I get a flu shot every year without any problem, and took a flu shot at work this week. This flu shot hurt a lot. It burned going in, and literally made my eyes tear up. Usually it doesn't hurt at all. I work nights, and went home and to bed right after. When I woke up the area was very swollen, red, hot to touch, and very sore. I took two Tylenol and went to work thinking the new H1N1 made it hurt worse, and it would get better.
By the next morning I felt feverish, my throat was so sore I could barely swallow my own secretions, and I was having periods of dizziness. I would be sitting there charting and suddenly feel as if the room had spun sideways. I made it through the night, and went home to bed. I woke up and my throat was better, but I had nausea, a headache, and was achy all over. I was off for the night so I went back to bed, and had a really rough night. I would be cold, but wake up wet with sweat so I think I was sweating off a fever.
When I got up I had hives all over me 16 total (back, buttocks, and sides). Since I have been up I have two more appear. I am still have a headache, feel achy, and feel feverish even though it shows my temp is normal.
I called into work tonight, and plan on seeing the Dr in the morning.
This year my hospital REQUIRED us to get the flu vaccine, paid for it, and administered it. If this is indeed a reaction can they consider my call in an occurrence, or would it fall under the workers comp plan as a work related situation?
Oct 15, '10
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
putting my manager hat on:
a. notify dept that administered the vaccine; often employee health if hospital. you will want to get lot number of vaccine.
b. immediately notify your manager in writing-- will need to complete work comp form.
c. take picture of arm area.
d. pull out your orientation manual; look at facility intranet or in break room for information regarding going to work comp panel physician if you do not have employee health open on weekends ----weekend nursing supervisor should name or work comp.
this needs to be addressed by tomorrow.
i've heard of this type of reaction when nerve hit on entering skin..
please followup with us on outcome.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Oct 21, '10