Flucelvax is a flu shot that can potentially cause severe side effects such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) or a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA). If you were injured, you may be entitled to compensation.
Flucelvax® is an cell-based flu shot that is not grown in eggs, unlike most flu vaccines. Flucelvax comes in Trivalent (three-strain) and Quadrivalent (four-strain) formulations to prevent influenza infections in people over 4 years old.
How is Flucelvax Given?
Flucelvax is given in a single 0.5-mL injection with a needle into the deltoid muscle of the upper arm, near the shoulder.
Can Flucelvax Cause SIRVA?
Yes. If Flucelvax is injected improperly, too high or too deep into the shoulder, it can potentially cause Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA). SIRVA can cause lifelong shoulder pain, weakness, and limited flexibility.
Symptoms of SIRVA After Flucelvax Vaccine
- Arm pain
- Shoulder pain
- Intense, stabbing pain
- Shoulder dysfunction
- Limited range of motion
- Lack of flexibility
Can Flucelvax Cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)?
Yes. Like all flu shots, Flucelvax is associated with a rare but severe side effect called Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). People with GBS suffer from nerve damage, pain, weakness, and paralysis within a few weeks of receiving the vaccine.
If you or your child developed SIRVA or GBS after Flucelvax, you may be eligible to file a claim with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). You may be able to seek up to $250,000 in compensation for injuries, medical expenses, permanent disability, and more.
What is the VICP?
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) pays millions of dollars to hundreds of people who suffer shoulder injuries and GBS. It is funded by a $0.75 tax on the sale of every vaccine. The VICP was created in the 1980s to help thousands of victims of vaccine injuries.
Over $70 Million Paid in SIRVA Lawsuits Since 2011
Since 2011, over $70 million has been paid to roughly 500 people who had SIRVA and other shoulder injuries from vaccines. In addition, millions of dollars have been paid to people who developed Guillain-Barré Syndrome after receiving flu shots that are covered by the VICP.
The average settlement per SIRVA lawsuit is around $140,000, but the maximum payout is $250,000 for pain, medical costs, and disability.