In some lines of work, employers may try to push employees to get a flu vaccine. This is especially true in the medical profession. Many nurses, across the U.S., are forced to get the flu vaccine each year.
While in the majority of cases the flu vaccine is harmless and helps to prevent the spread of illness, there are risks with taking the flu vaccine. As you know, this is true with any type of medical procedure, however minor it may seem.
Injuries from the flu vaccine
The number of reported cases of flu vaccine injuries appears to rise with every year. There are a number of types if injuries and conditions that can occur as a result of the flu vaccine. This includes:
- Guillain-Barré syndrome, which is an autoimmune injury
- Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration, which is referred to as SIRVA
- Brachial neuritis, also known as named Parsonage-Turner syndrome, which is an autoimmune condition causing limitation of range of motion in the shoulder and arm, manifesting as pain and arm weakness and that often spreads to the other arm or hand
These are just a few of the known injuries that can occur in patients who receive the flu vaccine.
Taking action if you are injured
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides compensation to people who have been injured as a result of a vaccine. In recent years, the influenza vaccine has been among the highest reported vaccine to cause injuries, and it had the highest number of compensated cases in the program in 2016.
In order to bring a claim with VICP, you should work with an attorney who has experience handling these types of cases. This is a niche area of law that few attorneys know how to handle. Your attorney can help you take action to secure compensation for your serious injury.