Fluarix is an FDA-approved flu vaccine that is administered via intramuscular injection in the shoulder. Learn important information for individuals who are preparing for their annual flu shot or who have experienced shoulder pain following a Fluarix flu shot.
Who Can Receive a Fluarix Flu Shot?
Fluarix is currently approved for use in adults and children who are at least three years of age. Children between three and eight years of age who have not previously been vaccinated against influenza should receive two doses at least four weeks apart. All other patients can be vaccinated with a single injection, though two doses may still be recommended for young children even if they have previously received a flu shot.
Is it Possible to Have an Allergic Reaction to Fluarix?
Yes. Fluarix contains egg protein, so individuals with egg allergies may experience severe reactions (including anaphylaxis) if they are immunized with Fluarix. Other flu vaccines are available, and anyone with concerns about allergies or other issues should consult with their physician prior to receiving a vaccine injection.
Can You Receive a Fluarix Flu Shot if You are Pregnant or Nursing?
According to the FDA, “[s]afety and effectiveness of Fluarix have not been established in pregnant women or nursing mothers.” As a result, women who are pregnant or nursing should consult their physicians about the alternatives that are available.
What are the Potential Risks Associated with Fluarix?
Like all vaccines, Fluarix carries certain risks. According to the FDA, the most-common side effects associated with Fluarix include:
- Muscle Aches
- Pain and Redness at the Injection Site
Swelling at the injection site is also common among children ages five through 17, and children ages three and four may experience swelling, redness, irritability, loss of appetite and drowsiness as well. In most cases, these side effects are considered minor and should subside within a few days of immunization. If any of these symptoms persist or worsen, medical intervention may be necessary.
What if My Shoulder Pain Doesn’t Go Away?
Persistent shoulder pain following a Fluarix flu shot could be a sign of a potentially-serious form of shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA). Since vaccine shoulder injuries result from errors during the injection (such as inserting the needle too high on the shoulder or too deep into the arm), all individuals can be diagnosed with shoulder injuries resulting from vaccinations. Some of the most-common forms of SIRVA associated with Fluarix and other flu shots are:
- Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
- Brachial Neuritis
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Shoulder Tendonitis
If I Have Been Diagnosed with SIRVA, Do I Need to File a Lawsuit Against My Vaccine’s Manufacturer?
No. Recognizing the risks associated with vaccination and the challenges involved in filing a lawsuit against a major pharmaceutical company, Congress established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to make it easier for individuals diagnosed with vaccine injuries to secure just compensation. The VICP provides compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering, and legal representation for your VICP claim may be available at little or no financial cost to you.
Schedule a Free Consultation at the Center for Vaccine Shoulder Pain Recovery
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a vaccine-related shoulder injury following a Fluarix flu shot, the Center for Vaccine Shoulder Pain Recovery can help. To learn more in a free and confidential consultation, please call (844) 789-2047 or contact us online today.