Flu Vaccine

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Did you experience any side effects or reactions after receiving a flu vaccine? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Hamilton, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 09

I had the 2021 flu vaccine on November 6. Within hours I was feeling tired, had minor pain at the injection site, severe neck/head pain, unusual tension-type headache, focused on the back right where the tendons and muscles in the neck attach to the skull.

Comment from: Gwen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I have extreme right hip pain after receiving the flu vaccine.

Comment from: Sue, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I received my flu vaccine on Monday on my left arm. By 7 p.m. that night, both of my arms were sore. I assumed it was from the shot. The next day my right arm was so sore I could hardly stand it. This is Thursday night and it is still the same. My whole arm hurts all the way down to my fingers from my shoulder. I'm calling my doctor tomorrow to see if he can give me something for the pain. I couldn't even sleep last night and it was worse than when I get a sciatic nerve pain.

Comment from: Ann, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I took the stronger flu vaccine shot for over 65. This is the first time ever with side effects; joint pain, stiffness and lethargy. They are finally going away after close to a month. Feeling better.

Comment from: Len, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 03

My wife and I received the 65 plus flu vaccine yesterday at the pharmacy. This morning both of us were subjected to severe leg cramps.

Comment from: Vicki, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I had the flu vaccine on October 8th and on October 10th, I woke up in severe pain in my left knee and pain in the right knee (not as severe as the left knee). When I got out of bed, I could not walk. As of today, October 29, I still have pain at night and also when trying to walk during the day. I have taken Aspercreme and Aleve. I am going to my rheumatologist on November 9th. I take a cycle class 3 times a week but have been unable to do it since I am still in pain. Never a flu shot again.

Comment from: Emc, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I received this year's flu vaccine shot and had the usual soreness at the injection site. The first night, I slept restlessly all night with pain in all my major joints and a headache that lasted all afternoon and through the night. Today I'm having aches that come and go on the outside of my breast, near the armpit. It not too bad, but annoying. I hope it goes away soon.

Comment from: FADU63, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I got the Fluzone Quad flu vaccine shot on 10/14/21 and four hours later I had very severe joint and left arm pain, and pain also in my right elbow area. Two weeks later, the pain is still severe. Pain has kept me from sleeping a lot. I also have severe aches in various parts of my body. I never had any severe problems with the flu shot before, and I am 63 years old now. I have tried prescription ibuprofen, ice and heating pads, and nothing really helps. I don’t know what to do and probably won’t get this shot.

Comment from: Godhelpus, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 03

Within hours I had pain in the arm that I had the flu vaccine injection in. in 18 hours, I had real bad pain in the side of my lower back, and headache. It only lasted a couple of hours as did the pain in my other arm.

Comment from: Gigi, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I’m 70, but requested the regular flu vaccine shot this year (not senior dose) because I’ve previously had muscle spasm after the senior dose that was strong enough to cause my low back to “go out.” This year I got the COVID booster and flu shot in the same arm at the same time. My arm was pretty sore for 24 hours and I was tired for 2 days, but that was it.

Comment from: Biomed Researcher, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I have muscle spasms and tightness, persistent dull ache radiating from upper deltoid (above where the flu vaccine shot was given) to scapula in the back, tightness of sternocleidomastoid and scalene in the front of my neck, on the opposite side. The spasms and aches started 2 days after the shot, after normal pain at the injection site subsided. I had similar but more severe reaction to flu shot 2017 after which I couldn’t turn my neck for 18 months. Pfizer COVID shot and tetanus shot in the last year did not result in this pain.

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Comment from: Gottheshot, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 27

I have been getting the flu vaccine shot for many years. Never a problem. I got the flu vaccine on 10/21 in my right arm. I started feeling all the symptoms about 24 hours later. Felt like COVID but I tested negative. I spent 10/23 in bed. Feeling a little better, but the worst symptom is I can't stand up and walk but a few seconds before I get a sharp pain in my right hip and leg. I have to lie back down to get any relief. Never experienced pain like this. Trying sciatica stretches now and hoping for the best.

