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Got a flu shot at rite aid and it is red swollen itchy and painful. Is this normal?

Got a flu shot at rite aid and it is red swollen itchy and painful. Is this normal?

Possibly: Pain, redness and some swelling at the vaccination site can be a side effect of a vaccination. If it persists and does not improve, it is recommended that you have your physician have a look. ...Read more

Flu Shot (Definition)

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


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I received the flu shot friday morning and my arm is still swollen, red and itchy should I be concerned?

I received the flu shot friday morning and my arm is still swollen, red and itchy should I be concerned?

Allergy: To the base or carrier of the medicine component itself is possible. If the area becomes swollen like infected, you get fever, it is painful, the possibility of infection in the injection site is possible. You can use antihistamine and cold compress to the are for now and observe. ...Read more

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I just got a flu shot three days ago and the injection site is swollen hot itchy and sore is this normal?

I just got a flu shot three days ago and the injection site is swollen hot itchy and sore is this normal?

Yes: Any vaccine can cause swelling and soreness at the injection site. Tyleno or advil (ibuprofen) may help but it should go away in a few days. ...Read more

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I received the flu shot Monday afternoon. I didn’t feel any pain or soreness. 4 days after redness, itchiness, and bumps appear for the first time at injection site. Is this normal? Also the placement of shot seemed a little further back then Usual.

I received the flu shot Monday afternoon. I didn’t feel any pain or soreness. 4 days after redness, itchiness, and bumps appear for the first time at injection site. Is this normal? Also the placement of shot seemed a little further back then Usual.

Not uncommon: This is not totally unexpected and perhaps reflects that you may have some antibody left over from previous immunizations or infection. If this bothers you a lot, try taking an NSAID +/- topical cortisone cream. ...Read more

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Have heartburn/tight chest & full body rash (itchy, little red dots, irritating behind ear)- flu shot given 5 days ago, s/s started 1 day later.?

Have heartburn/tight chest & full body rash (itchy, little red dots, irritating behind ear)- flu shot given 5 days ago, s/s started 1 day later.?

Viral exanthem: This could be a viral rash, but you can't discount other possible causes exanthems can be caused by toxins or drugs, microorganisms, or can result from autoimmune disease. It could be related to the flu shot, but not necessarily.

A visit to the medical doctor could be warranted here. ...Read more

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I got my flu shot five days ago and the area is still red, swollen, and tender and getting larger. Is this something to be concerned about?

I got my flu shot five days ago and the area is still red, swollen, and tender and getting larger. Is this something to be concerned about?

Concern, yes: This is not the reaction we want. Can it happen - it can. I would advise you to try hot warm compresses without burning yourself. (some may like ice, but in this case I would try heat). If you don't start to see slow improvement, you need to inform the doc who gave you the injection. You may be developing a reaction to the medication, or an infection. ...Read more

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Tender, swollen, red, lymph node under arm. Opposite arm then received flu shot in 2 days ago. Related?

Tender, swollen, red, lymph node under arm. Opposite arm then received flu shot in 2 days ago. Related?

Very unlikely...: ...That this is related. But this does need to get checked out asap, inflamed lymph nodes are no joke. ...Read more

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I had a flu shot on September 12th I woke up the next morning with both eyes red swollen as of today my right eye is clearing up my left eye is not my?

I had a flu shot on September 12th I woke up the next morning with both eyes red swollen as of today my right eye is clearing up my left eye is not my?

Coincidence: This seems very unlikely to be an adverse effect of the flu shot. I wonder if you have any known allergies to eggs or other components of the flu shot? There are a number of different flu shots made by different companies. If you are not getting better, you should call and let the doc know who gave you the shot. Seems more like a conjunctivitis that just happened to occur at the same time. ...Read more

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Had flu shot 3 days ago. Spot on arm still painful, swollen, red and hot. Still feeling unwell; fever, bodyaches, weakness and sore throat. Normal?

Had flu shot 3 days ago. Spot on arm still painful, swollen, red and hot. Still feeling unwell; fever, bodyaches, weakness and sore throat. Normal?

Not normal, not rare: These side effects, while not exactly "normal, " are also not uncommon. Hopefully they will disappear soon but the flu shot can rarely cause serious long-standing side effects. What is unfortunate is that a large body of research shows that flu shots are not particularly effective! See http://articles. Mercola. Com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/01/flu-vaccine-and-its-side-effects. Aspx ...Read more

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I have a painful, itchy rash on my arm after I got my flu shot. What should I do?

I have a painful, itchy rash on my arm after I got my flu shot. What should I do?

Ice: If at your injection site, ice, benadryl (diphenhydramine) and let your doctor know. If it is all over the place consider getting checked out sooner for a serious allergic reaction. ...Read more

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I got my flu shot yesterday and IV been very itchy mostly on my stomach is it a common symptom?

I got my flu shot yesterday and IV been very itchy mostly on my stomach is it a common symptom?

Itching: Itching is not a common symptom of a flu shot. You may be having an adverse reaction to the shot. For now take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to stop the itching. If itching gets worse see your doctor or go to the er. ...Read more

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I had the shingles shot in sept this year, followed by the flu shot in oct. In mid nov I devoloped an itchy body rash that blistered over. Why?

I had the shingles shot in sept this year, followed by the flu shot in oct. In mid nov I devoloped an itchy body rash that blistered over. Why?

? strress: From the shots. See your doctor who gave them. Many people, even some doctors, do not realize how stressful a vaccinaion is. We dose them out as though there were no side effects to be expected. ...Read more

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Currently I have seasonal Allergy (Ragweed) sneezing runny nose, itchy nose/ throat, Is it ok to take my annual Flu shot now or should I wait.?

Currently I have seasonal Allergy (Ragweed) sneezing runny nose, itchy nose/ throat, Is it ok to take my annual Flu shot now or should I wait.?

Mgt: For your allergic symptoms, your PCP may prescribe an anti-histamine, nasal saline and/or a nasal steroid.
You can still have your flu vaccine as recommended. ...Read more

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I have a bad flu, UTI and an itchy red swollen bottom inner eyelid?! is this some sort of infection? No pain, just itchy. What is it and what should I do?

I have a bad flu, UTI and an itchy red swollen bottom inner eyelid?! is this some sort of infection? No pain, just itchy. What is it and what should I do?

Viral conjunctivitis: Is the most likely cause of your symptoms. The flu virus got into your eyes. If your vision is not affected then just keep the eyes clean and comfortable with chilled artificial tears (but not "get the red out" drops). Change your pillowcase and towels frequently and wash your hands often since you are contagious until the redness is gone. ...Read more

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I had a flu shot yesterday and today have soreness and some redness around that areA, is this common?

I had a flu shot yesterday and today have soreness and some redness around that areA, is this common?

Flu Shot: 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

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I have swollen glads and severe pain and a fever I call my dr yesterday and he said wait until monday I got my flu shot 2 week ago what should I do?

I have swollen glads and severe pain and a fever I call my dr yesterday and he said wait until monday I got my flu shot 2 week ago what should I do?

Call him ; tell: Him that you are no better he'll. Advise you according to your complaints. At time of conversation- if you can, t reach him, try local er, but plan on long wait. ...Read more