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User Reviews for Prevnar 13

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Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis  
3.1
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Reviews for Prevnar 13

scotsrish · Taken for 1 to 2 years May 4, 2021

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “Two years ago I had the flu injection and prevnar 13 at the same time. By the next day I was in the ER with chills, fever, diarrhea, major headache, sore arm and tightness and pain in my chest from the throat down to stomach. Was told I had pneumonia and sent home with antibiotics. No one could tell me about these side effects even the pharmacists. I will never get prevnar or mix injections again.”

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na March 28, 2021

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “Within 15 minutes on my way out the building I had severe, sharp pains in my lower back. I managed to go back into Dr. office and waited with them for 30 minutes It dissipated but now afraid to get any other vaccine. Worst pain ever... writhing in pain.”

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Murie527 March 1, 2021

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “I am a 62 yo healthy female. Went in for physical on 2/23 and dr. Said I needed prevnar 13. I was hesitant but agreed. The nurse said I may feel tired the next day. Six hours after the injection in my arm was very sore body aches started with uncontrollable chills and my body shook for 4 hours. I barely slept that night as the chills were off and on. Woke up with more severe body aches, blinding headache & nausea. Day 3 still had body aches & diarrhea. I also noticed that I had a couple of canker sores in my mouth and I never get canker sores. Aches have subsided by day 5 but I have a mouth full of painful canker sores that prevent me from eating and keep me awake at night. Swallowing is excruciating. It is day 6 & have swollen glands. This vaccine has been the WORST decision for my health. I called the doctors office, the nurse suggested I had an underlying dental autoimmune problem. Don’t ever be railroaded into taking this injection. I fear I may have ruined my health.”

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Bob August 14, 2020

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “Hi all, I had this drug Prevnar 13 five years ago (followed by Pnuemovax23). Am a 50 year old male low white blood cells, with low immunity. Anyway, had the shot round 4pm on a Thursday and the actual injection was completely painless. Had an initial warming of the body within ten minutes as I responded to the various foreign bodies! Headache then started as expected (over 80% of people get them). Didn’t sleep that well that evening which is very odd for me. Felt about 75% right the next day, and wasn’t too bad to start with, but by lunch time the headache was back and I felt like I wanted to lie down. Had two naps during the day (even though I’m very fit and wouldn’t normally). By Friday evening my left arm was sore and a bit swollen and as described by others my movement was limited etc. Anyway, let’s see - I’ll post another update once the symptoms subside.”

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Anne September 19, 2020

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “Doctor recommended this Prevnar 13 because of my "age group" (I'm 66 yr. old white female). It has now been 8 months and my arm is still painful, so that I can't lie down on that side. One month after receiving the injection, my right eye had a subconjunctival hemorrhage: all the blood vessels in the white of the eye burst, so that my eye was filled with blood. It took 3 weeks for my body to reabsorb the blood. I also found large bruises on my arms and legs. I am not someone who bruises easily. I looked up the side effects to this drug and it said, among many other things, "easy bruising, easy bleeding." All this time I've also been experiencing sudden rapid heartbeat, sometimes it pounds so hard I can't sleep, and when I had my blood pressure taken, it was higher than normal. Usually it's a healthy low/normal reading. I experience lightheadedness, dizziness, and mental fog, as well as moments of intense anxiety. All these negative symptoms due to the shot, since I was healthy before.”

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liz · Taken for less than 1 month October 3, 2020

“I had the flu and pneumonia vaccine in each arm on the Wednesday. Didn't sleep well that night due to waking up every time I lay on either arm. Thursday general unwell feeling and boulders in my head. Cold went in bath 3 times to try and warm through, nothing else worked. Slept badly and woke to go to loo early hours Friday morning. Knew I felt unwell but next thing I knew I woke up on bedroom floor. Managed to get onto bed but then vomited severely until late in the Friday morning. Week later and whilst finally out of bed, I no energy at all. Should mention I am 67. Never again . How long before I feel well I wonder I was perfectly fit before this.”

