Flu shot injuries following a vaccine administration can and do happen. Compensation for flu shot injuries such as SIRVA (shoulder injury related to vaccine administration), nerve injuries, or severe allergic reactions is available through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Vaccine injuries often occur following an incorrectly administered shot that is either injected too deep, too shallow, or too far left or right, which can result in a number of shoulder and or neurological injuries. Medical professionals administering vaccines should landmark the injection site in an effort to avoid adverse reactions and side effects. As the number of flu shot recipients increases each year in the U.S., so does the amount of flu shot vaccine injury claims. If you have suffered an adverse reaction or injury after the flu vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation. My Vaccine Lawyer is currently representing hundreds of clients who have been injured by the flu shot from 2018-19 Flu Season alone. Because of this, injuries caused by the flu shot have become the most compensated vaccine under the VICP fund.
An increasing amount of people rely on the flu vaccine to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy and virus free during the flu season. The flu vaccine has proven to be a relatively safe option in the prevention of the virus, but since new versions must be developed each year due to the vast amounts of flu strains that exist, adverse reactions can and do occur.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) warn that the influenza vaccine does have risks. Flu shot side effects can include: seizures caused by fever (particularly in children), soreness and or swelling at the injection site, hoarseness and coughing, aches and pains, headaches, pain after the flu shot, fatigue, and a stuffy or runny nose. In addition, more severe flu vaccine injuries can occur. Listed below are various types of flu shot reactions and injuries including but not limited to:
My Vaccine Lawyer's founding partner Max Muller was interviewed by George Spencer of NBC10 Philadelphia Investigators. Max explains the frequency shoulder injuries from flu shots, what a SIRVA injury is, and various flu shot reactions including shoulder pain and other side effects.
Flu vaccines work by causing antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination which provide protection against infection. The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of six (6) months should receive the seasonal influenza vaccine. Receiving the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against the flu and to help prevent its spread throughout the community. This season, the CDC outlines six (6) variations of flu shots: standard dose flu shots, shots made using a vaccine production technology, high-dose shots, shots made with adjuvant, shots made with virus grown in cell culture, and a live attenuated influenza vaccine. For a full breakdown of the CDC's Influenza Products, you can view that table here.
The upcoming season’s expected flu virus is constantly changing. The yearly influenza vaccine is recommended to contain several components which often vary from year to year. For the 2020-2021 seasonal strain, the flu shot will likely contain the following ingredients to protect against three or four virus strains:
For more information on this upcoming flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer an extensive report on everything you need to know. In addition, if you are interested in receiving the flu shot and are not sure where to go, the CDC provides an interactive search feature where you can input your zip code and it will provide nearby locations where you can receive the flu shot here.
If you or a loved one does happen to suffer an injury as a result of receiving the flu vaccine this season, you should:
VAERS stands for the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, which is a program managed by the CDC. The program processes submitted reports of vaccine injuries and adverse events from those who have been injured. It is important to note that VAERS does not diagnose those who have been injured with a vaccine injury, but rather compile data about reported adverse reactions for the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration in hopes of improving vaccine safety measures in the future. There are no restrictions to who can file a VAERS report and it is often used as supplemental evidence in vaccine cases when determining the onset of an injury or symptoms. If you would like to learn more about the VAERS program, you can do so here.
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program continually publishes an updated Data and Statistics report on vaccine injuries and compensation on the first of each month. The 2018 FY has a total of 522 compensated awards thus far, paying out $199,658,492.49 in vaccine injury compensation to petitioner’s across the country (these numbers will fluctuate as cases continue to settle). Since the influenza vaccine was considered eligible under the VICP on January 1, 2006, the flu shot has become the most frequently compensated vaccine for injuries and adverse reactions alleged by petitioner’s in the program. More adults receive flu shots each year in the United States than children, causing a higher number of adult petitioner’s to file in the VICP. The supplied data sheds a light on the frequency of side effects and or allergic reactions suffered by recipients each year.
If you suffered arm pain, an adverse reaction, illness, or another injury after receiving a flu shot, you may qualify for compensation. Speak directly with one of our vaccine injury lawyers today for more information. My Vaccine Lawyer has represented thousands of clients across the country in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. There is absolutely no charge for a consultation, as our representation comes at no cost to you. You can view a list of our detailed vaccine injury settlements from across the United States here.
Page last reviewed and updated: October 14, 2020