Patient Comments: Pneumococcal Vaccination (Pneumonia Vaccine) - Side Effects


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Comment from: margaret, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I had the pneumonia vaccine in October 2019 along with the flu jab. Since having the pneumococcal vaccine in my left arm, I have limited movement and it is very painful. I cannot lie on it in bed either. I thought it would improve after a few days but it has got worse and that was 7 months ago. I don’t know how much longer I am supposed to suffer like this. My husband had the same vaccine on the same day and it has also affected him.

Comment from: MojoO, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I am a 65 year old female with history of acute bronchial asthma. I had the Pneumovax 23 vaccine on Wednesday. I felt good until Friday when it hit me like a ton of bricks. Severe headache, neck pain, joint pain, low fever, nausea, dizziness, swollen glands and I am so very tired and bloated. I hope this doesn't last long.

Comment from: Ang, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

I had the flu shot and pneumonia vaccine, less than 2 days ago. I feel like I have the flu, my body aches so bad. I have fever and chills. My arm swelled, I have red streaks, and my armpit is also swollen. I am starting to get more movement in my arm and feel better. But my goodness, never again!

Comment from: Karen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I received my pneumonia vaccine in my left arm 8 days ago. It's only just beginning to hurt. I woke up early this morning with severe pain in my shoulder at the injection site. I cannot even raise my arm. It's Saturday and I'm not sure what I should do other than take some aspirin.

Comment from: Betty D., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I had the pneumonia vaccine yesterday morning. My arm started hurting before leaving the doctor's office. As the day went on it became worse, extremely sore and painful when trying to use it. I couldn't sleep on that side all night. I took Tylenol, used ice on it and got some relief. Somewhat better today but still very sore. This side effect was much worse than expected.

Comment from: sandra h, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I had the pneumonia vaccine 3 days ago, and not only is my arm aching but I feel like I’ve got the flu. Wondering if this is normal!

Comment from: Doris Hale, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I got the Prevnar 13 pneumonia vaccine shot in my right arm 2 hours after having a shingles vaccine in my left arm. The following morning I felt weak, and wobbly. My right arm still has a sore knot in it, but I felt great (energy to spare) on the 3rd day after both shots. I will keep getting vaccinations, but might put some time in between other shots. My immune system took a hit. I'm slowly coming back up to speed, but can function normally.

Comment from: Shelly M, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

My advice... Try not to get your pneumonia vaccine and shingles shots on the same day for convenience’s sake. My arms hurt and I have a very physical job. I also have a headache and fever. I bet it would not be this bad if I had come back for one. I wonder why they even did it together! Take care, 1 vaccine at a time.

Comment from: Wanttogetbetter, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I am a woman of age 33 in good health but I get asthma with allergies. The doctor suggested the pneumonia vaccine shot along with a flu shot. Gave them to me in different arms because the nurse said that will help not have bad side effects. This was yesterday. I let them know I had a head cold but I didn’t have a fever when they checked, so did it. That night I had the worst body aches of my life. Upset stomach, killer headache. Pneumonia vaccine arm is so sore I can’t lift it. The next day (today) I have103.5 temperature and flu symptoms. I feel so terrible.

Comment from: Margot , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

When being discharged from the hospital administration office, they explained it was a new pneumonia vaccine, good for 5 years. On the way home I was feeling kind of weak but I was thinking it was because I just got released from the hospital. When I got home my neighbor came ten minutes after I got home, and found me lying down with blood all on my dress, in my bed; black blood. I was in a coma for almost two weeks.

Comment from: Robert P, 35-44 (Patient) Published: January 28

I had the pneumonia vaccine injection on Friday and they told me it would feel a bit sore. What I have is like a dead arm in lots of pain and limited movement, and it’s been 24 hours now. I couldn’t even go to work today, it’s that bad.


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Comment from: Brew, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 27

An 83 year old man in good health had pneumonia vaccine shot at 4 pm. Two hours later I had severe arm pain, and nothing would cut. I went to the emergency room, still couldn't move the arm, no bruising or redness. The shot was given quite high and I thought she hit a nerve. They gave him Norco and a sling, still has some pain upon movement.

Comment from: Ianj, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 23

I have had pneumonia vaccine and flu injections, and no problem at all. Have them, they may save your life.

