Has anyone had a reaction to a Flu Shot?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by fowlerfab522, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. fowlerfab522

    fowlerfab522 New Member

    About 5 years ago, I took a flu shot and after about 20 minutes or so my airway felt like it was swelling. Being in the healcare profession at the time, I had bendadryl with me. Of course I never got another one, but after reading the all these messages about toxins I just wonder if that is what caused the reaction.

    I have never heard of anyone else having a reaction to the flu shot and just wondered if it was just one of those weird things I would get.

  2. sixtyslady

    sixtyslady Member

    ten years ago I had a flu shot and two weeks later I was sick that was the begining of all my problems.battle for 2 yrs trying to find out what was wrong with me then my friends Dr told me he thought I had cfs and later another Dr told me I had fibro, so here I"am today with this crap.
    but I truly think it all started with the polio sugar cubes they gave us as kids and that the flu shot trigger it all those yrs later. now if we could just figure out what to do about it. it would be great.
  3. TwinMa

    TwinMa New Member

    Since your reaction was so immediate, I wonder if you are allergic to something IN the shot. People who are allergic to eggs are not supposed to take the flu shot. Thimerisol (sp?) is another ingredient that you could be sensitive to.

    Personally, I got quite sick every time I got a flu shot, so I stopped getting them. They would send me into a flare every time. Sore throat, fluish feeling, achy all over. It wasn't worth it for me. And, knock on wood, I haven't gotten the flu either!
  4. lovethesun

    lovethesun New Member

    for about 5 days.Sorry about capitols
  5. butterfly8

    butterfly8 New Member

    My doc. advised me against the flu shot when I developed cfs. I used to have it annualy before that. Then the year before last, he sugested that I have it again - I was sick for about 2 weeks - not deathly sick - but sick enough to decide not to have it again.

    Now I take olive leaf extract liquid daily and vit. c powder. I also keep a tamiflu packet in the cupboard in case.
  6. 1horse

    1horse New Member

    I use to run the flu clinic..If someone had a reaction I ask there dr.if they should get 1/2 dose first time and few weeks later 1/2 dose again.. However with the reaction you got they probably will say NEVER...take care peggy
  7. Dee50

    Dee50 New Member

    That was the begining of a long health decline for me. My DO Doctor thinks the flu shot had some part in my health decline too:(
  8. Busyknitter2

    Busyknitter2 New Member

    I took a flu shot many years ago, and we left down by the time we got to where we where going I was very sick and stayed that way for two weeks. When I went to the Dr. he said I had the "FLU". I did not take one for quite a few yars. I was assitant director in a Day Care and they wanted me to take one. I did so and again I got sick, in fact it went on for so long that I finally resigned my job. I too wander if the flu shots are what triggered my problems. It took many years to find out for sure that it was fibro.
  9. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    This sounds so familiar. About 8 days after having my last flu shot, I awoke one morning and thought I had polio. Both my legs were so painful I could hardly walk a few steps, I felt totally fatigued, then I got a major flare of FM.

    It has taken me four months to get to a recoverey stage.

    When I thought through this every November I would get sick, and each year it was getting worse, so my feeling is the flu shot-my reaction to it was getting worse each year.
    My ANA levela go sky high after the shot too.

    I am actually a big supported of vaccinations, so this is not the reporting of someone anti-vaccination. When one asks the doctor, they shrug it off as they are scared if they say it could be the cause, they are scared of being sued.

    I will not get one again, as I have had the flu in the past and sure it was rough for a couple of weeks or so, but then I would get better, not four months of agony.

    My good friend had the same recations as I have, but kept getting the shot. Finally she developed Guianne Barre disease and was in a wheelchair for 18months. She said that when it first started it felt just like the other reactions except it got a lot worse.

    I actually believe what I have been getting is a mild form of that same disease to be honest. I will never get the shot again through choice.

    I also feel that I got FM following the first flu shot I had, it was the start of it all.

    I have no egg allergies at all.

    Love Anne C
  10. spiritsky

    spiritsky Member

    Vaccines contain mercury (Thimerosal), I would never get one...

    Thimerosal, or thiomersal, (C9H9HgNaO2S) is a mercury-containing organic compound (organomercurial) used as an antiseptic and antifungal agent. It was developed and registered under the trade name Merthiolate in 1929 by the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, and has been used as a preservative in vaccines, immune globulin preparations, skin test antigens, antivenoms, ophthalmic and nasal products, and tattoo inks.

