no problem till this year. Within about ten days of my shot, I began to experience extreme shortness of breath, weakness, and atrial fibrillation. I am quite anemic, never a problem before. I am wondering if the flu shot was loaded with something else (I am a Kaiser person). I'm still not better.

Comment from: jenle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

This is the second time I have gotten a flu shot. I got it around October 20th. I have been in pain ever since. I have fatigue and constant joint and back pain. I wish I had not gotten it. I am hoping the joint pain ends soon; and wondering if it will worsen.

Comment from: shily3136, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 16

I received the flu vaccine in October of 2015 and have not felt well since. I am experiencing a daily low grade fever, have no energy, and have a chronic sore throat, sinus congestion, and wheezing in my lungs. I have refused the flu vaccine for a few years even though it is mandatory to have it working as a nurse in a hospital. I got tired of wearing a mask for months so decided to have a flu vaccine. Last year no side effects, this year I am miserable and know without a doubt it is from the flu vaccine.

Comment from: sandy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I had a flu shot on Tuesday morning. Within 3 hours, I had a severe sore throat, tightness in my chest, very scary, headache, and fatigue. I don't think I will ever get a flu shot again. I'm still very tired and have a mild sore throat and cough.

Comment from: susan h., 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 11

I have had the flu vaccine for 20 years. I never once felt it could harm me. This year I have had continued joint pain and low energy since receiving the vaccine on October 1, 2015. Pain in neck, hips, and back and my usual mild arthritis in my fingers have increased severely, to the point I am taking anti-inflammatory medicines.

Comment from: gonenorths, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I am 70 and my husband is 80. We had our flu and pneumonia shots two weeks ago on the same day. He got sick about 5 days later, sweats, nausea, head congestion, and weakness. On week two I got ill. It started with incredible weakness. I couldn't stay awake. Then I had sweats and fever and now coughing. I feel very dizzy and weak. I am never sick. I don't know if I should go to the emergency or my doctor. We have our flu shots every year and have had no side effects before. This is our first Prevnar 13 shot.

Comment from: mae48, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 11

My husband had his flu shot on November 2, 2015, the first one he has ever had. By 4 pm his right ear started swelling and became red. In checking his temperature at 6:30 pm it was 103. We went to the emergency room (ER) and they gave him Benadryl for the swollen ear. By the next morning, his forehead and side of face were swollen so we went back to the ER with a temperature of 103 again. They gave him a shot, and a prescription for Benadryl and an antibiotic. The next morning his eyelids and left ear were swollen and red. I took him to the ER in another hospital where they determined the swelling was caused from the flu shot and told him to never get it again.

Comment from: Saggy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I had flu jab 17th October. I almost skipped into the health center. My arm was sore almost immediately but this went off quickly and I felt fine the rest of the day. Within a week I was having tremendous neck, back and shoulder pains. Giddy and so fatigued that I struggled to do anything much. Had physio for neck and shoulder problems. I have had a lot of the symptoms that others have reported here and still feel so weak and weary. It is my nature to ask myself if I am imagining all this, if I am, that makes me a masochist. Will this feeling ever go away! I should have known better than to have had the jab at all after previously having a different kind of reaction to the shingles jab.

Comment from: Jello, Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I got my flu shot on November 2nd early in the morning. Not long after, my stomach began aching much the same way an ulcer does. Then by the afternoon, I began having diarrhea which has worsened. My arm is extremely sore at the injection site. I hope all this clears up in a day or two as it is very annoying having gas cramps and the back door trots. I have absolutely no appetite and am extremely thirsty.

Comment from: Diana, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I received this year's flu shot on Sunday, October 25 at a clinic in a local grocery store. I started feeling sick the next evening with chills and nausea. By 10:00 that night I had a fever of 101 degrees. I missed work the next day, felt tired and had stomach pains which continued off and on for several days. I had similar symptoms after flu shots two years in a row in the past; the first time I attributed them to food poisoning and went to the emergency room. I stopped getting the shot after the following year when I got sick again. Last year, I tried it again and did not get sick, so got the shot once again, with the above results. I'm through with flu shots!

