I just received a vaccination today at around 9:00 in the morning, and it is still hurting really bad now at 8:40 in the evening. Is this normal?

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    What type of vaccination was it and where was it administered?
    – Carey Gregory
    Sep 16 '15 at 13:29

Since it's unclear from the question what vaccination this was, I looked up two likely cases: the flu vaccine, and the DTaP booster, because these are vaccines regularly given to adults.

Influenza vaccine

The flu vaccine can cause soreness, redness, and swelling at the spot where the vaccination was given. If the pain is more than mild, or lasts longer than a day, ask your doctor.

DTaP, or Tdap

Pain at the injection site occurs in 2 out of 3 adult patients. Severe pain is rare, and should be discussed with a doctor.

A rather comprehensive overview of vaccine side effects can be found at the CDC website. Soreness and mild pain is a side effect of many, but anything severe or lasting more than 1 to 2 days should be discussed with a doctor.

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