Patient Comments: Pneumococcal Vaccination - How Often?

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

Comment from: Linda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I am a 70-year-old female. About 15 months ago I received my 1st ever Prevnar 13 pneumonia vaccine shot. That night I woke up vomiting and it lasted into the following day, but no arm pain though. Today I saw my doctor for my monthly refills and he said I needed the pneumonia 23, I balked but he said I needed it and no more shots ever after this shot, so I said ok. I didn't feel the needle go in and was surprised how easy the injection was! Twenty minutes later I got out of the car and was very dizzy. My daughter was driving.

Comment from: sooziewoozie , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

The pneumococcal vaccination was suggested at a routine blood test appointment. I wish I had declined. My arm was sore and red for about 3 days, too uncomfortable to lie on. I had a slight cough before having the vaccine. This developed, within 4 hours, I had laryngitis, conjunctivitis, chills, moderate fever, diarrhea, and a cough so bad I was vomiting. Two weeks later my throat is still sore and I cannot shift this hacking cough. It's been an awful experience.

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

I got the pneumococcal vaccination because my primary care physician suggested it.

Comment from: perplexed, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I got the pneumonia vaccine shot 5 months ago. I have had severe pain in my arm, shoulder and in my neck. The pain is not as bad as it was but a week after the injection I developed a lump on the left side of my chest and it seems to have moved higher near my collar bone. The doctor does not know why or what it is and it is tender to the touch. If I knew then what I know now I would not have gotten vaccine. I hope this isn't a plot to knock of seniors. I haven't scaled Mt. Everest yet.

Comment from: Ellen, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I am 78 years old and while I am in pretty good shape (I still bicycle, swim when I can get to the pool, and weightlift) my doctor told me that the kinds of bacterial pneumonia I might get without this pneumonia vaccine shot could be fatal. I have been laid up with a terrible cough; this started as the typical 'cold-y' scratchiness in the throat, then a deep, tight chest cough, then spasmodic coughing and now, on day 6, finally bringing up sputum. Ugh. I'd probably get this again but effects are very unpleasant.

Comment from: crnacc, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I originally got my first pneumococcal vaccination after my spleen was removed. I didn't notice any side effects at that time. About 7 years later I had another one as I was told I would need them routinely the rest of my life. I did end up getting a sore arm, fever of 103, body aches but it subsided. I got the 3rd one and the next day I felt extremely weak, pain everywhere, short of breath, fever of 103 and my arm became 2 to 3 times the normal size, red and warm. I said never again will I have another one! Awful stuff!

Comment from: Pneumovictim, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

I got Pneumovax pneumonia vaccine yesterday. Today, my upper arm is swollen to between half again and double its normal size, a reaction unlike any other, to perhaps 30 previous vaccination shots over six decades. I was about to head off to the emergency room until comments here reassured me that we're simply dealing with a nasty medical product.

Comment from: Masters Athlete, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

I worked out six hours after my pneumonia vaccine shot, including a 7 mile jog. Subsequently, I had an episode of severe chills, then fever which broke with profuse sweating while sleeping. I was fine afterwards, but the next day, I had similar episodes, though much less severe, with physical exertion. Temperature control system of the body seems affected by the vaccine, until cleared.

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

I was advised by general physician to have pneumonia vaccination. Same night I suffered extremely painful arm. It kept me awake all night despite taking paracetamol. Following day I felt nauseous and weak. Wish that I had rejected his advice.

Comment from: ivygal, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I got the pneumonia vaccine 6 days ago. The most painful vaccine ever! Within seconds of the injection my arm down to my fingertips throbbed in dull, heavy pain. I had a cold when administered and by the evening was full blown sick. I had fevers for three days between 100 and 103, and pain everywhere. It felt like the advertised “mild” cold like symptoms of the vaccine and with my actual cold combined to a Voltron, sword wielding like force! My arm is still in pain.

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

I had the Prevnar 13 pneumonia vaccine shot along with the hepatitis A vaccine 6 days ago for travel to Thailand. The day of the vaccines, both on the same arm, my arm was pretty sore. The pain lasted a good 3 days. Last night my arm started to feel sore to the touch, like the 1st day and now I have a red, raised, warm, sore arm again, right below where I received the Prevnar shot. I have felt pretty under the weather most of the week, tired, no energy, and a little fluish.

Comment from: Joni, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I got my flu shot. A week later I got a pneumococcal conjugate 13-valent vaccination shot for pneumonia. After 12 days I still have soreness and a little bump that has gotten smaller than it was. When sleeping it hurts if I lay on that side. I feel fine otherwise. I am wondering if this will go away or not.

Comment from: Angry Senior, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

All I can say is: never again will I have a flu or pneumonia vaccination shot ever again. I had both shots in the same arm, and now can hardly move my arm, the pain is awful. Had I read all the reviews beforehand I would not have had these horrible injections. As a matter of fact, the pharmaceutical company ought to be sued.

Comment from: Virgie , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I am female, age 52. My doctor said since I am asthmatic and I tend to get bronchitis quite often that I should have the pneumonia shot to keep my lungs safe. Well this was more than 3 months ago and I almost ended up in the hospital because I swelled up really bad for a few weeks but since then my left arm aches all the time and I have to take ibuprofen about 3 times a day. I wonder if this is normal to anyone but me. I wish I knew what I can do about it.

