A Possible Hair Loss Vaccine Connection?

by angela on October 26, 2008

As I was surfing the net this morning I came across this little, almost obscure article. Of course, since it had to do with hair loss, I clicked it, and to my amazement (although I shouldn’t be surprised) here I am reading about the Hepatitis B vaccine and HAIR LOSS!

I am posting the links below to the articles that I read this morning so you can go check them out. It pisses me off that hair loss is NOT one of the side effects that they warn about when giving people the vaccine. Studies are being done about the psychological effects of hair loss and women and yet no one thinks that announcing that it does in some cases cause hair loss would be important for US to know?

Have any of you ladies been vaccinated? Now the reports that I have read predominately talk about the Hepatitis B vaccine, but can we be sure that this is the ONLY vaccine that causes hair loss? How about the flu vaccine? or the one for pneumonia? How about HPV?

Can some of you ladies put my fears to rest? LOL I am so traumatized by this, that I can’t even write properly about it! Can you lovely ladies each tell me when you first started noticing your hair loss and if it coincides with ANY type of vaccination you may have received within that year? I am really curious and mortified at the implications of this!

How many college students were required to get vaccinated and THEN started to notice that their hair was falling out and thought it was just STRESS!

How many women were entering the nursing or medical profession and started losing their hair around the time of the required vaccinations?

How many teachers are out there, that are required by law as well to be vaccinated before they begin teaching?

I am ALARMED!

I am DISMAYED!

I am so concerned…especially since this is not given much attention nor has anyone seriously connected all the dots! I would love to have these fears put to rest…I care so deeply for each and everyone of you sisters and I want to be assured that you didn’t have a vaccination around the time you started losing your hair…because if you DID, look out, because I may go on the war path with this one!

Please, please, please, everyone leave a response and let me know. Just give me your facts…this is what I’m looking for:

1. When were you vaccinated and what vaccinations did you have?

2. Did you start losing your hair during that time?

3. What profession were you in at the time, and was it required for you to be vaccinated?

4. Were you attending school when you started losing your hair? It doesn’t matter whether it was elementary, middle, high school, college, or graduate school!

5. How many more times were you vaccinated since first losing your hair, and thinking back, did you notice an increased amount of hair loss during that time?

Ok…here are the links to the sites, and I would encourage you to do the research yourself as well:

http://www.keratin.com/ao/ao006.shtml

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/278/14/1176

http://www.medem.com/search/article_display.cfm?path=n:&mstr=/ZZZZD4AG8BC.html&soc=CDC&srch_typ=NAV_SERCH

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Kathy October 26, 2008 at 8:49 pm

I got the HepB vaccines in the 1980s but didn’t lose any hair until 2006.

Kathy

Angela October 27, 2008 at 8:42 am

Hi Kathy, did you have any other vaccinations around 2006?

gypsy October 27, 2008 at 8:49 am

hi i am in the nursing prof…ive had to take my shots every 10 years… and a flue shot every year..ive been working there for 15 years now… i noticed my hair start to shed about 3years after i started there…
gypsy

Kathy October 27, 2008 at 10:26 am

Angela,

I get a flu shot every year. Is there a correlation between the flu shot and hair loss?

Angela October 27, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Hi Kathy and Gypsy,
I am trying to gather data and feedback to see if there is some kind of connection between vaccines and hairloss. I would like to gather as many responses as I can over the next six months (maybe even a year) and then go back and get more details from each of woman that feels that there may be a connection. I would like to follow up with as many as possible at that time. If a large number of women come forward and they have noticed that their hairloss started around the time of any kind of vaccine, then I will take it to the next step and begin talking to researchers about the data that we are collecting.
If it can be proven that vaccines can and do cause hairloss in some women, then I would like to push for education and for the side effects to be clearly stated, as well as understanding our rights concerning vaccines.

jeni October 27, 2008 at 11:46 pm

I haven’t had any vaccines in almost 20 years (if the MMR shot counts) but I have been experiencing hair loss for several years.

ivm November 1, 2008 at 10:38 am

I had 2 shots out of 3 of Hep B & C in summer 2006…left for Central Asia on a grant and noticed in summer 2007 that my hair was left on the hairbrush and not on the head….have cut it all off men’s style from shoulder length….have had bloods done with normal levels, and it keeps getting thinner and the MDs are totally indifferent….one wants to do a scalp biopsy (which I have to pay out of pocket)…should I invest? Anyone know of a trustworthy hair loss specialist in the metro NYC area?

kelley November 3, 2008 at 7:59 am

I had to get vaccinations last year to volunteer at my son’s school. I received my first dose of Hep B in September of 2007 along with other shots. My second dose was in December 2007 and my third dose in May 2008. I did notice the thickness of my hair around my temples was different in about the beginning of March. But in May, I had a completely bald spot at my temple and then notice a severe thinning in my bang area. Of course I was beside myself and went to the doctor. He brushed it off and said it was genetics. I am only 37 and couldn’t believe that I had genetic hair loss. At that time (in May 08) is when I received the third dose of Hep B since I was at the doctor’s office for a diagnosis about my hair. I did go to a dermatologist and they did blood work which came back all normal and she diagnosed me with Telogen Effluvium. I still continue to shed but it is growing back at the same time. I have little sprigs everywhere so I believe I will have somewhat of a full recovery (I don’t think all my hair will come back) but I also believe that it was caused from the vaccines.

Sorry this is so long…I wanted to tell my story!

Kell

Robin November 3, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Hi Angela,

I just stumbled onto your site. I got the combination of the Hep A/B shots in July and Aug, 07 because I was going on a missionary trip to Kenya in Sept, 07. I didn’t get the 3rd dose because I had a bad allergic reaction to the 2nd dose. I broke out in terrible hives. I began noticing a change in my hair in November,07 and by June, 08, about 2 inches or more of my hair had broken off! I don’t have complete bald spots but was confused as to why I was losing hair. I also just found out that I’m suffering from sebacaceous cysts and was on-line today trying to find a treatment for that and wondering if it affected my hair loss when I found your site. I understand your pain because I’m feeling it too. I had just gotten my hair to grow to a beautiful thick length and was the happiest I’d ever been with my hair, when this happened.

Angela November 5, 2008 at 5:17 am

Hi Robin,
I’m sorry you are going through this. May I ask where you have subacaceous cysts? Are they on your scalp? If they are I would recommend getting a biopsy of the area. I do not want you to be scared, but I do want you to be informed and the more information you have the better! I would like to give you a link…especially if you have cysts on your scalp:
http://www.keratin.com/at/at012.shtml

Have you joined the Network yet? I would also like to encourage you to join…there are so many wonderful and caring women there!
http://community.womenshairlossproject.com

Angela November 5, 2008 at 5:19 am

I would like to thank everyone that has responded to my blog. It is very helpful to see that there are women out there that may be effected by hairloss due to vaccinations.
Please keep you comments coming, I really appreciate your imput!

Thanks,
Angela

jen November 6, 2008 at 2:59 am

ivm

I live in Kansas. But I did travel to NYC to see a Dr. Geoffrey Redmond, M.D.
I would suggest getting his book (I got mine online) Title: It’s Your Hormones. It is a guide to hair loss, pms, and other hormonal issues. The cost was expensive for me to see Dr. Redmond (600.00 when I went) so I would get the book first. He is pretty set in his ways as far as his approach. But also will really listen.

Robin November 6, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Angela,

Thanks for your concern and the link. No, I don’t have any cysts on my scalp. They’re on my face and they’re very mild. For example, I don’t have a break-out now and others don’t really notice them because they’re very small. I’m just not used to bumps on my face. I’ve done some research and learned that I may not need extreme treatment like the prescription my dr. prescribed. I decided I’m going to use a gentle cleanse and see what that does.
Has your hair begun to grow back? When did you get the hep B vaccination?

