Flu Shots Side Effects

Here’s Why You May Want to AVOID the Flu Shot…

Flu Vaccine Side Effects

Don’t let a flu shot put you IN the hospital


Every year, more than 100 million Americans get flu shots, believing they’re doing a good thing for their health.

It’s excellent marketing, but simply not true…

Flu shots are not “perfectly safe” for everyone — and the side effects of flu shots can be downright scary. Between the generalized side effects the Center for Disease Control (CDC) warns about and the specific side effects of the additives used to grow and preserve the vaccines each year, you can go in for a “harmless” flu shot and walk out with back pain, fever, seizures or even muscle paralysis.

Small wonder, then, that only 60% of doctors and nurses are getting the flu shot despite mandatory vaccination requirements in many hospitals. As health care providers, they can see first-hand what really happens after a flu shot and make a more informed choice than members of the general public, who often hear only positive propaganda about flu shots.

Don’t believe the hype. Find out more about the real side effects of flu shots so that you can decide for yourself whether a flu shot is truly worth the risk.

Common Flu Shot Side Effects:

  • Body aches
  • Fever
  • Soreness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea
  • Joint pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Upper back pain


But there are even more serious and dangerous side effects that are possible… keep reading.

Reason #1: Flu-like Symptoms Common After Flu Shot

One of the biggest complaints people have about the flu shot is that they feel like they’ve been given the flu. Within the first 48 hours, many people complain of fever, headaches, runny nose, nausea and body aches just like they’ve come down with a case of the flu. Yet CDC officials insist that the vaccine can’t give you the flu.

So what’s really going on?

First of all, your body doesn’t like the flu shot. And that holds true for both dead virus and live virus versions of the injection.

Each flu shot contains up to three strains of the flu, plus chemicals to preserve the virus and base solution of the shot. Flu vaccines are grown in hens eggs, preserved with formaldehyde, diluted with known neurotoxins like Triton X-100 and MSG, and soaked in ethylenes. Certain formulations, like Afluria, Flulaval, Fluzone and Fluvirin also contain thimerosal, a form of mercury.

Can you think of any other situation where you might expect an injection of known toxins to protect your health? Putting pollutants like this straight into your bloodstream is a recipe for disease, not wellness. You feel lousy after a flu shot because you’ve put things in your body that don’t belong there, and you won’t feel better until your system has done all it can to cleanse your body of the toxins.

Reason #2: Allergic Reactions to Flu Shot Additives

Right along with feeling sick, many people experience allergic reactions to the flu shot additives. These reactions can be life-threatening and happen within minutes. However, milder allergic responses can still compromise your health for weeks or even years after you’ve gotten a flu vaccine.

If you are allergic to:

  • Eggs
  • Formaldehyde
  • MSG
  • Mercury
  • Aluminum

Mild allergic reactions include swelling around the injection site, itching and redness. More serious reactions include changes in your breathing and heart rate, hives, and muscle weakness. If you’re severely allergic, your throat may close in a potentially fatal reaction.

Think twice before getting a flu shot! This is especially true for children, people with weak immune systems and the elderly.

Reason #3: Seizures After Flu Shot Not as Rare as You Think

The 2010-2011 American flu season was marked by reports of fever-related seizures among children who had received Fluzone, made by Sanofi-Aventis. The seizures occurred within 24 hours of receiving the shot.

While the authorities were quick to reassure the public that such side effects of the flu shot are “rare” the truth is seizures following flu shots are more common than many think.

According to the CDC’s own studies, one out of every 2,000 to 3,000 children vaccinated will experience additional fever-related seizures as a result of their vaccination. International studies are even more damning, directly pointing out that flu shots can hurt more than they help.

In Australia, the 2010 flu vaccine caused so many seizures in children it was pulled from the market after authorities realized more children were being hospitalized with side effects from the flu shot than were being hospitalized with the flu. Yet the very next year health officials were back out touting the benefits of getting a flu shot for kids — these people never give up!

Reason #4: Guillain-Barré Syndome (GBS) from Flu Shot Always a Concern

Guillain-Barré Syndrome is one of the truly frightening side effects of flu shots. Known as GBS, this disorder causes your immune system to attack your own nerve cells, weakening your muscle systems and sometimes paralyzing you completely.

Between 3,000 and 6,000 people each year will get GBS, usually after being sick with the flu or getting a flu shot. The risk of GBS increases as you get older, and people over age 50 have the highest risk level.

GBS was conclusively linked to both the 1976 flu vaccine and the 2009 flu vaccine. Officials insisted that the benefits of the flu shot outweighed the risk — but that’s small comfort to those in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States who were left permanently disabled by their “safe, harmless” flu shot.

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Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Seasonal Influenza: Guillain-Barré Syndrome. CDC.gov. 2012 Aug 23.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Possible side effects from vaccines. Vaccines & Immunizations.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Ingredients of Vaccines — Fact Sheet. Vaccines & Immunizations. 2011 Feb 22.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Vaccine Ingredients by Type. Immunofacts: Vaccines and Immunologic Drugs. Revised 2011 and 2012.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Febrile seizures following childhood vaccinations, including influenza vaccinations. 2012 Oct 1.
De Wals et al. Risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome following H1N1 influenza vaccination in Quebec. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2012 Jul 11;308(2):175-81.
Li, Mimi. Flu shot caused seizures in Australian Children, study says. Epoch Times. 2010 Sep 20.
Moyer, C. Too few health professionals getting flu shots. American Medical News. 2011 Sep 5.