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

I got the pneumonia vaccine shot (along with flu shot) two days ago, one in each arm, on recommendation of my doctor. The Prevnar 13 arm was really sore almost immediately and still is. I felt sick the night I got it, as well as the next day. I feel somewhat better today, but like I said, my arm is still really sore. If the vaccine is effective (and I've read elsewhere that it is) I'll be grateful. Getting pneumonia has to be so much worse than suffering these side effects for a few days.

Comment from: A12345, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I got the Pneumovax 23 pneumonia vaccine shot 2 days ago and have been in extreme pain ever since. I have severe chills, dizziness, nausea, and all-over body aches. My injection site is also extremely swollen and hot to the touch with red blotches spreading out all over my bicep and deltoid area. I've had pneumonia once before and these side effects are worse than pneumonia itself. I was never warned about any side effects. If you get this vaccine, make sure to clear your calendar for the next week.

Comment from: Merianthe, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I thought it was a good idea to get the Prevnar 13 shot. We went to Walmart for shots. But today about 24 hours after I got the pneumonia vaccine shot I'm exhausted and have fever and chills. Also a slightly elevated heart rate. Hope I'll feel better tomorrow. I have a doctor appointment in the morning for blood pressure monitoring so we'll see what he has to say.

Comment from: Denise, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I got the Prevnar 13 pneumonia vaccine 5 days ago. I had the flu shot a week earlier. I have rheumatoid arthritis, and taking Plaquenil. I still feel exhausted and running low grade temperature of about 99 to 100. I have no injection site issues. Fortunately, I have not as many problems as some. If I had read these comments, I seriously would have reconsidered this shot. These are some scary reactions; I haven't seen anything like this before!

Comment from: Pneumonia vaccine, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

My doctor told me to get the pneumonia vaccination shot at 65, and I got mine on Wednesday. I got flu symptoms the next day, then my arm got red and more red and swollen. Four days later I no longer am sick but arm is more swollen and redder. Never again, it is worse than the tetanus shot! I went to the pharmacist, he says this happens to 1 in 10, and I should be better in a week, I sure hope so!

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

Three hours after receiving my pneumococcal vaccination I experienced sharp, throbbing pain which ran up and down my arm. It became partially paralyzed and extremely weak. This lasted through the night so that I couldn't sleep, and through the next day. Finally the pain subsided somewhat but my arm is still sore and weak. I am barely able to use it for any purpose. I don't understand why I experienced this when most websites claim side effects of this vaccine are mild.

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Comment from: Julie , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I got the pneumococcal vaccine because I have had several bouts of pneumonia so my doctor wanted me to get it. After getting the vaccine my arm was sore but tolerable. Later that day I started feeling very tired, by that evening I was extremely congested, and next my muscles became very sore. The next several days I developed swollen glands and a severe sore throat. I feel like I am on my way to getting pneumonia again. Tomorrow I am going to my doctor since I am not getting any better.

Comment from: jgi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I will never get another pneumonia vaccine shot after what I have experienced over the last 3 days. Couple of hours after getting it I started getting achy and nauseous. Four hours after the shot I was running a 103.5 fever, not very lucid, hurting all over, and the injection site was very angry red and getting darker (on day 3). Not everybody will have this happen but if you are susceptible to stuff don't take it, it is miserable! My shot site is 5 or 6 inches top to bottom.

Comment from: Nanna , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I hesitantly decided to get the Prevnar 13 shot yesterday. Unlike most others I have had no reaction other than a tiny bit of soreness for several hours at the injection site, but that was it. I was told by my pharmacist to move my arm a lot for a while, so I did. Not sure if that was what did the trick but after reading all the bad comments I was pretty happy I sailed through it just fine. Today I feel no soreness whatsoever. I am 65 years old.

Comment from: Renee, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 27

I'm a 50 year old female, I got pneumonia last year and decided to get the pneumonia vaccine shot this year. I got the shot Friday and all weekend I felt extreme exhaustion, and by Sunday night I started a fever, then tons of sweating and then chills. My muscles are aching and I'm nauseated. Today is Tuesday and I had to go to my primary care, and he said it is the side effects of the shot. This sweating though! Full blown exhaustion is still present and the sweating! I am a caregiver to my son.

Comment from: Littlenana, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 19

I'm 69 and care giver for my husband 72, with dementia. I have to stay healthy. I got the flu and pneumonia shot in my left arm. A few hours later it started hurting and I can barely move it. I have it wrapped in ice and taking ibuprofen. I'm starting to feel a little sick. Caregiving is going to be a huge challenge if this doesn't get better soon.

Comment from: Cindy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I went for a yearly physical. My doctor suggested I get the PVC13 as I am now 65. I am in great health. So I said ok give me the pneumonia vaccine. The day after the shot I felt a bit unwell and started sweating. On the 2nd day I felt better but then by afternoon started sweating again. Hopefully tomorrow I will be back to normal. I will never have his shot again.