Angela November 8, 2008 at 6:36 pm

Hi Robin,
I haven’t had any Hep B vaccines that caused my hair to fall out. I have scarring and non-scarring alopecia, so the follicles that are plugged up and scarred can never grow hair again. I can however grow back my healthy hair that is left, but I don’t….I keep it shaved and neat. Emotionally it is too difficutlt to grow my hair back in, knowing that I will at some point and time have another flare up and permanently lose more hair. It much easier to shave it and not see another hair fall to the floor or end up in the crack of my butt! LOL

Nikki November 12, 2008 at 8:46 am

I found the same article that you did about hair loss. I wasn’t sure if it meant perminant hair loss or losing hair that eventually grows back. I have experienced the later of the two previously and right now.
I am a college student, and during my Freshmen year I started losing a lot of hair. I related it to stress, but thinking back I did have Hep B, Menigicocal, and a Tetnus vaccine the previous summer. However, there were 3 months in between the vaccines (well the start of the Heb B) and the hair loss.
By the time of my second semester the hair loss has ceased and for the next 2.5 years I did not experience any.
Now, I’m in my first semester of Nursing School, and we have to have a lot of vaccines and whatnot before we are allowed to participate in clinicals. I started my round of vaccines and testing early last May, and I did not end up having to have any vaccines at that time, only blood work drawn to see which ones I would need.
Once the semester started, I noticed that I was losing a lot of hair, just like when I was a Feshmen (3 years prior) I believe that it is only related to stress seeing as how I had not had any recent vaccines. Mid October I went back to the doctor to get an MMR vaccine, and last week I went to start my Hep B rounds. Since then, I have not experienced anymore hair loss than I was before.
I have noticed that around exam time, it comes out in greater quantities than others. That’s why I believe mine is purely stress even though I have been having my fair share of vaccines.

Nikki November 12, 2008 at 8:51 am

I would like to add that if there is a definite connection between hair loss and vaccines, and you decide to go into a profession that requires certain vaccines, it better to go ahead and get them and risk the hair loss. \
And also, I know several of the faculty at my school are balding females. Two of them are currently my professors, but they have both confirmed that their hair loss is genetic.

mariatheo November 25, 2008 at 8:58 am

angela:

i was vaccinated on 8/08/08 because i was returning to college (i’m 34). hep b was one of them. i noticed my hair loss in early october of this year.

my bf says he remembers me shedding a lot in april, however, which actually coincides with my short term use of Nuspar for anxiety. the thing is, i remember always shedding alot. it was a source of man an arguement with the parents as a teen (ie, “maria, clean out the drain after your shower!!!”)

Katherine Woodall November 26, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Hi,
Just wanted to leave a comment that yes I was vaccinated for Hep B this past year due to entering a stupid LPN couse and now here I sit searching for answers to hair loss, although I have had breast cancer in the past and thyroid problems run in my family I found your comments relating the two interesting and will keep than in mind when I visit the doctor around the first of December.

Thanks
Katherine

Vivian December 2, 2008 at 2:39 am

In Australia there is a combined Hep A & B vaccination that is taken in three separate shots over a couple of weeks. I took it last year. My hairloss started before those shots were taken and so I don’t believe there is a connection….These are just my thoughts on the matter.

myrna December 22, 2008 at 4:51 am

I started working at a hospital Aug.08.08. I had to have the MMR, Hep. and Tetnus Vaccines. I am working nights and the stress is a little high not to mention I have had a poor appetite lately. I thought that this might be the reason I was losing more and more hair till today when I found you. I have struggled with a little hair loss here and there after babies but this is getting serious. I can see my scalp alot now. Really starting to freak out a bit. Is there any hope?

Melanie January 8, 2009 at 6:49 am

Just wanted to say that your comment “How many college students were required to get vaccinated and THEN started to notice that their hair was falling out and thought it was just STRESS!” caught my eye. I don’t remember all the facts but I will give you a short version of my story. I am 23 years old, I grew up in a very stressful home. I have been to many different doctors with many different health problems over the last 5-6 years. EVERY SINGLE doctor has related my problems to stress, and told me to get it under control or I would need to take a mild “happy pill”… if you will. Anyway I started college in 2004 and of course had all the shots…. and within the next year is exactly when my hair started falling out. Honestly up until then I don’t think I ever cleaned out a hair brush, I would get tired of it or throw it away before it ever came close to needed to be cleaned out. Now I have to sweep the bathroom floor every week because of the hair, and clean out my brush atleast every 3-4 weeks. I have started using salon shampoo and conditioner, and find myself in a slightly less stressful mood all the time and the hair loss seems to be slowing down. Sorry this got so long, but I think you just might have something there because I will defiantly agree that my hair loss started around the time of all my shots!

Sandy January 17, 2009 at 11:18 am

I had rather abrupt hair loss all around my temples approximately 3-4 months after receiving my first influenza vaccine in 2006. I got the vaccine again in 2007 and again this year (2008)…and now that I think about it, I noticed my hair loss getting worse again right around Christmas…which would have been about 3 months after getting the vaccine! There could be other possibilities for my hair loss (just in the temple areas and a little around my hair line)…low ferritin level and some hormone stuff could certainly be contributing as well…but it is interesting that I noticed it for the first time after that first influenza vaccine…and then again this year! I won’t be getting it next year!

Jessica January 19, 2009 at 7:39 am

I started losing my hair when I was about 12 years old. I was going through some stressful situations but after reading what you have all written on this site, I thought I might just check my vaccination history. Come to find out I had a Hep B vaccine right around the same time of the initial hair loss. After I started to thin, it eventually slowed down abit. I did not lose too much more hair but it also didn’t begin to grow back either. This past summer I had to get a whole bunch of vaccines because I was going back to college. One of which was the last two injections of Hep B along with Tetanus, Meningococcal and HPV. I had noticed that by about August or so I had started losing even more hair again. Like I had said up to that point it had pretty much been maintaining itself. I too in the past have had the blood workups and have come back normal for testosterone levels as well as thyroid. It is really getting irritating to be 21 and have a very thin head of hair. I try to keep it longer so I can do something with it, but it just keeps accumulating in the drain.

Stacie January 31, 2009 at 11:57 am

I just stumbled upon this website… thank god! I have been losing my hair for about 7 months now. At first I thought I was overreacting, but now that my hair volume seems to be a third of what it was last year I know something is going on. Just the other day I saw a website that said the hep b vaccine can, in rare cases, cause hair loss. After getting blood work (iron, thyroid, immuno) done with all normal results, I wonder if this could be the source of the problem. I got the last of the series of the vaccine sometime near the beginning of the year 2007. I don’t know if this being the cause makes sense because my hair loss didn’t start happening until over a year later. I am only 28 and I am not under any high amounts of stress. And if another person asks me if it’s stress I might shoot them :) When I was in the 8th grade I got mono and experienced some hair loss, but I don’t think it lasted this long. At that time the hair came back and there was a dramatic difference in where the new hair started. But, I haven’t had any serious illness to cause the loss this time. I just wish someone could fix this for me.

Kelley March 6, 2009 at 7:46 am

Hi Angela,

I have stumbled across a couple of websites that I think are interesting. The first one actually lists a possible cause of female hair loss due to a recent Hep B vaccine. Granted it’s the last possibility listed but at least it’s out there in some capacity. I truly believe now, with all the research I have done, that my hair loss is due to the Hep B vaccine. The website is regarding PCOS which I don’t think I have, but it’s a good read.

The other website is associated with the FDA. It’s about VAERS which stands for Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. On this webpage, if you type in ALOPECIA in the Symptoms field and then click on FIND at the bottom left, you will be amazed at how many people have reported hair loss as a result of receiving vaccines. It really is alarming.

Thanks for listening!
Kelley

Kelley March 6, 2009 at 7:47 am

Ok…I have tried to type the website that I spoke about but they wont post? Anyone iterested in them please let me know…

Kelley

Nancy May 26, 2009 at 8:13 am

My daughter just turned 18 and had immunizations for tetanus, meningococcal, and HPV at the beginning of April. About 5 weeks later, she started losing hair in wads. She has never had such loss of hair!..It has continued for 3 weeks now and she’s afraid she will be bald before college starts! She is a beautiful girl and has always had natural curly hair which everyone has always admired……and now she is terrified that she won’t have ANY hair, let alone the curls! We had no idea that this could ever happen from “safe” immunizations. Why doesn’t anyone tell you that this is a risk before getting them?!

Salome Shina June 14, 2009 at 9:14 am

My daughter will be 16 in July. She had the first of 3 HPV vaccince on 7 May 09. On 4th June she went to doctor for hair loss. The doctor gave her blood tests. I said I would take her on my day off the following Wednesday. On Monday 8th June she woke up to find clumps of hair have fallen out. She has lost about 1/3 of her hair on the back left and centre of her head. She did not go to school all week. She was so depressed until I got her a hair piece at the weekend and she finally went out. We have an emergency appointment at the dermatology clinic on Thursday. By the way the blood tests all came back normal. The more I research, the more I believe it is due to the HPV vaccine. I know the CDC are doing research on this at 2 sites but can’t seem to find the results. Do you know where I can find them? I’m so glad I found this site.

