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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.

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
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local infection can also occur and is serious. Gets worse over time. Heating pad doesn't help. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Arm swelling & pain due to levaquin? On 2/17 went to the ER for what I thought was the flu, turned out to be a bad uti. Got an IV of meds and sent home w/ them. They didn't work so I ws back sunday and given levaquin. Few days later my arm started to ge

Arm swelling & pain due to levaquin? On 2/17 went to the ER for what I thought was the flu, turned out to be a bad uti. Got an IV of meds and sent home w/ them. They didn't work so I ws back sunday and given levaquin. Few days later my arm started to ge

It: It sounds like you suffered a "blown" vein from the iv. A vein could have possibly been nicked an eventually became "blown out" over time, which could result in your symptoms. Also consider a possible reaction from the tape that was used to keep the IV in place. It is unlikely a reaction from the levaquin, (levofloxacin) you would have had a more diffuse reaction (not localized to just one arm).
Hopefully you are better by now, if not see your doctor.
Take care. ...Read more

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Two weeks ago, got a flu shot in left arm and a pneumonia booster in right arm. Left arm fine. Right arm has heavy feeling for past two weeks?

Two weeks ago, got a flu shot in left arm and a pneumonia booster in right arm. Left arm fine. Right arm has heavy feeling for past two weeks?

Not serious: This is not common but does occur. It may be your immune response to the shot. As long as you can use the arm, in a normal fashion, then there is not a problem and should pass.
Best wishes. ...Read more

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I had a pneumonia and flu vaccine today and my arm is in severe pain I can't even move it it hurts so bad. Is that normal I've never had one before?

I had a pneumonia and flu vaccine today and my arm is in severe pain I can't even move it it hurts so bad. Is that normal I've never had one before?

Side effect: Local muscle soreness and inflammation can be a side effect of immunizations. Applying ice & pain relievers such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or anti inflammatory such as Ibuprofen can improve symptoms. Of course if these symptom persist or worsen follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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I got a flu shot & pneumonia shot on Wednesday. Onr of my arms is now red, hot, sore & puffy at injection site. The redness has grown to about 4x2.

I got a flu shot & pneumonia shot on Wednesday. Onr of my arms is now red, hot, sore & puffy at injection site. The redness has grown to about 4x2.

Flu shot: Sorry to hear about your arm. You must have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility as soon as possible.
If you can, please let me know what lead to your pain and what was done to properly treat it. ...Read more

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On 10-4-12 I was given a flu shot & pnemonia inj in arm. Developed cellulitis within a day. Finished antibodic but arm still looks terrible?

On 10-4-12 I was given a flu shot & pnemonia inj in arm. Developed cellulitis within a day. Finished antibodic but arm still looks terrible?

Local reaction: The overwhelming probability is that you reacted adversely to something in the injected material, whether the antibiotic or the carrier. If it is not getting worse, time is the great healer. Warm compresses at this point might be helpful. On rare occasions this may represent infection from a contaminated injection. If so and you are getting worse, see doctor asap. ...Read more

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Pneumonia shot over month ago but 3 days ago arm began to ache and today getting worse. No redness or swelling in arm but I noticed lesions now.

Pneumonia shot over month ago but 3 days ago arm began to ache and today getting worse. No redness or swelling in arm but I noticed lesions now.

Needs to be seen: It would be very uncommon for an immunization from 1 month ago to cause problems. If someone is having pain and skin lesions it would be best to get seen by someone who can look at and feel the area. ...Read more

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Can I apply cortizone (hydrocortisone) ointment to the injection site of a flu shot if I have pain, redness, and swelling in the area? Is that a bad idea?

Can I apply cortizone (hydrocortisone) ointment to the injection site of a flu shot if I have pain, redness, and swelling in the area? Is that a bad idea?

Probably correct: Steroids suppress immune response & constrict local blood flow. The whole purpose of vaccines is to catch the immune systems attention to induce a strong response prior to exposure to the actual virus or bacteria. Thus suppressing local response could decrease the protective response to the vaccine. I do not think any explicit double-blind prospective controlled trials exist, too much$ for ↓value. ...Read more

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Been feeling bad since flu shot. Now I have pneumonia and asthma (new). Been to dr. 3 times and not any better. Female, 56 years old. Feeling depressed and fatiqued.

Been feeling bad since flu shot. Now I have pneumonia and asthma (new). Been to dr. 3 times and not any better. Female, 56 years old. Feeling depressed and fatiqued.

Doubt flu shot: It is highly doubtful that the flu shot has caused your pneumonia or asthma. You need to look for the exposure source including the possibility of water damage at your home. Have you seen an allergist yet? If not, you should. ...Read more

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I received a flu shot 4 weeks ago and I can hardly lift my arm over my head?