Comment from: Ibetired, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 17

I took all three pneumonia vaccine shots the same day. I had it done on Wednesday, and early Friday morning I passed out in the bathroom. My arms were very sore, I had a fever and was sick at my stomach. My wife discovered me sometime that morning. I don't know how long I was out. I staggered to my bed and went to sleep. Never again will I take all these shots again.

Comment from: renegadeslady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I got the pneumonia vaccine shot yesterday. I asked if there were side effects and was told that there are no side effects at all. Yea, ok. A while after the shot I felt nauseous and had no appetite. My arm started to swell up and is still swollen. Due to the swelling and soreness, it is very painful to move my arm at all. Now, I notice that it's hot to the touch. Earlier today I felt slightly feverish but that went away. I don't know if the swelling and hotness to touch will go away on its own but I hope so.

Comment from: Cndy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I was recently diagnosed with COPD and emphysema, and my doctor recommended the flu vaccine and the pneumonia vaccine. I got them a week apart. I was in such pain the day after the pneumonia vaccine I could not lift my left arm and I could not lean on that side. The next day I had a fever and could not stop sweating and had to run my head under the cold water for hours, had to sit in my chair dripping wet from cold water with ice packs all over me. It has been a week and I still feel severe muscle pain.

Comment from: Ozzie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

The doctor recommended pneumonia vaccination on Thursday. By the afternoon, I had headache, slight nausea and generally felt bad. By evening, my arm was red, hot and swelling. This worsened the next day with the redness, heat and swelling of entire upper arm. Saturday, I went to the urgent care clinic, was told it was cellulitis and given antibiotic prescription. It is now Tuesday and symptoms are finally starting to go down, but still in some pain.

Comment from: Angel Mama, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I got the pneumonia vaccine shot as I thought it would be good preventative. I received the shot at 4 pm on a Wednesday. At noon on Thursday I was nauseated and could not eat. I had a headache that was getting worse by the minute. By 4 pm Thursday the headache was blinding and chills had set in. Plus all my muscles hurt like I'd been hit by a truck. I spent the night under blankets shaking through chills and pains and nausea. Never again!

Comment from: Momofawarrior, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 27

My baby just had pneumococcal vaccine and about 4 hours later was crying in excruciating pain. He could not move his legs or be touched in that area. He then spiked a fever of 103.5. We are on day 3, he projectile vomited, fever is now 104, and he was diagnosed with pneumonia. I do not get this vaccine! He has been the most miserable I have ever seen him. Even through open heart surgery he wasn't this miserable!

Comment from: Leo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I am always up to date on my vaccines and was told the newest pneumonia vaccine was better. I am 69 and in excellent health. Never had a problem with a vaccine before. A few hours after it was given, my arm was killing me. It has been two days and it feels like someone shot a bullet through it. I had a hard time lifting things. I have horses and the manure pickup has not been easy.

Comment from: Omg, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

My doctor suggested the pneumonia vaccine shot and a year later to get the booster, so I did. The original vaccine was no problem. But about 10 hours after the booster shot, my arm, and underarm and armpit are in severe pain. I never had an adverse reaction from a vaccine before, but now I can barely lift my arm and can't sleep through the pain. Nothing seems to relieve it. I am a healthy 65 year old female. Not sure how long this will go on. Never again!

Comment from: MagooDC, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 09

My doctor talked me into getting the pneumonia vaccine as I am on immunosuppressant medications. The first shot hurt a little and was slightly sore for the first day or two, but without major side effects. The second shot 2 months later was a different story. That was the worst night of my life, excruciating pain in my left arm that spread to the elbow and up into the clavicle. No Advil, ice pack or pain patch relieved my agony. I couldn't move my arm in any direction and it took days for it to subside.

Comment from: ElRi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I got the pneumonia vaccine because of age. I couldn't breathe within an hour. Next day I still couldn't breathe, felt hot and couldn't get cool, and had nausea, vomiting, headache and tiredness. The next day, I felt like my body was on fire. I have a massive headache now that started to go down neck. My arm was swollen, hot to touch with a knot in the injection site, and pain was shooting into shoulder. I have a swollen face, and was red all over with elevated blood pressure. I am making a trip to the emergency room now. Yep, severe allergic reaction.

Comment from: Jenn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I am 46, female. I haven't been to the doctor since 2012. I let the doctor talk me into this pneumonia vaccine this morning. I am starting to panic because I am losing use of my arm. I'm sweating, my heart rate is crazy, I feel funny and the pain is spreading into my shoulder. I am not liking the pain, and side effects. I'm worried, no way will I be able to go to sleep. No more vaccines for me. My arm better work by Friday. I start my new job.

Comment from: Jdoctolero65, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 05

The man I'm taking care of just was told he has progressive emphysema, and needs get a pneumonia shot, so he did. Now he's claiming his arm hurts really badly.

Comment from: cazza, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I'm 74 and had my flu shot today and said I'd never had pneumococcal vaccination shot so had it at same time. The doctor said I may have sore arm for few days and injection is not now given every 6 years as it lasts much longer. I can just feel a slight soreness this afternoon but it hasn't bothered me at all.

Comment from: Beenie j, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I had pneumonia 2 times in 1 year and 6 months so I decided to get a pneumonia vaccine shot. Everything was fine for about a day, then I had the most excruciating lower back pain that has lasted 3 weeks. It is getting better, I am just wondering if anyone else has had an experienced associated to having this shot.