Comment from: Jenn S., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I'm a 34 year old female with a history of asthma. My doctor recommended the pneumonia vaccine on Monday. Later that night I couldn't lift my arm at all; most intense pain I've ever experienced (and I've had two kids). I couldn't sleep. The second day was better pain-wise. But I still had some limited range of motion. I woke up with red cheeks and had a low grade fever all day. My deltoid was swollen and warm to touch. My doctor recommended ice and ibuprofen to manage pain.

Comment from: ljh7, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: January 21

My 91 year old mother had a pneumonia vaccine shot. Within 2 hours her arm at the injection site was sore, and within 4 hours we were at the emergency room because her arm hurt so bad. She couldn't move it or use it in any way. They gave her 2 Norco tablets and 6 to take home. She barely slept due to the pain. The pain has spread into her neck and down to her elbow. Next morning she had dry heaves (could be from Norco). After reading all the other posts I am hoping she doesn't have any other reactions.

Comment from: Martha, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I have had soreness, fever, bloating, gas, indigestion, diarrhea, and loss of energy after the pneumonia vaccine. My belly gets so hard and bloated after I eat. If I don't eat it hurts and I have nausea. My memory and focus are suffering also. All I want to do is lie around under a blanket. This is the fifth day of this misery. I did feel a little better after the diarrhea started.

Comment from: Pmiller bm55, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 22

I got my flu shot and pneumonia vaccine shot on a Sunday. I broke out with flu, I cannot eat, and can't keep anything down. My arm is in such pain I wish I'd never ever gotten that pneumonia shot.

Comment from: Pissed in Quebec, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I wish I'd found this thread before Tuesday. After getting the pneumonia vaccine I have a fever that's increasingly difficult to control, headache that wakes me if I fall asleep, 0 percent energy, and I've been on the couch for 2 full days. I'm a healthy energetic 65 year old that has had pneumonia a few times. This feels like the pneumonia without the painful chest (hope it stays like this); never ever again. I was told my arm 'would be sore', ha ha, like the others here, sore isn't the word. Haven't vomited… yet.

Comment from: Mari, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I'm a 65 year old female. I had the pneumonia vaccine one week ago. Initially my upper arm pain was so bad I couldn't move my arm or sleep on that side for 3 days. It was so painful I told my husband it felt like it had been torn off and sewn back on. I also am experiencing chills and fatigue daily. Normally I'm a long distance hiker, gardener, very active... Now I have no energy and am wondering how long this reaction will last.

Comment from: Uncle G, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 07

I'm a 67 year old man. I just had the pneumonia vaccine 3 days ago and boy, is my upper arm sore! Movement is painful and I haven't been able to go to the gym. The doctor denied any side effects. I'm bone tired and listless. So much for no side effects.

Comment from: MMT, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I am a healthy 68 years old and received the pneumonia vaccine 2 days ago. I have never had such local and systemic reactions (including when I received yellow fever and rabies vaccines) as with this vaccine. My arm is so sore with local redness and I can hardly get out of bed. I have been taking ibuprofen round the clock and it is the only way I can function. I am a nurse practitioner and was not aware such severe side effects until I started to research this.


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Comment from: Joe Bob B, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

I am a 67 year old male who generally has no adverse reactions to vaccines. I received a tetanus booster and second Pneumovax vaccine on October 7th. It has been a miserable week with chills, severe arm pain and swelling, fever, nausea, headache, and rapid weight gain. While I have had pneumonia once in the past, I would caution readers to be aware that you might have a nasty reaction to this vaccine and act accordingly. I would not recommend this vaccine unless you are aware of reactions.

Comment from: Grandma Pinsey, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I'm seventy years old, and have always promoted vaccines because I know they save lives. Yesterday at a local Walgreens I had the pneumonia vaccine and the flu vaccine in my upper left arm. The pharmacist said it was encouraged to have both shots done in the same arm at the same time. So, that's what I did. Fast forward 14 hours. My left arm is so swollen, the entire upper arm, flowing into my entire shoulder, my neck and into the upper area of my breast. I cannot move my left arm.

Comment from: CK, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I am a healthy female in my 40s and received the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine due to cancer in my history, as it was recommended. This was the second time I have gotten this one. My arm was swollen so huge from my elbow up to my shoulder region, it was red and hard as a rock, and the entire portion of the arm, hard as a rock. I couldn't get sleeves on! Thank goodness it was hot outside, so I wore sleeveless. I used Motrin and Ice, every day. Day 5 it resolved.

