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    I have to say, I have been getting a flu shot since nursing school in 1985. I never had a problem other than a sore arm for a day or 2. That is until about 6 years ago, then I started to get the aches that you would get with the flu. OK I can buy that I was probably already exposed before I got the shot. Each of these last 6 years, those aches have increased so that last year, I called out sick for 2 days. I wish that is all I had to do this year. I got the shot at the beginning of October, by that afternoon feeling the aches and pains. The next morning, all I had to complain about was a sore arm. By 10am I started feeling a really sharp pain down my back, aches and headache. By the next day, I thought an elephant was stepping on my back and shoulder. The day after that, that elephant was joined by a cobra that was squeezing my ribcage. I was short of breath and had to lean almost 45 degrees forward to be able to get any breaths in. Urgent care sent me to the ER for possible stroke/heart problems...everything was fine there. The ER thought is was a response to the flu shot, gave me perocet and sent me home. That monday, I still was having difficulty breathing, no longer able to tolerate the smell of food, let alone eat. Went to my primary MD, said it definitly was a rxn to the flu shot (not sure if it was the "dead" virus or what it is mixed in or what), I do have a latex allery... Anyway received new pain meds, steriods and couple of other meds. The end of that week, I was back in the ER, still hurting and short of breath but not leaning over and able to eat somethings....Got different steroids, antibiotics, new pain meds, more blood drawn...so much fun..... I was out of work for just under 3 weeks, spent at least $500 in MD,ER and meds. The first week back, I could only work half a day before people told me they were afraid I was going to pass out. It took another 2 weeks to stop feeling the pain from my arm, down my back. I started to get my engery back. I had a little set back when I had to renew my CPR. The pain came back for 2 days. I am still easily tired even now and when I do too much, my back does still hurt. So all MD's that I saw....primary and ER felt it was response to the flu shot and the responses that I had over the last few years was my tolerance getting lowered from it. It is now on my list of allergies and I will NOT ever get another flu shot. My daughter had gotten the aches last year from hers, I would not let her get one this year or again. My husband has never had a flu shot and has only been sick once with the flu in the 25years that I have known him. I am still for people getting the shot when they are elderly or sick or young and I will not discourage anyone from getting one but I will not encourage someone to go out and get one. I don't know, over 3 weeks of PTO lost, $500 out of pocket and that pain....I will take the itsy bitsy flu when I get it........



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