Heather August 15, 2009 at 8:40 pm

I got a tetanus shot two weeks ago. I started to notice that I was loosing hair really badly right around the same time. I choked it up to swimming, and bad chem levels. But I started to think I took some meds around the same time. So started looking into that. Then the tetanus shot popped into my head. So that is around about how I got to you. My hair has never been thick, which makes this matter all the worse. I have a lack of hair to be loosing to start with. Three weeks ago when I put my hair in a pony it was three wraps now I can almost get five. If this hair loss carries on this way I am going to the doctor monday. I do not think this is a case to go to the ER, those are the options in tthis town. So I will wait. Really not sure if there is anything they can do.
It was my choice to get it. I cut my finger and got it glued after a red pepper and I had a fight. I think I won that one I ate it… but maybe not if I am loosing my hair due to the trip the ER that night.
Hope this helps someone out there. Or at least opens someone elses eyes.
Have a great night.

valerie November 10, 2009 at 2:42 pm

i got a flu shot during my physical in mid-september. probably within 2-3 weeks I noticed my full head of hair had started to thin. i wash it and am losing more and more. nothing else changed in my life other than getting a flu shot. it was the 1st time ever that i got one.

gloria November 17, 2009 at 2:26 pm

I sympathize with every woman out there dealing with hair loss issues and wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. I’ve had issues with hairloss about the time I started grade 4 ( 10 yrs old ). I’m now 35 years old. I lost all of my hair over the course of that summer leading up to that grade. They diagnosed me with alopecia totalis but when it grew back a year later it was downgraded to alopecia aereta. I continue to have small bouts, patches here and there, but in the last few years the loss has been significant that I have to wear a wig. I do know that now that the autoimmune disorder exists, stress acts as a trigger. What I have ALWAYS wondered is what set it off to begin with? There is no genetic history in my family of any autoimmune disorders, nor hair loss…even as family members on both sides have aged…men and women.

With my growing concern about vaccines, my mind went to my own situation but I have a terrible memory of when I was administered vaccines through the canadian school system. Does anyone know if shots were given around that age ( 9-11 yrs old )bracket? I do know that some were administered in junior high ( which I spent the entire 3 yrs bald…but the loss started just the summer before so a shot didn’t trigger it but later they could have kept my condition going on for as long as it did ). I’m also very curious if there is a connection but I don’t have my old immunization records to prove what I received and when.

For those of us with alopecia there could be a hormonal factor. I went from losing all my hair in early childhood ( when it decided to fall out ) to patches after I hit puberty. Since then it has always been patches up until recently when I lost more than 70 % ( not thinning…literally 70% of my scalp was bare ). The difference this time was it was after having my child ( hair grew great during pregnancy, but a year after it fell out ). Menopause should be fun as most women usually get thinner hair. Curious what will happen with women with alopecia. The hormones seem to play a factor in helping the hair grow or fall, but the cause of the pre-existing condition is what I’m hoping to discover. Anyone out there lose hair specifically around the age of 10, or in junior high?

Maggie Wray November 18, 2009 at 6:06 am

Hi there

Just came across this site. I ‘m a mature student in my Honours year of a Biomedical Science degree and have just found this site. It explains everything to me. I had my Hep B injections in 2007 as I was going on a placement in a haematology lab.I had no side effects but as I have no spleen and was not making enough antibodies , I was given a Hep B booster in August 2009 and my usually thick strong hair has gone really thin on top . I put it down to menopause (which may also have a role but didn’t affect my hair till I had these injections ) and stress of the study. I now firmly believe it could be the Hep b injections as my bilirubin levels are up which could be because the Hep b has had a wee bit of an effect on my liver (which will pass). I have another blood test at the end of this month and so I will be bringing this up.

Thank you ladies for putting my mind at ease to a certain degree, now all I have to worry about is whether it will grow back properly, but I have heard that avacados help.

All the best
Maggie
Scotland

Gemma Jones November 20, 2009 at 1:14 pm

I know this one. I was travelling in India alone and I noticed that my hair was shedding lots. The first time it happened I was about 16 and dyed it permanently and it seemed to go into shock and really dropped. Over the years (I’m 26 now) it’s come back although there have been occasional bouts of modest shedding. I’ve been back from India now for two months (and I was away for two), so I’ve been losing hair for 4 months now, with no let-up. I think it’s probably TE as it came on quite quickly.

I’m so sure though, that the combination of Yellow Fever, Rabies, Typhoid and Meningitis vaccines that I had in a single week, THREE MONTHS before I went away, and probably the Malarials I was taking when I was away, have triggered this one.

I’m getting my blood looked at – tested today – but if it’s related to the vaccines and the body-shock they probably caused then I have no idea when it’s going to stop. It’s awful! I’m so lucky (at the moment) that my hair is pretty curly so there’s enough body for it not to show too much yet.

The awful thing is that now I’m noticing that I’m loosing small fine hairs (about 2 inches long). Perhaps I always was but I’m noticing it more now. I hope it’s not regrowth falling out.

laura November 29, 2009 at 2:52 am

Hi, I had vacc of hep b in june and repeated it in july and got hairloss since then. it freaks me out and its sooo much thinner, i just want to cry as i had beatiful hair and now its awful. i did have hep b vacc recommended by my std-doctor. whyyyyyyyyy? im not at all in risk factor area, I hate it!

A Mom December 10, 2009 at 9:54 pm

My 2 1/2 year old daughter received a Hep A booster shot last April when she turned 2. Within a month her hair started thinning and within 4 months she was totally hairless including eyebrows and eyelashes. It was such a gradual overall thinning that I did not realize it was happening for a couple of months. My family members that do not see her often kept saying her hair was thinning so finally I looked back at her pictures and they were right. Looking back she also got sick a month after her first Hep A shot. She was 18 months when she received the first shot and within a month she was hospitalized for constant severe diarrhea. I did not see the connection until today when she went to get her next shot and I looked at the shot chart. Hep A is the only shot she got at her 2 year appointment. It kills me to know this shot was optional and I choose it for her.

Claire December 14, 2009 at 7:52 am

I received a tetnus shot in Aug/Sept and my hair loss started within a month, very rapidly. I also took 2 emergency contraceptive the same month so it is hard to say what has triggered it.

It is now December and I’m shedding worse every day. I have now lost almost 50% of my hair.

Joy December 18, 2009 at 8:26 pm

I believe with out a doubt that the Hep B vaccine caused my hair loss. For several years I have been wondering what the cause may have been and never knew that hair loss was a side effect of Hep B vaccine. They don’t tell you that when you consent to take the vaccine. My hair loss began when my husband and I split up and I moved in with my sister. At that time I was working as a CNA at a retirement home and had two children. I thought the hair loss was from stress. However, I now know it was from the Hep B vaccine. I took my first injection around the same time we separated. I had massive hair loss! I went to a dermatologist to try and diagnose and treat it several months later and he could not determine the cause. He put me on hormone supplements hoping that would solve the problem. It didn’t, so I stopped taking it. At the time I was 22 years old and never experience any hair loss. Except for after pregnancy…which is typical and it regrew. After I receive the Hep B vaccine my hair never regrew. I never finished my Hep B series due to a change in supervisors at my job. I still work in the health care field and was just required to take the series again because I never finish my last one and ever since I began it I’ve been noticing extreme hair loss. I didn’t know that was the cause until now. If I had known I would not have taken it. I just took the last in a series of three a few days a go and my hair is falling out in hand fulls. Not good considering that it never regrew from the previous injections. From what I understand this was the largest dose I’ve received yet. I guess it’s to late now to do anything about it. I am now 25 and will most liklely be completely bald soon thanks to the lack of information from the CDC whom I am planning on contacting promptly! I am happy I found your blog, so now I know the truth about my hair loss.