Comment from: Frances, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I had the pneumonia vaccine shot 3 weeks ago. No initial problems except feeling tired, and slight headaches that come and go. Twenty-one days later, I still wake groggy (used to wake alert and ready to go), need to go back to bed after morning chores, get up again and still have a fatigue, then need an afternoon nap again (naps of at least 1 to 3 hours, unrefreshed). I have lost my get up and go, and have to push myself to do activities. I keep waiting for this fatigue to break. May speak to my doctor soon. I am 68 year old and active.

Comment from: Bob, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 01

I am a 72 year old male on day 12 after my pneumonia vaccine shot. The second day I was very weak, day 3 through day 8 I had muscle cramps and spasms really bad. Last three days I have had nasty night sweats. I won’t be getting another one of these.

Comment from: Moto guy, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 30

I received pneumococcal vaccine PCV 13, 36 hours ago. Now I've got a sore, swollen and red arm from the elbow to my neck. I will never do this shot or any other shot that they call prevention, in the future. Just another money maker.

Comment from: Leo0820, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I am a 68 year old female in good health, and active. I had a Shingrix vaccine and pneumonia 23 the same day. The first night I had chills and I thought it was because I had both vaccines on the same day. I have had severe pain, can’t lie on that side and can’t raise my arm. From reading other comments I see it is common to have side effects and worse than what I had. This needs to be reported.

Comment from: Jeanie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I am a healthy 65 year old female, I work out regularly aerobically and with hand weights. Approximately two or three hours after I was vaccinated with pneumonia shot in my left arm I had severe pain, a level 7 and I consider childbirth a 10. I have limited mobility now 3 or 4 days later and I keep trying to move afraid that it will become frozen and I will forever be in pain. I will never get another pneumonia shot again I would rather have pneumonia!

Comment from: Young65, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

I am a 65 year old female with no health issues, I don't take any medications. My doctor convinced me that 'at my age' I should be vaccinated. Within 24 hours of having the pneumonia vaccine injection I became feverish, had temperature of 99.9, and couldn't raise my arm at all. I had severe pain in my shoulder and into the armpit. I took 200 mg ibuprofen with no relief, so after an hour I took another 200 mg. I was able to get to sleep and in the morning felt a lot better. Fever is gone, I still have some soreness but able to work through it.

Comment from: Kathleen H, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I'm a 60 year old female. I had my pneumonia vaccine yesterday afternoon May 13, 2019. Approximately 4 hours later my arm began to itch and it blew up to the size of a grapefruit and the pain was horrible. Today the swelling went down but not all the way. My arm is still very painful and I can't even lift it. I'll never get a vaccine again.

Comment from: Cornelia, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

I just had my second pneumonia vaccine, one year after the first. This has caused more discomfort than any vaccine I can recall. And I am itching with flushed areas. I just took some Benadryl. The only reason I got the first one a year ago is because my husband, who had been vaccinated against pneumococcus, contracted pneumonia and could have died. The medical assistant injected me properly (I'm a registered nurse), but it hurts terribly. I have a small thermal pad on it. I have difficulty with vaccines.

Comment from: Mimi S, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I couldn't use my arm for 4 days post my pneumonia vaccine. It was swollen and red around the injection site. I tried ice on it for the first 24 hours periodically. I also took Ibuprofen which didn't work. Next day I tried acetaminophen, which also didn't work. I also developed joint pain in my wrist and elbow. This was the worst pain from a vaccine in my life. Then, I developed a bad rash on my arm, neck, and stomach, and Benadryl every 6 hours helped.

Comment from: Stephanie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I received my pneumonia vaccine on 3/27/19. I am a 49 year old female. The injection wasn't that bad, just a bit of soreness on the injection site the next day. However, a few days later I started to experience severe joint pain in my fingers (both hands). It's like I developed severe arthritis overnight! I have difficulty moving my fingers and my joints hurt even to the touch. This has been going on for 10 days now. I hope this is temporary.

Comment from: janice, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

Two days after my pneumonia vaccine shot I had trouble breathing, and had mega flu-like symptoms, chills, muscle aches, and severe coughing. Going into the third week now I still have the cough, and fever that comes and goes. Never have I had any symptoms like this. On shot day I felt like a million bucks. My primary care physician blew me off saying I had the flu. I am very upset by this. Allergic reaction, no doubt. My arm was stiff and sore for two weeks also.

