So it's 4:00am and I was just woken from a dead sleep by the horrible pain in my arm from the flu shot. I never got one before and don't remember vaccinations hurting this bad. So I wake up and stuble down stairs to find out that we're out of asprin tylenol and everything else again. I swear next time I'm hiding it from my husband. He takes OTC pain meds like they're candy cause something always hurts and he's the world's biggest baby when it comes to pain. He never tells me we're out or replaces them either:angryfire . ARGH! Luckily I found the heating pad and it helps a little.
The funny part of the whole mess is that I've had the flu once in my adult life and have never had a flu shot. But i figured since I have no time to be sick that this would be the year if I didn't get one. Now I feel like staying in bed all day.
I have lab at 10:00...
Nov 5, '05
Oh wow, I've never had pain from the injection site, but I do feel the achy bones in my back and tiredness that comes from the side effects. I just got my flu shot last week. Count yourself lucky that you haven't had the flu much
I'm wondering if you should maybe call the nurse that gave you the injection because I'm not sure that a severe pain like you described is normal. Hopefully the pain has past by now?
Last edit by S.N. Visit on Nov 5, '05
Nov 5, '05
Well, I am currently doing a paper on myths of immunizations and I can tell you that you should not only get a flu shot for your protection, but if you are going to be working with immunocompromized patients, it is your duty to protect them , and I feel that would include getting your vaccinations to protect them againts all communicable diseases. Nurses bring the illnesses in with them and can pass it on to the patients. Its pretty logical if you think about it.
The flu shot covers 3 strains of flus that are most worrisome to the WHO and others collecting data to chose and support which flus are the most risky overall. That is, simply stated how they chose what flu they offer protction from. And yes it may not be the flu YOU get, but by and large, it will have protected you from something! To the original poster: It sounds like your side effects are localized and nothing to be concerned about. You did not have an anaphalactic reaction or onything. I would assume you have no allergies to egg or and other components of the vaccine. The flu vaccine is cultured on chicken embryos. That is why there could be elements of egg in the vaccine that was not 100% purified. But I assume you had no serious allergies as you did not have a anaphalactic rxn.
I hope this help a bit, any questions and please let me know!
Last edit by RNinRubySlippers on Nov 5, '05