Shoulder Pain After a Flu Shot?

If you are suffering prolonged shoulder pain after a flu shot, it could be SIRVA. Learn about SIRVA, including how a vaccine like the flu shot can be the cause and how to get free legal help

Learn more

$19.9 Million Unsafe Drug Settlement
$6.2 Million Worksite Injury Verdict
$3.75 Million Multi Vehicle Accident Settlement
$3+ Million Mesothelioma from Asbestos Settlement
$2.4 Million Wrongful Death Settlement
$1.6 Million Wrongful Death Settlement

What our vaccine lawyers can do for you

We help individuals experiencing flu shot injuries, and other vaccine reactions file a petition for compensation with the Federal vaccine court

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims pays our attorney fees, so there’s no cost to you to work with us. We take the vaccine injury claim process off your hands so you can stay focused on what matters most – taking care of yourself or a loved one affected by a vaccine injury.

Request a free case review
Gabi, a vaccine injury client, talks about her experience consulting an attorney about her vaccine injury case with vaccine lawyer David Carney that led to a large cash settlement for her injury case.
## Shoulder Pain After A Flu Shot: Is it SIRVA? The flu shot is widely recommended and administered every year to protect individuals from influenza. While the flu shot is generally safe and well-tolerated, it is not uncommon for some people to experience side effects, including localized pain or soreness at the injection site for a short period of time. However, there have been reported cases where individuals develop persistent shoulder pain after receiving a flu shot, also known as SIRVA (Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration), primarily due to the improper administration of the flu shot. In this article, we will delve into what SIRVA is, its symptoms, causes, how it can be treated, how a SIRVA injury may qualify for financial compensation, and how to get free legal help if you are experiencing persistent shoulder pain after a flu shot.
## What is SIRVA? SIRVA is a term used to describe persistent shoulder pain and dysfunction caused by the inaccurate placement of a vaccine injection (like the flu shot), resulting in an injury to the musculoskeletal structures of the shoulder joint. Unlike typical injection site reactions such as soreness or redness, SIRVA affects the underlying tissues, including tendons, ligaments, and bursae, leading to inflammation and pain.
Gabi, a vaccine injury client, talks about her initial conversation with vaccine injury lawyer David Carney that led to a large cash settlement for her rare adverse reaction to a vaccine (also known as a vaccine injury.)
## What are the Symptoms of SIRVA? The symptoms of SIRVA usually begin immediately after the flu shot or within 48 hours of vaccination. Common signs include: 1. Severe and persistent shoulder pain, often radiating down the arm. 2. Limited range of motion in the affected shoulder joint. 3. Difficulty lifting or moving the arm. 4. Increased pain during certain activities, such as reaching overhead or carrying heavy objects. 5. Weakness or a feeling of instability in the shoulder.
## What are the Causes of SIRVA? SIRVA is primarily caused by an improper technique during the vaccine administration process. When the vaccine injection is too high or too deep, it can damage the underlying structures in the shoulder, leading to inflammation and pain. Factors contributing to SIRVA may include: 1. Incorrect placement of the vaccine needle too high up on the shoulder, near the joint. 2. Injecting the vaccine directly into the bursa or joint space. 3. Poor visualization or lack of landmarks during vaccine administration.
## How to Treat SIRVA? If you suspect you may be experiencing SIRVA, it is essential to seek medical attention promptly. It is advisable to consult your healthcare provider or a specialist who can evaluate your symptoms and perform the necessary diagnostic tests to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment for SIRVA may include: 1. Rest and immobilization: Limiting movements and avoiding activities that exacerbate pain can help reduce inflammation and promote healing. 2. Physical therapy: Gentle exercises and stretches can help restore range of motion, strength, and stability in the shoulder joint. 3. Pain management: Over-the-counter pain medications or prescribed pain relievers may be used to alleviate discomfort. 4. Corticosteroid injections: In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be recommended to reduce inflammation and pain. 5. Surgical intervention: In rare instances where conservative treatments do not provide relief, surgical interventions to repair damaged structures may be considered.
## You Might Qualify for Compensation for Your SIRVA Injury While shoulder pain after a flu shot is relatively common and will typically resolve on its own after a few days, severe and persistent shoulder pain could be a sign of SIRVA and should be evaluated immediately. If you believe you are experiencing persistent shoulder pain after a flu shot, you may have SIRVA and be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering. Consult with our experienced vaccine injury lawyers for free to see if your injury qualifies for compensation.
Request a Callback


See some of our personal injury settlements.

See Injury Settlements Here
Notable Injury Settlements | Green and Schafle

Meet David Carney

David is one of the nation’s leading vaccine trial lawyers focusing his practice on vaccine-related injuries

Meet David
David Carney Lawyer | The Green & Schafle Legal Team
Green & Schafle Client Feedback ()

Back to top
On This Page ×

What is the VICP? How does the VICP Work? What Vaccines are Covered by the VICP? How to File a Petition? Who Can File a Petition? What are the VICP Petition Steps? Do You Need a Lawyer to File a VICP Petition? What are the VICP Vaccine Injury Severity Requirements? What are the VICP Statute of Limitations? What are Vaccine Injury Settlements and Payouts?
Back to top