Lots of reactions to the flu vax this year - page 3

we've given a lot of vaxes through our home health agency and this year we're hearing a lot of minor complaints: feeling achey, low grade temps, etc. last friday monster got hers, and she's been... Read More

  1. by   Kinky Slinky RN
    When I got my flu vaccine in October, I had a reaction as well. I got a fever, had body aches, fatigue. I got the flu shot at the beginning of shift and had to work a full 12 hours feeling like that... I had never had a reaction like that to a flu shot before. Also my arm was really sore this time, and I never get sore after a deltoid IM. One of our FIRST YEAR ER residents said its likely that I have had a strain of the flu that is being vaccinated and so even though it is not supposed to be a live virus, my body is reacting as if it has been reinfected with that flu strain...
  2. by   jojotoo
    Take them every year. Never had any reaction of any kind.
  3. by   CHATSDALE
    i have had terrible experiences with the flu, one year i had reoccurances like every two to three weeks from november to april
    since then i have always had the flu shot w/o reactions
    i guess that this is an individual thing and people have to make up their own minds about what is best for them
  4. by   CyndieRN2007
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    Quote from jojotoo
    Take them every year. Never had any reaction of any kind.
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    Same here.
  5. by   nuangel1
    same here i have taken them for years .both because i am a hcw in hospital and i have asthma .never had a problem .we did have 2 people who have had them before vacinated at urgent care then come to us with allergic reactions 1 was anaphylactic.same urgent care .
  6. by   sharona97
    nuangel1: was the anaphylactic patient from this year's flu shot?
  7. by   vamedic4
    I get one every year, it's a requirement at my employer for bedside personnel. As usual, the arm aches for a few days, but keeping it moving through a range of motion exercise helps. Never felt ill from it, thank goodness.
    And as with any chemical that we ingest, put on our skin, or get injected into us, we can have reactions from mild to severe, and for one reason or another, some people are more prone to this than othes. Having had a bad case of the flu several years back, I'll take the vaccine, deal with my sore arm, wash my hands a lot, and get back to work.

    vamedic4
  8. by   rjflyn
    I was at a conference a couple weeks a go on the pandemic flu and learned a lot about the flu in general.

    First one cannot get the flu from a flu shot, it is made from dead virus protein pieces. Second of all the reactions everyone is describing are typical. They just mean one immune system is responding to the vaccine and if that particular strain of flu come around you will have some protection against it. That and any typical reaction is definitely better than having the flu.

    To those who say they will never get the flu shot, I say never say never, we had some people at this lecture that were the same way. Most changed their minds when they learned that when the Pan Flu comes, someone close to them will die from it. Sadly we won't have the vaccine for it until we are in the middle of it, and then we won't even know if it will work.

    RJ
  9. by   iwanna
    I had a mild reaction for the first time. I was extremely tired, sore throat, headache, chills, bodyaches, etc. I was in bed for a day. One day is sure worth it compared to 7 days. I am a flu vaccine advocate. I have a chronic illness - Sarcoidosis. And, I started having symptoms of Sarcoidosis following a bad bout of the flu back in 1987. I have had the flu several times in my life and it was horrible. I am convinced that the flu virus brought on my sarcidosis. I will always get a flu shot. In fact, one year when I was working, nobody could take the time to give me a shot. So, I gave it to myself in the leg.(that's how determined I was and did not want to wait)
  10. by   truern
    Quote from Boston-RN
    and people think I'm paranoid for not getting one.....never got one and never plan on it....
    Got my first one ever last week....and my arm got a huge red swollen and itchy lump at the injection site plus hurt all danged week.

    I won't be getting another one, that's for sure.
  11. by   Indy
    I had about 24 hours of typical achiness, no fever. Of course we had flu shots available on my 2nd out of 4 days in a row working, so I just felt yucky the next couple of days. It was so busy I didn't even get a break to walk down the hall to get the shot, oh no, the nurse came to see me and I got mine in the middle of a chart check!

    I have never had the pneumonia vaccine, however I am seriously considering it. The week after the flu vax I had that patient come in with the wild pneumonia (wild coughing, that is) and I'll be darned if I wasn't really sick the very next day- 5 days of zithromax, one missed day of work, I'm still trying to get my asthma to behave now. Upper respiratory stuff, if it goes beyond sniffles, just wreaks havoc on whatever control I had of my asthma. We had one night where I had to forbid the use of the odor control spray as it will cause me to have to use my inhaler, and that's bad if I've been drinking coffee; wouldn't you know it, some lady shat puddles all night long and the smell! Fans and open doors only do so much.

    I dunno where this ramble is going. I just wish I had looked up the labs on that pneumonia patient to find out what bug he had.
  12. by   RN007
    Quote from Fiona59
    The only thing we've noticed is that this year we are having more people with blood "trickles" after we finish the injection. We've all aspirated but it seems like every othr person bleeds.
    :yeahthat:
  13. by   woody62
    Quote from Indy
    I had about 24 hours of typical achiness, no fever. Of course we had flu shots available on my 2nd out of 4 days in a row working, so I just felt yucky the next couple of days. It was so busy I didn't even get a break to walk down the hall to get the shot, oh no, the nurse came to see me and I got mine in the middle of a chart check!

    I have never had the pneumonia vaccine, however I am seriously considering it. The week after the flu vax I had that patient come in with the wild pneumonia (wild coughing, that is) and I'll be darned if I wasn't really sick the very next day- 5 days of zithromax, one missed day of work, I'm still trying to get my asthma to behave now. Upper respiratory stuff, if it goes beyond sniffles, just wreaks havoc on whatever control I had of my asthma. We had one night where I had to forbid the use of the odor control spray as it will cause me to have to use my inhaler, and that's bad if I've been drinking coffee; wouldn't you know it, some lady shat puddles all night long and the smell! Fans and open doors only do so much.

    I dunno where this ramble is going. I just wish I had looked up the labs on that pneumonia patient to find out what bug he had.
    What most people do not realize, and this includes a good number of nurses, is the deaths from flu are not actually caused by the flu itself. Most of the elderly and the young die from pneumonia. And given the wide spread of MRSA in both hospitals and our communities, I would rather risk getting the flu vaccination then not.

    Woody

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