Comment from: Ingrid, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I have had significant back pain for 3-4 days with no obvious cause. But I did receive the flu vaccine shot and had the two COVID vaccinations in the spring of this year. I never had a problem with a flu shot before, other than mild soreness the day after and some fatigue.

Comment from: Ash, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I got the flu vaccine on 19 October, 21, and felt nauseated and tired on the 20th. I woke up on the 21st with a headache and throat pain. As the day went on I got worse and couldn't do anything but sleep. The 22nd wasn't any better and now I'm so congested and constantly blowing my nose. I was hopeful of feeling better since they say 2 days is normal, but now I'm on day 3 and my entire body hurts, as well as my neck and the back of my head. I will never get the flu shot again after this. I've never had this before.

Comment from: K, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

A day after my flu vaccine jab I’m left with a bad back, hip and upper leg pain where I can’t bend and can hardly walk. I have a tingling sensation on my upper leg, all on the same side as I had my jab. Never had anything like this with a flu jab before. Can’t bend to put socks or shoes on, it’s so painful. Ibuprofen is not touching it. Day 4 now and no improvement, I am just in agony.

Comment from: Margaret, 65-74 (Patient) Published: October 27

I had the flu vaccine jab on 21/10/21. The next day, I had neck, shoulder, wrist and back pain. I have rheumatoid arthritis but have never experienced this pain after previous flu jabs. I am taking Co-codamol and naproxen. I have enough pain with my condition without flu jab making it worse. I will not have another one.

Comment from: Tina, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I've been having the flu vaccine for many years with just a minor itching and stiff arm. I received my flu jab 16/10/2021, and two days later, I could barely get out of bed, with terrible back and abdominal pain. Moving around or sitting is unbearable, and 400 mg ibuprofen with paracetamol won’t touch it. Two days later, there is still no improvement, just sweats and pain. I'm not absolutely certain it is the flu vaccine that has caused this, but it does seem rather coincidental.

Comment from: Ireneanne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I had tummy upset and diarrhea after the flu vaccine and had to spend a day in bed.

Comment from: Blake , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

The flu vaccine injection itself was not at all painful. My arm began to ache only slightly on the first day. As the day went on, I developed neck pain in the opposite side of the vaccine site. I woke up the next day with a very stiff neck and muscle pain at the top of my back.

Comment from: King of pain, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 20

I had the flu vaccine shot yesterday. Woke up this morning with terrible body aches, my lower back is in excruciating pain, and I have neck pain and headache. The flu shot last year didn’t bother me this much. Won’t be getting another after this torture.

Comment from: John A, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 20

After receiving the 2021 flu vaccine shot, I developed a severe stiffness in my neck muscles on the left side. Agonizing persistent pain slowly moved up my neck and is now located near the base of my skull.

Comment from: Annoyed , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I had the flu vaccine on Monday on the left arm. By Monday night, there was mild numbness at the injection site but worse still was a growing violent pain in the left hip joint. By Tuesday, the pain in the left hip was excruciating and landed me in hospital for tests. I could not cross the left leg, bend it at the knee or bear any weight on it. I had it last year for the first time with zero side effects. I had both COVID shots March and May, again zero side effects. It’s been traumatic, never again.

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Comment from: rpmmeemom, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I have gotten flu vaccine shots every year, and never a reaction, until this week. I got the flu shot on Friday. Saturday morning, I woke up with stiff neck on the left side. Sunday, my whole neck is stiff and I am not able to move it except a few inches left, right, up and down. Wondering if it is related to the shot and if it ever happened to anyone else.

Comment from: Iram, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

My joints are hurting more. It has been a week and two days after the flu vaccine and it still hurts.

