The reason why we get vaccinated is to keep ourselves protected from any diseases and illnesses that may be hard to dodge. Yet unfortunately, some people experience vaccine injury after shots are administered. Vaccine injuries are rare but they can happen to anyone, including adults and children.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) implemented an anonymous online reporting system that allows an individual to let them know if they’re experiencing serious side effects after they had just done their routine vaccination. This enables them to identify which vaccinations are truly safe and which causes intense side effects. Some effects may be minor but unfortunately for some, they’re long-lasting or permanent.
When you feel any unusual symptoms, consult immediately with your doctor. If you don’t know what symptoms you should look out for, read on below:
- Numbness in arm after vaccination
- Severe swelling at the injection site
- Severe pain at the injection site
- High fever that lasts for more than 3days
- Serious allergic reactions
- Serious rash that lasts for more than 2-3 days
- Difficulty breathing
- Diarrhea and/or vomiting that lasts for more than 3 days
- Behavioral changes
- Signs of shock
- Loss of vision/coordination.
Usually, you’ll be experiencing minor symptoms during the first to second day given that the side-effects are expected. However, if the doctor said you shouldn’t worry about any other side effects with the type of vaccine you just had, but you eventually experience them, you should consult with your doctor immediately.
In the first 2-7 days window after taking your vaccine, you should be on the lookout for any sign of symptoms. Seek medical help from your doctor if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above most especially if your symptom is being accompanied by another symptom.
To answer the question briefly, yes, you can get injured from a vaccine. As wretched as it may sound, we have to seek help to prevent the infection from getting worse, and also to get compensation as needed for the inconvenience caused.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal government program that provides financial compensation to anyone who’s been diagnosed with vaccine-related injuries and illnesses that aren’t supposed to happen. If you’re injured as a result of the specific vaccines listed in the act, you may be able to receive monetary compensation from the company responsible for manufacturing or distributing the vaccine.
It’s not required to have your own attorney, but it would definitely help. In fact, your best bet is to find a lawyer with experience handling vaccine-injury cases. If you’re worried about the legal fees, you’re entitled to have them paid separately from your award of financial compensation so you got nothing to lose.
Most Common Vaccine Injury
There are two most common vaccine injury that a person can have: The Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) and Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS).
Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) is a rare condition that occurs in an individual usually within 48 hours of vaccine administration. There would be pain and loss of function in the shoulder given that there are no shoulder issues before the administration. Having SIRVA can result in shoulder pain, weakness, stiffness, nerve inflammation, or worst-case scenario, nerve injury. The pain could also cause severe discomfort for months.
SIRVA could happen when the needle length injected into your site is not appropriate. Ken Donohue, MD said that when the injection needle is administered too deep, the deltoid muscle can be impaled and tissues such as the rotator cuff or joint capsule within the shoulder can be damaged. When this happens, injury is most likely to happen. SIRVA is usually due to an inflammatory effect when the fluid-filled sac located under the deltoid muscle in the shoulder joint has been penetrated.
To verify if you have SIRVA, an ultrasound scan is required. This will help to diagnose the level and type of damage that you’re experiencing. If it’s been confirmed that you have SIRVA, oral medications and corticosteroid injections (CSIs) will be used as your treatment. The use of physiotherapy may be recommended as well.
Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a rare condition in which your body’s immune system attacks the nerve. This can cause muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis which is unfortunate to experience. Most people were able to recover from GBS but some have permanent nerve damage.
The exact cause of acquiring GBS has remained unknown. While there are many theories, there’s still no confirmation that vaccines cause GBS. However, there are some isolated cases of administration of flu vaccines that led to GBS. Studies have also mentioned that you’re more likely to have GBS after getting the flu rather than from vaccination.
While the circumstances are unavoidable, it’s recommended that you have your vaccines taken at a reputable hospital or trusted clinic to ensure that the medical technologist administering the vaccine to your body is truly authorized to perform the task.
While having an injury from a vaccine is unfortunate, we have to accept the fact that we may experience it. Although the possibility of having vaccine injury is rare, you should do proper care after having your shot taken. Don’t attempt to lift heavy objects for at least a week after having your vaccine to ensure that you’re not putting too much pressure on your muscles which might cause an infection to the injection site.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, consult with your medical doctor immediately.