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

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Comment from: Pieperski, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I am 62, female and healthy. I got the 1st Pneumovax pneumonia vaccine shot 7 days ago. Day 2-3 I had a very sore arm, but not unbearable. Fatigue started day 3 and was so bad on day 4, I had to leave work early. I was out sick days 5-6, with extreme fatigue, weakness, zero energy, low appetite and foggy brain. Slept a lot! No fever. I’m slowly improving, and went back to work, but still below my norm, energy-wise. What gives! I never had a problem with medicines or vaccines in my life. There will be no 2nd shot.

Comment from: Teri, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I had the pneumonia vaccine shot. My arm swelled up with an 8 inch welt that was hot and itchy. Months later, the same area gets hot and itchy for a few days. Goes away and then comes back again. It has happened several times. How long will this last!

Comment from: Gabrielle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I am 59 and had a great amount of swelling and soreness in my arm, but went to ride my bike right after the pneumonia vaccine shot. I also put China-Gel (which is like Icy Hot, but better as it has aloe vera and arnica for swelling). My arm was much better by the next day and most of the pain was gone. But I've felt like I have a sinus infection or a cold all week and have had a low grade fever for four days now. I did not have this problem with the first shot I had 15 years ago. Of course, I was younger then.

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

Four days after having the pneumonia vaccine, my arm is very painful, red and swollen. I was told there were no side effects to this vaccine!

Comment from: Becky P, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I am a rheumatoid arthritis patient and so needles are part of everyday life. I have had, over the years, central IV lines, cannulas and regular blood tests including the annual flu jab but nothing has ever been quite so painful as the pneumonia vaccine jab I received the other day. Day 3, I still can't lift, or touch my arm, it is incredibly painful; and not much sleep either. Accidentally leant on my arm and I literally screamed out with the pain. Be warned, it's not nice.

Comment from: Gg, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I received the pneumonia vaccine Pneumovax 23 on Wednesday at 8 am at a well-visit. My doctor recommended this since I am now 65. I often react to vaccines so was prepared for a reaction. By 2 pm my arm was starting to feel sore. By evening I needed ibuprofen and it was getting increasingly sore and difficult to move. Thursday I had ibuprofen all day, and it was red hot and swollen several inches around the site. Friday was the same, but now I have raised splotches of red, and a knot below the injection site. Saturday, fewer splotches, and not hot.

Comment from: Dnce4ver, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 05

I'm a 68 year young male and received the pneumonia vaccine (PV) 3 weeks ago and this is the second PV in my life. I'm still dealing with pain in my elbow and arm, it feels stiff and dead. The first few days I lost sleep and was barely able to lift my arm. I continue to work through the pain but curious if I should take the scheduled second injection. I'm also scheduled to receive the coronavirus vaccination in a few days, and wondering if there is any concern, and if I should use the same right arm or switch.

Comment from: Voudoomam, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I just had the pneumonia vaccine, Pneumovax 23. My whole arm swelled up, is itchy, hot and a huge hive has developed. I couldn’t lift my arm, hurt like crazy. I took Zyrtec and Tylenol. Next day, I am a little better. I still can’t lift my arm all the way, and it is still hot and swollen.

Comment from: DaveSnr , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 04

I had the flu jab in my right arm and no problems, the pneumonia vaccine jab in my left arm at the time didn't hurt, but a day later it feels like I've been punched in my left arm.

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

I took the Pneumovax pneumonia vaccine injection on a Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday my arm was extremely sore and I had chills (no fever) and felt awful. Today is Thursday and my arm is still quite painful but at least the other symptoms have improved. I’ve never had a reaction like this before. If it happens to you, you’re not crazy and it will get better!

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Comment from: JMO, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I had the Prevnar pneumonia vaccine shot 8 days ago. My arm hurt immediately after. I was told it would hurt a couple days. It’s been 8 days now and last night I couldn’t sleep because my shoulder hurt so badly. I have prior issues with that shoulder and I am terrified I shouldn’t have gotten this vaccine.

Comment from: Jennie Eve, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I had no problem after my first pneumonia vaccine shot. One year later I had my second pneumonia shot and my upper arm became severely swollen, red hot and the pain was extreme. I could not lift up my arm. On the third day, I called my doctor and she gave me prescription for doxycycline 100 mg, recommended Benadryl for allergy, and told me to wrap with ice. Pain was completely gone within 3 days. You all don't have to have this pain for months, call your doctor!

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

I took the tiny Band-Aid off and saw the site of the pneumonia vaccine was bleeding and it had developed around it, a bruise 6 cm square. It is very sore, and the pain and the bruise are not going away, 3 days later. I have read the problem can be because the injection is given too high up in the arm. It is muscular, the soreness, and is just around the injection site and not in the joint or mechanics of my shoulder, which can happen apparently. If it is still sore tomorrow I’ll go back to the doctor.

Comment from: Bover , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I had the pneumonia vaccine jab 2 days ago. I have been in agony since. My arm is so painful. I can’t sleep and it’s so painful to change gear in my car or do basic things. I’m close to tears.