Comment from: AJ, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I am a 52 year old female dental hygienist. I get my flu vaccine every year without any problems. I had the shot yesterday 10-9-21 at our local pharmacy. Today, I can barely move my head as I have an extremely stiff neck. It is on the opposite side of the injection. I am in really good health and had no indication of injury when I went to bed last night. I wonder if anyone else has had a similar experience.

Comment from: Galapagos uk, 65-74 (Patient) Published: October 12

My arm was sore at first after the flu vaccine, not unusual, but it got worse and very painful when using the arm. I’ve had flu vaccines for a long time with only ever minor issues. This time, I had a strange feeling on administration and then got worse, and after 3 weeks, no improvement. I have sleepless nights even after using OTC medicines.

Comment from: Suzysue, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: October 12

After the flu vaccine I felt extremely tired and had back congestion and pain.

Comment from: Jarilyn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

This year’s flu vaccine shot is horrible! My whole arm is sore, and my lymph nodes are so swollen I can't even move my arm. Now my ankle on the same side of the injection is swollen and sore. I am never getting another flu shot!

Comment from: Micaela , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

I have had the flu vaccine before with no side effects. This recent one was different. The next day, I am feeling pain in both my knees and excruciating pain in my right leg from the groin area down past the knee into my calf muscle. I tried heat, muscle rub and tried to sleep it off, but to no avail. I can barely walk and the pain continues. I will probably never get another one of these again. I hope this pain goes away soon!

Comment from: Mihaela, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

I got my flu vaccine on October 6th, 2021. In a few hours, I developed a powerful back pain. I have spondylolisthesis discovered in 2017 and the doctor said that time that I will have pain crises in the future. However, this one came abruptly, without any warning or aggravating factors I could be aware of.

Comment from: Mary, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: October 05

I have had the flu vaccine jab for many years. This year, after about 6 hours every one of my joints became extremely painful even under my feet. I am not sure this is normal.

Comment from: tnowland, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I got the flu vaccine shot on 10-1-21. My arm is very sore but the worst part is the headache and now severe stiff and achy neck muscles. Overall, I feel very crummy and just want to sleep.

Comment from: Gayle, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

I got the flu vaccine shot this morning. My thumb joints at the bottom are in really bad pain. I cannot use them. I can’t hold anything or unscrew tops off. I am taking 600 mg Advil to see if that helps. I tried Tylenol this morning but that did nothing. Hope this goes away soon.

Comment from: Pitottia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

I had my first flu vaccine jab today. Straight after, my breathing was tight, my legs were weak and I felt weird.

Comment from: cora, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I got sciatica pain, starting 5-6 hours after my flu vaccine shot.

Comment from: Lan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I had my flu vaccine shot two weeks ago and now I’m having neck and upper back pain. I’ve never had this type of reaction to the flu shot.

Comment from: Lee, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 22

I have gotten flu vaccine shots every year since 1969, and never had an adverse reaction until this year. I got my shot at Walgreens on Thursday. On Friday my reactions were constipation, frequent urination, fever, both arms hurting, no appetite, feeling lethargic, and severe lower back pain. It is now 9 days later and I am just about back to normal, except for the lower back pain which is getting better day by day.

Comment from: June, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 05

I have been having flu vaccine shots for years without side effects. Now, a day after receiving the last one, I have had excruciating pain in my hip area for the past 4 days.

Comment from: tilla, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I was given the senior flu vaccine shot, which is four times stronger than the regular one, in September 2020. Forty-eight hours after the shot I had terrible pain in my legs. The pain has moved to my right side and is constant. Almost every body movement is horribly painful and being still is painful also. The flu shot arm now and then feels as if it is on fire. It is now 7 months of my life taken away. I have never been one for conspiracy thinking, but now I wonder.

Comment from: Hfhh, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

I got flu vaccine in 2020 and within days, I developed neck stiffness and jaw pain which progressed to joint pains all over my body, but specifically hand joints. I am dependent on anti-inflammatory pain killers. I wish I hadn’t listened to my doctor and got the shot. I still have it 4 months later. I am 29.

