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Bruise After Flu Shot
Common : It is common to have some muscle soreness after a flu vaccine. It is not serious and usually resolves in a day or so. You may take some Ibuprofen for pain if you wish. Contrary to common belief, you can not get the flu from the flu shot- it's a killed vaccine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more
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
Not uncommon: Fever is a sometimes unpleasant side effect of the flu shot (and most vaccines). Good news is your body's responding appropriately and your immune system is working. If the fever lasts more than 24 hrs or your having other side effects, it doesn't hurt to let your doc know. Otherwise, it'll go away on its own. Best of luck! ...Read more
Coincidence: It usually coincidence.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: People who are sensitive to vaccines or the adjuvants in them can react and vomiting is a possibility . It is more likely to be associated with the vaccine reaction if it occurs right after or within 24 hours in my experience. Some people experience fever, fatigue, irritability, or just not feeling well after vaccines. ...Read more
No: See a doctor and get this evaluated. Something is amiss and needs to be diagnosed and corrected. Best wishes. ...Read more
Not unusual: Influenza vaccine contains the strains of the virus most commonly in circulation at the beginning of the year. The virus mutates (drifts), and so you may have only partial protection, you may have been infected with a different strain, with influenza b, or with a completely different virus which resembles influenza (parainfluenza, adenovirus, etc.). ...Read more
On 10-4-12 i was given a flu shot & pnemonia inj in arm. Developed cellulitis within a day . Finished antibodic but arm still looks terrible?
Local reaction: The overwhelming probability is that you reacted adversely to something in the injected material, whether the antibiotic or the carrier. If it is not getting worse, time is the great healer. Warm compresses at this point might be helpful. On rare occasions this may represent infection from a contaminated injection. If so and you are getting worse, see doctor asap. ...Read more
A year: Good question. The influenza virus mutates rapidly so each year's vaccine varies as each year's vaccine is based on the most prevalent flu strains from the last flu season. The actual immunity derived from a given flu shot probably lasts more than one year, but it is important to get a new shot each year, due to the changes. ...Read more
Oops!: I assume this was an error. Injectable flu vaccine is a killed virus vaccine. Your baby will not get the flu from it. Because there is more antigen in the adult form of vaccine your baby may have more antibody response--fever, aches, fussiness. If your baby got a multidose vial flu it was likely preserved with some thimerosol. This has a little mercury in it. I would talk to the dr about that. ...Read more
Took tetanus shot in May 2016. Was it required to get another tetanus toxoid shot when I suffered wound on 7th January17? Last shot was 8 months ago.
Small puncture on forearm from nail last night. Made appointment for tetanus shot tomorrow a.m. Soon enough to prevent tetanus? Last shot 11 yrs ago.
Last year i had anaphylaxis from keflex, 6 days after my flu shot. Does being allergic to keflex mean the flu shot isn't safe for me?
Had PPV shot @ 10 am Thurs 12 weeks after Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 at pharm. Arm is sore & swollen several inches below injection area. Going down. Ice or heat?
Comfort: Whatever feels better to you. I personally would encourage cool. ...Read more
My husband got the flu shot around 5 pm. Around midnight vomiting, diarrhea, fever , chills, shallow raspy breathing, occurred. Shot related?
Flu shot: Yes his symptoms can be related to the shot he received earlier. ...Read more
Got flu shot on friday. 36 hours later sore throat and headache. No fever . Could this be immune response to vaccine?
Got post exposure rabies vaccine a month ago and booster shots yesterday, if I got exposed the next day after getting booster, am I still covered?
Yes: In general, completion of the anti-rabies series will protect for exposures during the 2 years following completion of the series. Those in high risk professions are advised to get boosters or have an antibody titer checked to see if a booster is needed for protection to remain high. ...Read more
Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)
Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more
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