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AngelaA 06-17-2003 08:59 PM

Help! Adult with reaction to tetanus shot
I went to my friend who is osteopath for a tetanus booster because hadn't had a shot in 14 yrs. I go fishing so was worried about getting cut by old hooks or by rusty barb wire I climb under to get to some of fave hiking/fishing spots. Anyway my dr friend is out of town for 4 weeks so have no where to turn for help.

I've never had a serious reaction to any vaccination before. But shortly after getting shot the injection site started itching like crazy. A few minutes later I broke into sudden sweating and felt dizzy. I started feeling better after awhile other than the constant itching. I took some Benedryl and went to bed. Now almost a week later I still have a hard tender knot on my arm. It feels like a rock is under skin. It hurts a lot, those has eased off some from the excruciating pain the first few days. Now when I have had flu shot I would get minor bump on arm for a couple days then always went away. This still hurts and has me worried. After getting the shot from her nurse I THEN learned it also had diptheria vaccine in it too. Fourteen years ago I received a tetanus shot in order to be permitted in college. Had no reaction then. No idea if that one contained diptheria vaccine too. Twelve years prior to that at 9 yrs old was given tetanus shot after bicycle wreck that required stitches. And before that received the usual early childhood vaccination for it in order to get into kindergarten.

Why am I having bad reaction & reactions that are not listed for these two vaccines? Nurse gave me pamphlet about it & have searched Internet and found I am not having reactions anyone has ever documented (that I can tell) for this vaccine. Have I just had too many shots? What can I do to feel better and make the knot disappear?

Sarah68 06-19-2003 01:21 AM

Yes, tetanus vaccines do contain diptheria as well and it is possible to have a nasty reaction to them. I do not normally have vaccines at all myself, but had to get tetanus, diptheria and polio for work and the day following all these, I had a horrendous reaction and was really sick. I am lucky that I have a really good ND who was able to give me a homeopathic remedy to help clear out the ill effects of the vaccines. Polio can live in the gut for upto 6 weeks and can give you stomach problems.

Sometimes it is a build up in the immune system the causes a reaction to happen and it is possible to have a bad reaction even if you have not had one before.

Also, I don't know how old you are, but if you are healthy, have a good immune system and no other medical problems, then you should not really be getting flu shots. If your immunity is good then you don't routinely need to have this as your immune system should be good enough to fight it off and anyway, you can take Vitamin C and Echinacea to raise your immunity.

I would suggest that you go and find an ND or a homeopath in your area. There is a remedy called THUJA that will help get rid of ill effects of vaccination, either this remedy or SULPHUR or SILICA are also good, but THUJA is best known for this. Also it is possible to give you the vaccinations back in potency and this should help.

Please go and see an ND, as they will definitely be able to help you. An ordinary MD would probably just fob you off.

Good luck

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