Shoulder Injury Due to Vaccine Administration?

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One of the most common side effects from vaccines, particularly the seasonal flu vaccine, is a sore shoulder. This soreness can be worrying, but in most cases, there is nothing abnormal about some soreness, swelling, and redness at the injection site.

What is a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)?

The term SIRVA stands for “Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration.”  Some minor shoulder discomfort is common after many vaccines.  But a SIRVA injury is different.  It is a type of shoulder injury caused by the injection of a vaccine into the shoulder, either from the accidental injection of the vaccine into the shoulder joint or trauma from the needle itself.  A SIRVA injury is not like the typical post-vaccine discomfort; it’s instead very painful, begins very quickly after the vaccination, and does not subside.

Can other vaccines cause SIRVA injuries?

SIRVA injuries are typically caused by the flu shot because so many are given each year and they are typically injected into the shoulder.  But any injection into the shoulder area has the potential to cause SIRVA. Healthcare providers are trained on how to administer a vaccine injection properly. But failure to use appropriate injection techniques can result in a SIRVA injury.

How is SIRVA Pain Different from Other Shoulder Injury Pain?

The type of pain that should be especially concerning is sharp, debilitating pain that is more than just soreness and minor discomfort. When the pain radiates beyond the injection site in the shoulder or upper arm and results in the inability to move the shoulder and arm without significant pain, this may be something more than the normal soreness that can be expected from a vaccination.

Have you suffered a shoulder injury after a vaccination?

Our vaccine injury legal team wants to know about your shoulder injury. If your pain has lasted longer than 6 months from your vaccine or you required surgery to fix your shoulder injury, you might be entitled to compensation through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Use the form below to tell us about your situation!

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