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Pneumonia vaccine reaction

Please excuse me for troubling you. I have thought long and hard before reaching to a post. But I believe it’s important you are informed of the possible consequences.

Here goes after learning here that due to being immune suppressed for having CLL I should take the pneumonia vaccine I have contacted my GP and last Tuesday I got both flu and pneumonia jags done on the same arm.

On Wednesday I woke up with a slight fever 🤒 took some paracetamol and carried on with my day. When I arrived home I was quite ill. More paracetamol and bed. I sleepy right through the next day.

Thursday came and fever was still there. More paracetamol and a very swollen and sore arm. Ended up phoning my GP and got an emergency apt.

Dr not too concerned quite confident it’s just a reaction to the pneumonia jag. Prescribed me some antibiotics and drew a line around my swollen patch. Told me to keep an eye on it.

Today 3 days later I’m still hurting. Phoned the dr but she isn’t working today. I’m hoping to get better soon. But I wanted to share my story. Any one else with the same reaction? If so how did you deal with it?

UPDATE:

Hi

Since my last post I have started taking the antibiotics and today 3 days after my arm is feeling better less swollen, red and sore.

I believe I had an infection and not a reaction to the vaccine. Please be aware of something like that happening to you in the future.

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Did you have your arm swabbed with an Alcohol swab before vaccinated?

Jig

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No

I haven’t.

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Difficult to know if that would have made a difference.

Pleased yr on the mend!

Jig

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Thank you.

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It's probably best to spread around the sites when getting multiple vaccinations. Let's remember, the purpose of introducing an agent into the system is to CREATE A RESPONSE THAT GENERATES ANTIBODIES. That is, to induce a bodily reaction akin to a marshaling a 'fighting-force' in readiness for the possibility that you'll one day be in proximity to the named-disease. It takes significant bodily resources to amass that army of antibodies ... and so it makes sense to spread around the location of the battlefields. The redness, tenderness, soreness, puffy-skin, etc., all are potent signals that the 'force is with you.' In a contrarian way it may even be appropriate to think of the nausea as a positive sign!

Caven

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Vaccination is one thing. Infection is another.

My own dr prescribed the antibiotics and told me to keep an eye for the spreading.

Celulitis is not a joke and will kill you. So you and your army will be permanently disabled.

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I am amazed when people agree to have 2 shots at the same time. If you have a reaction, you won't know from which shot. My doctors always warn me not to do it.

I have never been given a shot without them cleaning the area with a swab.

Hope you feel better soon!

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Well my dr never told me anything like that because they do not care. I was never offered the pneumonia jag. I requested it. And if I cannot trust the nurse who am I going to?

I assure you I was not swabbed and I will make sure this never happens again.

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Hindsight is a wonderful thing ! But like Flavia I would have assumed that the nurse would have been aware of this. Even after 11 years of having CLL I always look away when someone comes near me with a needle, so I may also have missed the antiseptic wipe ?

Hope you are feeling better now Flavia ?

Colette xxx

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Exactly Colette. I'm almost never directly looking at the needle while it goes in my arm while I'm getting a vaccine, and sometimes these things can happen very fast.

Debbie

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I always look away Colette. Hate injections. And this nurse 👩‍⚕️ offered me to do both on one arm. Who am I to think she isn’t right?

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Completely agree that it’s the healthcare professional’s role to do the right and professional thing.

It may be fine normally but this is not a usual type of reaction to the jab - for whatever reason, Flabal has got an infection which could have been very serious.

I hope you’re feeling much better.

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Yes. Only after many days I realised I had no swab. At the time of my injection I listened to the nurse. And she offered me to do on both arms.

Just to be clear. It was an infection as my arm has got better now and only the injection area is hurting.

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Flavia,

I am so happy to hear you are doing better. And pay those people no attention behind the curtain with their 20/20 hindsight.

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Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

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The important thing is that now you are feeling better, I'm so glad. Thank you for this important warning for the rest of us Flavia.

Debbie

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You are welcome huni. I thought it was important to remind everyone: get a swab. Always. Xx

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xoxo

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