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Nerve Damage from Flu Shot: What you need to know

Millions of people get the flu shot each year to protect themselves from the seasonal flu. While the risks associated with getting a flu shot are significantly lower than not getting one, there is still a potential for nerve damage due to the vaccine.

What is nerve damage?

Nerve damage is when nerves in your body become damaged or injured. This can be caused by physical trauma, such as a car accident or sports injury, or medical conditions, such as diabetes or an autoimmune disorder can cause it.

Nerve damage can cause various symptoms depending on which nerves have been affected. These symptoms may include pain, numbness, tingling sensations, decreased sensation in certain body areas, difficulty speaking or swallowing, loss of muscle control in certain body parts, and more. 


How Does Nerve Damage Relate To Flu Shots? 

Nerve damage is a rare but possible side effect of getting the flu shot. While it's very unlikely that you will experience nerve damage from the vaccine, it can happen if your body has an allergic reaction to the vaccine or if a foreign substance enters your body through a needle prick.


4 Types Of Nerve Damage Caused By The Flu Shot

The flu shot has been known to cause nerve damage in rare cases potentially. Types of nerve damage that the flu shot may cause include:

Brachial Neuritis:

Brachial neuritis is an inflammation of the nerves that control movement in your arms. Symptoms may include pain, numbness, tingling sensations, and weakness in your arm.

Shoulder Nerve Damage:

This is damage to the nerves in your shoulder that control movement. Symptoms may include pain, numbness, weakness, and difficulty moving your arm or shoulder.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS):

Guillain-Barre Syndrome GBS is a rare autoimmune disorder that affects the peripheral nervous system, causing weakness or paralysis of muscles in the face, arms, and legs.

Transverse Myelitis:

Transverse myelitis is a spinal cord inflammation that can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in your arms or legs.


What Is Radial Nerve Damage?

Radial nerve damage is a nerve injury affecting the radial nerve. It can cause pain, weakness, or paralysis in the arm. The radial nerve is located in the arm and runs down from the neck to the back of the hand. It controls movement in the elbow, wrist, and fingers.

An accident, trauma, injury to surrounding nerves or tissue, or a medical condition such as diabetes can cause damage to this nerve. Symptoms of radial nerve damage include numbness, tingling sensations, weakened grip strength, weak muscles in the forearm, and inability to extend fingers.

Diagnosis is usually made through imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI scans. Treatment options include physical therapy and surgery, depending on the severity of the symptoms.


How Do I Know If I have Nerve Damage From A Flu Shot?

Several signs and symptoms may indicate nerve damage from a flu shot. These include:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness
  • Tingling and pain in the limbs
  • Impaired muscle coordination and paralysis of the face, arms, and legs.

If you experience any of these symptoms after receiving a flu shot, you must consult your doctor immediately. Symptoms of nerve damage caused by the flu shot can range from mild to severe and should not be ignored.


What To Do If You Experience Symptoms Of Nerve Damage After Receiving The Flu Shot?

If you experience nerve damage symptoms after receiving a flu shot, it's important to seek medical attention immediately. Your doctor can help diagnose the cause of your symptoms and provide treatment if necessary. They may also recommend that you speak with a physical therapist who can develop an individualized plan for managing your symptoms, including exercises, stretches, and lifestyle modifications.

Although nerve damage from the flu shot is rare, it's important to be aware of the potential risks associated with vaccination. If you experience any symptoms of nerve damage after receiving the flu shot, make sure to seek medical attention right away. With timely diagnosis and treatment, you can minimize your risk of long-term complications from nerve damage.


Can I File A Lawsuit For Nerve Damage From The Flu Shot?

If you believe you have suffered nerve damage caused by the flu shot, it is important to speak with an experienced vaccine injury lawyer who can assess your case and advise you on your legal rights.

Depending on the severity of your injury, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An attorney can help ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.

It is important to note that filing a lawsuit for nerve damage from the flu shot can be complex and time-consuming, so consult with an expert vaccine attorney with experience handling similar cases. With their help, you can understand your legal options and ensure that your rights are protected.


What Is The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal program that provides financial compensation to individuals who are injured by certain vaccines. The VICP covers vaccine-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths caused by the flu shot.

To be eligible for compensation under the VICP, you must file a claim within two years of receiving the vaccine or within two years when the injury or illness was first recognized. If your claim is valid, you may receive a lump sum payment as compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

It's important to note that the VICP is not an insurance program but rather a no-fault system that compensates those injured by vaccines. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered an injury or illness due to a flu shot, it's important to speak with your doctor and reach out to the VICP for more information on how to file a claim.


How My Vaccine Lawyer Can Help

If you believe that you have suffered serious nerve injuries after receiving a flu shot, it's important to speak with an experienced vaccine lawyer who can assess your case and advise you on your legal rights.

My Vaccine Lawyer can help ensure that all evidence is properly presented and that the statute of limitations is not exceeded. Our attorneys can also help you understand the VICP and guide you through the claims process to maximize your chances of receiving fair compensation.

Don't wait to get legal help after suffering nerve damage from a flu shot. Reach out to My Vaccine Lawyer for assistance in filing an injury claim and securing the financial compensation you deserve.

Meet the Author

Leigh Finfer - Associate Attorney

Leigh A. Finfer is a vaccine and personal injury attorney at Muller Brazil and My Vaccine Lawyer. Mrs. Finfer has been with the firm since June 2018 and her practice includes representing vaccine injury victims, personal injury victims, and those who suffer injuries as a result of unsafe drugs and medical devices.

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