Vaccinations – how long should my arm hurt/is this normal?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My arm killed just from the flu shot, I think it’s pretty normal to be sore for a few days.

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

MsGinkgo:  Yup, if that’s the tetanus arm. I just had one and I think it hurt for 3 days. She said to move it all around the day I got it, which I did, but it did NOT help.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

You’ll be fine.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

MsGinkgo:  Your Tetanus vac is the likely culprit there.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

MsGinkgo:  HepA and tetanus shots both hurt!! Did you see the size of all the vaccinations they injected in you? my tetanus booster was the size a quarter!! I don’t think I was in THAT much pain, but I do remember my arm was sore for several days. Maybe because you got both vaccinations at once?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Definitely normal. My husband got the Tdap done about a week before we left for overseas and his arm was incredibly sore the second and third days.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

MsGinkgo:  Normal.  IDK about the rest but I got a tetanus shot and I had dead arm for days, when it got a bit better it was still sore for at least a month from what I can remember.  I was concerned too, but it’s normal.  

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

A few days is normal. I had a steroid shot yesterday for some allergic reaction I had to something, and it still hurts.

Tetanus have usually been the worst for me.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I swear my arm hurt for a week after my last tetanus shot.   Those are awful

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

MsGinkgo:  I got 5 vaccinations in one day 6 years ago (3 in my dominant arm, 2 in my non-dominant.)  They were for travel.  The one arm hurt much more than the other.  It lasted a couple of days.  

This year my arm hurt for 3 days when I got the flu shot (I’ve never had any kind of issue with it in the past.)  I must be getting old or something.  

Did they give you a pamphlet about what to do and what to look for regarding reactions?  Usually they do and I toss it without thinking.  A little redness, lump and soreness is pretty normal.  Fever, and more serious reactions are when you need to get concerned. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

MsGinkgo:  LOL!  I think if its just sore and heavy its probably nothing to worry about.  Can you call the clinic and ask what to watch for re: reactions? 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I read the thread title and thought “they don’t usually hurt… I wonder if she had a Hep vaccination, or a tetanus one?”

I can confirm that Hep vaccinations do indeed hurt. And tetanus is even worse. Your arm feels like one giant bruise afterwards. That’s pretty normal.

When I was younger, I went through a phase where every few weeks I had to go and get another tetanus booster, having managed to slice myself open on something rusty at work (I was working with sheet metal at the time, and some of it was reclaimed). At the time, they recommended you get a booster vaccination every time you had an exposure. I don’t know if it’s different now thouh. It probably is. But yeah… they hurt!

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