Manufactured by Seqirus (formerly Novartis), AFLURIA is one of many FDA-approved flu vaccines that is used throughout the United States. However, AFLURIA is not approved for everyone, and those who receive AFLURIA injections may be at risk for suffering shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA).
Who Can Receive the AFLURIA Flu Vaccine?
In 2010, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which works closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued a recommendation that AFLURIA not be administered to children under nine years of age. ACIP recently revised this recommendation to state that children between the ages of five and eight can receive AFLURIA flu shots with appropriate medical consultation, but that children under five years old should receive a different form of flu vaccination.
The AFLURIA flu vaccine is generally considered safe for adults and children nine years of age and older. However, anyone with questions about the risks associated with AFLURIA flu shots should consult their physician prior to vaccine administration.
Is the Needle-Free Form of AFLURIA FDA-Approved?
Yes, AFLURIA can be administered to vaccine recipients ages 18 through 64 using the Pharmajet Stratis Needle-Free Injection System. According to Seqirus, potential side effects of needle-free injections include:
- Feeling Sick
- Feeling Tired
- Muscle Pain
Can I Get an AFLURIA Flu Shot if I am Allergic to Eggs?
No, individuals who are allergic to eggs should not receive AFLURIA flu shots or needle-free vaccinations. Those with egg allergies should consult their physicians regarding the other flu vaccine options that are available.
Can You Get the Flu from an AFLURIA Flu Shot or Needle-Free Injection?
No. AFLURIA is an inactivated influenza vaccine, which means that you cannot get the flu as a result of a vaccination. However, like other flu vaccines, AFLURIA carries a number of other potential risks, including the risk of SIRVA.
Is Shoulder Pain Following an AFLURIA Flu Shot Normal?
While it is normal to experience minor pain and swelling at the injection site, any pain accompanying an AFLURIA flu shot should subside within a couple of days. Prolonged pain and other symptoms could be a sign of a serious shoulder injury resulting from an error during your vaccine injection.
What Should I Do if I Have Been Diagnosed with SIRVA?
Anyone diagnosed with SIRVA following an AFLURIA flu shot should speak with an attorney about pursuing a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The VICP allows individuals diagnosed with SIRVA and other vaccine injuries to seek compensation from the government instead of filing a lawsuit against their vaccine’s manufacturer. At the Center for Vaccine Shoulder Pain Recovery, we represent individuals who have received AFLURIA flu shots in VICP claims nationwide, and we can handle your claim at little or no financial cost to you.
Have You Been Diagnosed with SIRVA? Call Now for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a vaccine-related shoulder injury following an AFLURIA flu shot, we encourage you to contact us for a complimentary initial consultation. To learn more about your rights, call the Center for Vaccine Shoulder Pain Recovery at (844) 789-2047 or request an appointment online today.