Flu Shot

@carolbee (16231)
United States
October 7, 2008 12:49pm CST
I had a flu shot this morning. Am trying to hurry and get all the laundry done because I know tomorrow I will be extremely limited on how much I can use that arm. How many myLotters get a flu shot and how many have a terribly sore arm the following day?
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15 responses
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
24 Oct 08
My parents get a flu shot every year. I never have but I'm thinking about it. How is it working for you?
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
25 Oct 08
The flu shot this year and last year failed me..lol Was a coincidence that I was sick both years about 2 weeks after the shot. Just getting over it actually but it was a mild case. Thanks so much for responding.
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@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
15 Oct 08
i usually get a flu shot every year and actually havent heard much about them (could be because just yesterday here in canada, we had a federal election) but it is usually around the mid to end of october, but this year, i will have to wait a little bit because i have a really bad head cold right now.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Aww, feel better. Probably not a good idea to get the shot until the cold is completely gone. Have to check with your dr. We had the chance to get a shot early so I jumped at it. Thanks for responding.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I don't get a sore arm, but I definitely feel a little more tired the next day. I do take tylenol right away though. I don't get any of the so called symptoms from the shot that others claim to get. With this asthma, I want the protection.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I really didn't have a sore arm this year either. It was tender but not sore. This is the first time so maybe complaining about it in this discussion had something to do with it..lol Thanks for responding and glad you didn't have any problems after the shot.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I quit getting the flu shot because I would always still get the flu and still get hospitalized, so it didn't work for me. The pneumonia shot, that's better and works better. I'm sore the next day from shots, but the Hep B shots were the worst, took me about a week to get over those. They give it right into the muscle and I swear they're trying to do it for way too long. I hate shots. Take care
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I've had the Hep shots because I work with food and didn't have any problems at all. The flu shot works on me similar to a hep. shot. Kills just the arm for about a day and then it's gone. I need to talk to my dr. about the pneumonia injection because of my age and past history. Thanks for responding.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
13 Oct 08
Thank you for best response. Just goes to show that everyone is different. Now they give some shots in the butt up here (not at the places where everyone stands in a line, obviously) when you say you have had problems before. Now that's sooo much better, you can't sit down.
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• United States
24 Oct 08
Last time I got a shot in the rear it was Demerol to deal with pain from my back injury. It hurt to put any pressure on that part of my back so that was the part in the air when the nurse came in. I had gone to the hospital because the pain had kept me from sleeping for nearly a week and being a bit groggy I didn't think a thing about the shot until she stuck the needle right into the spot where the pain originated. Being nerve pain to begin with the result was an even bigger dose about an hour later in the other side to counteract the pain of the injury and the added pain of the first shot.
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Hi Carol, I got my flu shot last week and my arm was a little sore that night but it really didn't bother me like it has in the past years. I did come down with a cold, but I don't relate it to te shot. My husband says I gat a cold last year too, but I don't remember that. His memory can be a little distorted at times like mine can be. At any rate, the flu shot to me is really important for me and people my age and older. I just wish I could get hubby to get one. He is one of those people who think it will give him the flu. For a smart man he can be foolish. I just hope it doesn't come back to bite him. leenie
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
15 Oct 08
According to doctors, the flu shot doesn't give a person the flu. It could be the flu virus is already in the system when the shot is given therefore people think the shot itself caused the virus. Glad you didn't have a sore arm. I really didn't this year either. Thanks for responding.
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8 Oct 08
Hi carolbee, Oh, you poor thing, I am going for mine next week and not looking forward to it, I had it last years as well and my arms hurt for sometime. Rest your arm and don't do too much. Love & Hugs. Tamara
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I am shocked. This morning I don't have any problem with my arm. The nurse suggested yesterday that I keep using and moving that arm to keep it from hurting. Guess it worked. Thanks for responding.