Comment from: Aristida, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I had pain in my arm and a lump for 2 weeks following the pneumonia vaccine injection. Now 1 year later I still have pain and lump the size of a bean. It hurts to put pressure on that arm and certain movements there is a burning pain in my upper arm.

Comment from: Susan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I had severe pain in my upper arm muscle after I received the pneumonia vaccine. I also had lower back pain. The arm is better after day 4 but this is day 5 and I still have lower back pain. Never getting this shot again. I will just stick with the flu shot.

Comment from: Preciousgem86, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

Side effects from the pneumonia vaccine for me were nausea, chills, achy body, fever, dizziness, limited mobility in my arm, swelling, hot to the touch 3 inch radius from injection site, loss of appetite but hungry, and was a lazy lump for a long time in soft fuzzy jammies. Also, my lymph nodes are so swollen that I grossed myself out; specifically the collar bone. I was checking my arm out and feeling where it was hurting, and I squished a huge squishy node behind my collar bone. I was already nauseous. This is only day 2, by the way.

Comment from: Mars715 , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I had the pneumococcal vaccine 24 hours ago. My arm was sore but I didn’t think anything about it. Then yesterday morning I woke up in extremely bad pain. My shot was on my left side and the pain shoots up my neck and into the base of my skull, giving me a horrible headache. I was just lying down a few minutes ago and tried to sit up but the pain in my neck was so terrible I had to roll to my other side and grab onto my dresser on the right side to get up. It’s getting worse. I don’t know what I should do!

Comment from: Esther Hanley, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I had the pneumonia vaccine jab on Wednesday and I feel awful. My arm is killing me, I have pain in my lower back by my kidneys, no energy and feel snappy. I just want to curl up in bed and stay there. How long will this last!

Comment from: Az R, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I got pneumonia 23 vaccine 3 days ago. The nurse just mentioned I will experience pain in my arm which I think comparing to the side effects I got, was minimal. At the same time in my other arm I received DTAP. First night was awful. I was chilling, feverish and delusional, all my body ached, and I got flu like symptoms at the same time. Nasal congestion, sore throat and suppurative yellow phlegm and coughing is really surprising after non-alive vaccine! Today I started antibiotics.

Comment from: Tess, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I had the Prevnar 13 pneumonia vaccination 10 days ago. The injection site pain was bad for a few days but after that I developed a rash from my face down to my chest. Then the headache and stiff neck started and it gets worse every day. I wonder how long this will go on. I wasn't really anticipating any side effects.

Comment from: Iclick, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 22

I got a pneumonia vaccine shot. Now 3 days later I can't use my right arm. I have joint pain in both legs, both arms and my neck and lower back. Unable to sleep for 3 days now. Constant headache as well. Pain is worse each day so far. I want to know how long I should expect the symptoms to last.

Comment from: Karol, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 17

I am 74 years old. I got the 2nd pneumonia vaccine shot a week ago. I just noticed that at the site of the shot, it is red, hot, and swollen, and lumpy… very uncomfortable. Not sure if it was worth it. Very strange, surprising scenario.

Comment from: Sue, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

My doctor talked me into getting the shot for pneumonia. My arm became sore to the touch. I couldn’t turn over at night. The nurse at the doctor’s office saw it the next day and said I must be allergic. The area was red, about the size of a quarter. She told me to take Zyrtec. I did and rubbed Benadryl cream. It seemed better. Next day it was really sore, and the red patch was bigger. More Zyrtec and Benadryl, and famotidine. It is what I got in the emergency room for wasp stings which had the same symptoms. I wonder how long this will last.

Comment from: Betty, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 15

Yes, I had swelling in my arm next to my shoulder where they gave me the pneumonia vaccine shot, and extreme pain.

Comment from: Jagman48, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 15

Yes, after the pneumonia vaccine shot I had a very sore arm next morning and persistent pain all day.

Comment from: H.mac, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I had swelling, a hot, large red patch that was itchy, from the pneumonia vaccine.

Comment from: Rebel with a cause, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I got flu and pneumonia vaccine shots 12-12-18. Now I have wheezing, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, and a jumpy stomach. I wonder how long the side effects last. This is January 6, 2019.

Comment from: JanDeram, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I am a 29 year old female in decent health. I had the flu shot and pneumonia vaccine 12/28/18. My arm is so painful, swollen, red, hot to touch, and feels like a large squishy lump where the 2 shots were given. I have had a stiff neck and pains in my head, neck and shoulders. It is miserable, nothing is alleviating the pain and stiffness. I wish I hadn't got talked into either of them by the doctor.