Comment from: Freaked out, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I had the pneumonia vaccine in one arm and the flu shot in the other yesterday. I am a very fit 67 year old female. Everything was fine until 5 hours later when the sheer agony began. The pain went from my arm to my neck and I couldn't move either. The whole night was torture. Trying to move even slightly excruciating. I have a huge pain tolerance but this is something I've never experienced before! I have taken ibuprofen every 4 hours but it doesn't do a thing. I have most of the symptoms I'm reading about and can't believe there was no warning or at least the pneumonia shot should have been in the left arm as I can't do a thing with the right one. I would warn all others to think twice as I wouldn't wish this on any one. I literally felt like dying last night and almost called an ambulance.

Comment from: KTR-1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I got the pneumococcal vaccination shot yesterday - I have lung cancer. I'm 62 and in good health otherwise. First day was fine, second day my arm is very sore and can't lift it the whole way, so am trying to do arm movements to get the vaccine to move around maybe. I got this because there are many strains of pneumonia that antibiotics do not work for anymore and no matter if I had lung cancer or not I would have gotten this shot. My 15 year old nephew almost died of pneumonia this past winter. Pneumonia can come to anyone so pain or not I got it.

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

My physician recommended the second shot for pneumonia. I wish I had read these comments on the pneumococcal vaccination before consenting. The shot was extremely painful. I'm writing this at 1:30 am after receiving the shot yesterday at 10:30 am. The pain in my arm and shoulder is excruciating. I've applied heat and cold. Ibuprofen isn't touching the pain. I would not have taken the shot if I had known!

Comment from: Judi, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I have asthma. I had the Prevnar 13 yesterday. Today my arm is swollen, red and hard as a rock, I also have 3 smaller bumps below the injection site. No appetite. This was my 3rd pneumococcal vaccine. My doctor wanted me to have it.

Comment from: Peter, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I had the Prevnar 13 shot a month ago at the advice of my primary care physician. Being 67, I was in the suggested group to receive it. I was ok the day I got it, but the next day, I had chills fever and extreme soreness in my shoulder. Now, over 30 days later, both my shoulders ache constantly, and I have pain in most of my joints. My activities are severely limited. I am being beginning to question whether it is all worth it as I have never had pneumonia and I don't see an end to the pain.

Comment from: Abbey 1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I went to the doctor on April 25. I received Prevnar 13 at 2:15. Around 9:00 pm I was starting to get muscle aches. When I got up at 6:00 I was dizzy, weak and had horrible muscle aches, my hips hurt and I also had a headache. I had to cancel my work day. At 10:00 pm on the 26th I was finally feeling a little better. I hope I can work tomorrow, I'm self-employed and never miss work; tells you how bad I have felt.

Comment from: Grove Fabs, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 26

I decided to get the pneumococcal vaccination on the advice of my general physician.

Comment from: Nancy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I've had several bouts with pneumonia, and my physician recommended that I take the Prevnar vaccine. The first injection was in 2016, and I didn't have too much discomfort or any known lasting after-effects from that one. I had my 2nd (and thankfully, my last) Prevnar shot, in my left arm, in October 2017. Within hours after the injection, my entire left arm was swollen, hot and painful, with extremely limited mobility. The following 3 days were miserable; fever, flu-like aches and pains, total lack of appetite, and increasing swelling, redness, pain and lack of mobility in my left arm. Now, 6 months later, I still suffer with pain and limited mobility in the left arm. I'm beginning to wonder if I will ever again have normal, pain-free range of motion in that arm. I kind of wish I had taken my chances with pneumonia, and never had the Prevnar.

Comment from: Alyx0315, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I am very prone to getting pneumonia. A few years ago I had an injection for pneumonia. In January of this year my physician wanted me to get the Prevnar 13 because it was supposed to be so much better. I got it two days ago and the very next day after getting the injection I began hurting all over. Lots of joint pain. I am so fatigued I can hardly hold my head up and my left arm where the shot was given is red, swollen, very painful and hot to the touch. As I type this I am having chills and severe stomach pain and a very severe headache that will not go away. Today is my birthday and had I known how awful this shot makes you feel I would have never ever had this injection. I have never had a reaction to any vaccine but something is very different with this shot. I wish I had not received this injection.

Comment from: Concerned Daughter, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 16

The physician would not let my mother leave the doctor's office until she had the Prevnar 13 pneumococcal vaccination. It's been a horrific ordeal for the last two years as a result of that vaccine!

Comment from: CyndieParz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I am 45 years old and I received the pneumonia vaccine last week (5 days ago) after recovering from pneumonia (3 times in 4 years) and the H3N3 flu over the past 3 months. I didn't feel the shot at all last Wednesday; and then I woke up Thursday. Here it is, Sunday night, and the pain in my left upper arm is excruciating. There is a hard lump about 6 inches below where the shot was given and I have been placing pain patches on it over the past 3 days to no avail. I have had constant chills and all over body ache since then; places that there is no logical reason for pain - my pelvis, the top of my left foot and my left side. Granted, I was on Avelox for pneumonia and I know the side effects from fluoroquinolones last for months having been on them before, but I was feeling better until I receive the shot, and now, I feel as if I never got better at all. I am describing it as having been hit with a freight train and then kicked by a horse for good measure. The only thing worse with having pneumonia over the shot was the extreme shortness of breath, but I honestly didn't feel this bad body-wise. Whether it is the shot itself, or all of the toxic chemicals in vaccines, I will never, ever get another vaccine for the rest of my life.

