Bursitis Caused by the Flu Shot

Bursitis of the shoulder is an inflammation of a fluid-filled sac which allows the tendons and bones of your shoulder joint to move and rotate smoothly. If that fluid-filled sac becomes swollen for any reason, it can cause irritation on the tendons and the bursa. This irritation can cause the bursa to swell even further. This swelling and irritation of the bursa and tendons can stop the shoulder joint from moving.


Other Causes of Bursitis

Sometimes bursitis can be caused by a separate condition, such as arthritis or gout. However, the most common causes of bursitis are overuse, injury, or an infection. When you receive a vaccination such as for the seasonal flu, the needle should be placed in a particular area on your shoulder. If the needle is misplaced, an injury to the bursa can result.

Bursitis Caused by Vaccine Administration

The CDC has studied the issue and found that, though this type of injury is exceedingly rare, vaccine-administration caused bursitis does occur. It is also one type of an injury called a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (or "SIRVA"). This means that the way in which the person gives you the vaccine caused the injury, not the vaccine itself.


Generally, when you have this type of injury, you will know fairly soon. Vaccines often cause some pain, but this pain will be excessive and will worsen. Often the pain will be so bad that within the first few days after receiving the vaccine, you may have trouble moving your arm or sleeping.  The pain often lasts for a very long time, too.


Injury Compensation

If this happens to you, there is a way for you to be compensated for your injury. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (or "VICP") exists to compensate people who have been injured by vaccines. The VICP compensates people for SIRVAs like bursitis more than any other vaccine-caused injury.


If you believe you have been injured by a vaccine, you should contact an attorney experienced with the VICP. You should also know that you do not pay the attorney, their fee comes from the VICP, so you never have to worry about whether you can afford an attorney for your vaccine injury or not. You should also know that there are deadlines to file a petition for compensation with the VICP, so you should contact an attorney soon.

More information here:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4130290/

https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/shoulder-impingementrotator-cuff-tendinitis/

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