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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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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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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

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Got the standard flu shot today and had some slight raised redness. What is really weird is that I also have the same reaction in the opposite arm??

Got the standard flu shot today and had some slight raised  redness.  What is really weird is that I also have the same reaction in the opposite arm??

Vaccine reaction: It's normal to have mild local reactions on the same arm where you receive flu vaccine. If there are red spots elsewhere on your body, it is possible that you are having an allergic reaction to your vaccine, and I would contact your doctor, and you can try a dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to see if that helps the rash. If you are short of break or have throat swelling you should go to the closest ER. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get a swollen neck gland from the flu shot?

Is it possible for you to get a swollen neck gland from the flu shot?

No it is not: Flu shots do not causec swollen muscles in neck or any other part of your body. ...Read more

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Are redness and swelling and pain normal for the area of a flu shot? I got mine yesterday and I can hardly move my arm.

Redness yes: BUT to the degree of "can hardly move my arm" is not usual for flu shot without an exam, I can only give general information, and local soreness is the number one side effect of the shots. generally lasts under a day. Heating pad resolves BUT local infection can also occur and is serious. Gets worse over time. Heating pad doesn't help. ...Read more

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2 swollen nodes after flu shot, been 4 months. Dr referred me to a surgeon, surgeon said benign, no biopsy. Should i trust him? #scared

2 swollen nodes after flu shot, been 4 months. Dr referred me to a surgeon, surgeon said benign,  no biopsy. Should i trust him? #scared

Yes: Almost all young adults have a few palpable lymph nodes in their necks and/or elsewhere. If they are not fixed to the surrounding structures, rock-hard or tire-rubbery, or preposterously enlarged, you should not have them biopsied. You have an ethical surgeon. Nodes that are basically stable for four months at your age aren't hodgkin's or anything else worrisome. ...Read more

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My arm is too swollen for me to wear a long sleeved shirt and very painful. I have a fever too. Is this a normal reaction from a flu shot?

My arm is too swollen for me to wear a long sleeved shirt and very painful. I have a fever too. Is this a normal reaction from a flu shot?

Not normal.: That does not sound at all like a typical reaction to a flu shot. It sounds like something is very wrong, and you need to get to your doctor right away for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I got a flu shot & penumococcal polysaccharid shot in my side now my left ovary hurts and is swollen and it was in the same day?

I got a flu shot & penumococcal polysaccharid shot in my side now my left ovary hurts and is swollen and it was in the same day?

Coincidence: No reason to think that the shots are causing your ovary pain. It is just coincidence that you got the pain the day you got the shots. ...Read more

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Why did I get swollen lymph nodes after the flu shot (2014)?

Why did I get swollen lymph nodes after the flu shot (2014)?

Influenza vaccine: 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. Don't know which nodes were swollen. Might not be due ...Read more

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