Comment from: Kerryn, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 07

I got very sick after the flu vaccine. l kept throwing up and couldn't keep water down. l ended up in the hospital with a drip in my arm.

Comment from: Donttouchit, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

Severe migraine, stiff neck and extreme body aches onset was about 5 hours after the flu vaccine injection, it is still as severe more than 24 hours later, painkillers don't even touch the side of it. Will never have it again.

Comment from: Ela, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

In October 2020, I had the flu vaccine shot and four days later, I started feeling really tired and started having severe flu like symptoms. I started to have abdominal pain in my left upper quadrant and really bad hip and lower back pain, I could barely walk. I went to the doctor and she couldn’t tell me what was wrong, but did COVID-19 test and it was negative. I am a healthy 38 year old and never had any issues from the flu vaccine before, but now the pain on my left upper quadrant keeps coming back.

Comment from: Julie , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I had flu vaccine done on 14/04/2021 at 7:45. It really stung with a burning sensation when injected. Severe muscle spasms started approximately by lunch time same day. These spasms happen frequently and my frozen shoulder is much more painful. I have seen my general physician (GP) since, and have a referral to a neurologist.

Comment from: Mariëtte , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I will never take a flu vaccine again, this is the first time and last time. It pains internally, legs and back, and even my tummy feels terrible, I can’t eat.

Comment from: Stelow, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 24

I had no issues with my flu vaccine shot last 10 years. On 24 April, 2021, at age 69, I had high dose flu vaccine shot in Australia. Two days after, I experienced nausea and mild headaches which continued on and off up to 4 weeks later. Also 2 eye migraines, first time in nearly 2 years. Doctor said they were side effects of flu shot. With nausea and headaches subsiding now, suddenly I had never-before-experienced symptoms of sore joint aches, mainly in wrist and neck, also knees along with muscular spasms and body aches. No high dose shot next year.

Comment from: janam0826, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

The one and only time I had a flu vaccine shot was almost 20 years ago (around 2003/4). I was about 28 years old. Within 24 hours of the shot, I was so sick I couldn't get out of bed for about 4 days and was 'functionally' sick for another week. I haven't had a flu shot since then, haven't been anywhere close to being that sick since.

Comment from: Heidi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I got a flu vaccine shot 7 months ago and it was the most painful one I’ve ever had. Now, every day, I have weird sensations where I got the shot. This has turned me off getting the flu shot ever again! Angry and unhappy.

Comment from: Andi Pandi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

I have had flu vaccine shot regularly for many years. I developed low grade fever 24 hours after the shot, then dizziness and headache. Fever and dizziness lasted 2 days. Headache remains. Seems to be fine if I sit or lie still, ton of bricks on my head when I move. Paracetamol doesn't fix it.

Comment from: Pea, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I just had the flu vaccine shot at the chemist. About 30 minutes later, when I got home, I had a strong, sharp pain in my upper back on the right side, which then moved also to the left. It is not my usual sort of pain. I even packed a bag, in case I needed to go to the hospital.

Comment from: Disba, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

Yes, I had my first flu vaccine in October and within 2 days I had a very quick and very painful onset of a urinary infection. Both knees and hips became excruciatingly painful. I am 72 and before this I was able to walk my dogs and do gardening in a big garden. I believe this jab caused reactive arthritis, but so far doctors have not got past arthritic hips.

Comment from: Deb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

I had my first flu vaccine about 10 weeks ago. First couple days I had numbness and tingling in both my legs. It started in my left arm, now the right, in my neck, wrist and hands. Now it has gone to my lower back. I started getting a headache. Can’t sleep properly. I’ve been to the doctor and said all the symptoms have been since the flu jab. The doctor completely dismissed it. I’ve been to see the physiotherapist. They said I have some sort of damage going on. Gave me exercise to do and said they will phone me next week.