Comment from: ggg, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I had been asked multiple times by my primary care physician's nurse if I had gotten my pneumococcal and flu vaccines. I volunteer in a hospice center so the flu vaccine is required. I am 65 years old with a history of pulmonary embolism, so I waited until I saw my pulmonologist this past week to ask if I should get the pneumococcal vaccine. He said yes, I was of the age, so I received it on Friday. Today is Monday. Saturday I ran a fever and spent the entire day on the sofa with chills and aches. Thankfully, those subsided but the redness and soreness on my left arm around the site of the injection is larger and worse today than it has been.

Comment from: NewYorkGirl5000, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

My allergist recommended I get the pneumonia vaccine as I have been susceptible to sinus infections and bronchitis and we wanted to test my immune system. The first 8 to 12 hours were ok, then I woke up the first night and almost fainted with fever, chills and arm pain. I went to the doctor the next day and they didn't seem too concerned. It is day 3 and I still have a very sore arm, fever of 101, sweating, chills, and body aches. I'm miserable and wouldn't wish this upon anyone. Do not get this vaccine if you do not need it!

Comment from: Barefoot, 35-44 (Patient) Published: November 17

I had the pneumococcal vaccine 8 days ago on Tuesday November 7th. It was very hard and painful around the injection site for 2 days, which spread to the joint, and now 8 days later I still have pain in my shoulder joint and clavicle on that side. Unless you are at high risk of pneumonia, I would strongly recommend not getting this vaccine. Luckily I didn't have any fever/nausea as reported by others, however I have never had a vaccine cause this much pain, or spread beyond the muscle, the way this one has. I have an autoimmune disorder (celiac), and the vaccine was just to test my immune response. If this is ever suggested to you, ask them to pick any other vaccine, the side effects from this one are particularly bad.

Comment from: Carol, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I went to the doctor for a wellness checkup. He encouraged me to get the flu and pneumonia vaccine, either of which I have never had before. About 8 hours later I had pretty significant pain in both shoulders; no redness or swelling but it felt hard at the injection sites. I couldn't get comfortable to sleep. I woke up around 1:00 am with nausea, diarrhea, and intense headache. I couldn't go back to sleep after taking 2 Tylenols for pain. I went on to work as usual but feeling nauseated so I'm sipping on ginger ale and eating crackers. Generally feel awful and wish I could go home and get some sleep.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I let the pharmacy talk me into a pneumococcal shot. The shot did not hurt a bit, it's been going on 3 days now. I cannot remember the last time I have been this sick. My arm was just throbbing with pain, body aches from head to toe, chills to sweating. Never again!

Comment from: AmandaB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I received a pneumococcal vaccination yesterday, because I've had lung damage from chest wall radiation and had pneumonia in that lung this year. I must say that the shot was very painful and I cannot lift my arm all the way and have shooting pains in my shoulder. That being said, I'll still 'suck it up' and get another shot when it's due. The pain of a pneumonia shot is way less than dealing with pneumonia and the pain in our account from emergency room fees.

Comment from: alan, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

My general physician suggested I have it. I received the pneumococcal vaccination last Thursday. I had no initial pain but I awoke at 2 am with the most horrible pain in my shoulder and a slight fever. The pain was so bad I could hardly raise my arm. It is slowly improving but still very sore. I will never have it again.

Comment from: Tracy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

I am HIV positive (25 Years) and was due for vaccination so I had the pneumococcal vaccination 13 on 04/11/16. It did not hurt at the time until 48 hours later I woke up at 4 am burning up, with nausea, and my neck and head pounding. So I took some Tylenol and later woke up feeling like I had been hit by a Mack truck. The injection site was on my stomach so, that area was on fire, with red and hard lump the size of a large egg. I went to urgent care and they drew a line around it and gave me antibiotics, told me to go home and if the area went over the line she drew, then go to the hospital. It is now the next day of antibiotics and the area has grown over the line and I feel horrible. I'm dreading the waiting at the emergency room feeling the way I do. All I can say is never again and I wish I would have read the stories of other people who have had this before getting it.

Comment from: Sally, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I was advised to get the pneumococcal vaccination because I am due to start a course of methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis. The injection was very painful when it was given into my shoulder but it didn't get really bad until about 3 am. My shoulder was throbbing with pain. I couldn't move it without causing further pain. Definitely 10 on the pain scale.

Comment from: c6j, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

In late January 2016 I experienced acute urinary retention due to benign prostatic hyperplasia. I have had a Foley catheter now for about 6 weeks. I was also put on Flomax and finasteride. I will see my urologist in mid-March to see if the medicines have had some effect. If not it will be time, I hope, to plan for a TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate) procedure.

