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What can I do for underarm pain after flu shot?

What can I do for underarm pain after flu shot?

Flu shot: After a vaccination, you can take Ibuprofen every 6-8 hours for pain caused by inflammation at the site of the vaccine. A heating pad or a hot water bottle will help also. If the site is itchy, you can also take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every 6-8 hours as needed for itchiness. ...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'm having pain in arm after flu shot. Is this normal?

I'm having pain in arm after flu shot. Is this normal?

Yes its quite common: It can last for less than a day in majority of people, but in some it could last longer, for a few days. If it last longer 2-3 days or is getting worse, see your pcp, as it might be something else. ...Read more

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Joinm pain all over after flu shot friday. Cannot stop thinking about website i read. Gullian barre.Shoulsld o worry?

Joinm pain all over after flu shot friday. Cannot stop thinking about website i read. Gullian barre.Shoulsld o worry?

Expectant management: Joint pain/muscle pain are common reactions to have after a flu shot. Sometimes even a flu is a common reaction. Guillain barre is a rare complication of vaccinations that is more likely to involve weakness and loss of function of some of your muscles due to a nerve disorder, this usually begins in the hands and feet and moves inward; it does not seem like you have guillain barre. Highly unlikely. ...Read more

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I've been getting very severe joint pain after getting the flu shot. I can't even move things sometimes. I get to the point of crying. Extremely painful.?

I've been getting very severe joint pain after getting the flu shot.  I can't even move things sometimes. I get to the point of crying. Extremely painful.?

Can happen!: It is uncommon, but painful joints and arthritis sx can occur after a flu shot. Bear with it, because it is short lived. Low dose Prednisone (2.5-5mg) and nsaids should really improve your sx. Please do not less this "bad" experience keep you from getting vaccinated in the future. ...Read more

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When should I get my flu shot?

When should I get my flu shot?

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

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When is best time for flu shot?

When is best time for flu shot?

As soon as it : Becomes available. I know FluMist is available already and the shots shoud be also available shortly. Call your doctor to see if he/ahe has it. ...Read more

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Any unusual reactions to flu shot 2013?

Any unusual reactions to flu shot 2013?

Influenza vaccine: Slight swelling, redness or pain at vaccination site. Headache, nausea, fever or muscular pain resolved quickly. Severe side effects are rare. ...Read more

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Can the intradermal flu shot be painless?

Quite Possibly.: Per the cdc, the intradermal shot uses less antigen ; a much smaller needle. So yes - it may be painless for some people. ...Read more

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What happens if a child gets an adult flu shot?

What happens if a child gets an adult flu shot?

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

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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more