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Flu Shot

Flu Shot Injuries from Vaccines

Types of Adverse Reactions

There are various types of flu shot reactions and injuries including:

If you suffered a bad reaction to a flu shot or an injury from a flu shot, you may be entitled to compensation from a federal program called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Our vaccine injury lawyers have handled hundreds of flu shot injury cases and have obtained over $25 million in vaccine injury settlements in the last 3 years alone.

About the Flu Shot

Flu vaccines work by causing antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination which provide protection against infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recommend that everyone over the ages of six (6) months should receive the seasonal influenza vaccine. According to the CDC, getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against the flu and to help prevent its spread throughout the community.

Related: Shoulder Injury Caused by Vaccine (SIRVA)

Symptoms and Risks 

The Centers for Disease Control advises that the influenza vaccine does have risks.  Flu shot side effects can include:

  • Seizures caused by fever (particularly in children)
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Soreness, redness or swelling at the vaccination site
  • Hoarseness and cough
  • Fever
  • Aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • Itching
  • Fatigue

If you are suffering from an allergic reaction to the flu shot, call your doctor immediately. 

Flu Shot Ingredients

The influenza vaccine contains several ingredients which may vary year to year.  For the 2013-2014 year, the flu shot contained the following ingredients:

  • Inactivated influenza virus
  • Antibiotics (the type of antibiotic varies depending on vaccine manufacturer.  For instance, Sanofi Pasteur’s Fluzone® vaccine contains Neomycin while Abbot Influvac® contains Gentamicin)
  • Egg protein
  • Chicken protein
  • Formeldahyde

Flu vaccines may also contain the following:

  • CTAB
  • Triton X-100
  • Gelatin
  • Sucrose
  • Sodium deoxycholate
  • Thimerosal (mercury-based preservative)

Compensation for Flu Shots Reactions

If you suffered a reaction, illness, or injury after receiving the flu shot, you may qualify for compensation from a federal program called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (“VICP”). Call the vaccine injury lawyers at Muller Brazil for more information. Not only is there no charge for a consultation, but our representation comes at no cost to you. Please call (800) 229-7704.