    The compound is being phased out for most childhood vaccinations in favor of single-dose vials.

    Thimerosal causes susceptible bacteria to autolyze (break down their own cells with self-produced enzymes) via an unknown mechanism. In the body, it is metabolized to ethylmercury (C2H5Hg+) and thiosalicylate
  11. sisland

    sisland New Member

    Wow alot of people have negative reactions!! I used to work at a hospital where it was mandatory to get the flu shot every year.................. also the Hepatities shots, got very ill from them to the point of not being able to lift my head off the pillow for 3 days!!

    the last one i got was in 1997 shortly there after the fm started setting in big time!!..............................can't and won't ever take them again!

  12. lvjesus

    lvjesus Member

    a few years ago they were giving them at work for free and I got one and it made me sick too. I am guessing it was from the fibro because I never got sick from them before, although I had not taken them alot. I have not taken one since.
  13. Nakomis

    Nakomis New Member

    I passed out and stopped breathing. I haven't had one since. Various medical people have urged me to get one of those pneumonia vaccinations because I'm very prone to pneumonia, but after my reaction to that flu shot, I prefer to take my chances!
  14. springrose22

    springrose22 New Member

    I got a flu shot about 30 years ago, and was very sick for 3-4 days with flu like symptoms. So, I didn't get a flu shot again until about 3 years ago, because I was assured the flu shot couldn't possibly have had anything to do with my getting sick the first time. In the fall of 2003, after I got the flu shot, I got sick so many times that winter it wasn't funny. I though there might be a connection to the flu shot. But, stupid me, I got another shot in the fall of 2004, got sick immediately thereafter, and have never fully recovered. I will never again get the flu shot, I believe it is because of the Themerisol (sp?) in it. I also believe that autism is so prevalent now in children because of the Themerisol. There is a lot of information about that everywhere. So, for me, it was EBV, mercury, and major stress that brought me to where I am. Never again! Marie
  15. Michelle_NZ

    Michelle_NZ New Member

    should steer clear of shots and vaccines.

    My CFS specialist says that they can definately cause a relapse and you are better to take your chances and not get the shot.
  16. tes

    tes New Member

    I am convinced that a tetnaus shot I got in 2002 made my fibro much worse. Just after the shot, my IBS symptoms started and have suffered with many bladder, strep and chest infections. I had all the vaccines as a child and have always had complaints with my health from a little girl. Stomach problems, breathing and chest discomfort and the list goes on. I am not for these vaccines and shots but if you don't get the ones as a baby and young child, you are not allowed to attend schools here in Canada. I have 2 young kids and had to get them done. Hope they do well with them.

    I got the flu shot in 2003 and never again. I was sick all winter.

    It just gets so frustrating not knowing the unknown:(
    Hope everyone is trying to keep well:)

  17. sues1

    sues1 New Member

    I had all the vaccinations as a child. Nothing comes to mind, except I woke up in the middle of the night (8 or 9 yrs. old?) upchucking....then after they got me all cleaned up and back in bed I slept well. I insisted on going to school in the AM and part way there I lost the use of my legs. That is when Polio was a big scare. Dr. said it was stomach flu, that never made sense. I had to stay in bed and he said only tea and toast for three days. At the end of 3 days I was back in school and okay. Some medical people have wondered if it was a strain of Polio, a mild form. Hard to say now.

    I had the sugar cubes later on in life and then the polio shots.
    I never got the flu shots until later after getting CFIDS and FIBRO.

    I get the flu shots every year and I swear by them. It really does help. I am sure that some do have very adverse reactions to them, like everything, nothing is good for all of us. Susan
  18. Forebearance

    Forebearance Member

    I understand what you mean, Susan.

    I have gotten three flu shots. But they've all been after I had already started recovering from CFS. I began getting them after about 12 years of CFS.

    For me, they actually seemed to boost my immune system! Imagine that! They were actually good for me.

    But I totally believe all of you who said they are bad for you. I didn't get one this year, because of all the reports about bad reactions that people have had.

  19. pammy52

    pammy52 New Member

    The flu shot buggy comes around every year in the hospital where I work.
    It is not mandatory to get a shot but highly recommended.
    4 years ago was the first time I decided I would get a shot.

    I had the first major fibro flare ever and was too sick to get out of my chair through the holidays.
    I finally ended up taking a short leave of absence and it was 4 months until I felt my normal fibro self.

    Since then I have dealt with flares of an intensity not previously experienced.

    Coincidence?? I don't think so.