Comment from: Beth, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I chose to have pneumonia vaccine yesterday 3/1/16. I could not believe how sore the arm was. I took hot bath with Epsom salt last night and an Aleve. I am better today. I think in the long run it is worth it but the arm soreness is real! My home remedy worked pretty well as I could not turn on to that side in bed before the bath and Aleve. No other side effects thank goodness, so far.

Comment from: dreamer, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 15

I made the mistake of listening to my doctor and believed that the pneumococcal vaccination will be a little sore in the arm. Never again. I had fever of 100.3, chills, pain from head to toe over 10, useless arm, red, hot and itchy and very sore.

Comment from: Coco, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

I asked my new family doctor what this pneumococcal vaccination shot was like because I had a tetanus shot a few years ago and had to go to physiotherapy for 6 months. She said because the shot goes into the muscle that yes, there would be a little redness. After a few hours my left arm was getting real sore and by the next day it was red right down to the elbow and back of the arm too. I could hardly move it also had the chills. Today is the 3rd day and it is still red but not as painful. This shot is a onetime vaccination.

Comment from: geezer, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 07

At my physician's advice I got the pneumococcal vaccination. I first had a large bruise-like area at the site of the shot. Subsequently arm pain extending to right wrist. Now, weeks later, arm is still sore and wrist hurts when the hand is used. I had shots during 20 years for all kinds of things, this is the worst reaction ever.

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

I had a pneumococcal vaccine on November 24th, 2015. While in for my check-up doctor asked me if I wanted the shot, and I said ok. Had I known about the pain I was about to experience, I would never get it. My left arm started hurting about 5 hours after I got the shot. The pain was 10 on the scale 1 to 10. I was not able to sleep whole night because of pain. I was not able to move my arm at all. I called the doctor in the morning. I wanted to know why I was not told about side effects before I got the shot. They gave me information sheet on my way out of the office. Doctor told me to take 600 mg of Advil every six hours. That relieved the pain some. I will tell everyone I know about my experience. It is 2 days later, and I still don't have full use of my left arm. It is still painful. I will never again get any vaccine.

Comment from: Cat Lady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 23

I received the Prevnar 13 pneumonia vaccine on Wednesday. It didn't bother me at first but 5 hours later, wow! I have had three rotator cuff surgeries since 2006, the side effects from this shot were déjà vu; felt like I was reliving my post surgeries days. I cannot lift my arm and the pain is a 10 (on a 1 to 10 scale). I got the flu vaccine a week before this and had just a very slight soreness, but this one I was in no way ready for! I am not sure how long this will last, but am concerned about losing my range of motion in my right arm. I volunteer at a school so I thought getting this vaccine was the right thing to do, not so sure now. Good luck to everyone who said 'yes' to this vaccine, what a negative experience!

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

I had an appointment to get my flu jab on Saturday 24th October 2015 at 10 am. I had the flu injection by a doctor, and I felt absolutely nothing, nor had any side effects. But then, I was ushered to another queue for a pneumonia vaccine. I was not really asked if I wanted it, was not checked in any way, or asked any questions, and before I knew it, someone injected the vaccine! I am over 65, and have had a lot of lung infections, and even got pulmonary embolism, so, think it might be a good decision after all, but, would have appreciated to have been asked, and warned about the painful shoulder which followed! Anyway, it is done, and if it works, it would be wonderful, as, not having to suffer all the chest infections I usually suffer every year lately.

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

I had the pneumonia vaccine on 24/10/15 morning. My arm was not painful until I went to bed. I could not move my arm to undress, it was so painful, and I could not settle to sleep, took paracetamol and had to use a gel pad. I woke in the night and had to take another dose of paracetamol. Upper arm still hurts and I am wondering how long this will last! I never had pain like this before! I was invited to have the vaccine as I have just turned 65 with no health problems.

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

My doctor said I should get the pneumonia vaccine since I am 65. I got the injection on Tuesday, September 29. Several hours after receiving the injection I developed a very sore throat. Nearly a week later (I am writing this on Sunday, October 4th), I still have a sore throat, feel awful, and the injection site is very swollen, hard, black and blue and painful to the touch. Also, the injection hurt badly. I am so sorry I agreed to get this shot.

Comment from: Moxie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I am 31 and have a history of chronic asthma and I get bronchitis at least once a year. I was in the hospital for a pulmonary embolism, and right before I was discharged the nurse asked me if I wanted the pneumonia vaccine. I agreed, because my lungs are extremely vulnerable. I get flu shots every year, and those make my arm sore for a few days. But this shot, oh my goodness! I received no warning that it would hurt to the point I actually yelped like a dog; and I can take a fair amount of pain. My arm was sore for over a week, to the point that I considered going back to the hospital because I thought perhaps I had a bad reaction. The only shot I've gotten that was worse than the pneumonia vaccine is the tetanus shot. I feel it was right for me, given my medical history, but I'd also say, unless you are susceptible to lung problems/infections/have weak lungs, avoid it!

Comment from: Severe arm pain, Male (Patient) Published: September 17

I got the PCV 13 vaccine on 09/08/15 at noon, (nurse suggested the pneumococcal vaccination since I'm 67) and had a sore arm that afternoon which is normal with some vaccines. By 7 or 8 PM, I had severe pain in the arm and could hardly move it (7 or 8 on a scale of 10; felt like someone fired a rifle shot into my shoulder). I went to bed that way, could hardly flip the sheets with that arm). Pain started to subside by 2 or 3 AM, so I could move the arm. Next morning it subsided, though still sore all that day. Finally 2 days later it was much better, though still sore. The information sheet simply says a possible side effect is muscle pain; this was extreme. This vaccine should not be on the market. Should not have to take a pain killer after an immunization.