Amanda January 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Nov. 2009, I received the Hep B vac and a few weeks later my thin hair became more thin and extremely dry. Eventually a month or so later it began falling out when I combed it. It would fall out on my shirt or on the sink in the bathroom, etc. I did not know why until now when I read your article. It is still very dry and brittle and breaks very easily. I do not know what to do and I am miserable. I am upset with my work for making me get the shot and not giving me any teaching material. I am upset with the company for not educating the public they provide it for. I have spent time and money on unnecessary tests such as thyroid tests and other hormone markers. I thought I had a hormone imbalance or as extreme as cancer. After all what would cause this huge amount of hair loss over a months time except something horrible! Who would have thought a little poke at work would effect my life so significantly and lower my self esteme so much. I have cut off most of my longer hair and I am mad!

kc January 12, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I received my Hep shots in May of 2009. I was told I needed them to start Nursing school. I am now in my 2nd semester and have lost 1/2 the volume of hair I had. I didnt notice it until around August , about 3 months after receiving the shots. One year ago I had think curly hair almost to my waist. I have hair all over my hands every time I shower. I have hair all over the bathroom floor every morning. I am under no more stress then I have been in the past. I have had to cut my hair and work with it. My scalp feels almost tight. I also have muscle aches in my upper back and light headaches. I do believe this is due to the Vaccines. I have never seen my hair come out like this before. I would like to know if there is anything that can be done ?

Will Heidebrecht January 24, 2010 at 6:55 pm

My son at the age of 3 was given a flu shot and developed a high fever that evening which we controled with tylenol. He was sick for 3-4 days with flu like symtoms. His hair started to fall out about 3 weeks later until it was totally gone. About a year later it started to grow back when he was sprayed in the face with fabreeze by a department store employee (As a 4 year old he ran into a bathroom at this deptment store as they disinfected it). It was as if we knew exactly what would happen next; first the turning white as a ghost, coming down with a fever, flu like symptoms and finally 3 weeks later the hair started to fall out again. I do know there is some sort of link between them exactly what we do not know. Fabreze wouldn’t devulge what was in it. He is 6 now and still has no hair.

Ang April 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm

HI,

I am sufferiing from hair loss and I am freaking out. I got my H1N1 and flu shot in Nov. Starting Jan I started to notice hair loss. It’s getting worse. THey are going to do some blood test. My husband was the one who suggested that maybe teh shots casue my hair loss. I never gotten teh flu shot in my lefe. The reason I goe H1N1 and flu shot was because I have a toddler and thought it would be safer. It’s very frustrating as no one ( not even teh doctor or the dermatologest) know why. Bassically, they todl me just to wait and not stress about it. AS woman, going bald is quite horrifying. I plan to get a wig. Do you know any good wig place in Vancouver Canada or any tips on choosing a wig?? I am healthy..the casue of this hair loss iis a mystery.

Tessa June 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Hi, I was bitten by one of my monkeys about 7-8 weeks ago and had to go for a tetanus shot. About 3 weeks after that I started to loose hair. At first it wasn`t so much but as the days went on, I am shedding hands full of hair, especially if I was my hair. Its indescribable. If I take all the hair that I loose with one wash and roll in into a bundle, it lays like an egg in my hand. This is been going on now for about 5 weeks. I am using A-Z for hair loss but it wouldn`t get better. Tonight at my Bible study group, they anointed my head and we pray about it. Now I am only leaving it in Gods powerful hands to heal me. Still don`t know if the injection is the reason or not.

Tiffany September 8, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Add me to the growing list.
In the summer of 1997 I had to recieve hep b shots for school, I was going into the 6th grade at that time, so I was about to be 11 years old.

After the first hep B, that evening my temp spiked to 104, We didnt think there was a connection. Later recieved the 2nd shot and I started noticing bald spots, after recieving the 3rd shot in the series, every single hair on my entire body had vanished within a week. I was devastated to say the least.
Still unsure if it was a reaction to the Hep b shots we went to several doctors which reffered us to others, nobody could figure it out.
I started some experimental PUVA treatments at the dermatologist, normally used for Psoriasis. i had to take pills that made me nauseous and sensitive to the sun… i went to the docter 3 times a week.

In a bout a year my had had grown back, about an inch or more, a thick head of hair!

Then I had to recieve the Tetnus shot, for school…I couldnt attend without it.
I recieved the shot and that night as i looked in the mirror and touched my hair it started to fall out, the bathroom sink was covered with my little hairs. It was happening all over again.
This time the treatments didnt work, after another year of trying, we gave up due to losing our medical insurance, and besides i was just tired of trying, i was also missing alot of school.

Fast forward 13 years later to the present, Summer of 2010, I am 24 years old..and healthy. Still no hair on my head. My eyelashes have come back in. Eyebrows,arm,arm pits, legs etc. all have clear/ very light blonde thin hairs. I don’t believe,in my case, that the hair will ever come back.
I’m starting to think this isnt as rare as vaccine companies would have us think. I know without a doubt that the preservative ,thimerosal,which is in Hep B and Tetnus shots, caused my hair loss.

Its nice to take my wigs off when i get hot, so thats a plus i suppose, But there isn’t anything i wouldn’t give to run my fingers through my own hair again.

Lori Ryan September 13, 2010 at 2:40 am

I have suffered from hair loss off and on all my life, but this isn’t about me. My husband is 62, and I have been jealous of his thick head of hair for the 22 years we have been together. He usually wears it tied back in a ponytail, and it was always lovely. A couple month ago, he was hospitalized due to pneumonia, and he received a hep B shot while he was there. Within 2 weeks he suddenly lost so much hair you can now see scalp showing through on top. For this to happen so suddenly at 62 years of age, with no prior hair loss ever….I think the shot was almost certainly the cause in his case, and it makes me very angry as well.

Lynn September 22, 2010 at 10:32 am

I received a flu shot for the first time in my life in October of 2009. I received the shot because I became the care giver for my 91 year old father. Shortly after I noticed an area on my head in my hair that was itchy. Soon it was scalely, Then the scales went away and the spot was smooth to the touch. No hair. The area was about the size of a dime. This continued to happen in other areas of my head/hair. I assumed the hair would grow back. In May of 2010, I contacted by dematologist about the condition. She did a biopsy and informed me I have a form of lupus which is not systemics and affects the head and scalp. In my case, just my scalp. She has been treating it with steroid injections. The problem is diminishing, however, she told me the hair folicules have been destroyed and hair will not grow back. She said with an auto-immune disease, you never really know what causes them but she said stress is always a factor. I assumed that is what it was. Until my hair dresser asked me if I got a H1N1 shot last year. I have been racking my brains since this began to identify what had changed in my life or routine and eliminated any new products, medications, new foods etc that I have been using in the past year. I could not come up with anything significant, until I realized that the flu shot was the one thing that I had done that I had not examined as a potential cause. I searched on flu shots and hair loss and your site appeared. I am angry this is happening and will certainly not receive a flu shot this year.

Catherine September 27, 2010 at 11:33 am

My daughter, now 14 had her 3 HPV vaccines from mid last year until about March this year. In April my other daughter noticed her sisters hugh bald patch on the back of her head. It’s about the size of the palm of my hand. She is deeply distressed and our GP has referred her to see a specialist. I have no doubt that this vaccine caused the hair loss.

Elizabeth January 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I feel for every single one of you ladies. To this day Doctors cannot tell me why my hair is falling out. They make me feel vain and foolish for caring so much. So I stopped going to see them for hair loss. I started losing my hair when I was between the ages of 10-12. The doctors told my parents that a small percentage of women lose their hair after being vaccinated. I was too young and scared to a know which vaccination I was given. My sisters are all okay, but I may have been affected by it. I am not bald, but my hair is extremely thin, and I am 28 years old. It has affected me, but not to the point of becoming isolated and awkward. It’s just always on my mind. I read somewhere that the Hep B injection lasts for about 20 years. Has anyone had their hair regrow many years later? I’ll be one of few women looking forward to becoming 30 if that’s the case!

alayna March 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I searched this website for answers, I too took the flu shot for work purposes and now have alopecia. So far three bald spots ranging from over a quarter to nickle size. I have always had stress but this year has been difficult. I hope were wrong but it sure makes sense.

