If the flu vaccine Afluria caused you or your child to develop Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) or a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA), your may be entitled to up to $250,000 from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Afluria® is a flu vaccine that helps protect adults and children against influenza infections.
How is Afluria Given?
Afluria Trivalent protects protects against 3 types of influenza viruses. It is given as a single 0.25-mL injection with a needle into the deltoid muscle of the upper arm for adults or children, or the thigh muscle of a toddler or infant.
Afluria Quadrivalent protects against 4 types of influenza viruses. It is given as a single 0.5-mL injection with a needle into the upper arm or the thigh muscle. It can also be administered without a needle using water, with the PharmaJet Needle-Free Injection System.
Can Afluria Cause SIRVA?
Patients who receive a needle injection of Afluria in the deltoid muscle of the upper arm can potentially develop Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA).
This serious medical condition causes severe, debilitating shoulder pain and muscle weakness. It is believed to occur as a result of injecting Afluria too high or too deep in the shoulder, where the needle accidentally damages the bursa.
Symptoms of SIRVA After Afluria Vaccine
- Arm pain
- Shoulder pain
- Intense, stabbing pain
- Shoulder dysfunction
- Limited range of motion
- Lack of flexibility
Can Afluria Cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)?
Flu vaccines like Afluria sometimes cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a medical condition in which the immune system accidentally attacks nerves.
Symptoms of Guillain-Barré Syndrome
GBS can cause pain, muscle weakness, paralysis, numbness, tickling, and other symptoms that rapidly worsen for 2-3 weeks. Most people recover completely within a few months, but sometimes recovery takes years. In very rare cases, GBS from flu shots can also cause permanent disability.
It is very rare for Afluria flu vaccines to cause GBS or SIRVA, but these side effects can be devastating. If you or your child was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) or a shoulder injury after receiving Afluria, you may be eligible for up to $250,000 if you file a lawsuit with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
What is the VICP?
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was established in the 1980s to provide cash payments to people who were inevitably injured by vaccines, while protecting vaccine-manufacturers from lawsuits and class actions.
The VICP pays out millions of dollars every year to hundreds of people who develop SIRVA or Guillain-Barré Syndrome from flu shots.
Over $70 Million Paid in SIRVA Lawsuits Since 2011
Payments for vaccine injuries come from a a $0.75 tax on the sale of every vaccine. In the case of SIRVA lawsuits, around $70 million has been paid to over 500 people who were vaccinated since 2011.
The average settlement per SIRVA lawsuit is around $140,000, but the maximum payout is $250,000 for pain, medical costs, and disability.