Comment from: Woman age 70, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I got the booster (2nd) pneumonia vaccine shot a day and a half ago. I forgot all about it afterwards, and went about my normal business, used my arm normally, etc. But 10 hours later I developed that aching pain in the arm and shoulder area. It is localized, no other symptoms, but making me feel fatigued and compromised. Hope it goes away soon. If not, I will report to my doctor.

Comment from: Krishna, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

A few weeks after I received the pneumonia vaccine shot, I got minor hemorrhoids with itching and burning. It’s been 4 months and I still have the problem. I wonder if this has happened to anyone else, and if this is a common side effect.

Comment from: vicki, 75 or over (Patient) Published: December 20

I had a pneumonia vaccine shot 6 days ago. I had a sore arm for the first 3 days and now I have a terrible red, rash, swelling and a horrible itch that won't go away. It seems to be spreading.

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

I had the pneumonia vaccine 4 days ago. The first night I had such pain in my arm where I was jabbed that I couldn't even lift it. My bones and head ached terribly. Four days later my arm still hurts but now I feel very heavy in the chest. I can't breathe properly. I wish I didn't bother to get this vaccine.

Comment from: Action, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 18

An adverse reaction to the pneumonia vaccine or any vaccine can be reported through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) People need to be report so the size of the problem can be determined. I think you can report the way a shot was administered there too - like lack of sterility. There is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for the injured.

Comment from: Concerned RN, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: December 17

I have 2 elderly gentlemen living in an assisted living facility with a near same reaction to the pneumonia vaccine shot. They live on separate floors and do not often see or communicate with each other. One is a 95 year old male and he had pale itchy rash, uneven edges approximately 3 cm diameter on the right deltoid. The other is a 97 year old male and he had bright red itchy rash approximately 2 cm diameter noted beneath the right axilla. Both gentlemen state they noticed the rash after a pneumonia vaccine given 3 years ago! I wonder if this is normal or possible.

Comment from: sandi shaw, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I had my first ever flu jab Thursday last week and also the pneumonia vaccine. I have had a stiff neck and pains in my head and shoulders since. I am in absolute agony I can’t move my head at all for the pain. I wish I hadn’t had either of them, won’t get caught again.

Comment from: Chloegirl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I am a 72 year old female in good health. I had the second pneumonia vaccine shot on December 6. That evening I started to feel achy and tired. Then Friday night I got severe chills and high fever. It was horrible. Today I feel very tired and I still have a low grade fever. All I can say is never again! No more flu shots or pneumonia shots for me!

Comment from: JB, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I got the second pneumonia vaccine shot and flu shot yesterday late morning, in the same arm. By the evening my arm was extremely sore, and I was feeling ill. By bedtime I was shivering with chills and then burned up with a high fever. This morning my fever is 101, and I ache all over and am nauseous. Like others on this site, I will never have these shots again. I’m concerned my schedule will be affected for days.

Comment from: Mary B, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: December 05

My mom had the pneumonia vaccine shot today at noon. By 4 PM she had terrible nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Doctor called in an anti-nausea for me to pick up. I came over and she was shaking uncontrollably and could not stop vomiting. She has been able to keep a teaspoon of fluid down every ten minutes so I got the pill in her and that helped. I called the pharmacy and the pharmacist told me these side effects are very common. Why wouldn't they tell you that before you get the shot!

Comment from: Kutz, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 05

I had pneumonia vaccine shot administered the same time as the flu shot. That night I had severe chills and severe joint pain. It is now 5 days later and there is redness, soreness and swelling at the injection site. No information about these side effects were given before the shot. I would not recommend getting this shot.

Comment from: Wolf , 65-74 (Patient) Published: December 04

I am a 67 year old female. Trying to be smart and proactive I received this year’s flu shot and a booster pneumonia vaccine shot on Friday November 30. I felt just a little soreness at first. By Friday night I could hardly move my arm and had chills and body aches. It lasted well into Sunday. Wow! I haven't had a reaction like that since I had the cholera/diphtheria shots before traveling to Asia in the 70s! At least I am feeling better now. Why so many of us!