Heidi April 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I have au and i do believe in my heart that it was caused by a flu shot that i received at a nursing home that i was working. I started loosing my hair a month after i took the shoot. I lost all the hair of my scalp in 3weeks and my eylashes and eybrows followed few months after. This happened 3years ago.

erin May 15, 2011 at 12:56 am

like many others, im have a since of relief and gratitude when i found this site. i took a FLU shot in september 2010 and by the end of that month i found a missing patch of hair in the back. it just continued from there. by christmas just a few months from the shot i had lost all my hair . it is now may 2011 and ive just now lost my eyebrows and lashes. in order the loss was head, body, then face. i wear wigs, but this is one of the biggest self-esteem hits ive taken. im 30. i do have other auto-immune diseases tho. they say ive you have one then the chances of you getting another is greatly increases. i too am praying that its not permanent, but im guessing it is. i just recently thought that there might be a connection between the hair lose and the SHOT. i was on an alopecia site and it touched on the fact that theres no deffinate diagnoses, that the believe viruses can be a trigger. that made me think about the flu shot . and dead or live , its still a virus, so i started googling. my prayers and hope to all u out there experiancing hair loss .

Trevor May 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Hi all,
I’m actually a male who stumbled across this site and having experienced my second bout with alopecia. Both times, my hair loss was preceded by immunizations. The first time, symptoms began to appear a month later when I was only two years old. This past summer at age 25, I received several immunizations before traveling to Kenya for 2 1/2 weeks and symptoms appeared 2 months later. I’ve currently got near total hair loss, but luckily the cortizone injections seem to be stimulating some growth. I’m writing to thank you all for sharing your stories and ask 1) Are there any similar sites for men’s hair loss and 2) Are there any potential lawsuits in the works? This seems like this can hardly be a coincidence.

Thank you all,
Trevor

Linda May 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Hi Guys

All your stories are beautiful and it’s great to hear that you’re not alone.
I’m experiencing increasing hair loss at the moment after hving a Hepatit B shot early of the year. My question is, what can you do about it? Is there anything that makes it stop or encourages regrowth? I’ve been recommended natural remedies such as vitamin E, silica and so on. Anybody have better solutions?
THanks,
Lilla

Kimberly enright June 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I’m sorry this happened to u. The same thing happened
To my son after his immunizations . My friends daughter too.
I’m disgusted with merk, FDA n doctors. They
Truly r trying to depopulate the world. Utube
The new world order plan about immunizations
N depopulating the world . U will be shocked, scared n never trust
Your dr, gov, FDA , or anyone for that matter.

Traci July 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I too know that I am suffering hair loss for getting the HPV vaccinations that I started getting in Sept of ’08. I have lost all the hair on my eyebrows, my right eye is just now starting to grow thin blond eyelashes on my top lid and I had a huge bald spot on the top left side of my head that was about the size of my palm. The hair on my head grew back and first came in the color of gray and then went to a dark blond color. It is July 2011 and I am loosing my hair again in the same spot. I am going to the dermatologist this week to get some help because this just sucks! It’s a good thing I have lots of hair to cover up my bald spot. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can stop or slow down my hair loss? Thanks everyone for sharing your stories with all of us. Lets me know that I’m not the only one going through this.

Cath August 27, 2011 at 4:43 am

My daughter, aged 14, got the three HPV vaccines between October 2010 and March 2011. She got her first bald patch in November/December 2010 and I never twigged the connection. In March 2011, the GP said it was Alopecia Areata (quite common) and generally grows back. However, the patches have become much more extensive in the last few months and she is seeing a specialist next week. My other daughter just asked me to sign a consent form to receive the vaccine, but I’m holding off for the moment.

Shelly October 10, 2011 at 6:14 am

Hello.

I got a tetanus shot about 3 months ago and over the past 8 weeks or so, I have noticed my hair is thinning. People are constantly pulling hairs off of me and even my hair dresser cannot understand why my hair is falling out at the root. The worst part is, I went to the doctor because of something completely unrelated to needing a vaccine. Not only did he not know how to help me with what I came to him for, but he suggested getting a tetanus shot of all things. I did it against my better judgement. I don’t know how to make this stop, how much hair is going to fall out??

anonymous November 1, 2011 at 9:53 am

I received my 3rd dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine on July 20th of this year, and my hair started massively falling out on August 2oth. I have seen numerous doctors and nobody was diagnosed with alopecia areata. Nobody has asked me if I received the Hepatitis B vaccine. I only put it together today. The case that is described in the JAMA articles studies 60 cases, but as evident from this site, this has happened to many many more people. My question is have you reported this to your doctor, to the CDC or the the National Vaccine registry? Within 3 weeks of the onset of my hairloss I needed a wig. This has been extremely distressing. What I’m wondering now is if this is a lifelong condition. Now that this has been “awakened,” is it here to stay?

A November 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I turned five and was given the hep vaccination, six weeks later my hair fell out in quarter size spots. I was then told I have alopecia. It got a tad better when I hit puberty, and most of my hair is back except spots on the side of my head and the occasional missing eyebrow. My dermatologist confirmed that I got the alopecia from the hep vaccination. It was confirmed in a French medical journal in the late 1990s. I was diagnosed in 1995 and shortly after my Dr found the article.

konnibi December 17, 2011 at 8:29 am

Hello
On August-September 2010 I got 3 shots of rabies vaccines.
I have some serious side effects ever since, only one of which is excessive hairloss.
It was falling for months. It wasn’t recognizable for outsiders, because i started out with a lot of hair, but i and my family recognized it.
In december i tried a homeopatic treatment with Thuja and the falling stopped abruptly.
I am not bald and most people don’t recognize it, but my hair is weaker ever since.
Also i used to be like a monkey if i hadn’t epilated my legs for a month. Now i only need to remove the hair on my legs every 3 months or so. (I mean i don’t miss the hair on my legs, it just bothers me that is a sign that something is wrong.)
Conventional doctors have no clue and are giving explanations that just shows me they have no clue.
I have been visiting an accupuncture doctor and a homeopatic doctor. Their treatment gave a lot of relief.
Also now i read that taking zinc supplemets can help, so i will try.

L January 13, 2012 at 4:46 am

yep, pre school boosters aged 4, hair started to fall out and thin, bouts of increased hair loss coinciding with tonsilitis then completely gone within a period of 3 days when i was six. there is a known link between auto immune disorders and vaccinations, however ai disorders are rarely looked at as a group because – dermatologists look at alopecia, rhemuatologists look at arthritis etc. in addition, ai disorders are on the whole ‘managable’, they tend to be chronic, non life threatening, so compare public health risk of contagious diseases versus increased risk of ai disorder incident – public health will win every time.

having done my own research i strongly suspect that any atopic child – for example showing symptoms of bad cradle cap or eczema – should not receive standard childhood vaccinations, particularly so when there is a family history of auto immune disorders. any adult with atopic symptoms – asthma, hayfever, excema – should think very seriously before exposing themselves to vaccinations.

Dolores January 31, 2012 at 9:10 am

7 years ago my hair loss started within a month of a flu vaccination. I lost all the hair on my head and body except for eyelashes and brows. It grew back within a year and a half. In 2009 hair loss started again within 1 month of receiving a flu vaccination. I got the shot in mid-October and was totally bald by 1/1/10. This time I lost all body hair. As of today, I have a few eyelashes and the hairs in my nostrils but, other than that, am still totally bald. I am convinced the flu shot was the trigger.

Erika February 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I too had the hpv vaccination and amongst other adverse reactions hair loss was definitely another! Really upset that we are used as guinea pigs!!!!!!!

Sarah February 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Hi
Just wanted to add my story into this too. Im a nurse and have to be routinely vaccinated for work purposes but it wasn’t until I had some travel vaccinations that my hair loss nightmare really began! I have always had thinning hair due to having Pcos and a low ferritin level and that has been chronic and stressful for years. Well I decided to have a career break and spend time travelling in India& Asia and before I went I had a triple whammy of vaccines including Hepatitis A&B, typhoid, tetanus, polio & diphtheria & these were all given on the same day via 2 injections. Just to add do this level of toxicity the next day I had a huge root canal filling. Well let me tell you I have had the worst hair loss of my life it began several weeks later but is still going 6 months after all the vaccines! I am shedding at an alarming rate and to add to this nightmare I was recently forced to come off birth control pills due to other health reasons so have had a huge withdrawal shed from that too. Things really are at an all time low. So in answer to your question vaccinations can absolutely cause hair loss and I for one will be refusing anymore in the future
Sarah

Katharine March 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Hello –
I know this is an old post, but I just stumbled across your site while googling ‘Hepatitis Vaccination, hair loss’ and I wanted to share my story.
I had the Hep A/B shots last October/November (it is now March) and I have noticed A LOT of hair fallout since then. I reacted to each of the shots – fever, chills, headaches and flu symptoms. I noticed the hair fallout in December, and it has been falling out steadily since then. I’m terrified. My hair was pretty thin before (like baby hair) and I can see it getting thinner and thinner. I can see that hair is growing back, but it is falling out at a fast rate and Im terrified it will become noticeably bad very soon.
Of course my doctors have brushed it off. I originally thought it could be iron and b12 deficiency. When I told my doctors about the hair loss, one laughed, and another said ‘everyone loses hair’. They just haven’t taken me seriously.
Tomorrow I’m going to a different doctor and will demand blood tests to get everything checked out (hormoned, vitamins and minerals, heavy metals, etc), and will also bring up my concerns about the vaccine.

