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Why does my arm hurt after getting a flu shot?

Why does my arm hurt after getting a flu shot?

Muscle inflammation: Flu vaccines are generally injected into the deltoid, the muscular part of the arm. It causes inflammation of the area and followed by a slight immune reaction (desired effect). So, your arm/deltoid should be sore for 1 to 2 days following the injection. ...Read more

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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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Why does my arm hurt after I get a flu shot? It feels sore.

Expected: Often people will experience soreness in the arm that received the flu shot as the body responds to the foreign material and this is normal as long as it doesn't last for more than a week. ...Read more

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How long will my arm hurt after a flu shot? It's been a week and i can barely use my left arm.

How long will my arm hurt after a flu shot?  It's been a week and i can barely use my left arm.

Pain after flu shot: This is not common to have pain lasting so long. You should report this to your doctor as a reaction to the flu shot and ask for advise. ...Read more

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My arm hurts after flu shot?

My arm hurts after flu shot?

Everyone has that: I think everyone has a soreness around the injection site which may feel worse the day after, but gets better quickly. The vaccine is injected directly into the muscle and irritates it temporarily and mildly. Many places offer an education sheet to keep for reference when vaccines are administered. It explains possible side effects and if there should concern about any of them. ...Read more

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My arm hurts after the flu shot?

My arm hurts after the flu shot?

GOOD!!!!: That is a good thing! that means the shot is working! in fact, many shots have something called an adjuvant in them. An adjuvants job is only to dram more immune response to the site of the shot. Immune response = swelling, redness, pain and itching. The flu shot is the same. So, congrats, your shot worked! cellulitis after shots is rare, but if red extends past a joint or you have pus get checked. ...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?

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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I just got my flu shot last night in my arm, is it safe to go today and get a tattoo on the same arm in the same place?

I just got my flu shot last night in my arm, is it safe to go today and get a tattoo on the same arm in the same place?

Flu shot: Would recommend against this. First, it may destroy the vaccine material implanted in your tissues, and secondly it may introduce bacteria that stand a better chance of producing infection because of the trauma from the flu shot. Would wait at least a week before doing this. ...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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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