|I have had flu shots for years with no ill effects other than a sore arm and occasionally an out of sorts evening. After this year I will never take another one. Last Wednesday,Jan.24,2001, I went to the Health Dept here in Birmingham, Al. and got a flu shot. I was feeling perfectly normal. I had to pay in advance so as soon as I got the shot I walked straight out of the building. I did not even feel the shot, but in the two minutes it took me to get to and walk out the front door, I knew something was wrong. I began immediately to ache from my neck to my leg on the side where I was injected. I'm talking like major cramping. I then began to get sicker and sicker. By Friday night I could not even take off my clothes I was having chills so bad and "every" joint in my body was stiff and aching and the walls of my chest and and the area where my kidneys are felt like I had been severely beaten. I became so congested that I had to use my asthma inhaler continually, that night, to breathe. I was afraid to go to sleep. I had a fever of 103.2. I have had the flu twice before in my life, but it was never as bad as the reaction I had to this shot. My fever has finally gone down, but I am still very sick after 5 days, just like you are during a major bout with the flu. I look like a racoon my eyes are so dark and sunken. I actually wonder if I was somehow injected with "live" flu virus, instead of "killed" virus. Although I know this is theoretically not possible, I pity those who actually get this strain of "live" flu. So if you had a shot, I hope you were lucky, if you haven't had a shot I would advise you not to get one, unless you are quite elderly. If you do get one, you may wind up with a bad case of flu syptoms that you may have, otherwise, not gotten.|
|Ref: Flu Shot Reaction:
My Mother had a flu shot last Tuesday on 11/21/00 at 2 PM. Next morning she had rash and very itches all over his right arm not her left arm. The nurse said it was not reaction to flu shot. She went to Doctor on Friday 11/24/00 Doctor said it was serious reaction to flu shot and put her on two medicals and cream. She had memory lost for three days. She have rash and itches which travel all over her body for past several days.
HAVE ANY OTHER PERSON WITH FLU SHOT REACTION HAD SAME CONDITION?? What did Doctor do?? You can email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
|In late November my 46 year old brother had his flu shot. By mid December he had
severe back pain and was hospitalized by Dec 23 due to severe pain, sleep deprivation,
numbness and control and focus problems with one eye. Due to severe Medicare cutbacks,
hospital staff shortage over the Christmas break period and lack of forewarning of
possible flu shot side affects, his diagnosis of GBS was delayed by several days! It is
well known that GBS damage can be minimized by a timely diagnosis. This was not the case
here. He is now on a slow recovery path and we can only hope and pray for the best.
Since he was not aware of a potential GBS side affect from the flu shot, it is obvious that he did not sign a waiver. His ability to maintain or advance is his career may now be hampered at a critical time for support of his immediate and extended family. I am shocked by the following events: a) Failure to forewarn flu shot recipients of potential risks. b) A failure by the hospital medical staff to initially ask if the patient recently had a flu shot. c) delays in diagnosis of GBS. d) Failure to suspect the flu shot as the probable cause following GBS diagnosis.
I was actually the first and only one to advise my brother that the flu shot was the probable cause upon first hearing of the GBS diagnosis. Even the neurologist seemed unaware! While the risk of GBS from flu shots is rumoured to be about 1 in 10,000, the probability that the above case was caused by the flu shot is around 98% or higher.
Sorry to say it, but I and many others are rapidly losing faith in our medical system which seems to be in a state of chaos! I will stop taking flu shots and will advise others to reconsider. Perhaps alternative medicine is worthy of closer examination.
|Near the end of October I received the flu shot and I have not been the same since. I have had chest congestion, coughing,nasal congestion,headaches and fatigue. I have been searching online but have not be able to find someone else with the same reaction. I have talked to local people who have had similar reactions and was wondering if anyone can forward some websites with some supporting evidence.|
|IN October of 1999 I suffered a life threatening condition that resembled GBS. For the presentation of the condition was not classic, but the results were the same. Progressive, ascending paralysis, demyelinating polyneuropathy. I was told that the cause of my problem was the flu shot that I received in October of 1999. My recovery has been very slow and agonizing to say the least. I am unable to work and have not been able to work since October of 1999. Still weak and with know stamina, I continue with my physical therapy. In the last month I have developed a disabling tremor in my right forearm and hand, and a severe trembling in the muscles of my right leg. A visit to Mayo, Rochester, revealed that the flu shot was not the only culprit in my affliction. The fact that I did not have the diagnostic protein in my spinal fluid negates the diagnosis of GBS, according to Mayo, the fact that when I received the flu shot, I was being evaluated for a posible reaction to the drug Zocor was significant to the doctor at Mayo. One of the best, if not the best periferal neurologists in the country diagnosed me as a recipient of a multiple drug reaction from the flu shot and the drug Zocor. As it was explained to me, the Zocor altered the lipo-protein of the myelin sheath on my nerves causing the symptoms of a polyneuropathy, the flu shot activated my autoimmune system, which in turn could not reconize the altered tissue as my own and destroyed the altered myelin where it found it, thus causing the demyelinating syptoms similar to GBS. Does this mean anything to anybody? Has anyboby heard of such a reaction before? Am I the only one in the world who has had this kind of reaction? Please respond.|
|In November of 1999 I took the flu vaccine for the first time in 30+ years..7-10 days later I was diagnosed with pneumonia which progressed to AARDS. I was on the respirator for 6 days and then proceeded to a full recovery. Consequently I am afraid to take the flu vaccine this season. Should I be concerned that my illness was a result of the vaccine? Wendy|
|A week ago, my 43 year old perfectly healthy husband received a flu shot. Two days later, he began getting numb from his chest down and in his hands. It got worse over the next few days. It has been a little over a week now with little improvement. The doctors say it will probably go away, but if it doesn't he will be referred to a specialist. His reflexes respond fine,he can feel touch and has no breathing problems. He has never had a serious health problem before, so we know it is related to that flu shot. He has no allergy to eggs, and we are just at a loss. We are both so worried. He is still numb. His leggs feel heavy and it is very tireing to walk. Because he still has a reflex reaction, the doctor had no explination. My question is this, does anyone know if they syndrome can present itself in a patient even though the patient retains reflex abilities? And, does anyone know of any danger in the wait and see plan of action offer by our doctor? Your thoughts are appreciated. God Bless and thank you.|
|When I got GBS my symptoms were similar to your husband. I retained my reflexes. I too had a flu shot before my problems began. After my legs got that heavy feeling; the next thing was that I could barely walk at all. That is when my Dr. finally took a Spinal Tap and found out it was GBS. A high Protein count in the Spinal Tap is what signifies GBS. I still feel that if the Spinal Tap was done sooner; my treatments with Plasma-Pheresis (blood exchange) would have begun sooner. All Neurologist agree on one thing and that is the sooner the treatment whatever it be; the better. My Doctor admitted that he had no idea of what I had; other than that it was the after effects of a flu shot. On my first visit to a Neurologist; he suggested the Spinal Tap to at least rule out GBS. But it was ruled in. Doing fine now. Hope you get some answers soon. In my opinion it is trouble to wait too long. Good Luck and I sure hope it isn't GBS.|
|Overnight I had a situation where my diaphram would not work while laying on my back. Thought it was phrenic nerve problem however I recall having the hep B shots at work and a flu shot each year. Heart and Lung Dr stumped, pulminary Dr in the dark, waiting for CT Scan results. Anyone else have this situation. Post and please email me at email@example.com|