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Is Arm Pain After a Flu Shot Normal?

Published on Mar 14, 2018 at 5:20 pm in Vaccine Injury.

Each year, it’s important to immunize ourselves from illnesses that come with the winter season. People usually associate this time of year with colds, tissues, and the healing power of chicken noodle soup. Many people get the flu shot each year to give themselves a better chance of staying healthy throughout the season. They usually think that they’re doing something beneficial to their health.

In some rare cases, shots may do more harm than good. It’s important to know the risks. A flu shot can sometimes cause injuries. If you or a loved one has gotten a flu shot and are experiencing pain, your life can be put on hold. The pain in your shoulder may prevent you from going to work, which means you could have lost wages. Situations like this could make you go to work and try to push through the pain and make your injuries even worse.

This isn’t acceptable and isn’t your fault. But you don’t have to deal with it all on your own. You can seek legal aid. A flu vaccine injury lawyer from Urban & Taylor, S.C. can help you with your case and get you compensation for your injuries. We know how vaccine injuries can affect you and want to help you get back on your feet as soon as possible.

How Will Your Arm Feel After a Flu Shot?

While many people are usually a bit nervous around needles, shots aren’t supposed to cause a lot of pain. Usually, the area where you get the shot is a bit sore for no more than two days. This reaction isn’t cause for alarm, it’s your body’s normal response to getting an injection. Any pain that persists beyond that could be indicative of something else.

What Is SIRVA?

Shoulder Injuries Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA), can occur when there’s an inflammatory reaction to the vaccine. The needle can be injected too high in the arm and affect the bursa, which is why your shoulder could have chronic issues after the vaccine. You should be aware of the other signs that something isn’t right:

  • Limited Mobility.
  • Chronic Pain.
  • No Evidence of Pain or Limited Range of Motion before Vaccine.

There are ways to prevent you from getting SIRVA when you get a shot.

  • Only trained professionals should be giving you shoulder injections.
  • Wear a shirt that you can lift the sleep up to your shoulder or be able to remove this article of clothing. Pulling your shirt down will expose the top of your shoulder, which is the area you want to avoid getting an injection.
  • Pay attention to any symptoms, such as pain after three days from getting the vaccine. If you think there’s a problem, call your doctor immediately. They can evaluate your arm, tell if you have SIRVA, and start a treatment plan.

It’s also important to know that SIRVA is rare and getting vaccines are necessary to keeping people healthy and safe. In the event that the shot was administered incorrectly, you know the symptoms and to contact your doctor right away.

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