Comment from: Maggie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I’ve had flu jabs before with very little problems, most of them no aches at all. I had a pneumonia vaccine jab 4 days ago, my arm is so painful I can hardly lift, and it keeps me awake at night. The only relief is ibuprofen, but as soon as ibuprofen starts to wear off pain comes back again. Thank goodness you only have to have this jab once! I don’t think I would have it again if it was yearly.

Comment from: StacyPalm, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

Hours after the pneumonia vaccine shot my arm tightened up and got worse hour by the hour. Even Advil didn't relieve the pain. I barely slept all night and by morning it was the same. I did not have this result from the flu shot I had a couple of weeks ago and read somewhere about side effects happening when you get the two types of shots too close together.

Comment from: Jeweles, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

Eight days ago I received my first pneumonia vaccine shot, Prevnar 13. I've been fighting a cough and overall malaise since. The coughing is sounding deeper every day. Also excessive sweating; not fun. I was wondering if I need to call my doctor since it's been 8 days.

Comment from: G’ma B, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

It’s been 8 days since getting the Prevnar 13 pneumonia vaccine. My arm swelled, was hard, red, and uncomfortable. As each day passes, I have changes. The tightness is now gone. The swelling is less. The redness is not as dark red, but is progressing down my arm. It’s now below my elbow and almost all the way around, and itches. I am taking Benadryl 25 mg when the itching really bothers. I would like to know what actually caused this reaction. I had a similar reaction to DTAP, but not this bad.

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

Swollen arm, pain all the way down the arm, fever up to 101 degrees, aches, chills, and miserable all over feeling are my side effects from the pneumonia vaccine.

Comment from: Mrs P, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 26

My husband had flu and pneumonia vaccine jabs together on Monday. Thursday morning he passed out and spent most of the day in bed. Friday he nearly passed out twice in 1 hour. If anyone can tell me why, what to do and for how long it’ll last I’d be so grateful!

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

I had the pneumonia vaccine shot on November 14. Seven days later the injection site is only mildly sore when touched, but my upper arm is slightly swollen, bright red, hot, and very itchy. I had a flu shot several weeks before and the only issue was my arm was very itchy. After the shot, the nurse set a timer and told me to wait 15 minutes before leaving in case I had a reaction. The redness and itchiness took two days to appear. Wondering now if the reaction will be more severe next year.

Comment from: Pneumonia shot pain, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

My doctor’s nurse gave me the shot for pneumonia vaccine. The pain in my hands that followed is so bad I cried, and it is nauseating. I got the shot 11/8/18. The pain is still with me on 11/20/18. I’m praying for relief. A coworker just gave me two Tylenol arthritis in hopes this will ease the inflammation. I can barely close my hands or hold things.

Comment from: Dixie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I am a very healthy 67-year-old, take no medications, and I had the flu vaccine and pneumonia booster vaccine in the same arm on Friday. Later that night my arm swelled all the way to the elbow and had large red patches and was very warm to the touch. I had a headache also. Next day it was more swollen and by evening the swelling had gone halfway down my forearm. I decided to go to the emergency room. I was told it was just a reaction and to take Benadryl. Third day today and swelling and red patches still there. Very scary.

Comment from: Hanna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I'm a 63 year old lady with COPD and had the first pneumonia vaccine in 2011. I don't remember having any bad reaction then. On my doctor's advice I had the most recent vaccine on Wednesday last, November 14th, 2018. It's been a nightmare! Pain in my arm and shoulder so bad I can't sleep. I feel tired and achy all over. I woke up 2 days after the vaccine with cold sores on my mouth. I haven't had one in years! It's now Sunday 18th and my arm is still aching, I have cold sores and a sore eye! Never again!

Comment from: Mom , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I am a healthy 36 female. I received my pneumonia vaccine Prevnar 23, 2 days ago, along with my flu shot. Immediately my arm hurt which was expected. That night I was unable to sleep, my whole arm was swollen (still, from the elbow to under my armpit around my shoulder) I had a fever, and began vomiting around 6 am. I have chills and my whole body hurts terribly still 2 days later. Even my skin hurts! My lymph nodes are swollen. Pain medicines do very little, but I was able to get to sleep last night for a few hours after some NyQuil.

Comment from: Magikarrpet, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

Ten days after the pneumonia vaccine Prevnar 13 immunization I still have redness and itchiness surrounding the injection site. My arm was very sore for the first two days but Tylenol relieved that symptom. Still waiting for the redness and itchiness to abate. I am a 68 year old female in excellent health otherwise.

