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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

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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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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get the flu vaccine
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Get plenty of sleep
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Avoid contact with sick people
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Avoid touching your face before washing your hands
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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 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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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get your flu shot EVERY SINGLE YEAR as early in the season as you can
Yearly
Wash your hands constantly
Once
Cough and sneeze into your sleeve
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Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with your hands
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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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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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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Wash your hands often
Once
Avoid others with the flu
Once
Get plenty of sleep
Once
Eat a well-balanced diet
Once

Flu Shot (Definition)

It is the trivalent influenza vaccine which contains purified inactivated antigens against viral strains from a ...Read more

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