Comment from: MM, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

My husband and I both received flu shots and Prevnar 23 pneumonia vaccine shot the same day in different arms. My husband had no symptoms at all! My Prevnar arm swelled within hours, turned red, hot and very painful. The redness soon traveled from my upper arm to my elbow joint. I had fever, chills, nausea, loss of energy and appetite. Most symptoms subsided within a week but the arm redness existed for 12 days. It has been 3 weeks and I still have a hard knot on that arm. Never had a vaccine reaction before.

Comment from: Lee J., 65-74 (Patient) Published: November 03

I am 71 and received the pneumonia vaccine shot yesterday. Last night my arm swelled all around the arm below the injection site, and covered with a red rash that itches. I am sick to my stomach and have no energy.

Comment from: Katie C, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I am a healthy 66 year old and went for my flu jab which I have had for the past 25 years with no problem. The nurse said I could also have a pneumonia vaccine, so I said yes. A day later I developed a temperature of 38 C, aches everywhere, a headache and a really hot and sore upper arm. This lasted 36 hours and I felt totally ill. Now 3 days later my arm is still red, hot and very tender.

Comment from: skertso, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I'm 65 and received the pneumonia vaccination at the doctor's office and it was the only painful injection I can say I have ever received. Extreme pain from the moment of the injection has continued for 3 straight days. I waking up at night, from the elbow to shoulder pain that's worse when I move my arm. To look at it you wouldn't visually see any issue. I've tried ibuprofen and Tylenol but neither have helped much. I also have minor cold like symptoms. I don't want to take this shot again.

Comment from: marden, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I had my first pneumonia vaccine shot in my left arm, along with over-65 flu vaccine, on Tuesday, 2.5 days ago. Wednesday was a loss. I am a very healthy 67. First night I needed Tylenol in the evening to sleep (not on my left side). Today it is still quite sore, underarm ache eased some, but there is a wide band/patch of red about an inch below the injections. The entire arm is warm and slightly itchy, but seems to be improving. I did move the arm through the pain as the pharmacist said it helps it not stiffen.

Comment from: Maria, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

After pneumonia vaccination I had pain and swelling in my arm. Also severe headache and fatigue.

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Comment from: Blessed 1, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

No, I have had no side effect from the pneumonia vaccine. Just my arm hurts because I didn't relax, so I want to use a heating pad; wonder if it will help.

Comment from: Patricia, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

Yes. I am a healthy 66-year-old woman. I got my second pneumonia vaccine on Tuesday, October 20. I always react to vaccines, so wasn't surprised by the flu-like side effects that evening, and through the next day. My arm was also sore, again, not unexpected. But it's now Friday evening (4 days later) and there is a huge hot red rash covering about 1/3 of the area between my shoulder and elbow, painful to the touch. I also still feel under the weather. I rank this worse than the Shingrix shots.

Comment from: LB, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I had the pneumonia vaccine on Friday. It’s now Sunday and the pain is getting worse. I cannot believe the pain, swelling and redness. Can’t sleep due to the pain and I also have flu like symptoms. I feel absolutely awful. I’m only 40 and was recommended to have it due to immunology result. Never, ever again! I had the flu vaccine 2 weeks ago and was absolutely fine. I asked the nurse about side effects and she said I wouldn’t get any. Hoping it goes away soon.

Comment from: Nip Miller , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I had the pneumococcal vaccine about 2 days ago along with the flu shot in separate arms. Yesterday, I spiked a fever of 102 and can barely move the arm. I have never had a reaction to any vaccine like this before. Today, my fever spiked to 103 and I can’t seem to get it under 100. My neck is also extremely stiff. Cold compresses for the arm soreness and heating pad for the neck has helped ease the pain some. My doctor luckily intervened and provided more tips to get past this.

Comment from: Singsgood, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I am a very fit and healthy 67 year old. I had Prevnar 23 pneumonia vaccine on 1 October. I am very sore at the injection site, which progressed by evening to aches, fever and chills. On the second night, I vomited and fainted, and my husband found me on the floor. I had four days of fever and underarm swelling. My arm was hot, red and swollen with obvious edema (fluid) traveling gradually down past the elbow. Twelve days later, no fevers but I still can’t bend and use my right arm (am right handed) for housework, gardening, etc., without great pain.

Comment from: Jeanette , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

Yes, I had extreme pain in the upper arm/shoulder, with little mobility. Today is day 4 since I had the pneumonia vaccine and I’m getting some movement back, but it is still very painful.

Comment from: Chaz, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

Pleased I found this thread, I was thinking the nurse had seriously damaged me. I am 65, very fit, lifeguard and swimming teacher in my semi-retired employment. I have had many vaccines in my life so having the pneumonia vaccine jab at the same time as the yearly flu jab seemed sensible. I had to have my first sick day in years. Unbearable pain that came on after 5 hours, and no sleep. Feel a little better now, around 36 hours later, but my arm has very limited movement and is still painful.