Comment from: Travelgirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I received the flu shot on Wednesday. Last night, two nights later, I had extreme pain in my knee through the night. My knees are normally fine and I never get pain on them so it's not normal. I have a desk job and I do not do anything strenuous where I could have pulled a muscle. I was fine when I went to bed but woke up during the night with extreme pain in my knee. The only thing I could think of was the flu shot. I saw on this website that other people have experienced Issues and one man said he was limping.

Comment from: Drduncan68, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 03

I had flu vaccine 2 weeks ago. Immediately after it I felt very funny and disorientated and within an hour I had 2 grand mal seizures and spent a week in hospital.

Comment from: Kimberly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I got my flu shot on October 24th. The next day I was so lethargic, had severe stomach ache and intestinal cramps with diarrhea for 2 days! I have had the flu shot yearly for about 10 years without any problem at all. I haven`t had the flu for over 11 years, don`t get sick and only had 2 mild colds in last 10 years. I am still suffering with bouts of severe cramping and diarrhea a week later! I was told they were using a different type this year before I was injected, but I didn`t ask questions about it because I`ve never had a problem. I will never get the shot again after this!

Comment from: Bubba 517, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 02

I had the flu shot 13 days ago. My arm which was injected is still very sore as is my neck area. I've had the flu shots every year for at least the last 25 years if not longer and have never had such disturbing after affects.

Comment from: Frances, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I received the flu shot on October 29. Mid-morning the next day I started feeling unwell; headache and nausea. I felt better once I lay down, but symptoms returned when sitting or standing. I took an ibuprofen with lunch and started feeling better within an hour. After a nap I felt much better and was able to continue usual activities. My 10 month old had a shot as well, and he was fussy late morning and took a long nap over lunch and afternoon, and now seems his usual self.

Comment from: txsldy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I got a flu shot 4 weeks ago. Within hours I began experiencing a bad headache, pain in the neck, both shoulders and around injection site. The headache and neck pain lasted about two weeks. I am still experiencing significant shoulder and muscle pain in the arm where injection was given. Muscle pain in the arm seems to be getting worse.

Comment from: aqedward684, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 27

I had the strong flu shot for the first time. I have been getting flu shots for the last 20 years with no trouble. This year the flu shot has caused terrible muscle pain in my shoulder and legs which I still have after three weeks. The shot was given at a drug store instead of the usual doctor’s office. My doctor told me that five of her patient who had the shot at drug store had similar problems. She will report the problem to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).

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

I received the flu shot on 10/21/15 and within 12 hours I had chills, aching bones, and a fever. I took 600 mg of ibuprofen twice and am feeling fine now, except for some soreness where the shot was given.

Comment from: Mands, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I felt extremely cold all over with aches and pains the day after flu jab and still have the symptoms 5 days later.

Comment from: dayerb, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 21

Last year I had a flu shot and developed a sore throat and tiredness followed by severe diarrhea. This year I had a flu shot on 10/10/15 and again same problems as last year and severe diarrhea. Three friends who had the shot have also had diarrhea 4 days after their shot. Coincidence,

Comment from: wyesman, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 21

I had the flu jab yesterday, October 2015. I have been waking every hour with stomach ache, and then diarrhea and sickness. I had jab last year with no side effects. I am not having another.

Comment from: paul, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 21

I have had the flu jab six times. I have had 4 reactions about two days after the shot. This year’s was by far the worst, sickness, aching joints, and generally feeling very unwell. I am a fit and active man, the doctor says it cannot be the jab, but I just do not believe what they say. Never again.

Comment from: Xdrduncan, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 14

A few minutes after this year’s flu vaccine I felt very odd and within an hour I had 2 grand mal seizures. I have never had seizures before. I do not remember this happening and woke up in the ward a day or two later. I am slowly making a recovery.

Comment from: BOCA RATON DAWN, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I am an 87 years old healthy lady. The nurse in my doctor’s office gave me a flu shot on Thursday morning, October 8, 2015 on my right arm. I have no allergies. The next day I looked, as I felt a stinging, and saw where the nurse had given me the shot was very red, and warm to the touch. I called the doctor’s office and they suggested that I put ice on it which I have done but so far it has not helped. I so far have had no other reaction, and hope that I don’t. I have never gotten a reaction before and I take one every year and always got them at Walgreens. My husband got a flu shot at Walgreen’s the same morning and has had no reaction. If it is not better by Monday, I will call my doctor to see what I should do.

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