Comment from: ginger snap, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I have taken the flu vaccine shot at least 30 years because I worked in the school system. After retiring, I continued to take the shot. Around 6 years ago, I took the shot and ended up in the hospital, and my left eye would not open for 5 days. I took the shot again the following year and the same thing happened. I am afraid to take the COVID shot due to what happened with the flu shot. I don't know what to do.

Comment from: Daisy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I had the Fluvac flu vaccine 5 days ago (April 27th, 2021) and since then have been very stiff and sore throughout the whole body, with no signs of letting up. My back, ribs, neck and legs hurt like crazy when I move and pain medicines and ibuprofen are having very little effect. If I lie very still and don't move, then no pain. I have had the Fluvac over the last 3 years with nil adverse effects, only this year has caused problems. Won't be having it again. I am 54 years old.

Comment from: Bonsil18, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

Ten days after flu vaccine in October, I started having terrible unexplained thigh pain in both legs, with tired and achy legs. Six months later, I am still having these pains that have now traveled to my calves and into my feet. After months, my doctor prescribed prednisone, it helped but I couldn’t stay on it indefinitely. When I stopped the medicines, pain returned. No more flu shots for me.

Comment from: Militarymomma, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I just received the flu vaccine last Saturday afternoon 4/20/21 in my left arm and by 4 pm I had muscle pain in my entire right arm. By 6 pm I couldn’t eat, I felt nauseous and had a terrible headache. By 8 pm I was in bed with a low grade fever and body aches. Sunday and Monday night the pain was so bad in all of my joints I couldn’t sleep. I used the heating pad on all of my joints. This has been the worst reaction. I have been getting flu vaccine since I joined the military 19 years ago.

Comment from: Amanda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

I got a bad headache a few days after my flu vaccine jab in December 2020, which I’ve had for 4 months. Painkillers don’t touch it. Going for an MRI scan this week.

Comment from: Misery , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I had my flu vaccine shot on October 4th, 2020. I developed pain on my forearm, down to my wrist. The next day the pain was in my shoulder and I had throbbing at the injection site. The pain then moved to my right wrist and around to all my joints. The pain persisted and I had very little relief with Tylenol, icing or heat. Six months later, I am still having pain, especially in my left wrist and hand. I have seen the primary care physician (PCP) and orthopedic doctors, but they have no real answers after blood tests and X-rays.

Comment from: Todd P, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 09

I got the flu shot in October 2020. I had a sore shoulder which progressed to my neck, ear, and then to my head. It felt like electricity for 9 days. On the third day I was unable to swallow and lost the ability to speak. Pain in the should persists, still no voice and swallowing is a chore. Feel like I have ants crawling on my neck and arms. The vaccine caused an autoimmune response with gave me nerve damage. They say I may not ever recover.

Comment from: suric, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I had my first ever flu vaccine in the beginning of October. I still have pain in my arm. I can’t sleep on that side and the persistent pain wakes me up. The pain radiates down my arm and under it. I won’t be having another.

Comment from: Aunty Jane, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

Four weeks after the flu vaccine injection, the muscle in my arm is incredibly painful. When I move it or try to pick something up, it is agony, almost as if I have torn it or have a fracture, but I haven't, either. The nurse did stab quite hard.

Comment from: Linda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

I received a flu vaccine shot on 10/21/20 at the primary care physician’s office. I've gotten the shot for years without any side effects. Within a few days, I started to feel pain in both hips which is now affecting my sleep. I am allergic to sulfa, but FDA says there is no sulfa in vaccines.

Comment from: J, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 10

A week back I got a flu vaccine shot for the first time in my life. I was left with 3 days of sore hand and leg, especially the buttocks of the same side. After two weeks, I have severe pain in my buttock on the same side and pain in the whole limb on the same side.

Comment from: Pat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I have a very tender arm at the point of the flu vaccine injection. It has been painful for 3 weeks now and still ongoing.

Comment from: Marilyn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

Fifteen hours after my flu vaccine injection I woke up with a fever, chills, muscle aches, bone pain, week legs and nausea for 24 hours. I couldn’t eat again for 36 hours. Stayed in bed and slept.