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Bobo974 · Taken for less than 1 month January 31, 2020

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “I'm a 68 year old male received the Prevnar 13 vaccine three weeks ago. My misery started 3 days after injection with painful joints. I continue to suffer with worsening joint pain. I was very active before the vaccine and am now confined to my bed as I am unable to walk by myself. I have had pneumonia a few times and those episodes were nothing compared to the effects I am suffering with now. I strongly advise anyone who is considering this or if their Dr. is suggesting the vaccine to consider all the suffering people have and are experiencing after this medication. Personally this misery I am going through is not worth the supposed protection this medication"may" provide. Probably will not have to worry about pneumonia hence forward as I can no longer walk by myself therefore cannot leave my home. Everyone should be warned about the side effects prevnar 13 can and has caused.”

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MK · Taken for less than 1 month August 27, 2020

“I was told by my physician that I need to take the Pneumonia Prevnar 13 shot during my intro to the Medicare Wellness exam. The shot was the most painful shot I have ever had. Two hours later my arm was red, hot, and swollen and the tips of my fingers were extremely cold. Then the body aches started and I couldn't get warm. When I felt the urge to go to the restroom I felt really faint. As I lowered myself to the floor to keep from fainting I broke out in a fierce sweat. After getting assistance, I was able to get back to my bed. Didn't sleep much that night and went to ER the next day. They did blood work and my white blood cell count was 11. They had just checked it 2 weeks ago and it was 6. They said it was a very bad reaction to the injection. 3 days later, my arm is still hot and was told to take prednisone to reduce the swelling.I am still very sluggish and haven't felt good since the injection. I will never take this again and I'm finding out it may not have been mandatory.”

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Anonymous December 15, 2019

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “I was given the Prevnar 13 shot and by that evening my arm was swollen down to my inner elbow and all the way around, it was hard as a rock and hot and achy. I also had a fever and whole body was achy my husband had to walk with me as I could barely move, whole body ached. The next day I called and asked if they needed to report the side effects to the health dept. They said no that was all common things from the vaccinations. I was told possibly a sore arm that was all. This lasted for 4 days but 2 months later I still have painful ache in my arm from time to time. I am 66 years old and would worry about an unhealthy older person living alone getting this”

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Suzy May 29, 2020

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “I can’t rate the effectiveness because I don’t know if it will prevent illness yet. But I can tell you that for me (55 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis) the side effects were rough. Started with moderate pain at the injection site then moved to the bicep muscle, now that hand is tingly. Today is 2 days post injection and I woke up with a nasty headache and feel tired and ill. I’ll let you know how long it takes to feel well again.”

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Liz February 22, 2020

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “On Jan. 31, 2020, I went to my PCP and asked for the pneumonia vaccine, because I’m 66. The injection site was a little sore. Thirty minutes after the shot, I got a blinding migraine headache that lasted for the weekend. The third day, I still had a headache, but felt well enough to go to work. The next day, I was very run down. During the night, I got a fever and chills and cough; called my PCP in the morning. Was sent to urgent care. No labs were taken. They provided a prescription for a z-pack and was sent home. My temperature spiked to 103.4; stayed over 102 for several days. Coughing up pus for over 3 weeks now. Saw my PCP after 10 days. He ran labs, but it only showed low wbc count. Now Feb. 22; still feel like I was hit by a truck. Have to choose my activities now. A shower and getting dressed is exhausting. Feels like life is over. Always been very active, with a full time job and lots of interests outside of my work. Will never have another vaccine as long as I live!”

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MEG October 12, 2020

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “HAD THE PNEUMONIA and the FLU injection and ended up with horrible side effects day one, muscle aches, pains in both arms, second day after worse, third day took a Benadryl felt a little better, fourth day mild diarrhea and body aches and lack of feeling well. Today is the fifth day and still sore and running to the bathroom with loose bowels. No fever but still feeling unwell with sore injection sites in both arms. WHEN do these side effects end? How long? NEVER AGAIN I had PNEUMONIA last year with a cold it wasn't as bad as this...Meg”

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Tee · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 16, 2020

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “72 yr old female. Never had pneumonia or the common cold...ever. Dr gave me Prevnar 13 shot. Three days later, desperately ill. I waited two weeks and then returned to Dr. He diagnosed Pneumonia, gave me a generic Z-pack, which was ineffective. Two weeks later I was no better, given a different antibiotic. I refused the generic and paid for branded. This one really helped but fifteen weeks later, I still have a hacking wet cough with phlegm. Will NOT allow second pneumonia shot!”

