Flu shots are recommended once-yearly to boost immunity against infections with influenza viruses. Our lawyers are evaluating lawsuits for adults or children who suffered Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) or a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA).
Flu shots are immunizations that are given with a needle. They protect against Influenza A (H1N1), A (H3N2), and one or two influenza B viruses.
How is Flu Shot Given?
Most flu shots are administered as a single 0.5-mL injection. In adults, the injection is administered near the shoulder, in the deltoid muscle of the upper arm. For young children, flu shots are usually administered in the thigh muscle.
Can Flu Shot Cause SIRVA?
Flu shots that are administered with a needle into the shoulder can potentially cause an inflammatory reaction in the shoulder, called a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA). This side effect is usually caused when the needle is injected too high or too deep.
Symptoms of SIRVA After Flu Shots
- Arm pain
- Shoulder pain
- Intense, stabbing pain
- Shoulder dysfunction
- Limited range of motion
- Lack of flexibility
Can Flu Shots Cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)?
Flu shots are associated with a rare but severe side effect called Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). It can cause nerve damage and paralysis that progresses rapidly in the first few months after receiving the flu shot. Most people recovery completely.
The CDC monitors for GBS during each flu season and the risk varies from season-to-season, depending on the vaccine. In years with an increased risk of GBS, it has consistently been in the range of 1-2 additional GBS cases per million flu shot doses administered.
Flu Shot Lawsuits
If you were diagnosed with a shoulder injury or Guillain-Barré Syndrome from a flu shot, our lawyers may be able to help you seek up to $250,000 in financial compensation from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
What is the VICP?
The VICP is a program for people who were injured by vaccines in the United States. The program has taken in billions of dollars by taxing the sale of every vaccine. Every year, it pays out millions of dollars to hundreds of people who are inevitably injured by vaccine side effects.
Over $70 Million Paid in SIRVA Lawsuits Since 2011
Since 2011, the VICP has paid out around $70 million to 500 people who were diagnosed with shoulder injuries (SIRVA) from vaccines, for an average payout of $140,000. Even more money has been paid to people with GBS and other vaccine side effects.