Comment from: Fredy , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

I had the flu vaccine shot two days ago and now, out of nowhere, I have a terrible pain on my left hip, the same side of the arm where I got the injection. I can barely walk.

Comment from: Mrbhove , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 04

The flu vaccine shot was extremely painful this year, 2020. Day three post injection it is still painful.

Comment from: Iris, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

At my husband's urging I had my first flu vaccine shot at age 55. I woke up through the night with excruciating pain in both knees and upon arising could see that they both were extremely swollen. From then on I lived with ongoing pain that severely limited my ability to walk. After trying many different medications over the next 5 years I have finally submitted to two total knee replacements. I had never had any knee problems prior to the flu shot and have never had one since nor will I ever have one.

Comment from: Max, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 03

Fifteen hours after my flu vaccine shot I suddenly suffered severe lower back pain, so much so I could hardly get up from a seated or lying position. I’ve never had a bad back before and didn’t do anything to injure my back. Ten days later there is very little improvement, so tomorrow I’m going to a chiropractor for the first time.

Comment from: Skl, 65-74 (Patient) Published: November 03

I’m an extremely healthy and fit 66-year-old and I’ve had numerous flu vaccine shots. After this shot I experienced pain in my hips and upper leg joints to the point where I could barely walk. I rarely take painkillers and I finally took an Advil before my 5 km hike and it didn’t help at all. The adverse reactions that so many people have had and posted about here are very concerning. If this pain doesn't alleviate in another day it will definitely be my last flu shot.

Comment from: Lori , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

About 4-5 hours after getting a flu vaccine shot on 10/28/20, I experienced flu like symptoms for 2 days; headache, ringing ears, body aches, brain fog, chills and lower back ache. By the 3rd day the symptoms went away except for the back pain, which is slowly getting better. It still remains today, 11/01/20. Hope I feel better soon.

Comment from: Dr.GRG, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 03

I am 62. I have been having flu vaccine annually since last 7 years, with mild or no side effects. This September, after having pentavalent vaccine, I had severe body pain and joint pain for 10 days. But right knee pain and left foot plantar fasciitis persist even now after a month. I didn't opt for any treatment.

Comment from: Ann , 75 or over (Patient) Published: November 03

Ten days ago I had the flu vaccine jab. I'm 80, female. The day after the jab, I had excruciating pain in the whole of my left arm and it's still there; unbearable!

Comment from: LkRed, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I had the flu vaccine shot on 10/26 and the next day I started having severe pain in my total hip replacement and total knee replacement. I took oxycodone, it didn't touch it, I’ve had no sleep for 2 days, and used ice and heat. Then, the pain totally left by 4th day. It was excruciating!

Comment from: Dottie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

The flu vaccine shot made my neck hurt for several days. I had to take a pain pill.

Comment from: D Francuzzo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 02

I had the Flublok Quad flu vaccine shot on October 16. Subsequently, my left hamstring has been permanently cramped to the point that it feels numb, and the pain has referred to my lower right side back as well. Epsom salt baths and ibuprofen barely touch it, and stretching out is excruciating. I've gotten flu shots with no problem for five years, but I am not going to go through this again. I just hope the tightness and pain go away. I'm an athlete and unable to do anything because of the pain.

Comment from: Person, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 02

On the same day after the flu vaccine shot in 2018, my grip fatigued more quickly and I felt tingling in the arm that received the shot while deadlifting with light weight at the gym. Later legs and both my arms were affected. It was mostly gone after a couple of months. Deadlifting can cause tingling, so hard to say the cause. I had no shot in 2019, but just got the shot yesterday in 2020. I am on the lookout for tingling, but also for normal tingling that I notice more because I am looking for it. I feel tingling, and I think it is more than normal.