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Sedo · Taken for less than 1 month October 7, 2020

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “Just had the Prevnar 13 injection yesterday thinking it would be beneficial in case I somehow contract Covid. Injection site was pretty painful compared to the flu shot which I had also received. For reference, I’m a 30 year old female. That night I woke up dizzy and proceeded to throw up. I went to bed hoping it would pass. I’m the morning my arm and ribs on the same side felt like I had been hit by a bus as I could barely move it without experiencing moderate pain. Today I could not leave my bed and I’m hoping these symptoms subside so I can work. If you receive this vaccine, Consider these risks- when I had asked about side effects, the nurse brushed it off saying I may experience some flu-like symptoms from the flu shot- nothing mentioned about the pneumonia shot. I worry about older individuals who are being diligent in their health and may experience these symptoms or far worse without warming”

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Mancy September 30, 2020

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “Omg... 4 days after pneumo injection I became short of breath with cough, diagnosed with bronchitis, one week later I have rhinitis/sinusitis. Felt great the day I got shot... horrible since.. now requesting Covid testing to rule that out. Nope no more, at 66 I’m done with vaccines ... also a former Humira user.. that drug scarred my lungs”

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Hated it! · Taken for less than 1 month May 13, 2019

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “I had Prevnar 13 shot and my whole upper arm is swollen with redness. I was hot at the injection site and stiffness in joint and reduced range of motion. I had soreness in front and back shoulder area oh and vomiting! I had body aches, low grade fever and in bed for 3 days. Some side effect symptoms are better but redness, soreness, low range motion still present. I am a mildly young person at the age of 38 I cannot imagine giving this to a 78-year-old and them having to get B sick like this for days. Or a person with a weak immune system. I’m thinking this is not the best of medicine”

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Cordi September 12, 2019

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “I was 78 years old last year when I received the Prevnar 13 shot in October on the recommendation of my doctor. I turned 79 in July of this year (2019) and am still suffering the consequences of this decision. My left arm In October, 2018. Now almost a year later my arm still hurts and it has a very limited range of motion. I swam (backstroke) competitively in college and while my right arm can still do a full stroke, my left arm cannot. Not only is it painful but it makes a horrible “crunching” sound like someone crushing and forcing a paper lunch bag into a “wadded-up” ball. I am angry and hate the fact that I went into the procedure with two perfectly functioning arms and left with what appears to be forever, life-changing, painful disability.”

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Pat June 18, 2019

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “I went in for my yearly physical yesterday. I am a 66 year old female in excellent health. My doctor recommended the Prevnar 13 and since I believe in vaccines, I agreed. I get a yearly flu shot and don't mind a sore arm. Well....my arm was more painful than I have ever experienced! I had a lump at the site of the injection along with warmth. I was very sluggish and tired most of the day and by nighttime I was running a fever. Woke up this morning still not feeling much better other than my arm is less sore. As afternoon progresses the fever is coming back. Called the doctor and was told that was normal. I do not plan on getting the second shot.”

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Linny · Taken for less than 1 month July 1, 2019

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “I had this shot 4 days ago, the most painful shot ever. Each day since brings some other negative reaction. First painful arm and sore neck , second day dizzy, third day nausea, today just a general feeling of sickness. Never again”

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Happyflowers January 30, 2020

“I am 54 years old. I received this shot during a routine exam. At this exam I was feeling very good. The injection was in the morning. That evening I felt tired and though I will feel better in the morning. Things got worse through the night. A fever developed, intense muscle pain. I was also extremely weak and could hardly get out of bed to use the bathroom. Making if even more difficult was the intense pain in my arm and neck. I tried to stay hydrated, but the next day things go worse. My daughter took me to my GP who had me admitted to the ER. I had no idea about these possible side effects. Just from reading these posts they appear to be common! Today is the day after leaving the ER and fever is gone, and able to eat very small amounts. Still very fatigued and still very bad pain in my arm and unable to use it. The company says that the possible side effects should subside within 3 days or sooner, I am on day 4.”

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Jk May 20, 2020

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “I went for my annual checkup. My doctor said I needed the PV13 since I’m 65. The injection site was sore but the side effects of abdominal pain with diarrhea and fatigue were severe for me. I will not be getting the PV23 next year.”