Comment from: Blech100 , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

Hours after the pneumonia vaccine injection my area is swollen and red from the site to midway to elbow, and is very sore. There is itching too. I am waiting to see if I get any of the other side effects. Don’t appreciate article stating side effects are not common. Reading other comments that appears to be misinformation.

Comment from: bob j, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 20

Well, I can tell you the side effects are the worst. I got the pneumonia vaccine shot on Friday 11/9/2018 and I am still having side effects. The first 3 days I couldn’t move my arm, then I had fever and chills, then 5 days later throwing up. If I had known I never would have gotten it.

Comment from: Trudy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I had the first pneumonia vaccine shot. My arm swelled up, was red, hot to touch, and very itchy. Eight days later, my arm still hurts, and I feel sick all over. I ache in my back, shoulder, and my chest is sore to touch. I am a 65 year old female. I feel light headed and feel like pins and needles all over.

Comment from: A.J., 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I was perfectly fine before receiving the pneumonia vaccine for the first time. The injection site was very painful for days, which I did not expect. I also developed a horrible cough within 24 hours!

Comment from: LDGinLA, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 13

I am a healthy active male. I took Pneumovax 23 due to concerns with asthma. It has to be the sickest and most painful thing I’ve been through and I have a high pain tolerance and never complain. The injection site is so sore I can hardly move my arm, and that’s mild compared to the all over severe pain I’m experiencing. OTC drugs don’t touch the pain. I’ve had 102 fever. I sincerely hope the good outweighs this because right now I feel like a truck ran over me several times.

Comment from: Jim, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 12

I received pneumonia vaccine injection on 11/6/18, PCV 13. I am a 72 year old male. I woke up first night with major pain in left shoulder rotator cuff like a pulled muscle. I had to sit up in a chair the 2nd night. I am using herbal supplement for pain. On the 3rd night the center of pain went to mid back. It is still pushing 10 on the scale; screwing up my entire schedule.

Comment from: Shujata, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I had the pneumococcal vaccine and have subsequently felt headachy and weak and very tired. I have an upset stomach and diarrhea. I know it's not serious but would like to have been warned because it's quite hard to function. I just want to lie down.

Comment from: ncsenior, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

On October 30th, I got the first pneumonia vaccine for seniors from my doctor's office. Last night, November 6th, the injection site started itching. Today it is puffy (the shape of an oval), itching and a bright pink color. I called the doctor's office and they told me to take Benadryl but due to COPD, oxygen use, I am afraid to go there. Tomorrow afternoon, I am to see the physician’s assistant in the group of doctors. I feel like I am running a low grade fever. The flu shot was had earlier in October for this year.

Comment from: Jane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

Within 4 or 5 days of pneumonia vaccine I developed runny eyes, sneezing and itching and thought it must be hay fever. However day 6, 7 and 8 I am really down with a mammoth head cold and a head ache that cannot be controlled. Coughing makes my head ache even more! Not happy.

Comment from: Leelee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I received the pneumonia 13 vaccine on October 30th. I was told that I needed to get the vaccine because I contracted streptococcus pneumonia earlier this year. By the evening I was in a lot of pain at the injection site, and by the next day I developed a red knot, swollen and hot to the touch, and could barely move my arm. It is now day 5 and I am still really sick, bed ridden with extreme nausea, headache, chills, low grade temperature and feeling really rundown. I really hope that this goes away soon!

Comment from: Mem, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I received the flu and pneumonia vaccine shots this morning 11/2. Outside of a tender arm I felt fine. At around 9 pm I got chills and shakes so bad I couldn’t stop or control them. Finally with some Aleve and deep breathing exercises I was able to relax and sleep for a bit. I woke up burning up. I have a 102.7 temperature. No wonder I feel terrible.

Comment from: Miserable, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I am a 50 year old woman. I received a flu shot and pneumonia vaccine on the same day, October 15. Soreness in the arms was expected. October 29th I woke up with pain everywhere and in the evening started a fever. I had chills and profuse sweating all night. October 30th, I had fatigue, sore neck and lower back, it was hard to get out of bed, and more sweating. I went to the doctor, tested negative for flu. On October 31 I still have 100.5 fever when ibuprofen wears off, profuse sweating, difficulty breathing, cough, and diarrhea, I don’t know why.