Comment from: Miriam , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I had Flucelvax flu vaccine shot at the local pharmacy on 20/10/20. A few days later, I developed shoulder stiffness and pain, headaches, fatigue, ear pain, and joint and muscle pain in my knees, wrists, ankles, neck, lower legs and arms. I’m a healthy 52 year old with no underlying medical conditions. This is day 11 and the symptoms are still there. Wondering when it will end. Never had a flu vaccination before and never will again.

Comment from: Lorideedee, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 30

Yes, my flu vaccine side effects were severe stiff neck and pain at the top of my head. The doctor dismissed it as age, and suggested Voltaren, which did not help at all. My neck is slowly getting better. I shall keep a close watch and decide if I should get flu shot next year. Flu shot was the only new thing in my life at the time of stiff neck’s sudden onset. I am very active and have not had this type of pain before.

Comment from: Robert, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 29

Yes, I received a flu vaccine shot 6 weeks ago and my shoulder is still hurting and throbbing day and night. I can't find a way to get relief for this agonizing pain. The pain starts in the shoulder area and goes down to my forearm area and it's throbbing. I can't get a good night’s sleep, it wakes me up throbbing. I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: Jean S, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I have had sciatica for 6 months. It was bearable and perhaps marginally better with the aid of a small dose of pregabalin. I had my over-65 flu vaccine jab on Saturday afternoon and by Saturday evening my sciatica was worse than ever. Days later it is still the same and l am unable to walk far even after l take the pregabalin. First thing in the morning it is excruciating and now it even disturbs my sleep.

Comment from: Mags, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 28

Today is the end of day six since my flu vaccination. I am still experiencing quite severe muscle and joint pain, pain in shoulders, upper arms, hips and wrists, and general weakness. I take regular medication for arthritic pain (Co-codamol 30/500) but what I am experiencing is way beyond the usual level of discomfort and is more muscular than skeletal. Not at all pleasant.

Comment from: Priscilla, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I received my flu vaccine shot on October 19 in my left arm. I developed bilateral hand and wrist joint pain, worse on the left side 3 days later, with increased pain when using them. I wonder if this is normal. I hope this is temporary. I use my hands, wrists and arms all day long to care for patients.

Comment from: Wondering, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 27

Yes, I did experience side effects from flu vaccine. On the 2nd day I developed a few hives. I used some cortisone cream, which helped. Another issue that popped up was, I developed this intense pain in my hand, pointing to my ring finger which got red and swollen. It felt like gout, which I believe it was. It lasted for two days, then slowly went away. Never had it before. I did have pseudogout in my elbow a few years back in the same arm.

Comment from: 1jazzylady , 55-64 (Patient) Published: October 27

I have a very stiff neck, tiredness, and fell asleep watching TV. There is mild injection site soreness. This is my very first flu vaccine shot.

Comment from: Bubba, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I am suffering from terrible knee pain and elbow pain 5 weeks after the flu vaccine jab. I can’t sleep at night due to pain. I am surviving on anti-inflammatory gel and pain killers. I will never touch a flu injection again. Just long to get rid of this.

Comment from: Redsoxfan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I decided to get a flu shot this year because of COVID-19. I had not had a flu shot in over 10 years. I got the flu shot that is recommended for seniors over 65. After receiving the shot, the next day I could barely move my arm, the pain was so bad. It’s now been 2 weeks and my arm is still in pain. I won’t be getting another flu shot. I will mention this to my primary care physician (PCP) when I have a TeleMed with him in 2 weeks.

Comment from: Gil, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 23

I received my 1st ever flu vaccine yesterday. I asked for and received the normal dose flu vaccine since it was my first one. In the previous few days I had experienced some lower back pain and stiffness due to overexertion doing home improvement projects but the day I went in for the flu shot I felt fine. In the hours after the flu shot the lower back pain returned with a vengeance, worse than before, and I had trouble bending down and sleeping last night. I hope this pain subsides soon.