Comment from: Mrs mack, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I am of age 65 and had flu and pneumonia vaccine jabs in the same arm. On the same day, I had an achy arm with a little raised redness and warmth, some tenderness like muscle ache when moving, and some discomfort sleeping the first night when I rolled asleep on to that arm. Since then the discomfort has decreased. I have taken paracetamol which completely removed the ache but needed it four-hourly. Aspirin is not advised. Now it is 3 days and the ache has gone, and no paracetamol needed now.

Comment from: Lin, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I had the pneumonia vaccine injection in my arm 3 days ago and each day it has gotten progressively sorer! That is the only side effect I've had.

Comment from: Cgmcf, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

I had the pneumonia vaccine shot and flu shot in the same arm yesterday. I took a Motrin tablet soon after, as recommended (actually Tylenol was recommended but I didn’t have any with me). Within a few hours, my arm began to itch, swell and hurt. I took Tylenol 4 hours after the injections (having taken Motrin soon after injections), and iced my arm. It’s still swollen, stiff and painful 12 hours later.

Comment from: Elky, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 29

I have had redness, swelling and pain in my shoulder for two days after the pneumonia vaccine. It is very hard to sleep, no way I can sleep on that side. Felt a little pukey with headache and sniffling. I’m 64, in good health, and did not expect, nor was advised of such a reaction. I had the stronger flu vaccine the same day, with mild soreness but no swelling.

Comment from: PattyS, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

I'm a 68 year old female and I had a flu shot and pneumonia vaccine at the same time, on the same arm, on Thursday 9/24. About 4 hours later I had all the symptoms of the flu, my arm was extremely red, which continued to spread over my muscle from the elbow up to the shoulder and very painful, unable to move at times. I had fever of 100 for the next 24 hours, chills, headache, and no energy. A spot on my right chest area began to hurt on the 3rd, 4th and again today, radiating to upper back.

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

I'm a 67 year old female. I had a flu and pneumonia vaccine jab three days ago. The arm I had the pneumonia jab in, throbs and aches, and keeps me awake at night. I am also finding movement very difficult and painful.

Comment from: John65, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 22

I am just reaching 65 and I am fit and healthy apart from now having an arm I can't use. It is now Sunday and I had the pneumonia vaccine jab on Friday, so it's been 2 days, but the pain is unbearable. It's looking like I won’t be going to work for at least tomorrow because I am a handyman and won’t be able to use the tools. If I had known it was going to be so bad I wouldn't have bothered. I can't raise my arm above my shoulder for the pain, and it constantly throbs and aches.

Comment from: GLM, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I had the flu and pneumonia vaccine shot in the same arm, the same day. The next day I notice my arm is red, swollen and hot to the touch.

Comment from: Catherine, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

It is now 2020 and I am 74, taking the second pneumonia vaccine shot, 3 days ago. I have had many shots through the years, for travel and personal reasons and never had a reaction. This last shot has been a challenge, with soreness in the muscle, redness and tenderness. It will pass and will be well worth the discomfort of the past few days. I had a difficult time sleeping the first night, and it has progressively gotten better. On day 3 the redness has gravitated to my elbow and is less painful.

Comment from: Nana DF, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I would never get this pneumonia vaccine shot again! The pain at the injection site was a 5. My arm swelled and it was very red and hot to the touch for over 3 days. My doctor did not think this was an allergic reaction but “a good immune response.” Well, whatever, never again.

Comment from: SarahB, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I had the pneumonia vaccine (PSV23) and flu vaccine. I am 29, but my allergist recommended a pneumonia shot after 2 bouts of pneumonia last year and getting a failed immunology test back. The pharmacist gave them both in the same arm. My arm started throbbing 2 hours later. I didn't sleep at all from the pain in my arm. It almost feels as if I tore a muscle. I have had chills and fever of 101 all day. I agree with someone's post here stating it feels like having pneumonia without the chest pain.

Comment from: Jrreis, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 26

I received my pneumonia vaccine shot today. My arm is so sore and swollen I can hardly move it without a bit of pain. My lymph node in my armpit of the arm I got the vaccine in is swollen and sore also. This is the first time I've gotten this specific vaccine. It's very shocking how much pain it is causing.

Comment from: MC, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

I am a healthy 68 year old woman. I got the pneumonia vaccine shot 17 days ago. The day after getting the shot I started feeling like I was getting the flu. I have had not felt well since. I won’t be getting this vaccine again. Hopefully this feeling will go away.

Comment from: B1978, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I just received my pneumonia vaccine today. I can’t sleep, my arm is so sore. I can’t even lift my arm. The pain is traveling up and down my arm. How long will this last for; I want to sleep!

Comment from: GINA, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I received the PPSV23 pneumonia vaccine shot on Friday Monday July 3, 2020. I was fine and went about my day but all that changed by 3:00 pm. My arm really started hurting and by 4, I could not lift it at all. I do not get sick and I am very sorry I received this shot. I am 66 and now will have to go see other doctors because of this shot. It has been three day of extreme pain and it is the weekend, which means I have to wait until Monday. I am using ibuprofen and ice, which is not helping.

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.

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.

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) https://vaers.hhs.gov/. 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 https://www.hrsa.gov/vaccine-compensation/index.html 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!