Comment from: Mike, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 05

My brother got his pneumonia vaccine shot today and already his arm is swollen like a baseball. The swelling has gone down to his elbow. It's extremely red and has been burning. The pharmacist told him to take 2 Tylenol and a Benadryl. He can't take the Benadryl because he has emphysema and COPD.

Comment from: Sandy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I’m a 72 year old female. I got both the flu shot and pneumonia vaccine shot two days ago. For these last two days I have been so achy, tired and stiff. I’m miserable. I wonder if the vaccines could be the cause.

Comment from: Cindy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I am a 67 year old female. I got the flu shot in one arm and pneumonia vaccine in the other arm 2 days ago. I can’t sleep. I have a very slight tenderness at the injection sites, not enough to cause disturbing of sleep. Just can’t sleep; 2 nights and at the most 2 hours of sleep. Miserable.

Comment from: Neveragain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I got my annual flu shot Wednesday and got the pneumonia vaccine in the same arm. By 7:30 pm I was running low fever and had chills. I spent the next 48 hours in bed with fever 102 to 104. Finally I am feeling a little better. Will never take another one!

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

I received the pneumococcal vaccine and flu shot in the same arm. I have never had a reaction to the flu shot. Within 12 hours I started shaking uncontrollably, and had body ache, headaches and fever. Two hours after the chills, I got the sweats. I wonder what would cause the swift reaction. I felt fine and haven’t been sick.

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

I decided since I was getting the flu shot, I would go ahead and get the pneumonia vaccine shot too. I couldn’t sleep well. Every time I rolled on my arm I woke up. Today my arm has hurt all day. My muscles are aching, I have a fever and chills. Never again.

Comment from: Keith, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 23

My arm is extremely sore and very red with some swelling. It is 4 days since the pneumonia vaccine jab and it is still the same.

Comment from: pitbulllovr3, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I got my flu and pneumonia vaccine shot on October 16, 2018, one in each buttock. I don't really have buttocks, more like back fat, she says it's a muscle. So anyway 4 days later the flu shot site is barely noticeable but the pneumonia side is very painful, red, swollen and very hot, and the redness looks like it is spreading. Besides that I feel chilly, tired and uncomfortable. I called the doctor's office and the nurse said to put ice packs every 15 minutes and give it a few days or make another appointment. Yeah, ok, another week.

Comment from: C, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I am a 37 year old female. I had the flu shot in my left arm and the pneumonia vaccine in my right arm. Left arm was sore first day. On the 2nd day, I couldn’t even lift my right arm and had limited range of motion. The 3rd day, right arm still has limited range of motion. Three red, raised and hardened spots appeared near the injection site on the right arm. I have been feeling faint and achy all day. I am taking Advil regularly. Vaccines were administered on 10/17/2018. I won't ever be getting the pneumonia vaccine again.

Comment from: Big pharm Guinea pig, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 23

I got the pneumonia vaccine shot and flu shot at the same time in different arms. I was just sore the first day but woke up the second day in the middle of the night and felt just like I had the flu. I still feel terrible. My arm is swollen and hot, and I have several red streaks on my arm. Hoping for better results tomorrow.

Comment from: Eastcoast, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

Yes, I did experience side effects from the pneumonia vaccine; horrific pain in my arm with almost no mobility, fever, fever blisters, nausea, and dizziness. This was the second shot of Pneumovax 23. Never again!

Comment from: Jheichner, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I am a 40 year old healthy person who was diagnosed with asthma. I was told to get the flu and pneumonia vaccine. Holy wow! The first night was so bad I couldn't sleep. It is throbbing and feels like someone is stabbing me repeatedly. Day 2 I had to leave work early. The pain is now through my neck down my shoulder to my elbow. I have a very high pain tolerance. This is completely taking me down.

Comment from: Randy Briggs, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 22

I had the second pneumonia shot (Pneumovax 23) this week (10/13/2018) along with this year’s flu shot. I had the Pneumovax 13 last year. I did have chills the first night, arm was very sore, had general body aches and pains, and going on the third day of general blah feeling. No question this was the roughest pneumonia shot I have had, but, I’m going to make it; and the staff at the hospital are awesome!

Comment from: Hector, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 22

Day 1 after pneumonia vaccine, I had no symptoms during the day, and at night I had fever. Day 2, my fever was over 103, and my arm had a rash. I called the doctor, and he prescribed Benadryl and Tylenol, but the fever continued at night. Day 3 the fever stopped during the day but the arm aches if I move it.

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