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Old 09-26-2011, 06:56 PM   #1
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Unhappy sudden side effects to flu shot, 8 yr old boy

My son got a flu shot today. he is 8 yrs old. during the doc visit they also did a quick vision test and hearing test then gave him a finger stick to get some blood to test his iron and what not... all of which were in that order. well during the finger stick, they had a hard time getting the blood to drip out fast enough to catch enough blood. he started feeling dizzy and said he couldnt breathe. so the nurse had him lie down while she continued with his finger.. she decided to stop after a couple more minutes because she wasnt having much and dint want to make him feel worse. well after everything was good to go and we were checking out, he got very pale, dizzy and started throwing up. the doc checked his blood pressure and said it dropped a bit. but basically said it seemed he was just having a reaction to the needle stick and seeing the nurse drain his finger.. perfectly normal. nothing to be worried about. happens to grown men too!! ok.. so we came home. he rested. had some juice,. took a nap. seemed ok for a bit. ate some jello. then he felt bad again.. fever (not sure how high exactly i cant find my thermometer!! ) and later he ended up throwing up again......
now,,. can any one tell me if this is a normal reaction to the flu shot.. and can it start so soon???
p.s..... he also is having some issue in his gums.. may be an abscess..?... swollen jaw, tooth ache, bubble type lump on inner jaw... doc said to take him to the dentist.. so he is going first thing in the a.m.... with this he woke up at 4 am telling me his head, throat and belly hurt.. maybe its a few thingsa rolled into one!!??.. my poor lil guy

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Re: sudden side effects to flu shot, 8 yr old boy

Wow, sounds like your son is having a really rough week.

Sometimes people do get fevers from vaccines, and it can start just a few hours after the shot. It usually disappears within a couple days. You can give him Tylenol if he feels badly.

Or, the fever could be from a gum abscess, in which case the dentist should be able to fix it.

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