Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)

Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) occurs when a vaccination in a shoulder or arm results in limited movement and pain. Usually, SIRVA results from an injection site located too high on the arm that punctures the bursa – a fluid-filled sac which decreases friction between tissues. Physical therapy and medicine can treat many SIRVA cases, but in rare cases surgery is necessary.

Suffering from SIRVA within a specified time range may make you eligible for compensation from The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

What vaccines cause it?

Any vaccination injected into the shoulder can cause SIRVA. Unlike other injuries caused by a reaction to a vaccine’s chemicals, SIRVA occurs due to a misplaced injection site on the shoulder.

What are the symptoms?

While most vaccinations can cause muscle irritation, SIRVA persists due to inflammation. If you have had no previous shoulder injuries and experience restricted movement and chronic pain, you may be suffering from SIRVA.

When do the symptoms appear?

SIRVA usually appears within 48 hours of vaccination.

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Contact the attorneys at Sands Anderson if you believe you or a loved one may be suffering from SIRVA.