Comment from: 55-64 (Patient) Published: August 18

I'm a 59 male who received the shot during a general practitioner's (GP) visit. I wasn't aware there even was pneumonia shots available, but the GP office asked a couple of times if I wanted one, so I agreed. GP made no mention of side effects. Now, 4 days later, I still have muscle soreness in the shoulder where I received the shot. The first night I couldn't sleep because of the soreness. In my opinion, those not susceptible to pneumonia should take a pass on this vaccination.

Comment from: Asolimi, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 06

Let me start off by saying I'm a firm believer in the benefits of vaccination and I don't go around looking for reasons to criticize vaccines in general. Having said that, at my yearly physical yesterday my general physician said that since I just turned 65 I should get the pneumonia vaccine (long history of sinus issues and allergies). All I can say is, post injection pain described by others is real! My shoulder is extremely sore, though it hasn't progressed out of the shoulder area so I've got that going for me.

Comment from: ouch, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

My doctor suggested the pneumococcal vaccination, even though I am only 55. I got it at 9 am Monday and by 6 pm I could barely move my arm. By 3 am I was in a cab to the emergency room with a fever, chills, bad headache and extreme pain in my shoulder. They gave me some pain pills and ice packs. That was Tuesday morning. Now it is Wednesday and I have developed chest pain when I breathe. They x-rayed my chest and found a nodule that I now will have a CT scan for. I would not go through this again.

Comment from: Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I am a healthy and active 67 year old. I have never had pneumonia or any respiratory illnesses. Because of my age my doctor urged me to get the immunization. Later in the day a hard lump developed at the site with severe pain to the touch. It's been over a week and though the swelling has decreased, touching the site continues to be extremely painful. The doctor said to ice or use moist heat. I am regretting having gotten the shot.

Comment from: YDQ, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I took the pneumonia vaccine shot because the pulmonary specialist is not sure if I have asthma or not, trying to rule out COPD, and blood clots. After I took the shot I developed a bruise that went around the injection site. Then I had muscle aches all over and fever. It also feels like there is a bubble in my upper right side and it hurts to move especially in the morning. And trying to cough up phlegm is especially hard, it is stuck, and hurts when trying to cough, and it hurts to sneeze as well. About 3 days after the injection, my kidneys were hurting for 2 days. I still feel sicker than I did before the shot.

Comment from: Sarajane, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I am very athletic, fit, and 65 years old. In the past as a kindergarten teacher I had bronchitis and then pneumonia twice. Now that I am retired, it is not a problem. However, when my doctor suggested the pneumonia vaccine, knowing my sensitivity to medicines, I agreed. I was awakened out of a sound sleep with excruciating pain in my rotator cuff area (I had rotator cuff surgery 10 years ago) and was unable to move my arm without extreme pain. The pain traveled down my arm and then into my back during the following day. I have been unable to sit, lie down, or walk since the morning, and my arm hangs at my side useless. The doctor on call just tells me to take Tylenol or go to the emergency room. I called the office today, and they were not concerned. I am!

Comment from: anklyodude, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 28

My doctor convinced me to get the pneumococcal vaccination due to me being on Humira (an immune system suppressor) for my ankylosing spondylitis. I just received part two today. The first shot I had extreme pain in my shoulder and thought maybe the technician just missed the shot. However only hours after receiving the booster, my arm is again in excruciating pain, but I also now have severe armpit pain as well. Unless you are 65, I would not get it, then again I'm not a doctor. Ouch.

Comment from: MBailey, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 03

I had pneumococcal vaccination done as I am in a high risk group (weakened immune system). I have a slight fever and muscle aches all round. But it is to stop me getting things that are severely life threatening so I will cope. I really need to say you have a few side effects (even if they are unpleasant) for a few days, to stop you getting something that could potentially kill you. You will get over it.

Comment from: kfred, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I got the pneumococcal vaccine while in the hospital after angioplasty and I will never get it again. About 5 hours after getting the shot I woke up to severe arm pain from my shoulder down to my fingertips. So severe that I went back to the emergency room (ER) worried it was a blood clot or heart attack from my stent surgery. ER said it was a hematoma from the shot. I don't know about that but it is day 3 of shot and now I am on heavy pain killers due to not being able to lift my arm and pain like I have never felt. Be careful when getting this shot.

Comment from: Granny, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I was in the hospital for pneumonia and when I went for my follow up the following week I got the booster shot for pneumonia. I have a low immune system from my Remicade. I started experiencing a horrible pain in my arm. They all say that's because of my low immune system. It has been 2 1/2 weeks and they said it could last up to 4 weeks. I've had many illnesses but this arm really hurts. I can't take ibuprofen because of my stomach and Tylenol doesn't really help. So I've been rubbing Bengay and heating pad. It helps some but I still have pain.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I got the pneumococcal vaccination as I am coeliac. Shortly after, my arm became very sore and during the night I had trouble sleeping with the pain.

