Flu Shot Injury Lawyer,
Flu Shot Shoulder Injury
& Side Effects

And how you may be eligible for compensation.

A flu shot injury is the most common injury in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. It often results in a SIRVA injury. Do you have a vaccine injury?

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Over 80% of injuries are from flu shots.

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What is a flu shot injury?

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, persistent muscle aches, nerve damage, 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 this Flu Season alone. Because of this, injuries caused by the flu shot have become the most compensated vaccine under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program fund.


Are you suffering from a flu shot injury?

Many people rely on the flu vaccine to keep themselves and their families healthy and safe. Although each seasonal flu vaccination goes through rigorous testing by the vaccine manufacturer and are proven to be relatively safe and effective, adverse reactions can and do occur. Flu vaccines, just like any other medical procedure, have risks. Minor side effects can include: seizures caused by fever, soreness and/or swelling at the injection site such as the deltoid muscle, aches and pains, fatigue, and other flu-like symptoms. In addition, more severe flu vaccine injuries and reactions can occur, including the following:

As the number of flu shot recipients increases each year in the United States, so does the amount of flu shot injury claims. My Vaccine Lawyer is currently representing hundreds of clients who have been injured by the flu shot from the 2019-2020 flu season alone. Injuries caused by the flu vaccine have become the most compensated vaccine under the VICP fund.


About the flu shot

Seasonal 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:

  • A/Guangdong-Maonan/SWL1536/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus (updated)
  • A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus (updated)
  • B/Washington/02/2019 (B/Victoria lineage)-like virus (updated)

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.


Flu shot injury symptoms

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 and other inflammatory responses 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 shoulder related injuries from influenza vaccination can occur.

Recently, My Vaccine Lawyer's founding partner Max Muller was interviewed by NBC Philadelphia about flu shot injuries from vaccines along with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, a federal compensation program for vaccine injuries in the United States.

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injuries and reactions from the flu shot

Severe flu vaccine injuries and reaction can occur, including the following:

Treatment for a flu shot injury

Proper treatment of a flu vaccine injury depends upon the nature of the injury. Shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) normally require a full course of physical therapy and can often benefit from orthopedic treatments including corticosteroid injections to help alleviate persisting shoulder pain. In some cases, surgical intervention is necessary to achieve complete relief.

In rare cases, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) following a flu vaccine is more complex to treat as the severity of symptoms can vary greatly. In addition to pain and blood clot-preventing medications, there are two main forms of treatment used for GBS symptoms:

  • Plasma Exchange, or Plasmapheresis: this process involves removing the plasma from your own blood cells in an attempt to rid the plasma of the antibodies contributing to the immune system’s attack on the peripheral nerves.
  • Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy (IVIG): this process involves an intravenous dose of immunoglobulins, or antibodies, from donors. High doses of immunoglobulins help block the damaging antibodies referenced above.

If you suffered from Anaphylaxis, which is when the immune system releases a flood of chemicals in response to an allergen (the flu vaccine, in this case), the chemicals cause an onslaught of severe and life-threatening symptoms throughout the body, including a drop in blood pressure and constricted airways. The universal treatment for anaphylactic episodes is an epinephrine injection, which works to reverse the effects of anaphylaxis by opening airways and dilating blood vessels to raise blood pressure.


How to report a flu shot injury

In the wake of a flu vaccine injury, you should immediately notify your doctor's office. Be sure to provide the date of vaccination, the vaccine administrator’s information and the site of injection (i.e., left or right arm.) Your medical provider will ensure that you begin a course of treatment to best address your symptoms. Additionally, you should:

  • Call your doctor as some vaccine injuries can be life-threatening if left untreated;
  • Tell your doctor exactly what happened, the date and time of your vaccine, and shoulder it was given;
  • Ask your doctor to file a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System ("VAERS") form.

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.


Compensation for a flu shot injury

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 vaccine court. 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. See some of our recent vaccine injury settlements here.

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Page last reviewed and updated: December 21, 2020

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