A 38-year-old female asked:
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the joints in my arm ache terribly after flu shot to the point of tears, why and for how long will it last?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
25 years experience Ophthalmology
Should be temporary!: Since the flu vaccine may be the one with attenuated virus, that's weakened, it still can give you symptoms that are similar to a low grade flu without lasting long at all. However, you need to take it easy. The liquid injected displaces the skin/soft tissue until it's reabsorbed into your system. If there's a bruise there, or becomes hot, inflamed, call your doctor for a follow up visit to check.
Answered on Sep 26, 2014

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