I received a flu shot 4 weeks ago and I can hardly lift my arm over my head?

Muscle tenderness...: Mild problems with flu vaccine:
*soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given. Hoarseness. Sore, red or itchy eyes; cough. Fever. Aches, headache, itching, fatigue. If these problems occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days to a week. You have a rare muscle aches and pain with decrease arm movement-it will improve! ...Read more

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Got a flu shot yesterday. Arm hurts really bad from it. Any way to ease the pain or does it just have to go away on it's own?

Painful flu shot: The flu shot can cause pain in the arm for a day or two. It will go away on its own, but you can also take any type of pain reliever for it. You could also try placing a cold pack over the site for maximum 15 minutes at a time several times a day. ...Read more

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Got a flu shot now my whole arm is numb and hurts so bad. No pain medication is working and I can't even move my arm. What's should I do?

Got a flu shot now my whole arm is numb and hurts so bad. No pain medication is working and I can't even move my arm. What's should I do?

Shot clinic: Please check in with the clinic where the injection was given. Adverse reactions are reportable. If you are not able to move your arm - it would be important to have this medically assessed. Take care. ...Read more

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I was stung by a black bee on the arm over 25 hours ago, the swelling has not gone away its red and itching and hurts bad swelling has grown to a bigger area on my arm, has fever in it burning hurts to the touch

I was stung by a black bee on the arm over 25 hours ago, the swelling has not gone away its red and itching and hurts bad swelling has grown to a bigger area on my arm, has fever in it burning hurts to the touch

Almost: Almost a week has gone by since the date of this post, I hope you improved or are now under the care of a physician. For you or anyone reading this post if you are stung by a bee and you have the above symptoms, it is likely due to an allergic reaction. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be tried one to two tablets every 4-6 hours. If this does not work and the area worsens seek medical care. ...Read more

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I have a rash on face, neck, upper arms and little on thigh. Not bad but little itchy. Got flu and pneum shot 28and took my 3rd dose of Humira (adalimumab) on 2.??

I have a rash on face, neck, upper arms and little on thigh. Not bad but little itchy. Got flu and pneum shot 28and took my 3rd dose of Humira (adalimumab) on 2.??

See rheum and derm: You need to see your rheumatologist and dermatologist. These symptoms are important and need to be clarified to design your total therapy. ...Read more

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Does flu shot cause elbow. To swell?

Does flu shot cause elbow. To swell?

Although there can: Localized swelling after a flu shot, would not anticipate that this would cause swelling specific to the elbow. Would encourage medical evaluation to rule out causes such as infection or inflammation. Take care. ...Read more

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For how long would it take to develop swelling from a flu shot if you had a mastectomy on that side?

For how long would it take to develop swelling from a flu shot if you had a mastectomy on that side?

Post-mastectomy: If the mastectomy also took lymph nodes out of the armpit, the arm will always have a tendency to swell. You should avoid shots, blood drawing, blood pressure on that arm to try to not have swelling.

If your arm is swollen, you can try elevating it over your head. Sleep with it up on a pillow.

If swelling continues, your doctor can prescribe a fitted sleeve to help keep swelling under control. ...Read more

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Why cant u answ. Question. Is this a cold or flu. Tightnes chest, throat, headache, nasal swelling is Robitussin ok?

Why cant u answ. Question. Is this a cold or flu. Tightnes chest, throat, headache, nasal swelling is Robitussin ok?

Variable: A number of viral illnesses have similar-idenbtical symptoms.
There are specific tests for influenza.
Most respond to similar treatments for viral illnesses. Rest, clear the nasal passage, keep hydrated. And time.

Robitussin helps the cough. ...Read more

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Is there any adverse reactions or hazards to taking flu and pneumonia shots?

Is there any adverse reactions or hazards to taking flu and pneumonia shots?

Vaccination: Any treatment can have side effects but the benefits of vaccination are way higher than the risk. Pain and/or swelling at the injection site can occur in a fair amount of people but serious effects are very rare. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get the flu and pneumonia shots at the same time or do they have to be given seprately? I am 6 months pregnant and have severe asthma.

Is it safe to get the flu and pneumonia shots at the same time or do they have to be given seprately? I am 6 months pregnant and have severe asthma.

Yes & no: "everyone" agrees that women who are pregnant during flu season should get attenuated flu shot (not nasal spray): http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/influenza/an00651. However, there's a bit more conflict re Pneumovax in pregnancy but it appears to be safe to lower risk of pneumonia: http://goo. Gl/uemcgp & http://goo. Gl/1k45v. Talk to your OB & family doc for their opinions. In general very safe. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still get sick after getting a flu and pneumonia shot?