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13 thoughts on “Flu Shots Side Effects”

  1. Perry Austin says:

    Everybody needs to make a living. Big Pharma have products to market and sell and to some degree so do those in the dietary supplement field. What about dehydration? It seems like if the problem of dehydration throughout the body is not addressed, supplements are in many cases simply masking symptoms, just as pharmaceuticals are, but perhaps with fewer side effects.

  2. Ana V. Velez says:

    Damn!! Just Last week, I went with my kids to get them the last round of Hep A vaccine, and the nurses offered to give them the flu shot. They had have a flu shot last year and there where no complications, so i accepted. Guess what. Within two days, one of the girls had to skip school with body aches and a really bad sore throat. And the boy has been complaining of back and leg pain and sore throat. Guess they have fallen victims of Big Pharma and i feel like the worst mother in all the world.

  3. RL says:

    I have never understood what all the fuss was about in getting the flu. I’ve never been a sickly person but I’ve definitely had the flu several times in my life. Two, three, four days on the miserable side, but then it’s over – no big deal. Where does all this pressure come from for the mandatory shots or misting? Yeah, I know, big pharma… but specifically, is today’s flu such a larger, more dangerous threat than I’ve ever experienced?? It seems like we’re talking about malaria or typhus or TB. Did I not get the memo??

    1. Lisa Mitchell says:

      They aren’t using the mist this year and for who knows how long, because it was discovered that the mist was not nearly as effective as originally thought! Gee that’s a big surprise! Lol

  4. Coasty says:

    I have a friend who got the swine flu shot back in the mid 1970’s when virtually everyone was getting this shot. She went from a healthy mid-30’s woman to a woman with sickness and incredible pain that doctors could not diagnose. They knew it was probably from the swine flu shot, but there was and is to this day, no cure for her. She currently is almost totally disabled and in constant pain. And it all started with the swine flu shot.
    Knowing her story alone, would convince me that flu shots are not what I need. I do not get any vaccinations at all. Like one writer here wrote, I’ve had the flu, took care of myself and it goes away in a few days. But I’ve only had it maybe two times. No thanks to putting these poisons in my system. I got this book and can’t wait to read it.

  5. Pat says:

    There was another side effect that was not publicized much, that it caused miscarriages in healthy pregnant women.

  6. margaret sepello says:

    Alzemers research shows a person who gets flu shots is 200 times
    more like to get this disease

  7. Andrea Edwards says:

    I had a flu shot today four times this straight they recommend for older people I’m 81. I I have my back neck fingers toes knees which I pretty much keep in control. After I had the shot a few hours later I have the most excruciating pain and almost areas that I’ve ever had in my life to the point where I was in tears trying to cook things for Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Eve I don’t know if I’ll be able to go to Thanksgiving tomorrow I hurt so bad I can’t believe it I finally got the idea that maybe it has something to do with the flu shot

  8. CathyF says:

    I am 76 years old, just got a flu shot yesterday….was up several times during the night with
    severe leg cramps, today my legs still hurt, I had a sore throat for part of the day and now the muscles in my back are very painful…. Just don’t feel right.

    I got the flu shot last year also, but got the flu and pneumonia…..

  9. Lisa Mitchell says:

    I got a flu shot, yesterday morning, for the first time in YEARS. I have Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, CRPS. I felt flushed last night and my are hurt a tiny buy but no big deal. Today at about noon, out of NOWHERE, I started with bad pain behind my right knee (shot was in left arm) and it is very painful when I bend the knee! I know it’s not a clot because no redness and a negative Holman’s sign. This pain is quite a bit different than all my other pain.

  10. Natalie Malison says:

    I am 85 years old. I got a flu shot on Oct 5, 2017 and the next morning I could not turn my head right or left up or down. My neck has been paralyzed now for over one year. My PCP ordered muscle relaxants..no help; steroids – no help; hot packs and cold packs no help. It is like polio…and I don’t think there is any cure for what this has done to me. Trying to turn my head is just so painful… Getting up from a chair or from bed brings me to tears.. I never realized how much neck muscles are utilized until I can’t unfreeze them.

    1. Steve HBI-Staff says:


      Im sorry to hear about the side effects you are feeling after your Flu shot, have you tried Massage or Trigger Point work to try and loosen up your muscles?

      Since it has been so long after the Flu Shot, you will need manual muscle work to help restore optimal function in your neck.

      Did you tell your Doctor about your side effects your Flu Shot, if so what did they suggest for you?



  11. Jen says:

    I recieved the flu vaccine today roughly 8 hours ago. Within 30 minutes of receiving it i noticed a dull aching pain in my lower back that eventually traveled down my back end down my legs. Within 3 hours my toes and feet were completely numb and my vision started to blurr. I ended up sitting in the emergency room for 3 hours just to leave without being seen and no answers as it was super busy. I have never experienced so much pain in my life. I have a very high tolerance to pain and this is absolutely awful. My body aches all over and the numbing and tingling sensation accompanied with vibration sensations is beyond bizarre. My body feels so out of balance I feel like I’m rocking and moving back and fourth when im laying still. Very freaked out I will never recieve the flu vaccine again what a nightmare.

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