Rated 5.0/5 based on 15 votes

Top
10
Doctor insights on: Arm Pain After Flu Shot

Share
1

1
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified
30 years in practice
2M people helped
Get help from a real doctor now
Continue
Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,731 doctors shared insights

Flu (Definition)

Flu is also known as Influenza. Influenza (aka "flu") is a contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause mild to severe illness including death. There is treatment available to decrease symptoms, but it is better to prevent the flu is by getting ...Read more


2

2
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified
30 years in practice
2M people helped
Get help from a real doctor now
Continue
4

4
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified
30 years in practice
2M people helped
Get help from a specialist now
Continue
5

5
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
6

6
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
7

7
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

Get help from a doctor now ›
8

8
My arm hurts after flu shot?

My arm hurts after flu shot?

Everyone has that: I think everyone has a soreness around the injection site which may feel worse the day after, but gets better quickly. The vaccine is injected directly into the muscle and irritates it temporarily and mildly. Many places offer an education sheet to keep for reference when vaccines are administered. It explains possible side effects and if there should concern about any of them. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
9

9
How long will my arm hurt after a flu shot? It's been a week and i can barely use my left arm.

How long will my arm hurt after a flu shot?  It's been a week and i can barely use my left arm.

Pain after flu shot: This is not common to have pain lasting so long. You should report this to your doctor as a reaction to the flu shot and ask for advise. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
10

10
Arm itches 2 days after flu shot?

That's OK: Every vaccine is intended to get your immune system's undivided attention. When it does, you get a little inflammation at the site (a sign the vaccine is doing its job), and sometimes that inflammation can precicipitate an itch. If there is a little redness, that's ok, a lot of redness, or a spreading rash, should probably get you to see your doctor. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›

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


Get more personalized answers directly from real doctors!

Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
2M people helped
Continue
70,000 doctors available
Get health
Give health
Get a virtual consult with a top U.S. doctor
We'll donate a virtual consult to a charity of your choice

Because healthcare is a fundamental human right!
Get & Give now!
Find us on Facebook