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Whisperwolf November 23, 2019

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “I am 48 and got my Prevnar 13 shot in October. For days I had intense itching, headache, nausea and fatigue. Doctor tested my thyroid. It was fine. Two weeks later I got Influenza, followed by Bronchitis and a sinus infection. I keep breaking out in a rash and still feel “off”. I’m convinced that this shot is the culprit. Monday I have to see my doctor again......”

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ZZXYZ November 29, 2017

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “I have suffered extreme muscular stiffness and weakness in my back, shoulders and legs since taking this vaccine. I have also developed chronic upper respiratory infection. This vaccine should be taken off the market.”

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Texasbear April 21, 2018

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “My Husband,77 years old took this shot in 11/2015, then given another in 12/2017. That evening he was extremely anxious. We have a pulse/ox due to O2 issues in the past. I checked his pulse and it was 150bpm. I became worried! He didn’t want to go to the ER! The next morning it was stable! He told his Dr about the incident, the Dr just asked if it had happened again? It hadn’t but we were concerned about it. In Feb.,he experienced the same thing, but with a tarry stool! We went to the ER! He has 100% insurance so he was admitted. His O2 saturation was 95, pulse was elevated again.T hey did a upper G.I. & a Colonoscopy, found nothing.Sedation (Propofol)was given in what I believe to be too high as he returned on 3 liters of Oxygen. His CO2 was high and is now wearing a BIPAP instead of a CPAP! All of these symptoms started after the second shot of Prevnar 13! ER conclusion was a bacterial issue!I think this all started with this shot! Last one he’s taking!”

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Nancy · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 29, 2018

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “I'm a 72 year old female, and had my 2nd (and thankfully last) Prevnar vaccine, in my left arm, in October 2017. The initial side effects were swelling, pain, redness on and around injection site, and pain and limited mobility throughout my left arm within hours after the injection and continuing for over a week. Additionally, the day after the injection I ran a fever and felt like I had contracted a bad flu...this lasted for about 3 days, gradually improving each day. Now, 6 months later, I still have pain and reduced range of motion in the injected arm.”

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Ritaw October 15, 2020

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “I am 58 years old. So in March during the Pandemic I decided to get PCV13 shot . Few hours later than evening I noticed a rash on my left armed where it was administered was swollen and red. Next day I woke up the rash got larger but now it came with a pain and fever. Called my doctor no -one wants to see me thinking I have covid. Was told to take Benadryl due to the possibility of an reaction to the drug. I took Claritin due to Benadryl is too strong for me. The rash went on for 6 weeks . Muscle aches and joint pain without relief would not allow me to sleep. Fatigue and back pain plus headache contributed to an overall miserable night and day. I went to the Pharmacy no help. Six weeks rash and fever went away . But now the pain escalated I can barely lift my arm all the way up without being so sore. Every night up today still suffering from the pain in my arm unable to sleep at night. Mind you I suffer from Fibromyalgia . This Medicine is not for everyone.”

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Helen Staudt · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 4, 2015

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “Most painful injection in my life! Felt like a screwdriver being shoved in my arm. Shot was given very high on my arm and I believe it went into shoulder joint. 45 min after given I experienced severe low back pain and after almost 2 months I have severe pain when abducting my arm. I have taken a round of Keflex from my FNP.”

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margey sue · Taken for less than 1 month September 24, 2017

For Pneumococcal Disease Prophylaxis: “I turned age 66 last yr and at annual check up my Dr recommended I get a pneumonia shot (never had 1). The Doctor said take half that yr and other half this yr and then never take again. Last year I had redness and swelling of arm, joint and body pain, chills, weakness and cough. The redness had gone after 1 week but other symptoms continued for 2-3 months. This year at check up I told my Dr my side effect symptoms but he didn't think it was from shot, so he gave me the other half. Within 2 hours arm swollen with redness covering whole upper arm. I was hot at the injection site and stiffness in joint and reduced range of motion. I had soreness in front and back shoulder area. I had body aches ,low grade fever and in bed for 3 days. Some side effect symptoms are better but redness, soreness, low range motion still present. Never again thank goodness”

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