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@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
8 Oct 08
hello carolbee it is good to hear that you went to get your flu shot this morning, and sorry to hear that your arm will be sore tomorrow afterwards. and to answer your question about getting a flu shot, i have had one flu shot in my life so far and i need to get Downtown to get mine for this year as well. and when i got my flu shot, i cannot remember having a sore arm thou, i was like achey all over the next couple of days and then after that i felt back to normal again. well, i sure hope that your arm isn't too sore tomorrow! have a beautiful evening.
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Hello TnWoman, Yep, I will have a sore arm tomorrow but never do get achey. Hope you get yours soon and do well with it. I am a firm believer it helps. I do think the cold and flu season is later and have always wanted to wait to get the shot but the doctor's suggest now. Thanks so much for responding. carolbee
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@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
7 Oct 08
I am scheduled to get mine this Thursday. In the past it has left my arm sore, last year it did not bother me at all, I was surprised. Feel better.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
8 Oct 08
The shot only effects my arm. It gets so sore the next day that I can barely use my arm. After one day it's better. Good luck with yours Thursday. Thanks for responding.
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I do not.....that last time I got a flu shot was the swine flu shot. And I was sick all winter. I don't get the flu much anyway. Once in the last 36 years! And that was last year when I got a 24 hour bug. So I don't get one! take some ibprofen....and hope you are not too bad tomorrow.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I am rarely ever sick. When I do get sick, I do a fine job..lol I get the shot just as a precaution. My poor arm tomorrow will remind me of the shot today. Thanks for responding.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Funny you should ask, carolbee, since I just left my doctor's office where she asked me if I wanted to take a flu shot. I declined because I never take them. My best defense against getting the flu has been staying out of crowds and eating healthily, drinking plenty of fluids, etc.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I haven't had the flu in years and years. Only been getting the shots for the last 3-4 years. My best defense is I am a hand washer. Not to the point of obsession but do keep my hands very clean. Thanks for responding.
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@wpark2419 (265)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I have never had the flu shot. I've talked to too many people who have told me that they were extremely ill from it. I kinda figure, I can get the shot and guarantee sickness, or I can take my changes with the flu. I haven't had the flu in probably 5 or 6 years. I know the shot is different for everybody, but I just don't wanna risk it. Sorry you're arm's gonna hurt. Hope it doesn't last too long :)
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I've done well with the flu shots the last several years. My doctor always told me that even though it's an active flu virus being injected into the system, the shot is not a cause for the flu. Oh, my arm will know it tomorrow..lol Thanks for responding.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
7 Oct 08
I have only ever had one flu shot in my life carolbee and I don't recall my arm being sore the next day at all? The shot that DOES seem to make my arm ache though is the one for tetanus! I have had this one on multiple occasions in the past and I am always very tender around the needle area the following day.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I totally understand what you are saying about tetanus injections. I am also sore the following day. I find the flu shot to feel the same. I think the site stiffens throughout the night because of lack of use. Thanks for responding.
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I got my flu shot last year and it didn't bother my arm at all but the one I got in the hospital the year before got real sore. I hope mine this year don't bother me. I wonder if it has something to do with who gives the shot?
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I always have trouble with my arm the following day. It gets all red, swollen and I can hardly use the arm. It's worth it though since I'd rather have a sore arm than the flu. Think the shot is injected into the muscle which would explain it being sore the next day. Good luck with yours. Thanks for responding.
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• United States
30 Oct 08
My 83 year old Mother got her flu shot on Friday and on Sunday her arm was still really sore and hurt.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
30 Oct 08
It can make the arm throb and hard to use. Hope she feels better soon. Thanks for responding.
• United States
24 Oct 08
I don't get the shot because I never get the real flu(just an occasional stomach virus people call the flu). i think I actually get a mild cold when I'm exposed and get over it quick. The one time I got it since early childhood was a couple years ago and almost everyone in the trucking office had it regardless of shots so I guess it was a strain they hadn't immunized for that year. It took me down for 3 weeks and left an office that usually ran more than 35 drivers with 2 dispatchers and an owner-operator working for nearly 3 weeks during the after Christmas rush.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
25 Oct 08
That sounds like the office was a major disaster. I'm rarely sick myself but am just getting over something that I would call the flu. It was mild even though I felt yucky. Thanks for responding.
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