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Increase in Vaccine-Related Shoulder Injuries

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  • Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration, or SIRVA, causes chronic pain and loss of range of motion in the shoulder
  • Cases are on the rise, and 202 people were awarded compensation for SIRVA from the federally operated vaccine injury compensation program in 2016
  • If a vaccine is given too high on the shoulder, the vaccine may provoke the immune system to attack the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that protects shoulder tendons, leading to debilitating symptoms

By Dr. Mercola

Many people experience temporary soreness in their shoulder after receiving a vaccination in the area, but for some the soreness turns into chronic pain and limited range of motion. Some people are so badly affected that they become unable to move their shoulder altogether, known as frozen shoulder, or suffer from nerve damage and rotator cuff tear. The condition, known as shoulder injury related to vaccine administration, or SIRVA, is on the rise, according to data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).


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