I would really like to hear from some of the ladies that commented here as to whether their hair has grown back to how it was. I’m so worried. I am already thinking I might have to stop working because of my hair – I just wouldn’t have the confidence or emotional strength to face people if I lost any more hair.

debbie April 10, 2012 at 3:02 am

i recieved eight live tropical vaccines in oct./nov. of 2011 and in feb. 2012 over half my hair fell out

HCW April 15, 2012 at 10:30 am

My 13 year old daughter had the HPV jabs (1 & 2) last Nov – severe hair loss started in March. It took me a while to recognise the link. I was being told her body had fought off a virus and her auto immune now in overdrive. She’d never been ill – not one day off school. Her GP/school nurse all defend this jab, however the dermatologist she is now seeing said it is almost certainly a result of the jab. I wish I’d been aware of these side effects before agreeing to it & have yellow carded it with the manufacturer. Cervarix – Merck

Gail April 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

I just came across this looking up possible vaccinations that my 6 year old will have to get to move to Africa this summer. When she was 9 months old we moved to India and she had all the regular baby shots and all the tropical vaccinations as well, and within a few months she lost all of her hair, including eyelashes and eyebrows. Now, 6 years later, she finally has eyelashes and brows and I am so worried that she will lose them if we give her needles again. We need to protect her from typhoid, but I am saying no to Hep A and to Chicken Pox vaccines. I am still undecided about Yellow Fever, but we may have to.

Anthony May 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

I had a HepB booster when i rejoined my previous company. My hair is falling out as im typing this…Will it grow back?

erin montalvo May 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm

my daughter was 2 when she started to bald and it took me 3 years to figure out it was because of the shot

Kimberly Dixon June 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm

My daughter lost her hair after the H1N1 vaccine. It was two years before we realized it was the shot.

donna November 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Has anyone’s hair grown back?

technobubbles November 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm

My daughter just had her 2 month vaccines within the days of having it she is hair loss I’m kinda freaked out about it. Have they proven the vaccines do for cause hair loss

Bobbie December 11, 2012 at 7:47 am

Hi , my name is Bobbie and I have copd. I have to get the flu shot every year because of this. This yr. on August 20th I recieved the shot.I have never had any effects like I did with this particular shot. About 2 weeks after having the shot my hair was falling out by the handfuls.I could run my hand through my hair and my hand would come out brown with hair.This went on for about a month. I thank God he gave me extra hair so you can’t tell that I’ve lost hair,all though I tell it’s gone it bothers me greatly, it is so thin now. I hope this helps you, I wnt to the Dr. and he looked at me and kinda said so, what ya want me to do….ticked me off……he ‘s the Dr. Anyway hope this helps you.

joy January 15, 2013 at 10:54 am

I received a tetnus shot in November 2012, with in a few weeks my exceptionally thick blond hair was coming out in gobs, and greasy also. I am going to take the thuga as the one man suggested and some natural steroids that come from the yucca plant. Don’t know what else to do, it is so sad what a Dr. and shot will do to you when you are so innocent.

angela January 17, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I got a tetanus,hep a,b shot in Dec2012 is now Jan 2013 I have lost 1/3 of my hair. It has always been thick and now is thin I’m freaking I feel like my life is over I look at my baby and cry because I’m not emotionaly avail. Pls some anyone tell me if this is permanent or will my hair grow back pls.

Carly January 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I have never had an issue with hair loss in the past. When I was 33 years old, I received the H1N1 vaccine. About 3 weeks later, I noticed a small bald spot on the top of my head. After 2 months I had a bald spot the size of a quarter on the side of my head, and the one on the top had grown to the size of a silver dollar. I was horrified! My doctor told me tat it was Alopecia. She assured me that it had nothing to do with the shot, but I believe it did. My sister is a nurse in a nursing home for children. They gave this vaccine to the patients, and some of them came down with the same affliction. All within a 3 week period. It has been 3 years, and just this week the “spots” finally filled in completly. I have not gotten a flu shot since, and NEVER will again! No doctor will admit it, but I KNOW that shot was the cause of it. I’m sure doctors must be aware that this could be a side effect, but will never admit it because they know that no one would want to get vaccinated. It was very emotionally draining. I never knew when or if the spots would stop getting larger, or if my hair would ever grow back. It affected my marriage because I became so insecure. I wasn’t comfortable swimming with my kids, and was always paranoid that someone could see it despite my best efforts to cover them up.

Sandra January 29, 2013 at 6:26 am

Bald patch appeared at the back of my head about 6 Weeks after hep b vaccination when i started nurse training

angela January 30, 2013 at 10:49 am

Has anyone’s hair grown back? Has the Hairloss stopped or has it progressed to baldness? How do we get in touch with some of these women? Do they ever update?

anna February 9, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I am typing from my phone as I randomly stumbled across this site. Totally and completely bald. It started in patches after the hep b vaccine, but now there’s nothing left. I have had some remission, as I have been living with this since 1996. Some sweet 16. I am always researching ….looking for alternative therapy. It’s not easy.

nattie February 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm

My two- year- old daughter received the MMR shot and one other shot in May. By September, she had lost 75% of her hair. No bald spots just shedding to the point of seeing scalp on top and sides of head. It has been five months since it stopped shedding and it is growing back slowly but surely! The doctor will not admit it was the vaccine. We took her to childrens hospital and that is what they said it was. She is to take a combination of zinc, biotin and iron to regrow.

angela February 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I put my story on here I got vaccinated Dec18,2012 my hair started falling out a week later it is now 2months later and its still falling its so thin I don’t have much left. Don’t know what to do one Dr said I have enough hair get some oil for it. The derm does not believe its the vaccines. I know it because I had thick full hair and one week after shot I start losing hair and won’t stop? I’m healthy no meds and I don’t know what to do. It was hep b mmr tdap. I pray every day this stops.

shirley April 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I came across your website when searching hairloss and vaccines. I too am lossing my hair due to a dtap vaccination. I received the vaccination 2 years ago and got a rash the next day. Then muscle and backpain. I noticed hairloss about 2 months later. It has been 2 years and the muscle and joint pain is better but hairloss is worse. Everyone says its stress but I know it started after the vaccination. Yes I have stress. I’ve lost about 40 percent of my hair in temples,sides.and top who wouldn’t be stressed but hairloss causes the stress. I see no end to this hairloss and fear I am going to be in a wig soon. I wish every day I never would have been talked into that dtap vaccine

debra May 25, 2013 at 11:37 pm

I received the pf flu shot in Feb 2013. Normally, i get the regular flu shot within the last two years. But third year, the flu shot preservative free shot was different. I got the pf flu shot on Feb 08, a week later, i notice my hair started shedding lightly. Week two, my back spine crack sharply while i was sleeping. Week three, significant more hair shredding starting from the back of my neckline. Also, i vomit for no reason in bed after a muscluar hip pain. Week five, small area of my scalp was showing back neck. Now, into months of March. More shredding of hair. Dr put me on iron due to my amenia level. I assured to dr that i think its the reaction of the pf free flu., He did think so. I thought maybe i was having a moderate gs (gulluan barre syndrome). April, still hair shredding, terrible back/neck pain like a knife stab in the back. More daily hair shredding and much drier. I couldnt get a comb thru my hair. Hair starts to shred more in the back to up my earline

Bailee July 27, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Hello Im Bailee im 19 i lost my hair at 16 from alopecia. though doctors said it was stress i was scared when i realized before my hiar fell out that i had had the HPV vaccine. i had heard many vaccine can trigger auto immune diseases with the research ive found though many girls have had an auto immune disease arise after the HPV shot. i dont know for sure if it can cause hairloss or alopceia but ive contacted a few sites that are against the vaccine to find it uses a protien that can mimic karatin’s protiens when the body fights away the vaccine it can trigger the body to attack the hairs karatin. as dark as it sounds theres a website called death by vaccine and if you email them they will tell you the possible reason a certain vaccine may cause that auto immune disease. either way good luck i wish you the best and dont be afraid to tell people why yuo think it may be a vaccine ive had many people say im un greatful to vaccines because of my view but i just think some of them have affects that no one knows about and they should be more clear