Comment from: FiremanJerry, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 20

Four weeks after my flu vaccine shot I still have soreness and tenderness at the injection site, with occasional site pain. On a scale of 1-10, it is about a 4. When I received the shot, it burned and hurt much more than normal. The pharmacist said he may have hit a nerve. When I touch the site, it still feels like I just got the shot. Wondering how long this will persist.

Comment from: Cola Burns, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 20

My 12 year old daughter had a high fever over 103.00 within 4 hours of flu vaccine. She had elevated heart rate, low oxygen, body aches and high fever for 48 hours. Sent her to the hospital where she tested negative for influenza, strep, COVID-19, pneumonia, heart issues or lung issues. Confirmed adverse reaction to influenza vaccine by emergency room (ER) physician and pharmacist. She is no longer a candidate for influenza vaccine.

Comment from: JayneEG4, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I had the flu vaccine jab 10 days ago. There is no redness at the injection site, but I’ve now got horrendous bilateral upper body joint and muscle pain, which started around 6 hours post jab. Pain and reduced mobility have left me bedridden. I’ve never experienced anything like this before!

Comment from: Unnamed , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I got my flu vaccine shot on October 13, 2020, and within hours I experienced severe pain in my lower thumb joint, and later my right thumb joint. My neck and back muscles are sore. The injection site is very sore as well on my upper arm. It’s only a day later but all these issues are still present. I’m taking extra strength Tylenol and hoping they subside. Most painful are my thumb joints. I’m also fatigued. This will be my last flu shot.

Comment from: Fritz, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

I received the high dose flu vaccine yesterday in my left arm, then, in addition to fairly normal pain at the site of injection, I developed severe left heel pain. I have never had pain there before and haven't done anything in particular to cause heel pain. I'm normally an avid cyclist, so I'm keeping active even now at age 67. I would be leery about having any more flu vaccines!

Comment from: Aryeh R, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I've never experienced any side effects from the flu vaccine shot prior to this year, 2020. Two weeks ago, I got a flu shot at CVS. Two days later, I woke up with severe neck pain which then also became severe back pain (between my shoulder blades), and, since yesterday, has also become lower back pain. There are small pains in the muscles of my back but the majority of the pain is in my back. I feel clicks in my vertebrae and the neck and upper back pain both feel like a pinched nerve.

Comment from: Gypsy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I received the flu vaccine shot last night at 11 pm and felt fine. I got home, unloaded the groceries, had a bite to eat, and fell asleep on the couch. At 2 am I woke up, and had such severe pain My right hip and surrounding area, I could barely stand up. I grabbed an ice pack and went to bed, the pain was killing me. I tried to roll over, could not without screaming. I had to use the side rail to pull myself out of bed. I couldn’t sleep at all. This morning pain is even worse, traveling to the groin and shooting down the same leg. I am using a cane when I have to get up. I am moving really slow, like I had hip surgery, but I didn’t.

Comment from: 4whlr, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 14

I experienced a stiff neck almost immediately following the 2020 flu vaccine shot.

Comment from: Caro, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

In around 2015 I decided to get my flu vaccine shot. It didn’t hurt much and I did not experience soreness, until 2 days after. My leg muscles and arm muscles would spasm after a specific movement. It was so bad I could not sit with my legs crossed. This lasted for 3 months. In addition, I started developing migraines, which continue to happen, but they have gotten much better. Never again have I or will I get it. My body did not have a good reaction to it, but I know this does not happen to most people.

Comment from: Jrob, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I got the flu vaccine shot a week ago and since then my ankles and feet have been swelling. There is no blanching when I push on it so it is not fluid. I get a flu shot every year. I did have some shakiness for 2 days after also.

Comment from: Shaz, 55-64 (Patient) Published: October 13

I have joint pains in leg after my flu vaccine.

Comment from: Dego, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 13

The flu vaccine shot was in my right arm and I had some soreness. Two days later I have a pain in my left buttock that feels like I was hit hard. No falls or other impacts to blame. Wonder what is the cause.

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