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Effect Flu Shot
I got the flu shot Wednesday. I have noticed that I now have a painful lump under my arm that wasn't there until I got the shot. Is this a common side effect of the flu shot?
Uncommon not harmful: It's not a common side effect, but it probably indeed is due to inflammation from the immunization. In a way, this is good: it indicates your immune system is responding and you should be well protected from influenza. It should clear up soon, but return to your doctor, or wherever you were vaccinated, if severe, any fever, or if pain continues more than a few days. ...Read more
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
Immunizations: Annual flu shot good idea: may feel achy few days while body builds defenses against flu viruses. Pneumonia vaccine generally not given every year unless immune system is compromised. Originally was given one time; now may be given more than once in elderly who don't mount as strong an immune response. Both can cause localized soreness at injection site. Rare possibility of guillain-barré syndrome. ...Read more
Mid-Sep. To mid-Nov.: In the U.S., the best time to get a flu shot each fall is in October, which means September through November is fine. However, if one misses his shot at those times, it is still fine to get it anytime until the end of the flu season. The flu season ends at the end of winter (February-March). ...Read more
Side effects and...: Flu shots often cause side effects like muscle/ joint aches, fever, headaches, fatigue and irritability and rarely Guillan-Barre syndrome which causes paralysis (see https://www. Drugs. Com/pro/fluarix. Html). While you can't get flu directly from it, flu shots appear to lower immunity to other viruses including 4.4x risk of viruses that cause sinusitis, colds and bronchitis! https://tinyurl. Com/jjmqtvp ...Read more
Side effects and...:
Flu shots often cause side effects like muscle/ joint aches, fever, headaches, fatigue and irritability and rarely Guillan-Barre syndrome which causes paralysis (see https://www. Drugs. Com/pro/fluarix. Html). While you can't get flu directly from it, flu shots appear to lower immunity to other viruses including 4.4x risk of viruses that cause sinusitis, colds and bronchitis!
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Same symptoms: The flu shot protects people about 85% of the time and mitigates the symptoms and complications so they would not be as severe as when there is no flu shot. There will still be body aches, fever, headache and some upper respiratory symptoms or even stomach symptoms but to a lesser intensity, that's relative as that is a measure in that specific person. ...Read more
Your decision: If you belong to a vulnerable health group, such as elderly (65+) or/and have chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease, immune system disorder, asthma or any lung condition, you should get vaccinated. Also, if you liver or care for people with above conditions and they may catch it from you, you want to protect them by getting the shot. Otherwise, it is your decision. ...Read more
Check insert: Regular flu shots carry a warning of egg allergy. The flu virus in routine shots is a dead virus so you can;t "get the flu" from the shot (a common misunderstanding). The nasal flu vaccine is not a dead virus and is not recommended in pregnant women. As far as preservatives, or chemicals they vary from company to company. ...Read more
I would be concerned: It sounds like your body is reacting adversely; i'd think twice before getting this again. It's hard to know how common this reaction is- for some strange reason flu vaccine manufacturers are not required to report the frequency of side effects; this concerns me. As to why, some people may be allergic or sensitive to toxins in the vaccine. See http://bit. Ly/1apwgd0 ; http://bit. Ly/19vzl7q. ...Read more
Potential side effec: Flu shot side effects may include: slight swelling, redness or pain at vaccination site. If headache, nausea, fever or muscular pain occur they usually resolve within one to two days. You won't get the flu from a flu shot because the virus either contains inactivated virus or doesn't have virus particles in it. Severe side effects are rare. ...Read more
Needle size: Good point on the length of the needle. I have seen offices use the 5/8" needle which is way too short to get into the muscle. You must use at least a 1" needle depending on the person you are injecting. ...Read more
Not much: The flu shot is supposed to build antibodies to different strains of flu virus in the hopes that it will offer cross protection to the current strains. It contains other contaminants that can be toxic. I am not a fan of the flu shot. Other physicians may have a different experience. ...Read more
Flu Shots: The flu shot has inactivated virus- so it will not infect you with the flu. If you have reactions to the shot they usually resolve within one to two days. Side effects can include a low grade fever, aches & pain, and localized swelling, redness and pain at the shot site. Some people have had allergic reactions to the flu vaccine. ...Read more
Not much usually: If a child gets an adult flu shot then usually there is not much that happens although a higher dose may cause a skin reaction. Just monitor carefully and if something starts to happen then please contact your dr for treatment of symptoms or if needs to be seen. Did your child get an adult flu shot? ...Read more
A/W Dr. Ferguson: You may or not be protected against that particular strain. It usually takes 2 weeks to be effective. If you do get it - it is usually attenuated if strain you were vaccinated against. ...Read more
Yes (65 & older): The high dose influenza vaccine can be used for people who are 65 and older. Recent studies indicated that it was 24.2% more effective in preventing influenza in this population. ...Read more
It is a killed vaccine, so it does not cause viral infection. Most have no side effects except a sore arm, it rarely cause flu like illness. It may just be an excuse not to receive the vaccine, or what others have said.
The influenza vaccine is given in the fall and winter months, when many similar viuses, for which no vaccine exists, circulate and cause illnesses. ...Read more