Penney October 12, 2013 at 8:32 am

Hello,
I have a daughter who has been diagnosed with Telegen Effluvium. She is 19 and in the health field. Back in Oct she had a booster shot of hepatitis and her Flu shot. We have been trying to put all the pieces together and trying to make sense of it all. We initially though it might be her birth control pills, and college/ work stress.
Firstly you need to see a dermotologist to take a tiny punch biopsy to confirm your diagnosis. My daughter has been experiencing this since March 2013.
We have had her iron, Lysine, ferrin and thyroid tested. All came back ok. We have her slowly taking Biotin 1000mcg, increased it to 2000mcg and will increase to 5000 mcg eventally. (As this can cause severe cases of acne) And nuts, cashew and pistachios are great to keep your lysine level up. Protein and a healthy diet as she is an active runner. She is starting to develop hair and it has grown around the biopsy. She loses on a average up to a 100 hairs a day which is supposed to be average but it does come out in clumps every other day. And she constantly picks it off her clothes. She is scared that she will go bald and it hasn’t helped her self esteem and it’s been a long battle.
Thank goodness we came across this site..as she just wrote a paper on telegen effluvium and mentioned flu shots. We will ask her not to have a flu shot this year and see how much progress she can make on growing her beautiful hair back. We’ll keep you posted.

Tammy November 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm

2 years ago, my son was 7 and he got the flu shot. Showery after his head was very itchy and one day he woke up and I noticed patches of his hair was missing. He was later diagnosed with alopecia areata. We went to a dermatologist and they started cortisone shots and we went back for regular visits every 6 weeks. We went to an allergist and found out he was allergic to milk, mold, and our cat. So we cut out the milk and found our cat a home . Still no improvement, it was just getting worse….. We then went to an ENT and they told us he has sleep apnea and chronic sinusitis, so we had his tonsils and adenoids removed. About 6 months after it started falling out, it all started to grow back. Now he is 9 and hasn’t shone anymore signs of hair loss. I really believe that his immunity was off because of all his other health issues, but the “FLU SHOT” was the trigger. We will never let our kids get any shots for anything… No way!

angel January 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm

I had the flu jab on 7th October 2013 and by the end of November I had lost 90 per cent of my hair. I work as a medical secretary in a busy hospital and have had the flu jab every year for the last 4 years without a problem. I have been to see several specialists who have all diagnosed alopecia and they all say that there is no link between the immunization and my hair loss. Obviously I’m devestated,i really don’t know if this is just coincidence….has anyone else experienced this?

mark January 19, 2014 at 8:31 pm

My 10 year old son started out with a small round spot after the flu shot. He was diagnosed with Alopecia A. Now it has all fallen out. I believe it was from the shot. My wife made him get it again this year. But now i have convinced her to not do it again. He is now following the advise of a naturalist and we have to wait for results . How long does the shot stay in you .

Cindy January 22, 2014 at 3:57 pm

My daughter received 5 vaccinations before starting junior high, and six weeks later discovered a large round spot of hair missing. A month later she was diagnosed with Alopecia. Just finding ways to cope now….

brian January 31, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Just started working in a hospital. Got my mandatory flu shot and 3 months later I get a quarter size bald spot on the back of my head. Nobody in my family with this problem. Funny thing is that I’ve gotten flu shots in the past and never experienced this.

Ruth March 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm

I started experiencing hair thinning several months after my last hep a/hep b vaccine shot last year. I didn’t correlate the hair loss with the hep b shots till I happened on this site. Like others, when I first mentioned hair loss to doctors, they dismissed me. The doctors wait until you are almost bald before they say/do anything, and then it is too late. Anyway, I have another flu-related incident that accelerated my hair loss (90% in 3 weeks!).

My story is that 5 weeks and one day ago I got that horrible “flu” that was killing people in California and I was prescribed the antiviral, Tamiflu. That “flu” was horrific… you are fine, and then suddenly you have 102 degree fever and you are sick as a dog (not to disparage dogs). My hair thinning became rapid hair loss about a week after finishing Tamiflu. I went to the doctor about 10 days ago because hair loss was accelerating. The doctor could no longer dismiss my condition as “normal” hair loss. All the blood tests he had me take came back “normal” so he now thinks I have alopecia areata. He wants a scalp biopsy done… coincidentally his wife is a dermatologist.

The story gets worse. Yesterday handfuls of hair came out in my hairdresser’s palms. His quote was, “I have never seen anything like this.” Even the hair that is left has changed “quality,’ what the hairdresser calls loss of tensile strength. My hair strand diameter is down to a few molecules. The hairdresser has never seen hair change so much in 5 weeks (the last time I saw the hairdresser happened to be the first day of my “flu” so he knows my hair pre-Tamiflu and post-Tamiflu)

There are sprigs of hair growing back, but it is falling out faster than it is growing back. There were a few really, really short hair strands in the spots where the hair came out at the hairdresser. Weirder is that the hair on my legs hasn’t grown since the flu/Tamiflu.

I used to have a huge head of hair, long hair down my back! The hair left (trimmed to just at my shoulders) doesn’t even have volume and is extremely unattractive. I am devastated. I am getting a wig this week.

There is NO hair loss/baldness in my family.

Does Tamiflu cause RAPID hair loss? Does Tamiflu exacerbate hep b/flu vaccines? Is that “flu” that is going around the same “thing” as what is in the flu vaccine? What is in the hep b vaccine anyway? I have been getting the flu vaccine annually but not any more — by the way, doctors and the media in California were stampeding the sheep to get the flu shot, almost forcing us to get the flu vaccine, last month when the “deadly” flu hit. (I had gotten the flu vaccine in September and it helped zero.) Something not normal is going on (radiated rain from the Pacific Ocean thanks to Fukushima, escaped man-made viruses?) Regardless, we should all get wigs while there is still a supply.

Jane April 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm

My 14 year old daughter had the last of her H P V vaccine in May 2012. In the October she began to loose her hair, between October and January she lost half her head of hair. She was diagnosed with Alopecia. She had blood tests and was told it was auto-immune,she was prescribed a steroid hair lotion. It’s only recently that my mother has read an article about this that I’m trying to find more information. Fortunately my daughters hair has re grown and is looking very healthy, however I feel compelled to seek further information as not to would be an injustice. Many thanks if anyone can help.

angela April 12, 2014 at 8:43 am

hey guys i have a post on here i wrote about a year ago. i just wanted to update because of all these post on here i never see any updates. ok so in dec 2012 i was going in the rn program got the 1 hep vac, mmr, and tdap. ok so 2-3 weeks later i notice i dont have as much hair as ive always had well it progessed and was falling out badly. so i came on here and every other web site to find help i know it was the vaccines i know this and God knows this. i went to a derm she yelled at me told me it was not the vacc and not to worry i went to another on who did a scalp biopsy and said nothing is wrong. so i did alot of research and i found a story on another website of a girl who the the hpv vac and the same thing happend to her only she got sick as well as her hair falling out. she did alot of reseach and she lft her email on the website, so i emailed her we became friends and she told me i needed to start eating clean to detox my body as much as i can and she said she started taking biotin, folate, iron, a multi vitamin.
so i started doing that i take 1000mcg of biotin, i take 800mcg of folic acid. i take a b vitamin multi. i take hemaplex its a multivitamin but iron is the main vitamin and its all natural. i also take a multi vitamin after dinner, i eat lots of kale and spinach. and i try to drink alot of water. well its been a little over a year since this happend. i have to give all the credit to God, because with out God i would have never found help and knowledge as to why this is happening. i still have hair its not as thick as it was but i lost ALOT of hair for a long time. I still feel like its falling but maybe not as much as it was. i see it growing back too. i dont know what the future hold for my hair, but i still have hair and i hope the falling stop for good. i will never stop the vitamins. **also a side note i was taking vitamins made from gelatin and i was breaking out awful!!! i switched to vitamins made from vegetables and the breaking out slowed down alot. i also eat a spoonful of cocoanut oil(all natural) every day. ill keep you guys posted. God bless. I know how bad this hurts and how scary this is. Its been very hard to go on in my everyday life. I really had to give this all God.