Is it normal to still get sick after getting a flu and pneumonia shot?

Not really: But it can be normal to have mild flu-like or cold symptoms. This is just the body's natural immune response after getting the vaccine that can make some people feel a little "sick". After getting vaccinated the body is making memory of the virus or bacteria. These vaccines are killed virus or bacteria, so you are not actually getting a live bug introduced into your body. ...Read more

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Why is the flu shot advertised for all age-groups so aggressively when the chance of dying from the flu itself (not pneumonia) is astronomically low?

Several reasons: The people most at risk to die from influenza and its complications are usually the very young and the elderly. Both of these groups may not have a full immune response from the vaccine due to their age, so "herd immunity" is important in protecting them. For additional information here is a helpful link. Http://www. Who. Int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs211/en/ ...Read more

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Are there any side effects from the pneumonia shot? Is it similar to getting the flu shot?

Different vaccine: Except for sore arm, little swelling and redness at the site of injection threr is no serious side effect most of the time.
There may be mild fever, drowsiness, irritability and loss of appetite
rare causes are anaphylaxis due to allergy, headaches, swollen glands, skin rash, seizures, palpitation, swollen glands, wheezing etc.
Pnumonia and flu vaccine are two different vaccines, and not at all similar. ...Read more

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I got a flu and pneumonia shot yesterday and today I am running a fever of almost 102. Should I be worried?

I got a flu and pneumonia shot yesterday and today I am running a fever of almost 102. Should I be worried?

Vaccine side effects: Probably you are having mild side-effects from one or the other of those vaccines. I think it's best to call your doctor about it, so they can 'track' your condition. Most likely this fever (which can occur in a few percent of patients) will go away on its own. You want to watch out for any localizing symptoms (red, sore, swollen arm) and other 'systemic' effects like continued fever, weakness etc ...Read more

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Can pneumonia/flu shot temporarily raise blood glucose in a diabetic?

Can pneumonia/flu shot temporarily raise blood glucose in a diabetic?

Not much: Any stress can increase blood glucose some, especially in diabetics, and a vaccine is a minor stressor on the body. That said, the effect is small enough to not be of clinical significance, and the flu and pneumonia shots are VERY important for diabetics, because the diabetes compromises the immune system. Try to avoid snacks, desserts, rice, potatoes and bread if your sugars are running high. ...Read more

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I am 30w pregnant, just had my flu + pneumonia shots. The p.A. Recommended for me the dtap shot for whooping cough too. Should I get it?

I am 30w pregnant, just had my flu + pneumonia shots. The p.A. Recommended for me the dtap shot for whooping cough too. Should I get it?

It is safe: It is safe and important in protecting you from contracting pertussis. You will get the tdap vaccine which is the version of for all older than 7 years old. Dtap is the version for younger children. Pertussis is an illness that can be serious in very young infants. Although pertussis immunization starts at 2 mos of age, babies need at least 3 shots in the series to have protection. ...Read more

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I got the flu shot last sept. Ended up getting pneumonia for very first time in March. Should I get flu shot again this year?

I got the flu shot last sept. Ended up getting pneumonia for very first time in March. Should I get flu shot again this year?

Yes unless otherwise: It is recommended for adults on a yearly basis unless you have medical issues that can lead to an adverse reaction.

The CDC website is one resource of information as the flu season approaches. ...Read more

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Any side effect for getting a flu shot and a pneumonia vaccine every year?

Any side effect for getting a flu shot and a pneumonia vaccine every year?

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

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I was treating a cow with pneumonia /shipping fever an ran the needle deep in my hand after I stuck the cow. I cleaned with peroxide. Hand is swelling?

I was treating a cow with pneumonia /shipping fever an ran the needle deep in my hand after I stuck the cow. I cleaned with peroxide. Hand is swelling?

Holy COW!: Unlikely you would get any diseases from the cow, but a puncture wound from a dirty needle could become infected quickly. You should be seen, and evaluated for antibiotics. You should also get a tetanus shot if it has been more than 2 years since your last booster, as puncture wounds are the most likely to get infected with the clostridium bacteria that cause tetanus. ...Read more

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I'm so confused! Some dr's say do & some say don't get the flu shot...I literally have noooo idea what to do! Does the flu kill or is it pneumonia?

I'm so confused! Some dr's say do & some say don't get the flu shot...I literally have noooo idea what to do! Does the flu kill or is it pneumonia?

Wow- which doctors: Have recommended against the flu shot? Influenza can be lethal. Influenza can make you feel really, really ill. I recommend all my patients get their flu shot annually. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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