Patient Comments: Pneumonia Vaccine - Prevention and Side Effects


Did you experience any side effects from the pneumonia vaccine? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: HalNO, (Patient) Published: October 04

I am 23 and have asthma. I got a pneumonia vaccine and a flu vaccine 3 days ago at about 8 pm at a pharmacy. I felt fine when I went to bed. A couple hours after I awoke the next day I started feeling weak and dizzy. The symptoms worsened as the day went on. By the night of the first day, I was running a 102 temperature and had nausea. By the second day I was running a 103 temperature, which was non responsive to fever reducers. My arm was extremely swollen and tender, I had a rash, severe body aches, chills, nausea, swollen lymph nodes and a stabbing head ache. Today, which is the 3rd day, I still have all these symptoms, though the fever is now 101.8. The other symptoms though still present aren't as severe.

Comment from: Sophie, Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I am 66 and received a pneumonia shot yesterday. I am a very active person and did some hiking later that afternoon with my grandson and daughter. By evening the site of the injection was hard and throbbing and after a couple of hours it felt like my arm was being sawed off! I've had 4 children and had major back surgery 6 months ago. This pain was excruciating, and I never had pain like this even with my back surgery. Luckily I had some hydrocodone left over from my surgery and took one. It helped somewhat, but my arm was still sensitive to the touch. I can't say I was allergic to this vaccine (I eat eggs weekly) but I certainly had a bad reaction. Today is day 2 and I've slept all day. My arm is still sore, but bearable at this point. I wouldn't wish this reaction on anyone.


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