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I'm having pain in arm after flu shot. Is this normal?

I'm having pain in arm after flu shot. Is this normal?

Yes its quite common: It can last for less than a day in majority of people, but in some it could last longer, for a few days. If it last longer 2-3 days or is getting worse, see your pcp, as it might be something else. ...Read more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get the flu vaccine
Yearly
Get plenty of sleep
Once
Avoid contact with sick people
Once
Avoid touching your face before washing your hands
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I got a flu shot about a 1.5 weeks ago and bled when i got it. Now I have a deep bruise and some arm pain through the whole arm. Is this normal?

I got a flu shot about a 1.5 weeks ago and bled when i got it. Now I have a deep bruise and some arm pain through the whole arm. Is this normal?

No, but possible: Normally one wouldn't bleed after any vaccine shot, but very occasionally the point of the needle might pierce a slightly aberrant large vein inadvertently, and result in more bleeding that typically occurs. The deep bruise tells me there was bleeding under the skin. This normally passes with time and will gradually get better. Sometimes a heating pad or warm soaks help speed the resolution. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pain at the injection sight on my arm after a flu shot that radiates towards the upper back?

Is it normal to have pain at the injection sight on my arm after a flu shot that radiates towards the upper back?

No: It may be from irritation to a nerve ending from the shot. If so it should go away after a few days. It is more likely to be unrelated muscle strain. ...Read more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get your flu shot EVERY SINGLE YEAR as early in the season as you can
Yearly
Wash your hands constantly
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Cough and sneeze into your sleeve
Once
Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with your hands
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Pain in upper left arm after the flu shot. How long it lasts?

Pain in upper left arm after the flu shot. How long it lasts?

1-2 days: Local adverse reactions like soreness, swelling and redness usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days. ...Read more

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Why does my arm hurt after getting a flu shot?

Why does my arm hurt after getting a flu shot?

Muscle inflammation: Flu vaccines are generally injected into the deltoid, the muscular part of the arm. It causes inflammation of the area and followed by a slight immune reaction (desired effect). So, your arm/deltoid should be sore for 1 to 2 days following the injection. ...Read more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Wash your hands often
Once
Avoid others with the flu
Once
Get plenty of sleep
Once
Eat a well-balanced diet
Once
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I have a severe, sharp, localized pain that radiates away from the area when i move my arm specific ways. I am a week out from my flu shot, Why?

If you are having: pain at the site of an immunization that can be normal as it goes into the muscle and sometimes it causes a small bruise in the muscle, not to be confused with a blood clot that travels to the lungs. If your arm is red and tender it is possible you may have an infection in that case you should see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

Flu Shot (Definition)

It is the trivalent influenza vaccine which contains purified inactivated antigens against viral strains from a ...Read more

Arm Pain (Definition)

Arm pain can mean many things. See a hand or ...Read more

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