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Survey: 2/3 of Americans Plan to Get Flu Shot

In the United States, flu season runs from October through May, and October is usually the most popular month for flu vaccines. In fact, a recent survey showed that about two-thirds of adults get an annual flu shot or plan to do so in 2017.

While the U.S. government recommends yearly flu vaccines for anyone 6 months of age or older, there are some possible side effects and risks to be aware of.

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was established in the 1980s to provide compensation to vaccine-injury victims.

Vaccines are essential to ensure a healthy population. Still, vaccine complications do happen, and a vaccine injury could lead to medical expenses in the tens of thousands of dollars. Following are three vaccine-related problems to look out for:

  • Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA): SIRVA is characterized by steady, deep pain in the shoulder and upper arm. This pain is typically followed by weakness and sensory loss, as well as difficulty moving the arm or shoulder. In many cases, SIRVA is caused by administering the shot too high on the shoulder. Symptoms of SIRVA usually begin to show within 48 hours of receiving the shot.
  • Anaphylaxis: This is a severe allergic reaction, requiring immediate medical treatment. Anaphylaxis can be fatal, and symptoms usually show within four hours of vaccination. If you have allergies to the flu vaccine or its ingredients such as antibiotics or gelatin, you should not get the vaccine.
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome: This is a potentially fatal disorder that occurs when the body's immune system attacks the nervous system. This disorder can cause paralysis and death. If a patient develops Guillain-Barré Syndrome between three and 43 days of vaccination, the patient may be entitled to compensation through the VICP.

Learn more about the VICP.

The VICP is a no-fault system for injury victims to receive the compensation they need and deserve. To learn more, please see our previous post, "Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: Know the Facts."

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