Crisell May 19, 2014 at 8:42 am

Hello,

I had a tetanus shot in March and had a very bad reaction to it. My arm was sore for around two weeks, after that my arm pit swelled for about 3 days.
Shortly after that, my hair began break off at ends, and then on the sides and the back. At the center of my head, my hair broke off down to about an inch and a half from my scalp. The circumference of the breakage was about the size of a small coffee cup. Needless to say, this is very disturbing. The hair that is growing back slowing is very course and hard and will break even more if I don’t use some type of moisturing hair product daily. I’ve had to purchase wigs because of the breakage. I am also happy that I ran across this website.

Lucy June 4, 2014 at 2:32 am

I had the thickest head of hair you can imagine, then one day I went for a Tetanus (DPT) vaccination, after a few weeks my hair started falling out rapidly, I now wear a wig. I’ve been to see experts, they have placed the blame firmly on the DPT vaccine, it’s through a process known as Molecular Mimicry whereby the new antibodies which have been produced have nothing to fight (e.g. no Tetanus), instead they find something which looks similar and start attacking it, in my case it was my hair follicles.

Apparently molecular mimicry is not uncommon after vaccination, that’s why vaccines are known to be causing higher rates of other autoimmune diseases such as Diabetes Type 1, Lupus, MS, etc etc. Unfortunately the pharmaceuticals have a conflict of interest with vaccine safety, as all of these diseases end up being highly profitable on the long term, so they won’t be fixing their vaccines anytime soon.

habibq October 20, 2014 at 5:10 am

Hi , i just stumbled upon your website. on hairloss and vaccinations. as i have alopecia areata as well thinning hair. my hair has been falling for 3 months continous after i had yellow fever shot, because i was meant to travel to india, but now reading all the posts i do feel that the vaccine is the culprit because i have no known illnesses. or have that much of stress to trigger such a reaction to my body. these vaccines can cause a number to us and we are left defenceless to pick up the pieces

Marie November 2, 2014 at 9:48 am

I had my first ever flu jab 10 days ago and have noticed clumps of hair coming out. I am getting really scared and worried seeing my doctor tomorrow. Hope it grows back as I am really getting over anxious about it
Thanks

urooba December 14, 2014 at 11:09 am

Hi,
i am in the process of getting LPR due to which they gave me some vaccination in Feb 2014, in my next post i will mention which were these one of them is influenza and other one is TB i m not sure about other one.
i have started extreme fall of my hair since August, 1st i get ring worms then hair thinning still continuing worsening day by day.
let me tell you when they inject me i couldnt able to stand up for my bed for 4 days can u imagine.
in america doctors just treat u they dont cure u. I have been under treatment they just gave me the shampoo for use. i started research i find out may b thyroid disorder upon my humble request my doctor prescribed me the tests, its december i will get the lag test report in a week.
i was just praying god opened my mind may b the cause will be the vaccination i just started browse n in ur forum u guys r talking about.
Definitely it will be a connection. Plz dont get flu shots bcz there is process of god dont stop the nature my believe if u do it u lose it.
i will be waiting for your response
thanks

Michele April 16, 2015 at 8:28 am

Oh my stars!!! I started loosing my hair to Alopecia Areata in 2010. I saw a functional medical professional yesterday. She nailed the cause of my alopecia on the first visit! She asked me if I’d had any vaccines in the months prior to the hair loss. It took a moment to remember that I’d had the H1N1 shot about 6 months prior. Soon as I mentioned it, she dropped her pen on the table and said, “That’s it!” I couldn’t believe it! I was the second patient she saw that H1N1 did this to! She cured the first one with a series of supplements. I started the same things yesterday and am very hopeful that I’ll be cured as well! Thank you for taking the time to post this article. I encourage people that even if you have alopecia, you don’t have live with it! There is a cure out there!

Marie May 13, 2015 at 9:49 pm

Hello, I just happened to stumble on this site. In 1992 I had the hepatitis b shot. it was required at my work in hospital to have the shot. A fews month after that, my hair started falling in clump. All my hair fall out. I went to the doctor and I was diagnosed with Alopecia.At that time there no is computer that I can research to find out why my hair just started falling out. Just the fast few years I started looking about hepatitis b shot side effects. Then that’s when I read the Hair Loss.
My lesson from this is not to get any vaccination, even a flu shot because you will never know the side effect on you.

Thank you.

Catherine October 7, 2015 at 6:16 am

I had alopecia areata last year – I had not had any vaccines prior to that so not sure what triggered it. I was treated with steroid cream on my hair and the alopecia recovered fairly well, although was not back to normal yet.

This year I decided to get the HPV vaccine (Gardasil). About two weeks after the second vaccine, I had the alopecia pre-cursor symptoms – I know them from last year! – tender and tingly scalp, and itchy patches. Handfuls of my hair were coming out when I washed it. Now I have large new bald patches on the back of my head and the hair is thinning all over. It seems that the HPV vaccine has triggered a re-lapse of my alopecia.

I now need to get Hep B vaccines for my work, but I’m concerned I will be bald by the end of them considering my hair is already falling out!

Wendi October 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm

I got a flu shot October 1, 2014, my hair started falling out in clumps like I was on chemo therapy, I lost all of my hair, all over by mid December. I just got this years flu shot when it hit me “Flu vaccine”. Has anyone else lost their hair after the flu shot?

ali October 23, 2015 at 9:48 pm

My 15 months old baby had flu shot with 2 other shots, in 2 days his hair start falling, , Michele, can you send me your doctor number please

Stacey November 21, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Hi ladies. I have also been very concerned. I had 4 vaccines over a 2 month period. Flu, pneumonia, HIB and the first meningitis (my spleen was removed in Aug). My hair is everywhere! In the shower, on my pillow, on my clothes and just keeps falling. If anyone has had a similar experience in vaccines that aren’t Hep B/C I’m very interested. Thanks.

Kenny December 23, 2015 at 2:54 am

Hi, I got the Hepatitis B jab and my hair started falling out. It is the only jab I had. I could not understand why my hair was falling out and I pinpointed it to the jab as the only other change in my life. I decided to search on the web today and found this site! So what is the solution?

alice December 29, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Hello everyone,
I came across this site a while back then, and i wanted to share my story:
I am 30yrs old women and 2 years ago i was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata which sucked. Now i am going through the same thing again while i am on a treatment with sulfasalazine and WAS working great until now.
I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata in jan 2014 and had Fluvax at my work in April 2013 for the first time in my life. 8 months later patches started to spread out.
April 2015 (ironically) had the fluvax again… well 8 months later at the end of december 2015 here I am at the dermatologist diagnosed with Alopecia again. I am very lucky to have treatment and being seen by doctors that actually really care about the impact on my mental. I have talked with doctors regarding flu vaccination and they are not excluding this theory but not for it either.
please don’t hesitate to reply to this message if you have been through the same thing, and thank everyone for sharing your stories out there!
best of luck

Mary December 31, 2015 at 12:54 am

I got acute T.E. during my divorce. Then it started growing back strong and the new hairs were up to 2 inches. Then I got the Hepatitis B & C vaccine. I started noticing my hair shedding all the time. 6 months later I realized my hair loss was serious. I had no real stress in my life so I just could not figure out why it was shedding. I take every imaginable vitamin, exercise almost daily, juice every day. And it won’t stop shedding. It is now 1-1/2 years since the vaccine and I have not had one single new hair grow on my head. It won’t stop shedding. I can see my scalp everywhere and fear I’ll lose all my hair. I just started using the laser comb. I’m praying for a miracle.

Linda November 16, 2016 at 9:38 pm

I got the flu shot and three weeks later my hair started falling out On 10 /7/2016

Elaine November 2, 2017 at 4:39 am

And people tell me they have never heard on hair loss from a vaccine. In January 2017 I thought I would be proactive and get a shingles shot since I had just turned 66. I don’t ever get any other vaccinations as I don’t get the flu and it makes sense to me not to introduce that into my body. But I’ve seen how painful shingles can be so….Within 45 days my hair started falling out like I was doing cemo and I had severe heart palipations, heart rate would go up to 200. The doctor said he had never heard of such a thing, but my research online reveled that a vaccination can cause hair loss, usually starts about 30-45 days after and it will last 6-8 months. Fortunately it’s growing back, slow but sure. The heart palipations are almost completely gone. It’s taken almost a year.

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