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Old 09-16-2009, 10:55 PM   #1
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Question MMR and Meningococcal Vaccine Bad Reaction

Hello -

Today I went to my county health department to receive 1 MMR shot (which is my 2nd, first was done in 1991) and a Meningococcal shot, which are both required for my current school. After approximately 2 minutes of receiving the shot I was waiting at the counter to pay - and all of the sudden I felt extremely dizzy and asked the clerk if it is normal for me to feel this way. She said no and instantly got a nurse to sit me down. I sat down and my arms and hands/joints became extremely tingly/numb and very stiff and some in my legs and feet - I could not even make a fist or move them normally. I also felt like I was going to vomit and was still dizzy. The nurses took me to the back so I laid down and they propped my legs up. The nurse had a hard time taking my blood pressure because of how stiff my arms were. After about a good 30 minutes, I finally regained strength in my hands and the very extreme tingling/numbness in my hands went away. The nurse had never seen someone tense up and have stiff hands, joints, and arms like that ever before - and she has been a nurse for 23 years. I had not eaten anything for ~6 hours or so, so I was definitely on an empty stomach which I think may have added to it?

I am posting this to see if anyone has had or has heard of a similar reaction to this - or maybe can give me some insight. I probably would of not posted this if the extreme stiffness did not occur in my fingers, joints, and arms. Perhaps I am just allergic to the Meningococcal Vaccine considering it did not happen on my first MMR.

A little more information about me: 23 year old male, never had any problems being allergic to any kind of medicine in the past, and I am pretty healthy.


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Old 09-18-2009, 10:06 AM   #2
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Re: MMR and Meningococcal Vaccine Bad Reaction

Sounds like a textbook case of a vasovagal response... put plainly, you got a shot and you had a fainting response (whether you actually laid yourself out or not). It happens without warning, and can happen to anyone (even if it happens only once).

Old 09-26-2009, 01:59 PM   #3
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Re: MMR and Meningococcal Vaccine Bad Reaction

Make sure they report your side effects. You can always opt for vaccine exemptions, no one can make you get vaccines for school.

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