Reaction to Pneumococcal vaccine when given with Flu vaccine

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I too had a fairly violent reaction to this injection which was given on Saturday 6 November 2010 in the same upper arm and at the same time as my flu vaccination.

Symptoms came on about 5-6 hours after the injections and included aching in all joints (particularly the fingers) general feeling of nausea and retching (only bile came up) very dry feverishness switching from feeling hot to very cold about every half-hour and thumping headache.

This continued overnight - showers / sponging down did nothing to ease the feverishness - and I didn't get much sleep. Symptoms eased gradually over the next couple of days and were completely gone within a week.

My GP reassured me that this was my body's natural defences showing that they worked!

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    I had the flu and pneumococcal injections 3 days ago, (in opposite arms) and my reaction has been virtually a carbon copy of yours. The worst side effect by far has been the dry retching, which had me out of bed 3 times over the first night. On day 3 that has now fortunately passed, but I am still left with a very sore arm (which I literally cannot lie on), a general feeling of malaise, and recurring mild fever (37.9).  I am  am  a male aged  67 years, so appreciate that this inoculation has significant protective health benefits, but if I had known I was going to feel like this I think I might have chosen not to have it.
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    I had the pneumococcal vaccination plus flu jab 5 days and am still feeling unwell. Synptoms started within 8 hours and I had mild fever shivering, nausea and diarrhoea. After five days I am left with nausea and upset stomach and a general feeling of malaise. Please could someone tell me that this will pass soon. I had the jab a few weeks after pretty major cancer surgery and a post-op wound infection and two courses of antibiotics. With hindsight I don't think I should have had this jab at this time, but I did assume, perhaps wrongly, that the nurse would have looked at my records first! Wish I had never had it!
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    Really sorry you've all had such bad reactions and hope you all feel better soon. Just wanted to say that these reactions are rare - the vast majority of people feel nothing but an achey arm and maybe mild flu-like symptoms for 24-48 hours. It is a 'dead' vaccine so cannot give you pneumonia. It's also a very good vaccine to have and as it gives lifelong protection at least you wont have to have it again. Side effects can be lessened by having it at a different time to the flu jab - pneumonia vaccine is available all year round from your practice nurse to those over 65 and those younger in certain clinical risk groups such as asthma and diabetes.
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    Thank you for that response and, yes, I am now feeling better. I started to improve 12 days following the vaccination, which was a relief. I do feel it was the wrong time to have had it, as my immune system was struggling following surgery and infection. However, as you say, it is a once only vaccination, so now I am protected as far as it is possible.
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    I have had the same symptoms as yourself.

    I had the flu and pneumonia in one arm and my hepatitis a+b combined in the other arm.(pin cushion).

    I have all the symptoms that seems the norm.

    I feel like i have been rolled down a hill and at the bottom been used as a football.

    Not nice!

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    I wish I'd seen this discussion before having my flu+pneumonia jab. I've never had a flu or pneumonia jab before but it seemed a good idea. 44 hours later my arm still feels like it's been hit with a jousting lance, legs and head ache like hell and had a second night of fever.

    I wish I'd known that this reaction was fairly common. I was told "you might feel a little under the weather for a couple of days" - that really doesn't describe how I feel. My aching and fever feel similar to real flu but I've no nasal/bronchial problems.

    If you get this buy-one-get-one-free jab offer you might like to have them at separate times!

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      Day 3 : no fever last night. Feel washed out today but improving. Arm is swollen, red and very hot between elbow and shoulder but not as painful today. Hoping day 4 will start to feel proper recovery.
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      Day 4 it became clear that my arm had cellulitis (bacterial infection of the skin or just below). It is hot and red and spreading about 1.5 inches a day so today, Day 6, it has reached a few inches below my elbow (photo from Day 5). Seen my GP and I’m on antibiotics now. Cellulitis can become serious and life threatening if not stopped so will need managing apparently. 

      It seems I’ve received a bacterial infection from the jab but that was all sterile and a plaster was on for hours after. I have Coeliac disease and borderline anaemia so my immune system isn’t great but that’s why I was offered the jabs...hmm!

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      After antibiotics started on Day 6 things started to improve. Day 12 there's nothing to see now although upper arm is itchy, skin isn't flaking but feels 'scraped'. Generally feeling very lacking in energy although improving day by day.

      GP advises to have flu jab again next year which I think I'll do but wouldn't recommend having flu and pneumonia jabs at the same time to anyone.

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      I had flu and pneumonia shots in the same arm 2 days ago. I had a horrible reaction... much like yours, David. Within an hour, my arm started to get hives, then within 2 more hours, my arm became red, swollen and hard as a rock. Went to the ER only to hear that this was not an infection and that I needed to give it time. It is day 3... it is better but still sore. Advice: never get these shots on the same day and in the same arm.
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