Comment from: MCMik, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I too had a swollen arm at the injection site and sore arm for a few days. But, having had pneumonia and being hospitalized for it, I will stand for that any day. Pneumonia is not a fun thing to have and I must say it has helped me through the cold and flu seasons without getting anything. I guess we have to suffer with the pain!

Comment from: retired professional, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

Encouraged by my general physician I had the pneumococcal vaccine in November 2014. Not only did the injection hurt at the time of administration, but now, 3 months later, I am still experiencing considerable pain in the region of my biceps muscle. As a female, I experience pain when I reach round to fasten my bra and when I pick up my grandson. By all means listen to your doctor's advice, but inform yourself about the possible side effects of various treatments.

Comment from: DQ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I am a 43 year old female. I went to my doctor for a sinus infection and was told that because I am diabetic I needed the flu and pneumonia shots. I got one in each arm. The site of the pneumonia shot is swollen, hot and extremely painful. I have spent the better part of 3 days in bed feeling miserable. Glad I won't need this again for 20 years!

Comment from: hatmon, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I just had the pneumococcal vaccination on December 2nd. I'm 59 years old with a history of open heart surgery (heart anomaly), breast cancer which resulted in a mastectomy, and a defibrillator. I never had this shot before, but now I am experiencing a swollen upper left arm, with pain radiating toward my fingertips, where I already have an issue with carpal tunnel in my thumb. I feel slightly dizzy, and not myself at all.

Comment from: Benz Jones, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I am 70 1/2 and in very good health. My doctor suggested I take the pneumonia vaccine on Monday in my left shoulder muscle. I had severe pain in my left shoulder within an hour after the injection, my shoulder has been frozen with severe pain even without moving, and I have fever over 100 degrees. I felt awful! I went back to the doctor yesterday to find out what happened. He said I had an unusual reaction to the shot. Last night my fever broke and I awoke to a sweat drenched bed and pillow. Today is Wednesday and I still cannot fully move my shoulder, the pain has not gone away. My fever is less, I'm taking Tylenol 750 mg (I cannot take NSAIDS or aspirin due to allergies). I hope this works, I'll never take another one! Not even a booster! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and my family has to go out to eat because I am unable to cook.

Comment from: comraderie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

At about 1700 yesterday I received the flu vaccine in my left arm and the new Pneumovax vaccine in my right arm. I am a 62 year old female. Even though I had already had the pneumonia vaccine several years ago, because I have asthma, I was urged to repeat it as there is a new, improved vaccine. I developed severe pain in my right arm by 23:30 and have been awake most of the night because of it. If it keeps me from developing pneumonia, it is well worth any temporary pain. I think I should have been warned about the potential severe pain, so I would have been prepared for it. The patient information with possible side effects mentions a possible sore shoulder. What an understatement. Again, pneumonia is terrible and dangerous, so if your doctor believes you will benefit, go ahead and get it. By the way, the flu shot site is painless.

Comment from: SQWRL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 with a recurrence in my lymph nodes in 2013. I am in remission now but my oncologist has me get a flu shot every year. This year she added a pneumonia shot. I got the flu shot in my right arm and the pneumonia shot in my right buttock cheek. Right after I received the shot I had to sit down because I was feeling dizzy. After drinking something and having a snack I felt okay to drive home. The next day I began running a fever and the injection site on my buttock cheek was the size of a softball. Over the next 3 days my temperature was as high as 104 degrees. I had extreme chills and horrible pain. No problems with the flu shot however. My fever is finally under control but the welt on my rear end is still huge and extremely painful. I have been alternating ibuprofen and Tylenol but is doesn't seem to even make a dent in the pain.

Comment from: Hailey, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

My new doctor strongly suggested the pneumonia shot. Later that day I was and still am in so much pain that I could barely walk. My arm is swollen and lower right back became terribly painful also. I can barely move. I have to give a lecture today and I cannot cancel or I'd spend the day in bed.

Comment from: Grace, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I had the pneumonia vaccine last Thursday. Eight hours later I could hardly move my arm. The pain is very severe, all the way down to the wrist. It is not a typical post vaccine ache. It is a throbbing pain and it is continuous unless I'm sitting very still. I care for my husband who is ill and this vaccine has made it very difficult. This is the 6th day post vaccine and I still have pain. Never again!

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I received the pneumonia shot on the advice of my doctor. I had a very bad reaction which turned out to be an infection. My arm turned very sore and red and was hot to touch. I had to go on antibiotics for 7 days. I reported the reaction to the Vaccination Adverse Reaction Reporting System.

Comment from: Caligirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

My doctor suggested pneumonia vaccine since I work with children and my husband has cancer. Injection did not hurt really at all going in but I could feel the liquid going into my arm. Within 2 hours I started feeling sick, headache, burping up vomit. I was light headed and arm was getting sorer by the hour. It hurt so much I laid down and stayed still so it could be tolerated and just fell asleep. Next day after a very long sleep it still hurt constantly but was more tolerable. Talked to nurse friend and she said that the person must have injected it deep into my muscle instead of the fat. It's been a day and half, still hot, a little less painful, and feels a bit hard. But overall I don't feel sick. No pain, no gain.

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