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Reaction to Pneumonia vaccine
Jan 27, 2008

I was recommended to have a pneumonia vaccine which I did and was told the only reaction in 99% people would be a sore arm. I have no sore arm, in fact no local site reaction at all, but about 4 hours post vaccine I became very achy, sniffly and had a sore throat and have malaise but not any pyrexia. 24 hrs later I am still achy and sniffly but still have not had any fever.

Apart from a recent viral cough from which I am now recovered, I am completely well and not on any treatment.

This is worrying me that I have reacted unusually because I really felt I was keeping healthy. Does this unusual reaction mean I may be sicker than I think or could it be pure coindidence ?

Having searched your site and the internet in general I cannot find an answer to my query.

Many thanks indeed for giving your time and having such patience in answering everyones questions.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

That would be an extremely unusual reaction to a pneumovax vaccine. I have never seen such a reaction myself. i think it is unlikely to be related to HIV infection and is probably pure coincidence as you suggest.



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